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New York Skyline to Light Up; Marathon Canceled

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For the first time since Superstorm Sandy struck at the start of the week, the Manhattan skyline is expected to be mostly lit up tonight. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the utility Con Edison is hoping to have most of Manhattan's outages resolved by midnight.

But the progress in restoring power is being undercut by the long gas lines facing New Yorkers. And angry residents of outer boroughs are facing a week or more of darkness.

Four days after Sandy slammed the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, the U.S. death toll has climbed past 90 in ten states.

With fuel deliveries disrupted by storm damage, and many gas stations lacking electricity to run their pumps, gasoline is still a precious commodity. Some drivers say they've waited three or four hours in line at gas stations, only to see the pumps run dry when it was almost their turn. Some motorists ran out of gas before they could get to the front.

More New York subway and rail lines started operating again today. And the Holland Tunnel from New Jersey is open to buses.

More than 3.8 million homes and businesses in the East are still without power, down from a peak of 8.5 million.

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City Marathon has been canceled.

His statement Friday came after mounting criticism that this was not the time for a race.

With people in storm-ravaged areas still shivering without electricity and the death toll in New York City at more than 40, many New Yorkers recoiled at the prospect of police officers being assigned to protect a marathon on Sunday.

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The IRS is extending filing and payment deadlines for taxpayers living in areas of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The tax agency says affected individuals and businesses will have until Feb. 1 next year to file returns and pay any taxes due. The extensions apply to fourth quarter individual estimated tax payments normally due on Jan. 15, 2013, and payroll and excise tax returns and payments for the third and fourth quarters which ordinarily are due Oct. 31 and Jan. 15.

The IRS is also alerting employers that qualified disaster relief payments made to individuals by their employer or others can be excluded from the individuals' taxable income. (AP)

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