PECO is reporting more than 160,000 customers without power after Tuesday's storms.Delaware and Chester counties were the hardest hit.The outages reported are:Delaware County: 72,803Chester County: 69,072Montgomery County: 9,693Philadelphia: 8,925Bucks 162
Richard Branson’s Virgin Cruises will take delivery of three ships capable of carrying nearly 3,000 passengers each starting in early 2020, the British entrepreneur told reporters during a news conference on Tuesday. "It’s no secret I’ve dreamed of building a cruise line for a very long time," said Branson, 64. The first ship will operate out of Miami, but no decision was announced about the other two Branson arrived at the news conference by helicopter and posed for pictures sporting a cherry red captain’s hat with matching shorts and boat shoes, flanked by two models.
ATLANTA (AP) — Calls to remove Confederate imagery from public places multiplied rapidly across the South and beyond Tuesday, with opponents eyeing state flags, license plates and statues of Civil War politicians and generals.
An initiative to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds picked up steam on Tuesday, a week after the massacre of nine black church members, and criticism over the emblem long associated with slavery spread to other U.S. southern states. U.S. retailers joined lawmakers in distancing themselves from the banner, with industry leaders Amazon.com Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc pulling the images of the rebel flag from their stores and websites, joining Google Inc, Sears Holdings Corp and eBay Inc. The Civil War-era flag of the South's pro-slavery Confederacy has become a lightning rod for outrage over the shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, which authorities say was motivated by racial hatred.
Wooden support beams sheared off in last week's collapse of a fourth-floor apartment balcony that killed six people in Berkeley, California, were found to be badly decayed, apparently from moisture, city building inspectors said in a report issued on Tuesday. "The inspectors observed that the deck joist ends protruding from the exterior wall appeared to be severely dry rotted," the memorandum said.
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - Several hundred residents in Alaska were told to leave their homes on Tuesday as swiftly growing wildfires up and down the drought-stricken U.S. West Coast closed highways and destroyed buildings, officials said. Blazes near the tiny northeast Alaska communities of Nulato and Tanana along the Yukon River prompted authorities to call for evacuations of several hundred people, a forestry official said. Farther upstream, another blaze of over 18,000 acres (7,300 hectares) threatened a major roadway linking Anchorage and Fairbanks.
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Virginia will phase out vehicle license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag, the state's governor said on Tuesday, following the fatal shootings of nine black worshipers at a historic South Carolina church, allegedly by a white gunman. The state, which was part of the pro-slavery Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War, will no longer allow specialty license plates for the Sons of Confederate Veterans group that feature the flag, said Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal also said Tuesday that he will seek a redesign of Georgia’s state-issued Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates, which is set on a Confederate battle flag background.
The author of a proposed California ballot initiative advocating the murder of gays and lesbians should not be authorized to gather signatures to place it before voters, a judge in the state capital of Sacramento has ruled. "The proposed initiative titled the "Sodomite Suppression Act" ... is patently unconstitutional on its face," Superior Court Judge Raymond Cadei wrote in an order released to the public on Tuesday. California Attorney General Kamala Harris had filed a complaint against the author of the measure, which she called unconstitutional and bigoted.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's liquor board approved more flexible rules for granting event permits Tuesday, a year after receiving intense criticism when board members considered denying a permit to serve beer at an annual Oktoberfest celebration.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States voiced deep concern Tuesday over state-sponsored cybertheft and tension in the disputed seas of East Asia but did not let the sharp disagreements with China on pressing security issues cloud the outlook for cooperation between the world powers.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The driver of an SUV that tore through a Reno house, killing two young children inside before ending up in the backyard, was involved in a traffic accident two years ago after he suffered a medical episode, police said Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated in a killing that happened while he was more than 1,000 miles away vacationing at Disney World, the city comptroller said Tuesday.