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UPDATE: Bodies Of 2 Missing New York City Boys Found

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NEW YORK (AP) - Police say the bodies of two missing New York City boys have been found.
    
The discovery was confirmed Thursday by NYPD spokesman Paul Browne.
    
Police say the boys were a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old. They disappeared Monday night when waves of water crashed into an SUV while they were being driven by their mother in the city's Staten Island borough.
 

Utility expects to have Manhattan lights back on by Saturday

UPDATE: There's some rare good news for New Yorkers in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.
    
Con Edison says it is on track to restore power by Saturday in Manhattan, where a quarter of a million homes and businesses are without power.
    
Downtown Manhattan, which includes the financial district, Chinatown and Little Italy, is still mostly shuttered. People are roaming the streets, looking for food, power and a hot shower. One man fleeing New York by bus today said, "It's dirty, and it's getting a little crazy down there."
    
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today that meals and bottled water are going to be distributed in hard-hit neighborhoods around the city.
    
Three days after Sandy slammed the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, the U.S. death toll has climbed to more than 80. More than 4.6 million homes and businesses are still without power.
    
New York's subways are providing limited service today -- operating only above 34th Street in Manhattan. Flooded tunnels are preventing the restoration of full service.
    
Motorists trying to get into New York faced long lines of traffic -- and police enforcing a three-person-per-vehicle carpooling requirement. Drivers have also faced long lines at those gas stations that still have fuel, and electricity with which to pump it.
    
In Hoboken, N.J., across the river from Manhattan, nearly 20,000 people are stranded in their homes by floodwaters.
    
And large areas of the New Jersey coastline are in ruins, with homes, piers and boardwalks wrecked.
    
Travel slowly creeps back to life in Northeast
    
UPDATE: Superstorm Sandy is gone, the sun is shining, but many folks in the Northeast are still stuck in a transit nightmare.
    
Even though airports, rail lines, buses and even the New York City subway have reopened, most aren't at normal capacity, leaving gigantic lines and gridlocked traffic.
    
Transit in New York still has the biggest problems. The subway - which handles 5.3 million passengers on a typical workday - wasn't running south of midtown or out to Brooklyn. Commuters were left waiting for seats on shuttle buses to Manhattan.
    
Bus lines Greyhound, MegaBus and Bolt Bus are running nearly normal schedules. Amtrak is still not serving New York City but has pumped water out of one Hudson River tunnel.
    
Northeast airports were all open but still have numerous cancelations.

UN suffers 'unprecedented damage' from Sandy
    
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. management chief says the United Nations headquarters overlooking New York's East River suffered "unprecedented damage" from Superstorm Sandy.
    
Yukio Takasu told the General Assembly at the end of its first session following the killer storm on Thursday that the most serious damage was from flooding, which affected many basement offices and the cooling system in the main Secretariat building, and caused a small fire.
    
U.N. safety and security chief Gregory Starr told the 193-member world body that the flooding also affected many electrical components and tore the sheeting off the top of the 39-story Secretariat building.
    
The U.N. complex is undergoing its first major renovation in 60 years and staff recently started returning to the Secretariat building.
    
Mayor says NYC Marathon won't divert resources
    
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says Sunday's marathon won't divert resources from victims of Superstorm Sandy's devastation.
    
Bloomberg responded to criticism of his decision to hold the race at a news briefing Thursday. He notes that electricity is expected to be back on in downtown Manhattan by Sunday, freeing up an "enormous number of police."
    
He says the sanitation workers and fire fighters who are aiding storm victims are not involved in the marathon. Race organizers have said they'll use more private contractors than in past years to minimize the strain on city services.
    
Bloomberg says "this city is a city where we have to go on."

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