News November 5

National

Sandy Six days after a superstorm devastated parts of the northeast, the recovery -- and frustration -- continues. At least 111 people are known dead. Nearly 2 million homes and businesses remain without power, down from a peak of over 8 million -- most of them in New Jersey and New York. There's still a scramble for gas and housing as temperatures drop, CBS News reported. LINK

Fiscal Cliff Unless Congress acts by the end of the year, more than 26 million households will for the first time face the alternative minimum tax, which threatens to tack $3,700, on average, onto taxpayers' bills for the current tax year, The Washington Post reported. LINK

Vermont

Fiscal Cliff Up to a quarter of Vermont's eligible voters already cast their ballots, the Vermont Press Bureau reported. LINK