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Cops: Florida Man Had Bizarre Plan to Tank Target Stock

Mark Charles Barnett allegedly planned East Coast bombing campaign

(Newser) - A Florida man is in custody charged with plotting a bombing campaign as part of a bizarre investment strategy. Investigators say Mark Charles Barnett, 48, planned to put at least 10 bombs disguised as food items on the shelves of Target stores along the East Coast, NBC News reports. Court... More »

Southeast Braces for Gas-Price Spike

Thanks to major spill that shut down part of Texas-to-NY pipeline

(Newser) - In what's being called a supply "red alert," a part of the Colonial Pipeline that transports gas from Houston to New York—serving about 50 million people in 13 states daily, per CNN and the Wall Street Journal —has been shut down since Sept. 9, when... More »

Feds Arrest Dozens of 'Old School' Mob Suspects

Defendants include Philly crime boss 'Skinny Joey'

(Newser) - Declaring that the Mafia is not just the stuff of movie scripts, federal prosecutors charged nearly four dozen people Thursday with being part of an East Coast crime syndicate, including an old-school mobster in New York and a reputed mob chieftain in Philadelphia who has been pursued by the government... More »

In Blizzard's Wake, 18 Dead, Up to 40 Inches of Snow

East Coast is busily digging out

(Newser) - It's all over but the shoveling: The much-discussed blizzard that pummeled the East Coast on Friday and Saturday had mostly moved on by Sunday morning, leaving up to 40 inches of white stuff (congratulations, Glengary, W.Va., that's you), at least 18 storm-related deaths, and thousands of canceled... More »

What Could Happen Even If Joaquin Doesn't Hit

Storm staying out at sea so far, but it will probably still rain hard on land

(Newser) - Hurricane Joaquin remains a Category 4 storm that's currently battering the Bahamas, but the East Coast may dodge one bullet this weekend if the storm keeps to its offshore path, Weather.com and CNN report. Tracking maps show Joaquin solidly out in the Atlantic and set to keep veering... More »

Study Counts More Sharks Than Ever Along East Coast

And they're still not fully recovered from overfishing

(Newser) - Anyone still terrified of Jaws might want to stop reading now. The shark population on the East Coast is at its highest since scientists began counting the animals 29 years ago, according to a federal study, and scientists are high-finning, er, fiving, over the news. In just three years, shark... More »

Washington, DC Will See Daily Floods by 2045

Other east coast cities could flood hundreds of times per year: study

(Newser) - Flooding due to high tides will become very routine on the East Coast by 2045, a study finds: In fact, Washington, DC and Annapolis, MD, will likely face "nuisance" floods more than once per day, researchers suggest. Cities like Miami and Atlantic City will see such floods about 240... More »

FEMA Wants Homeowners to Repay $5.8M in Sandy Aid

Overpayments likely a result of bureaucratic mistakes, not fraud

(Newser) - After Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast nearly two years ago, the federal government quickly sent out $1.4 billion in emergency disaster aid to the hurricane's victims. Now, thousands of people might have to pay back their share. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is scrutinizing about 4,500... More »

East Coast Seeing More Great Whites

But, phew: no rise in shark attacks

(Newser) - If you live on the East Coast, it seems you have some new neighbors. The number of great white sharks in the area has grown to some 2,000, a major NOAA study finds. That's a "very healthy number," according to Nature World News , which advises readers... More »

Snow Pounds East Coast Yet Again

DC could see 12 inches; 2K flights canceled

(Newser) - It may be March, but the winter weather isn't over. The East Coast is once again getting pummeled by snow, with Washington, DC, and other mid-Atlantic cities expecting between six and 12 inches, AccuWeather reports. Ice, meanwhile, could reach to Charlotte, NC. Virginia, Tennessee, and Delaware are among states... More »

New Storm Hits Northeast, Zaps Power, Flights

And there may be more to come this weekend

(Newser) - Little relief for the Northeast after a snowstorm Monday: Today, it's facing another winter storm, one that's already canceled some 2,400 flights, Fox News reports. Snowfall will range between a few inches in some areas, including New York City and Pittsburgh, to more than a foot in... More »

Dolphin Deaths Skyrocket Off East Coast

Reports cite 7 times more deaths than usual in July

(Newser) - Bottlenose dolphins off the East Coast are suffering what officials have dubbed an "unusual mortality event." There have been 124 strandings reported between Virginia and New York since July, with 89 occurring in that month—a figure some seven times higher than July's usual death rate, the... More »

Andrea's Gift to East Coast: Downpours

Heavy rain forecast for New York City, DC

(Newser) - East Coasters can expect plenty of rain today despite a weakening Tropical Storm Andrea , with flash-flood watches in effect in parts of 13 states spanning from Georgia to Maine and flash-flood warnings from Florida to Virginia, CNN reports. Washington, DC, may get up to six inches of rain, while New... More »

Billions of Red-Eyed Cicadas to Swarm East Coast

Bugs will overrun Eastern states looking for sex in 'Brood II'

(Newser) - Any day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will crawl out of the earth after 17 years underground and overrun the East Coast. The insects will arrive in such numbers that people in the southern state of North Carolina to Connecticut in the northeast will be outnumbered roughly... More »

Longshoremen Strike Averted

Mediator says talks will continue for 30 days

(Newser) - At least we avoided the longshoremen cliff, for now. A federal mediator says 14,500 workers at ports along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico will not be striking on Sunday as feared , reports AP . The International Association of Longshoremen still hasn't agreed to a new contract with... More »

Winter Storm Takes Aim at East Coast

Thousands of flights already canceled

(Newser) - The winter weather that ravaged much of the country yesterday is pummeling the East Coast, and thousands more flights have already been canceled, CNN reports. Parts of Pennsylvania have already been hit with up to a foot of snow, MSNBC notes, and central Maine could see more than two feet... More »

East Coast Braces for Sandy

Storm could toss election up in the air

(Newser) - Want to hear God laugh? Make a plan in the path of a Category 1 Frankenstorm. Sandy is disrupting lives and presidential campaign schedules all along the East Coast. Here's what's happening:
  • Both President Obama and Mitt Romney have canceled events in Virginia, and Obama today canceled a
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60M Will Feel Sandy's Wrath

East Coast readies for Frankenstorm, as Obama, Romney cancel events

(Newser) - With evacuations in full swing as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the US, officials are predicting big numbers of people will feel her wrath, reports the AP . "We're looking at impact of greater than 50 to 60 million people," says a top NOAA official. A look around... More »

Airlines Brace for Chaos as Sandy Moves In

They're encouraging passengers to rebook now

(Newser) - Sandy briefly lost its status as a hurricane this morning, but regained it hours later as it moved toward the US. All those ominous Frankenstorm warnings are still in effect, as are states of emergency along the East Coast. Tropical-storm conditions being felt in Florida should reach the Carolinas tonight,... More »

Hurricane Sandy Hits Cuba as US Braces for 'Frankenstorm'

President Obama briefed as experts predict Irene-level damage

(Newser) - Hurricane Sandy roared across the Caribbean today, dropping heavy rains, ripping the roofs off homes, and killing two people, the AP reports. The storm had a stunning growth spurt overnight, according to the Washington Post , becoming a category 2 hurricane, and a Cuban meteorologist says it "crossed the... More »

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