U.S. officials have confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of the American journalist.
Both President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have suspended campaigning – a week ahead of election day – due to Hurricane Sandy.
Early voting in Maryland and Washington, D.C., has been canceled due to the storm, and Hurricane Sandy’s reach could extend into three other key states – New Hampshire, North Carolina and Ohio.
In Virginia, election officials eased absentee voting requirements for residents affected by the storm.