Saturday, August 30 2014 2:10 PM EDT2014-08-30 18:10:21 GMT
Iraqi officials say a suicide car bomb attack on an army checkpoint has killed nine people, including four soldiers, south of Baghdad.Full Story >
The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria.Full Story >
Saturday, August 30 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-08-30 18:01:24 GMT
An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza's battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel.Full Story >
An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip's battered and neglected housing stock...Full Story >
Saturday, August 30 2014 1:10 PM EDT2014-08-30 17:10:35 GMT
Ukrainian forces say one of their fighter jets has been shot down by a Russian missile in combat against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.Full Story >
The European Union on Saturday warned that the apparent incursion of Russian troops on Ukrainian soil pushes the conflict closer to a point of no return, with new economic sanctions being drawn up to make Moscow reconsider...Full Story >
Saturday, August 30 2014 1:07 PM EDT2014-08-30 17:07:30 GMT
Rescuers using long ladders tried to get food and water to freelance miners trapped in a Nicaraguan gold mine, as the effort to reach the 24 men entered its second day.Full Story >
Nicaraguan rescuers have saved 22 of at least 26 workers trapped in a mine collapse and were working Saturday to free the rest, officials said.Full Story >
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
Connecticut Light & Power officials said the utility company has requested thousands of extra workers to assist with power restoration as Hurricane Sandy inches closer to the East Coast.
CL&P officials said 2,000 linemen and more than 700 tree workers have been requested from utility companies from the Midwest, which is far from where Sandy could have a major impact.
This request comes after a firestorm of criticism when hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents lost power, many for more than a week, after Tropical Storm Irene last August and Winter Storm Alfred last October.
Since the storm, tree trimmers have been working year round to clear branches from power lines. The company has doubled its tree trimming budget this year.
"Trees are the number one cause of outages by far, and the idea is, trim it away, trim away the possibilities," said CL&P spokesman Mitch Gross.
New legislation requires state utility regulators to establish industry standards for acceptable performance by electric and gas companies in emergencies.
During the storm, tree crews and line workers will be staged at four areas throughout the state to be ready to respond.
There are things that CL&P said are out of their control. For example, all the recent rain has left the ground soft, which could make it easier for a tree to topple.
Following the storm, regulators will review damage and outage estimates and restoration work. They also may establish a program to reimburse residential customers for the loss of food and medications caused by outages longer than 48 hours.
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Saturday, August 30 2014 9:01 AM EDT2014-08-30 13:01:41 GMT
Five families have been displaced after a three-alarm fire in Walnut Hills Friday afternoon. Officials say the fire started around 3:30 p.m. Friday in the 2600 block of May Street. Firefighters respondedFull Story >
Five families have been displaced after a three-alarm fire in Walnut Hills Friday afternoon.Full Story >