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Ice Storm Causes Power Outages, Travel Problems

STATE — Thousands of New Jersey residents are without power this morning as a result of an ice storm.

At 8:30 a.m., about 15,000 PSE&G customers were without power due to icing on the utility’s equipment and on trees. Nearly 14,000 Jersey Central Power & Light customers were without electricity at 10:40 a.m

Winter Fire Hydrant Safety Tips

When called to the scene of a fire, firefighters bring many specialized tools with them. During the winter months, they bring a rather ordinary, but very important tool to fire calls — a shovel. That’s because very often when they arrive, they find a fire hydrant is still buried in snow.

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: Has the U.S., under Obama, increased or at least restored its family planning aid to developing countries that was cut when the Bush Administration first took office? — T. Healy, via e-mail