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    A nor’easter battered eastern Massachusetts, leaving over 490,000 businesses and homes without power by midmorning on October 27. The storm wreaked havoc throughout Massachusetts’ hardest-hit areas, including Boston’s south shore, Cape Cod, and Cape Anne, CBS Boston reported. By noontime, the number of customers without electricity was 494,381. Several communities remain entirely without power, according to the outlet. As of 1:32 p.m. Wednesday, 478,437 customers were still without power, according to Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Bad news: 487,462 customers are without power Good news: that number decreased for the first time this morning. its a sign of things to come #mawx #WCVB @MassEMA pic.twitter.com/VJF04uqCtT — Matt Reed (@MattReedNews) October 27, 2021 A man named Harry Green from Brockton, Massachusetts, captured footage of a transformer catching fire and exploding, according to CBS Boston. INCREDIBLE and scary videoWASHINGTON AVE AND PINE STREET, BROCKTONHarry Green:I heard a boom ran over to the neighbors and banged on there door cause trees were on fire then house across the street caught on fire pic.twitter.com/7BzCnkWJKr — Terry Eliasen (@TerryWBZ) October 27, 2021 Meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon of WCVB reported winds...
    Fire officials have issued evacuation orders and warnings around Lake Tahoe Basin as the massive Caldor Fire continues to rage in Northern California, burning more than 191,000 acres and ravaging hundreds of homes and businesses.  The Caldor Fire, which is 15% contained, has destroyed 669 structures and damaged 40 others as of Tuesday, according to CalFire. As the fire spreads towards the Lake Tahoe area, it threatens to torch more than 33,600 homes and businesses in its path. More than 3,500 firefighters are working to control the blaze, which has injured five people. Fire officials issued mandatory evacuations in El Dorado and Alpine counties on Sunday. More than 24,000 residents have been told to evacuate near Highway 50, which connects Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe.  "To put it in perspective, we've been seeing about a half-mile of movement on the fire's perimeter each day for the last couple of weeks, and today, this has already moved at 2.5 miles on us, with no sign that it's starting to slow down," Eric Schwab of CalFire said in a news conference Sunday. Fire burns...
    The Biden administration's plan to hike the inheritance tax bill for wealthy Americans will snare the middle class, farmers and family businesses in a double taxation dragnet to finance its massive spending plans, according to tax experts. President Joe Biden’s vast expansion of social spending programs will be funded in part by ending 'step-up in basis,' a provision which protects estates from capital gains tax at death. Biden says the aim is to close a loophole that allows rich families to pass wealth from generation to generation. But congressional Republicans warn it could have a devastating impact on family businesses, particularly farms, and Democrats have begun considering ways to limit the damage. Chad Silver, attorney, said the rich would find new loopholes while the middle classes would get hit with bills on 'unrealized gains' - property and other assets that have risen in value. President Biden's plans mean some families may face paying capital gains tax on estates to fund his massive spending proposals. At present, all but a few thousand are exempt Couple's will have a $2.5...
    DALLAS – FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – With Texas business and schools back open, not as many people are opening their homes to new pets. The number of shelter animals staying in foster homes has dropped back down to pre-pandemic levels. READ MORE: San Antonio Airport Gunman Killed Himself, Autopsy Shows It’s leading to low capacity in shelters again, and not putting as many animals into a program credited with improving adoptability. When the shutdown started in March 2020, interest in fostering animals surged. With work and school all happening from home, people had more time to devote to a part-time or permanent new pet. Dallas Animal Services had 205 dogs staying with foster families in March 2020. In March 2021 it dropped back down to 35. Fort Worth Animal Care and Control estimated as many as 600 dogs and cats were in foster homes at the height of the shutdown. Now it’s closer to 150. “We saw the increase for a few months after we put out a plea for fosters,” said Jessica Brown, the superintendent in Fort Worth. The...
