**Eastern US Braces for 'Superstorm'**
Forecasters say conditions along the east coast of the United States will
deteriorate Monday as one of the biggest storms ever to hit the mainland
brings heavy rain and wind to a large section of the nation's most populated
Hurricane Sandy has been moving up the coast and is expected to join with
two winter storm systems, creating a hybrid "superstorm" that could affect
up to 60 million residents. It is expected to make landfall late Monday.
Forecasters expect the storm to bring hurricane-force winds to portions
of the coast from Virginia to Massachusetts. The National Weather Service
is predicting a "life-threatening" storm surge that could reach more than
3 meters in New York Harbor.
The storm has forced major cities including Washington, Philadelphia and
New York to close schools and shut down their public transit systems. U.S.
stock markets are closed Monday, and the United Nations has canceled meetings
and closed its offices.
**South Korean Activists Float Leaflets Into North Korea**
South Korean activists have sent tens of thousands of anti-Pyongyang leaflets
across the border by balloons into North Korea, one week after warnings
from Seoul and threats of retaliation from Pyongyang.
Around a dozen activists attached 50,000 leaflets to seven balloons Monday
and sent them floating over the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two countries.
Some local residents fearing reprisal from the North scuffled with the activists.
The balloons were launched from the Imjingak resort in the border city of
Paju, where South Korean police blocked an earlier launch attempt last Monday.
The North's official Korean Central News Agency said before the first attempt
that the Korean People's Army would conduct a "merciless strike" without
warning if the leaflets were sent.
However, just hours after the launch was aborted, the activists launched
balloons from Ganghwa Island, west of Seoul, with no military response from