Drought-stricken state welcomes storm

Californians accustomed to complaining about the slightest change in the weather welcomed a robust weekend storm that soaked the northern half of the drought-stricken state Saturday even as rain and snow brought the threat of avalanches, flooding and rock slides.

The storm that moved in Friday had dropped more than 7 inches of rain on Marin County’s Mount Tamalpais, an average of 4 inches in Sonoma County and one to three inches in San Francisco, San Jose and other urban areas, National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Strudley said.

The downpour by itself will not solve the state’s drought worries, however, Strudley said.

— Associated Press

Huge blaze contained but still burning

Fire officials said a huge fire at the Port of Savannah in Georgia was contained but could take a while to burn out.

Savannah Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Mark Keller said that the fire, fueled by 5,600 tons of rubber, was under control.

He said firefighters were using industrial pumps to draw up river water and blast it through water cannons at the blaze. There was no telling how long it will take to burn out, he said.

The fire was burning inside a warehouse covering 226,000 square feet at the port’s Ocean Terminal just west of downtown Savannah. All of the port’s workers were accounted for and unharmed.

— Associated Press

Woman fatally mauled by dogs

A Dayton area woman known for her love of cats was found in front of her home Friday fatally mauled by two dogs.

Police say they found Klonda Richey, 57, unclothed, with her coat apparently torn off by the mixed-breed dogs.

Authorities said Richey’s next-door neighbors, Andrew Nason, 28, and Julie Custer, 23, were taken into custody and held pending a formal charge of reckless homicide.

The Dayton Daily News reported that police were forced to kill the two male dogs after they charged officers.

The newspaper reported Richey, of Bruce Avenue, owned and cared for at least 20 cats.

— Associated Press

Former mayor Daley leaves hospital: Former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley left a hospital Saturday after more than a week of tests to determine why he was feeling ill and disoriented during a business trip. Daley, 71, smiled and waved but did not speak to the large crowd of reporters and videographers waiting outside Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago.

Fewer seniors in poverty: Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a “war on poverty,” the percentage of seniors nationwide living below the poverty line has plummeted from
27 percent to 9 percent, according to an Akron Beacon Journal analysis of census data. Today, there are 3.7 million seniors living in poverty, compared with 5.2 million in 1969, the Ohio newspaper said.

— From news services