Hurricane Sandy: The Washington area is bracing for Hurricane Sandy, The Washington Post reports. The federal government and area schools are closed. The region's transit system stopped Monday operations.
Oil Spill: A trial to determine liability from the 2010 BP PLC oil spill won't start until February 25, 2013, a federal judge in New Orleans ruled on Friday. Lodging challenges stemming from the National Football League's Super Bowl on February 3 and the Mardi Gras festival on February 12 prompted the February 25 start of the trial, Reuters reports.
Reid Accident: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was in the hospital on Friday after he suffered minor injuries from a multi-vehicle accident in Nevada, the Las Vegas Sun reports. "He experienced rib and hip contusions and has been cleared for release by the doctors," Reid's office said in a statement.
Health Worries: After spending tens of millions of dollars to carry out President Barack Obama's health care law, health insurance companies are uneasy about Republican Mitt Romney winning the presidential election and repealing the statute, The Associated Press reports. Insurers "are not going to be out there saying, `Repeal, repeal, repeal,'" said G. William Hoagland, until recently a Cigna Inc. vice president. "They will probably try to find the particular provisions that cause them heartburn, but not throw the baby out with the bath water."