It's Wednesday, Nov. 7, the 312th day of 2012. There are 54 days left in the year.


• New York City halts construction and orders parks, playgrounds and beaches closed with a nor'easter predicted to hit.

In History

Highlight: In 1940, Washington state's original Tacoma Narrows Bridge, nicknamed “Galloping Gertie,” collapsed into Puget Sound during a windstorm.

Ten years ago: In his first news conference since the midterm elections, President George W. Bush, charting an agenda for the new Republican Congress, said that homeland security came first and that an economic-recovery plan with new tax cuts would wait until the next year.

Five years ago: An 18-year-old gunman opened fire at his high school in Tuusula, Finland, killing seven other students and the principal before taking his own life.

One year ago: A jury convicted Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, of involuntary manslaughter for supplying a powerful anesthetic implicated in the entertainer's 2009 death (he was sentenced to four years in jail).


Evangelist Billy Graham is 94. CIA Director David Petraeus is 60. Actress Julie Pinson is 45.

— From wire reports

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