    (CNN)The city of Nashville is recovering from a deadly flood caused by heavy rains that prompted hundreds of rescues and killed four people. Authorities identified two of the four victims as men in their 60s and 70s who drowned after driving as floodwaters ravaged the area.More than a hundred people had to be rescued from fast rising waters that flooded communities and damaged homes and businesses, the Nashville Fire Department said in an update Sunday night.Cars are seen submerged on I-24 near Antioch Pike in Nashville, on Sunday, March 28, 2021. A resident from one apartment building in Antioch, south of Nashville, told CNN affiliate WZTV that she woke up to a mudslide compromising the building."You don't think that tiny little creek can get that vicious," Abbe Bolduc told the affiliate. She was one of 15 people rescued from the CityVue Apartments Sunday, WZTV reported.Read MoreThe flood is one of the latest tragedies to befall the city of Nashville, which in the last year has experienced a damaging tornado, a deadly derecho and a Christmas morning bombing.Mayor John Cooper announced...
    BRICK TWP., New Jersey -- Crews in Ocean County, New Jersey are working to contain a massive forest fire that has exceeded 170 acres and damaged nearby homes and commercial buildings on Sunday.Officials say the call came in for a brush fire in Lakewood, New Jersey around 1 p.m near Airport Road & Cedar Bridge Avenue. The extremely windy conditions spread the fire into areas of Brick Township.The fire is more than 50% contained, officials confirmed late Sunday night."We're just trying to hold our lines where we're at. Eliminate the hot spots and keep it where it's at," said Dale Carry with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.EMBED More News Videos Officials provide update on NJ forest fire on March 14, 2021. Maris Gabliks, a spokesperson for the Fire Service, says more than 100 residents in the immediate area had to evacuate, and nearby homes and commercial buildings suffered damage.According to the Point Pleasant Fire Department, the fire has also damaged multiple structures near the Lakewood Industrial Complex in Brick Township.EMBED More News VideosLarge brush fire burning in Ocean County,...
    BRICK TWP., New Jersey -- Crews in Ocean County, New Jersey are working to contain a massive forest fire that has exceeded 160 acres and damaged nearby homes and commercial buildings on Sunday.Officials say the call came in for a brush fire in Lakewood, New Jersey around 1 p.m near Airport Road & Cedar Bridge Avenue. The extremely windy conditions spread the fire into areas of Brick Township.The fire is roughly 50% contained."We're just trying to hold our lines where we're at. Eliminate the hot spots and keep it where it's at," said Dale Carry with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.EMBED More News Videos Officials provide update on NJ forest fire on March 14, 2021. Maris Gabliks, a spokesperon for the Fire Service, says more than 100 residents in the immediate area have evacuated, and nearby homes and commercial buildings suffered damage.According to the Point Pleasant Fire Department, the fire has also damaged multiple structures near the Lakewood Industrial Complex in Brick Township, New Jersey.EMBED More News VideosLarge brush fire burning in Ocean County, NJ near Lakewood amid gusty...
    Some businesses in Texas are hitting consumers when they’re down. Lina Hidalgo, the judge Harris County, the largest county in Texas, said this week that Houston residents, already hit by power outages and severe weather, have complained about exploitative prices. “We’ve heard reports of outrageous prices on necessary items like food, water and housing. We will not tolerate price gouging. Violators can face fines of up to $250,000,” she said. “The main types of things we’re seeing is hotels setting prices at ridiculous rates,” Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee told the Associated Press. “We’ve seen allegations of packs of water being sold for two to three times the normal price, or packs of water being divvied up and the individual bottles being sold at excessive prices.” Price gouging on necessities during a declared emergency in Texas is illegal under the law. That includes “selling or leasing fuel, food, medicine, or another necessity at an exorbitant or excessive price.” Those who do are subject to a civil penalty of up to $20,000 for each violation or up to $250,000...
