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Sandy now blamed for at least 59 deaths

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NEW YORK (AP) - New York City has begun coming back to life Wednesday in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Across the river in New Jersey, fires still rage and National Guardsmen are working to rescue flood victims two days after the storm moved ashore.

The storm has been blamed for at least 59 deaths and has caused billions of dollars in damage. Close to 6.5 million homes and businesses remain without power, including 4 million in New York and New Jersey.

In the New York region, Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports have reopened with limited service.

Trading also resumed at the New York Stock Exchange, thanks to generator power.

The scale of the challenge can be seen in New Jersey, where National Guard troops arrived in Hoboken to deliver ready-to-eat meals and help evacuate thousands still stuck in their homes.

President Barack Obama Wednesday will visit Atlantic City, with Gov. Chris Christie saying he plans to ask the president to assign the Army Corps of Engineers to work on how to restore beaches and better protect shoreline communities.

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