NY housing warning as cold hits

New York's political leaders warned that thousands could need to be re-housed as a cold snap hits the state. Near freezing temperatures are adding to the misery of communities devastated by superstorm Sandy across the east coast.

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New York Attorney General launches investigation into Sandy 'price gouging'

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an investigation into price gouging after receiving hundreds of complaints from consumers across the state after Hurricane Sandy.

His office has received complaints from consumers from areas of New York City, the Hudson Valley and Long Island.

The largest number of complaints are related to increased gasoline prices, he said.

Consumers also have reported possible gouging for emergency supplies like generators, hotels raising rates due to "high demand," as well as increased prices for food and water.

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New Jersey governor tweets Justin Bieber for help

New Jersey governor Chris Christie tweeted teen pop sensation Justin Bieber to ask for help with publicising the New Jersey relief fund:

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.@justinbieber my girls are big fans. Will u help us spread the word about NJReliefFund? For more info: http://t.co/PP2QKIPY #WeWillRebuild

With almost 30 million followers, Bieber's account is the second most popular on Twitter behind Lady Gaga.

American Red Cross 'feels bad about' Sandy response

The American Red Cross said it regrets not responding sooner to areas on the U.S. East Coast hardest hit by superstorm Sandy and is working aggressively to distribute food, water and other supplies to victims across New York and New Jersey.

The privately funded organisation blamed flooding and other infrastructure problems for its slow response to the storm, which has killed more than 110 people and caused billions in property damage.

Do we wish we could have been there sooner? You bet.

When you have 8 million people in need, with roads that are damaged, infrastructure broken down, flooding everywhere, we can't be there that fast.

And we feel bad about that.

– Roger Lowe, American Red Cross

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New York Mayor warns of Monday disruption

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65 schools WILL NOT open Monday: 8 where shelters are located & 57 that sustained storm damage. Any school without power will NOT open Mon.

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The subway system has largely been brought back online, but you should expect your commute will be slower than normal tomorrow #SandyNYC

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