    BORIS Johnson is drawing up plans to test more than 400,000 Brits a day in homes and workplaces in a bid to clear a path out of lockdown. NHS Test and Trace is preparing for nationwide 'surge' Covid testing which will see millions of lateral flow tests posted out each week. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6Boris Johnson is expected to announce the testing rollout next weekCredit: Crown Copyright 6Lateral flow tests require a small nasal or saliva sampleCredit: London News Pictures The Royal Mail is being geared up for the huge scaling up of deliveries which will see around two-thirds of the population offered repeat rapid tests from next month. Schoolchildren will be among those offered the 30-minute tests twice a week after returning to class from March 8 The Times reports the scheme will be accompanied by a publicity campaign called "Are you ready? Get testing. Go." Boris Johnson has previously hinted lateral flow tests could be the future of allowing events such as weddings and sports events to go...
    LOS Angeles residents have been told to "stay in homes now" as the mayor banned travel and shut non-essential businesses due to Covid. Mayor Eric Garcetti warned on Wednesday the city was nearing "a devastating tipping point" and ordered residents to stay in their homes and avoid social gatherings in new lockdown measures to rein in a surge in Covid infections. 3Mayor Eric Garcetti shared the warning on WednesdayCredit: LUCY NICHOLSON "It's time to cancel everything," Garcetti said during the press briefing. His order limits nearly all social gatherings of people from more than a single household, mirroring a directive by county health officials last week, but exempts religious services and protests protected by the constitution. "My message couldn’t be simpler. It's time to hunker down. It’s time to cancel everything. And if it isn’t essential, don't do it," the mayor added. "Don't meet up with others outside your household. Don't host a gathering. Don't attend a gathering. “Our city is now close to a devastating tipping point, beyond which the number of hospitalized patients would start to overwhelm our...
    (CNN)El Paso County, Texas, has ordered a new curfew starting Thanksgiving eve as it continues to grapple with rising Covid-19 cases and so many deaths that 10 additional morgue units have been brought in to accommodate the surge.The situation is so dire that 1,500 additional medical professionals and the National Guard have been deployed to help. Even inmates have been enlisted to assist in morgue operations as the death toll grows.The curfew took effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and will run from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. until November 30, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego announced at a Tuesday afternoon news conference."We need to do everything possible to avoid the perfect storm," Samaniego said. "I will use every tool that I have such as issuing a curfew to slow the spread of this virus. We're now cautiously anticipating the outcome of Thanksgiving. Black Friday, Christmas, New Year's, and the terrifying effects of the flu season."The new curfew doesn't close businesses but discourages residents from leaving their homes or gather over the holiday week.Read MoreDeath toll requiring more morgue capacityOn...
    Wildfires raged through Northern California on Wednesday, threatening thousands of homes and blackening the skies near and over San Francisco as crews struggled to surround them despite steep terrain and blistering heat. The smoke-filled skies are expected to linger for the next few days, reports CBS San Francisco. The fires, many caused by lightning and sometimes pushed by strong winds, had burned hundreds of thousands of acres as they chewed through brushland, rural areas, canyon country and dense forest to the north, east and south of San Francisco. Fires also carved their way through the wine country and the Sierra Nevada. In addition to about two dozen major blazes, small fires kept erupting, though most were quickly stopped. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox CBS San Francisco says the blazes were putting additional pressure on businesses already struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants offering outdoor dining, and outdoor malls were among those hardest hit. In central California, a pilot on a water dropping mission in western Fresno County died Wednesday morning when his helicopter...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) announced Wednesday night that by the end of the week, the city will start cutting off water and electric services to homes and businesses caught holding unauthorized large gatherings in violation of COVID-19 restrictions. The mayor says he wants offenders shut down "permanently." What are the details? "Recently we've seen the reports of some large parties and gatherings in flagrant violation of health ordinances," Garcetti said during a press conference. "As our county Department of Public Health said yesterday, and I quote, 'The highest risk settings are large, in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least six feet apart and where face coverings are not worn." Despite the fact that Garcetti himself was pictured (see photo above) mask-less among crowds of crammed-together George Floyd protesters weeks ago, he says it's time to crack down on others who host gatherings that are unpermitted by the government. The mayor went on to say that with bars and nightclubs shut down already under...
