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Frustrated residents protest outside utility



Published: Sun, November 11, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Frustrated residents protest outside utility

NEW YORK

Even as the lights came on for many who lost power in New York and New Jersey during the superstorm and a later nor’easter, hundreds of residents protested Saturday outside a Long Island utility, frustrated by its slow response to outages.

Power restoration has been slower there than in other areas hit by superstorm Sandy, sparking criticism of the Long Island Power Authority. Some of the 130,000 blacked-out homes and businesses the utility serves may not have power restored until the end of Tuesday, LIPA said.

In the rest of the region hardest hit by the storm, most service was expected to be restored by the end of the weekend, though that doesn’t include tens of thousands of homes too damaged to juice up.

Earthquake in Kentucky

A magnitude-4.3 earthquake centered in southeastern Kentucky on Saturday shook residents from northern Ohio to North Carolina and Alabama.

The earthquake, centered more than half a mile underground about eight miles west of Whitesburg, Ky., did not appear to cause any structural damage in the Ohio Valley. The epicenter was about 35 miles west of the southwestern Virginia border. It occurred at 12:08 p.m., according to the federal agency that tracks earthquakes.

More than 200 people from Ohio, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Georgia Indiana and North Carolina reported feeling the temblor on the U.S. Geological Survey’s website, some more than 300 miles away.

After jeep attack, Israeli army kills 4

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip

Palestinian militants fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli jeep patrolling the border with Gaza, and the Israelis fired back into the Palestinian territory, killing four civilians, officials and witnesses said.

Israel’s military said four of its soldiers were wounded in the missile attack, one of them seriously. Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health-ministry spokesman, said all four Palestinians killed were civilians between age 16 and 18 and that among the 25 wounded were some children.

The military wing of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine took responsibility, but it still remains unclear who in fact was behind the attack. The PFLP often takes credit for attacks that later turn out to be the work of Hamas or Islamic Jihad militants.

2 die after eating wild mushrooms

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

Two residents of a Northern California assisted-living facility have died, and four others are hospitalized after eating soup with wild mushrooms, authorities said.

Placer County sheriff’s officials told the Sacramento Bee that Barbara Lopes, 86, and Teresa Olesniewicz, 73, — 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.

The caregiver who prepared the soup was among the six people sickened, said Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Reed. The conditions of the four people hospitalized were not known immediately, and their names have not been released.

Cal State targets ‘super seniors’ with fees

SAN FRANCISCO

They’re called “super seniors,” and they can be found on nearly every college campus in America.

These veteran undergraduates have amassed many more units than they need to earn a degree, with college careers that can stretch well beyond four years.

At California State University, school administrators say enough is enough: The 23-campus system can’t afford to let students linger so long without collecting their diplomas.

Cal State officials want to start charging hefty fees that could almost triple the cost for students who have completed five years of full-time undergraduate work.

The CSU Board of Trustees is expected to vote on the “graduation incentive fee” when it meets Tuesday.

Combined dispatches


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