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Monday, December 15, 2008

Ice Storm Cuts Off Power in Northeast

ROCHESTER, N.H. -- More than 570,000 utility customers still lacked power Sunday afternoon after a devastating ice storm in the Northeast. Utilities in New Hampshire, the state hit the hardest, said power may not be totally restored to the region until Thursday or Friday.

Temperatures dropped into the teens and 20s early Sunday, with single-digit readings in parts of New Hampshire and Maine. Fryeburg, Maine, hit a low of just 2 degrees above zero. Warmer weather was on the way for Monday.

The number of people at shelters in Massachusetts nearly doubled, to 1,800, on Saturday night as people faced another night without lights and heat. Nearly 1,300 people stayed at 56 shelters in New Hampshire.

At least four deaths appear to have been related to the storm.

Snow Hampers Travel In Northern Plains

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Blizzard conditions made travel hazardous across the northern Plains on Sunday as officials closed major highways and urged people to stay home.

The National Weather Service estimated that as much as 13 inches of snow had fallen in Williston, N.D., and about a foot in Bismarck, and strong wind whipped the powdery snow and cut visibility.

North Dakota officials said a 200-mile stretch of Interstate 94 was closed from Jamestown to Alexandria, Minn., along with the entire stretch of I-29 in the state from the South Dakota border to Canada. A section of I-29 north of Brookings, S.D., also was closed late Sunday morning.

Palin's Church Draws Hundreds

WASILLA, Alaska -- About 1,200 people attended services by Wasilla Bible Church, the home church of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), two days after the church's building was damaged by a fire that authorities regard as suspicious. Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, was in Juneau and did not attend services, her spokesman said.

Blagojevich Said to Be Staying

CHICAGO -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) will not resign Monday, his spokesman said, even as pressure grew on the governor to do so before he is impeached. Blagojevich was arrested last week on charges of conspiracy to swap political favors for cash, including an attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. Through his attorney, Blagojevich has denied doing anything wrong.

-- From News Services


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