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President Obama: 'We're Going to be Here for the Long Haul'

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President Barack Obama is telling New Jersey residents devastated by a massive storm that "we're going to be here for the long haul."

Joined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Obama inspected the devastation from superstorm Sandy, flying high over flooded neighborhoods and sand-strewn streets.

At a community center where people have taken shelter, Obama said one of his top priorities is getting power back on.

And during a televised press conference, he discussed the possibility of using federal, military assets to help people get back to work. "We will not quit until this is done...We are here for you. We will not forget."

He also urged victims to call 800-621-FEMA or to , to register to get help.

Christie said it was "really important" to have the president of the United States in New Jersey. ""I cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and for the people of our state."

It was Obama's second visit in four days. On Sunday, he met with FEMA officials, then told reporters the government will "respond big and respond fast" after the massive storm made landfall.


Stocks are closing mixed on Wall Street after the market reopened following a two-day shutdown caused by Superstorm Sandy.

The Dow Jones industrial average gave up an early gain and closed down 11 points at 13,097 Wednesday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 edged up less than a point to 1,412. The Nasdaq lost 11 points to end at 2,977.

Home Depot and Lowe's rose as investors anticipated more business for the home improvement chains as people made repairs in the aftermath of the devastating storm. Netflix soared after financier Carl Icahn said he had bought a 10 percent stake in the troubled company.

About three stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Trading volume was 3.4 billion shares, in line with the recent average.


New York City has begun coming back to life today in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Across the river in New Jersey, fires still rage and National Guardsmen are working to rescue flood victims two days after the storm moved ashore.

The storm has been blamed for at least 59 deaths and has caused billions of dollars in damage. Close to 6.5 million homes and businesses remain without power, including 4 million in New York and New Jersey.

In the New York region, Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports have reopened with limited service.

The scale of the challenge can be seen in New Jersey, where National Guard troops arrived in Hoboken to deliver ready-to-eat meals and help evacuate thousands still stuck in their homes.


New York's Bellevue Hospital is evacuating 500 patients due to storm damage.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says officials are in the process of finding beds for the patients.

Workers have been pumping about 17 million gallons of water out of the basement. Bellevue has been diverting some patients since initially losing power during Monday night's storm.

It has been operating on backup generators since then, but even with backup power operating the outage knocked out key medical equipment and left many hallways and rooms in the hospital dark.

Elsewhere on Monday night, rescuers and staff at New York University Langone Medical Center evacuated 300 patients after it lost generator power due to the storm.


Amtrak says it plans to restore some service on Friday to and from New York City, which has been without intercity train service since it was walloped by superstorm Sandy.

The railroad said the removal of water from flooded train tunnels under the Hudson and East rivers is continuing so that repairs to tracks, signals and power systems can be made. A Friday schedule is expected to be released Thursday.

Service to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey has been restored, but Northeast Regional service between Newark and New Haven, Conn., and Acela Express service for the length of the Northeast Corridor are canceled for Thursday. Empire Service between New York City and other cities in the state, and Canada are also canceled for Thursday. 


The director of Haiti's civil protection agency says the death toll from Hurricane Sandy is now 54. That means the toll for the Caribbean as a whole is 71.

Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste says the government has been able to revise the death toll as rivers recede and officials are able to travel through the storm-drenched southern peninsula. The death toll had been 52. Jean-Baptiste said Wednesday that one of the new deaths occurred during a mudslide and the other was a person who drowned trying to cross a rain-swollen river. There are still 21 people unaccounted for after the storm.

Hurricane Sandy drenched the country's south with more than 20 inches (500 millimeters) of rain in 24 hours. President Michel Martelly has declared a monthlong state of emergency.


Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the NYC Marathon will go on as planned Sunday after Superstorm Sandy devastated the city.

Marathon organizers had been moving forward with planning but awaited final word from the city about whether holding the race would be safe and viable with flooding, power outages and transit shutdowns still afflicting the five boroughs.

New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said Wednesday that organizers were preparing to use more private contractors than past years to reduce the strain on city services. Wittenberg insists the race can be an inspiration to New Yorkers and benefit businesses that have lost money because of the storm.


New Haven police say superstorm Sandy has revealed a skeleton beneath the town green that may have been there since Colonial times.

Police spokesman David Hartman says a woman who was with other bystanders looking at a fallen oak tree called police Tuesday after she saw bones in the upturned roots.

Hartman says the tree was planted on the green in 1909 on the 100th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birth. He says the remains likely belong to one of thousands of people buried there in Colonial times. The remains will be evaluated by the state medical examiner.

Katie Carbo, who called police, tells the New Haven Independent she saw something in the tree roots, and found the bones when she removed some dirt. She says the skeleton "should be given a proper burial."


You can help out the victims of superstorm Sandy coming up later this week.

Friday Channel 2 is teaming up with Americom Radio Stations and the Red Cross to host a donation drive.

It'll be from noon to 6 pm in the Atlantis' west parking lot, across from the intersection of Virginia Street and Peckham Lane.

You can also donate $10 to the Red Cross just by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

To help the Salvation Army, text STORM to 80888.

And for the American Humane Society, text HUMANE to 80888.

You can also donate to the red cross by calling 1-800-733-2767 or by going to

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