Nor'easter Knocks Out

Power to 200,000

GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- A nor'easter that drew energy from the remnants of far-off Hurricane Wilma battered New England and the mid-Atlantic states with 20-foot waves and winds reaching 70 mph Tuesday, brought some inland areas their first snow of the season, and knocked out power to nearly 200,000 homes and businesses.

On Cape Cod, Harwich Harbormaster Thomas Leach recorded sustained wind of 56 mph and gusts of 70 mph.

The storm was reinforced by the remnants of Hurricane Wilma, which was about 400 miles southeast of Boston and speeding toward the North Atlantic after battering Florida a day earlier.

In New Jersey, waves as high as 20 feet washed away stretches of beach at Bay Head, and howling wind stripped sand off the shore at Point Pleasant Beach, piling it three feet deep on a street a block inland.

Dozens of flights were canceled at Boston's Logan International Airport. In the New York City area, airports reported flight delays as long as 31/2 hours.

Snow fell at higher elevations from West Virginia, which got as much as seven inches, to northern Maine. The wet, heavy snow brought down tree limbs and power lines, blacking out 76,000 customers in West Virginia and 27,000 in Pennsylvania.

* NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Contractor William Tomasso and Peter Ellef, who was co-chief of staff for former governor John G. Rowland, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit tax fraud and bribery, ending a public corruption case that led to Rowland's downfall. Prosecutors said Ellef steered multimillion-dollar contracts to Tomasso in exchange for gold, cash, travel and gifts. Each faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when sentenced Jan. 13.

* PHILADELPHIA -- City Council member Rick Mariano, 50, was indicted on federal fraud and bribery charges for allegedly giving favors to friends and businesses that paid his personal expenses. Prosecutors said he helped one business receive a tax break and gave another help on buying city property.

* NEW ORLEANS -- Alroy M. Allen, 23, of New Orleans and Sean Franklin, 39, of Rayne, La., were arrested in an investigation into who stole almost 200 cars from a New Orleans Cadillac dealership during Hurricane Katrina. Allen and Franklin are accused of stealing a 2003 Cadillac Escalade from Sewell Cadillac Chevrolet. Police have acknowledged using some of the dealership's vehicles after patrol cars were flooded.

* JACKSON, Miss. -- Cisco Systems Inc. chief executive John Chambers said a Mississippi woman whose family lost everything in Hurricane Katrina inspired his company to make a $40 million donation to schools affected by the storm. The first $20 million will go to southern Mississippi schools to provide wireless Internet service and other technology services. The other $20 million will go to schools in other states hit by Katrina.

* NEW YORK -- Manhattan apartment building owner Dominic Galofaro pleaded guilty to illegally evicting Wah Hop Eng, 87, from the $158-a-month rent-controlled Manhattan apartment where Eng lived for more than 47 years. Galofaro bought the building at 89th Street and Third Avenue in March and was renovating it when he locked out Eng in August.

-- From News Services