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US News: Some NY Homes Still Powerless; Ky Quake; Mushroom Deaths

By: AP
By: AP
Utility: No power for some NY homes until Tuesday... Weekend gas lines ease up in NY but might return... 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Ky... Indy blast: home leveled, 4 more afire, injuries... Southwest jet slides off taxiway at Denver airport... Man says he found mom

Sanitation workers shovel snow from Queens Blvd. during a snow storm Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Thousands of linemen and tree trimmers on Long Island, N.Y., are working to restore power lines damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
About 130,000 homes and businesses are still without power, down from a peak of 1 million. Long Island Power Authority chief Michael Hervey says electricity will be back on in 99 percent of those homes by Tuesday. That doesn't count severely damaged buildings.
There's growing frustration about the pace of power restoration. Hundreds of residents protested Saturday outside a LIPA office.
Harvey acknowledges residents' frustration but says the utility is working as fast as it can.
Two congressmen from Long Island have asked for federal aid to help LIPA restore electricity.
Meanwhile, Con Edison says it will restore power this weekend to all its New York City and Westchester County customers whose buildings are in good enough shape to turn electricity back on. About 11,400 of them remain without power.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Drivers in the New York region appear to be getting a break from spending hours in gas lines after Superstorm Sandy.
Around New York City, they still waited longer than usual Saturday at stations. But the lines that stretched a dozen Manhattan blocks earlier in the week at some stations were far shorter. Many were closed -- for lack of fuel or taking a break.
In Brooklyn, drivers waited about 20 minutes at most, much less than in previous days.
But on Staten Island, the few open stations were busier, with about 20 cars lined up on one street amid stalled traffic.
In New Jersey, state-imposed gas limits continued in 12 of 21 counties.

WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) -- The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that an earthquake centered in Kentucky also rattled other states nearby.
The USGS website says the epicenter of the 4.3 magnitude earthquake on Saturday afternoon was about 10 miles west of Whitesburg. Residents in nearby Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia also reported feeling the temblor.
National Weather Service spokesman Jeff Carico says employees at the office in Jackson, which is about 60 miles northwest of Whitesburg, felt the ground shake for about 15 seconds. He says the office has gotten numerous calls, but so far no one has reported any serious damage.
USGS geophysicist John Bellini says the quake is considered "light" and isn't expected to cause major damage.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Authorities say a loud explosion has leveled a home in Indianapolis and set four others ablaze in a neighborhood, causing several injuries.
Capt. Rita Burris with the Indiana Fire Department told The Associated Press that firefighters are still working to put out the flames after the explosion around 11 p.m. Saturday.
She told AP early Sunday there were multiple injuries but details remain sketchy and there are no fatalities reported at this point. She says the fire occurred in a south Indianapolis residential area and there's no immediate report on the cause. But she says authorities would be checking if gas was involved in the explosion heard for miles around.
Burris says firefighters will search the area once the fires are under control.

DENVER (AP) -- A Southwest Airlines jet slid off a taxiway at Denver International Airport on Saturday amid light snowfall and freezing temperatures.
DIA spokeswoman Jenny Schiavone confirmed that the aircraft slid off the taxiway shortly after 5 p.m. There were no reports of injuries.
Schiavone says passengers of Flight 1905 were bused from the taxiway to the concourse.
The Denver-bound Boeing 737 had departed Saturday afternoon from Metropolitan Oakland International in California.
Schiavone says flight schedules and overall DIA operations were not disrupted following the incident.
Further details were not immediately available.

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- A man who was away from his village in Afghanistan when prosecutors say a U.S. soldier went on a deadly rampage has testified that he arrived at home to find his mother's body.
Samiullah testified from Afghanistan via a live video feed at a preliminary hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. The hearing will help determine whether Bales will face a court-martial.
Bales is accused of killing 16 civilians, including nine children, and could face the death penalty if convicted.
Samiullah says he cried after finding his mother and could not look at her face.
Samiullah says his 7-year-old daughter was shot in the head in the March 11 attack and was later treated at a Navy hospital in San Diego. He says she can now walk and talk again.

Official: Harassing emails led to FBI probe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A former spokesman for ex-CIA Director David Petraeus says Petraeus is "truly remorseful" about an affair that led to his resignation Friday.
Steve Boylan, the retired general's former spokesman, spoke to Petraeus on Saturday.
Boylan says Petraeus "knows he screwed up," and is going to try to heal with his family.
An FBI investigation into harassing emails allegedly sent by Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell to another woman led to revelations that Petraeus and Broadwell were having an affair. Both are married.
President Barack Obama accepted Petraeus's resignation on Friday.

Official: Harassing emails led to FBI probe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Members of Congress say they want answers to questions about the affair between CIA Director David Petraeus and his biographer that led to the former general's resignation.
House intelligence committee chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and ranking member Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., will meet Wednesday with FBI deputy director Sean Joyce, and CIA acting director Michael Morell to ask questions like how the investigation came about, according to a senior congressional staffer who spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.
President Barack Obama accepted Petraeus's resignation on Friday.

Officials say 2 dead, 4 sick from wild mushrooms
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say two residents of a Northern California assisted living facility have died and four others are hospitalized after eating soup with wild mushrooms.
Placer County sheriff's officials told the Sacramento Bee that 86-year-old Barbara Lopes and 73-year-old Teresa Olesniewicz -- residents of Gold Age Villa, an elderly care home in Loomis -- died after eating the soup that had been prepared by a caregiver at the facility.
Sheriff's Lt. Mark Reed says the caregiver who prepared the soup was among the six people sickened. The conditions of the four people hospitalized were not immediately known, and their names have not been released.
Reed says after deputies were called to the facility Friday they determined the incident was an accident.
The incident is being investigated by the California Department of Social Services, the agency that licenses senior care facilities.


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