    CITIES and states across the country looking to close the massive budget shortfalls created by the coronavirus pandemic are considering raising taxes on homes, cigarettes, local business and global tech giants. The increases that have been proposed and in some cases adopted reflect the growing desperation on the part of government leaders. Its forced leaders to consider more harmful and economically risky moves in the middle of an economic crisis. 4 Some state lawmakers have proposed or consider raising taxes on homes, cigarettes, local business and global tech giantsCredit: EPA Mark Mazur, former Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy in the U.S. Department of Treasury spoke out on the proposed raisings, “No politician wants to lead with raising taxes,” he said. “When they get there, it’s because they’ve run out of other options.” As cities such as Florida, Texas and California struggle to control the resurgence of coronavirus cases in their cities, Philadelphia on the other hand has increased fees on parking and raised wage taxes on workers who reside outside the city. Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, said this month she...
    PLEASANTON (CBS SF) — Thousands of homes and businesses in Pleasanton were without power on one of the hottest days since the start of summer, on Tuesday afternoon. The outage affected more than 7,000 customers , according to PG&E. It was first reported at around 3:30 p.m. (PG&E) Temperatures in Pleasanton climbed into the upper 90s Tuesday. PG&E says they are investigating and assessing the cause. The utility estimates that power will be restored around 6:45 p.m.
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday New York City will enter Phase Two of reopening on June 22, and the Mid-Hudson region remains on track to enter Phase Three on Tuesday.Starting Sunday, visitors will be allowed inside nursing homes, assisted living facilities, dementia care homes and pediatric transitional care homes in New Jersey.Personal care businesses can reopen on Monday, which include beauty salons and barber shops, along with nail salons, massage parlors and tattoo shops.NEW YORK STATEOn Friday, there were 24 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York state, Gov. Cuomo announced on a conference call.Of the 68,830 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, 716, or 1 percent, were positive.Cuomo also said the Yankees and Mets will move their spring training camps for the upcoming Major League Baseball season from Florida to New York.NEW YORK CITYMayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that he's comfortable with the city entering Phase 2 of reopening Monday, as all three of the city's indicators remained well below their allowed thresholds.Outdoor dining will be permitted during Phase 2, though restaurants are...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The next step on New York City's road to reopening is phase two, which is still on track for Monday.Outdoor dining, salons, barbershops and in-store retail will be back in business.Starting Sunday, visitors will be allowed inside nursing homes, assisted living facilities, dementia care homes and pediatric transitional care homes in New Jersey.Personal care businesses can reopen on Monday, which include beauty salons and barber shops, along with nail salons, massage parlors and tattoo shops.NEW YORK STATEIn an emotional, reflective, and short press conference, Gov. Cuomo looked back at the past 111 days in New York State and the fight against COVID-19.Cuomo said the state has the lowest number of hospitalizations, lowest weekly infection rate, and lowest number of deaths, and even though New York City will be the last region to enter Phase 2 of reopening Monday, he warned that the pandemic is not over and New York still needs to be proactive.Cuomo said that he thought of the past 111 days like climbing up a mountain -- 42 days up and 69 days on...
    The SolarizeAlexandria program, beginning Monday and running through August, makes it easier for residents of the Virginia city to install solar power systems on houses and businesses. Residents who sign up for the program will get a free virtual assessment of their homes and businesses to see whether solar power is a good idea. If it is, property owners can get regional bulk pricing, the Alexandria government said in a statement. Owners also can get a property tax exemption for certified solar equipment. The program offers residents the option to buy an electric vehicle charging station. It’s not part of the solar-energy tax exemption, but federal tax credits are available. You can learn more about the program at four webinars: June 22, from 3 to 4 p.m. July 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. July 30, from 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon For webinar information, visit solarizenova.org/events. You can get started, or learn more, at solarizealexandria.org.
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