Massachusetts man sentenced to 17 years after FBI terrorism sting

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 17 years in prison on Thursday for a plot to attack the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol building in Washington with explosives loaded into remote-control model airplanes.

NJ power firm PSEG says Sandy severely damaged infrastructure

(Reuters) – Public Service Enterprise Group Inc, the biggest utility in New Jersey, said superstorm Sandy had caused severe damage to its infrastructure and it expected its losses to be material.

Sandy snarls NY oil logistics, NYMEX gasoline deliveries

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Huge logistical problems from power failures and navigational hazards roiled the massive New York Harbor oil hub in the wake of Hurricane Sandy on Thursday, threatening widespread delays in fuel deliveries off the New York Mercantile Exchange’s futures contracts.

U.S. drought shrinking, but not fast enough

(Reuters) – Snow and rain and cooler temperatures helped ease suffering in drought-stricken areas of the United States over the last week, though some areas saw conditions grow worse, according to a climatology report issued Thursday.

Obama, Republican Christie tour storm-hit New Jersey, trade praise

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (Reuters) – Putting aside partisan differences, President Barack Obama and Republican Governor Chris Christie toured storm-stricken parts of New Jersey on Wednesday, taking in scenes of flooded roads and praising each other for their response to superstorm Sandy.

U.S. eases clean gasoline rules in East after Sandy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. environmental regulator temporarily waived clean gasoline requirements through November 20 across the eastern seaboard to ease a supply crunch after Hurricane Sandy.

Devastated Northeast crawls back after monster storm

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Northeast began an arduous slog back to normal on Wednesday after historic storm Sandy crippled transportation, knocked out power for millions and killed at least 64 people with a massive storm surge that caused epic flooding.

New York’s Bellevue Hospital evacuates about 500 patients

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City’s Bellevue Hospital Center, which has been operating on backup generators since massive storm Sandy pummeled the city, is being evacuated, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Wednesday.