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Alicia Keys encourages fans to tune in to Sandy concert

The singer Alicia Keys is encouraging her fans to tune into tonight's 12-12-12 concert in New York which is being held to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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Reminding my fam to tune into an incredibly diverse show planned for tonight's #121212Concert! Hope you all can watch! http://t.co/8eO7CMre

Rollercoaster thrown into ocean by Sandy could be left as 'tourist attraction'

A rollercoaster that was swept from a pier by superstorm Sandy and landed in the sea could be left in the Atlantic Ocean as a tourist attraction.

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Rollercoaster from the Casino Pier sits in the ocean after Hurricane Sandy, in Seaside Park, New Jersey. Credit: Reuters

Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers told WNBC-TV in New York that no decision had been made whether to tear down the ride.

The mayor added that he was working with the coast guard to see if the rollercoaster was stable enough to leave it in the water because he believed it would make "a great tourist attraction".

New Yorkers hit by Sandy given Thanksgiving turkeys

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that 900 turkeys and 3,085 boxes of food will be delivered to those hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy so they can still enjoy Thanksgiving this year.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo said 900 turkeys had been donated for Thanksgiving dinner Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing

Gov. Cuomo said, "We wanted to ensure that New Yorkers impacted by the storm can still celebrate Thanksgiving with their loved ones".

Thousands of food items were donated by supermarkets and will be delivered by the National Guard to communities in New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley.

Later today in Breezy Point, a Queens neighbourhood that was devastated by fire and flooding during Sandy, Gov. Cuomo and actor Steve Buscemi will meet first responders at a lunch hosted by the charity Friends of Firefighters.

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More than 160,000 people still without power after Sandy

The US Department of Energy has said 166,499 customers remain without power in New York, New Jersey and West Virginia following Hurricane Sandy and the following storm.

Volunteers shovel sand away from a car trapped due to Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of Queens, New York. Credit: Reuters

At its peak, a total of 8.6 million people in several East Coast states were without power after the hurricane came ashore on the New Jersey coast on October 29.

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