High winds blow sea foam onto Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, N.C., on Sunday, as wind and rain from Hurricane Sandy move into the area.
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A car goes through the high water in Ocean City, Md. The state canceled early voting that had been scheduled for Monday.
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Mary Corrus takes a picture of the rough surf as Hurricane Sandy bears down on Ocean City, Md.
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Bridget Donnelly walks on a sandbag wall outside her home in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of Queens in New York City. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation of the city's low-lying coastal areas.
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President Obama makes a statement after a briefing on Hurricane Sandy at FEMA headquarters Sunday in Washington. The president and Republican nominee Mitt Romney both canceled East Coast campaign appearances.
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A Home Depot employee helps a customer Sunday in New York.
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Buildings on the Atlantic City boardwalk are braced for Sandy. Gov. Chris Christie's emergency declaration is shutting down the city's casinos, and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate.
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A construction worker covers air vents that could cause the New York subway system to flood in preparation for Hurricane Sandy on Sunday. The city is closing its transit system, as are Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
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The approaching Hurricane Sandy causes heavy surf in Cape May, N.J., on Sunday. Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline sometime Monday, bringing heavy winds and floodwaters.
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This satellite image from the National Hurricane Center in Miami shows Sandy at 10:03 a.m., Sunday.
Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 1:48 pm
"The time for preparing and talking is about over." That's the message from Craig Fugate, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency as Hurricane Sandy, the monstrous superstorm that's churning its way to the U.S. East Coast, threatening millions of people.
Michael Tomsic became a full-time reporter for WFAE in August 2012. Before that, he reported for the station as a freelancer and intern while he finished his senior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Heââ
Moonshine used to be big business in the South, an illegal business that also kept the federal courthouses busy. Now one of those facilities, once on the front lines of the war on homemade booze, is shutting down.
The Johnson J. Hayes Federal Building is in Wilkesboro, N.C., where distilling corn whiskey in backwoods breweries was once the town's main trade. It's one of six federal courthouses closing in the South over the next year or two.
Blogger and race car driver Han Han doesn't shy away from skewering Chinese government and society.
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When Han Han blogs, a million Chinese netizens click and read. The popular Chinese blogger, race car driver and literary star has just released a collection of English-language translations of his essays that criticize both Chinese Communist Party policies as well as Chinese society at large.
Not so long ago, many Chinese commentators wrote in a cautious, oblique style designed not to offend the nation's famously humorless leaders — then came the Internet, blogs and a cheeky young man named Han Han.
The voice of China's post-'80s generation, Han is ironic, skeptical and blunt — writing what many young Chinese think but dare not say publicly.
Now 30 years old, Han has boy-band good looks, drives race cars and has 8 million followers on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.
One of the most bitter congressional races is in the suburbs of Chicago, where controversial freshman Republican Joe Walsh is fighting to keep a seat he was actually drawn out of.
The Tea Party favorite's bombastic rants frequently get him into trouble, even with members of his own party, and Walsh is facing a tough Democratic opponent in Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, who lost both of her legs in combat.
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Reporting in Afghanistan isn't just challenging because of the security concerns and the complexity of society and the stories here; it's challenging because "facts" are often in the eye of the beholder. Just last week, an incident that seemed to be factual is now an open question: Was there a deadly firefight or not?
In the late 1990s, Beth Orton set the music world buzzing with her singular sound: part folk, part electronica. But six years ago, she found herself at a life-changing juncture: pregnant with her first child — and dropped from her record label.
Andersen's three felonies and difficult past are used as creative fodder in <em>Lemon</em>.
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Poet, actor and three-time felon Lemon Andersen thought he had escaped his troubled past when he embraced poetry and won a Tony Award. But the new documentary <em>Lemon</em> explores how he got drawn back into the hustle.
His story begins a decade ago in Brooklyn, where he grew up fighting in New York's public housing before discovering another kind of power. After three felony convictions and time served at Rikers Island, Lemon Andersen didn't have many places to turn except to his words. Now he's a Tony Award winner with a rave-reviewed one-man show called County of Kings.
He spoke with weekends on All Things Considered guest host Jacki Lyden about his life and the new independent documentary film about it, called simply, Lemon.
There are 11 gubernatorial races this fall, and one of the most competitive is in the swing state of New Hampshire.
There, Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassanare vying to replace a popular Democrat who opted not to seek a fifth term. Both political parties and outside advocacy groups are pushing hard in a race where neither candidate enjoys a clear edge.