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Urgency Added to Superstorm Recovery as Temps Drop

People in cars and on foot line up for free gas in the Jamaica neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Trucks provided by the U.S. Department of Defense at the direction of President Barack Obama at this site and others were deployed in coordination with the New York National Guard at the direction of the governor. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

NEW YORK (AP) — Falling temperatures put more people at risk in a region already battling gasoline shortages and stubborn power outages after Superstorm Sandy.

Meanwhile, runners disappointed over the last-minute cancellation of the New York City Marathon planned impromptu runs of their own to raise money and supplies for storm victims.

With overnight temperatures in the 30s and nearly a million customers still without power in the area, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged people to get to a shelter.

The city also was handing out 25,000 blankets to residents who insist on staying in powerless homes.

Fears about crime, especially at night in darkened neighborhoods, persisted. A man wearing a Red Cross jacket was arrested on a burglary charge Saturday when officers saw him checking the front doors of unoccupied houses.


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