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Saturday, January 6, 2018
Brutal cold after 'bomb cyclone'
From Baltimore to Caribou, Maine,
workers battled to clear snow and
ice as wind chills were to forecast to
fall as low as minus 40 degrees Cel-
sius in some areas after sundown,
according to the National Weather
In the latest fatality blamed on the
frigid weather, a driver slid off an icy
road, killing a pedestrian, early yes-
terday in North Charleston, South
Carolina, city of icials said.
The ierce cold will reach from
New England to the Midwest and
down to the Carolinas, forecasters
warned, adding that low-tempera-
ture records could be broken across
the region in the coming days.
In much of New England yester-
day, the highs will reach only into
the single digits or teens Fahrenheit,
with intense wind chills, said Dan
Pydynowski, a meteorologist with
private forecasting service Accu-
"It can be very dangerous," Pydy-
"Any kind of exposed skin can
freeze in a couple of minutes."
Wind chill describes the combined
effect of wind and low temperatures
on bare skin.
Sharks freeze to death in cold
snap. Sharks are washing up on a
beach in Massachusetts frozen solid
amid a record-breaking cold snap in
the United States.
The extreme cold also raised the
risk that road salt would not work to
melt ice, possibly leaving highway
crews to sanding roads to improve
traction, Massachusetts transporta-
tion of icials said.
Utility companies across the East
worked to repair downed power
lines as about 31,000 customers re-
mained without electricity early yes-
terday, down from almost 80,000
the day before.
The storm that swept in on Thurs-
day with winds gusts of more than
113km per hour, dumped 30 centi-
metres or more of snow throughout
the region, including Boston and
parts of New Jersey and Maine, be-
fore ending early yesterday.
The weather has been blamed
for at least 18 deaths in the past few
days, including four in North Car-
olina traf ic accidents and three in
False earthquake warning panics Japan
An emergency earthquake warn-
ing sent to millions of people in
Japan caused a brief panic yester-
day and disrupted Tokyo's trans-
But the loud alert, which was
sent to millions of mobile phones,
turned out to be a false alarm
triggered by an error in the earth-
quake warning system.
"An earthquake has occurred off
the coast of Ibaraki," the message
read. "Prepare for strong jolts."
Train services were suspended
but there were no reports of inju-
ries or damage.
Of icials believe the alert, sent
by the Japan Meteorological
Agency, was caused by the early
warning system misreading two
minor earthquakes as one larger
The agency, which is investigat-
ing the false alarm, estimated that
a 6.4 magnitude earthquake would
hit off the coast of the Ibaraki pre-
fecture in north-eastern Japan.
Instead, a 4.4 magnitude quake
struck with a 3.9 magnitude
tremor also hitting 350km to the
west. Both occurred off the coast
and were not felt on land.
"We suspect that the system
overestimated it by calculating the
two separate quakes as one big
quake," an of icial said.
Television footage showed Ja-
pan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
checking his mobile phone as
alarms echoed around his of ice.
Public broadcaster NHK also
warned residents to protect them-
selves and to stay away from unsta-
Homeowners and street crew are digging out snow-clogged driveways and roads across the east coast.
Trump seen as a
child says book
The author of a controversial book on
Donald Trump says that all his White
House aides see him as a "child" who
needs "immediate gratification".
Michael Wolff said his book was
based on about 200 interviews, and
rejected Trump's claims that it was
"phony". But Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson has dismissed suggestions
made by Wolff that the president's
mental health is failing. The book has
now gone on sale early despite Mr
Trump's attempts to stop it.
Trump's lawyers had tried to block
publication of Fire and Fury: Inside the
Trump White House, alleging it con-
tained many falsehoods and saying
they were considering pursuing libel
The president has said it is "full of
lies" and was being pushed by the
media and others to hurt him. He
added: "They should try winning an
Corp inds more
oil in Guyana
GEORGETOWN---Exxon Mobil Corp is
reporting another significant oil discov-
ery in deep Atlantic Ocean waters off
The company says its Ranger-1
well hit a major oil reservoir in an area
known as the Stabroek Block off the
South American country. The well was
drilled to a depth of 21,161 feet in 8,973
feet of water.
The discovery announced yesterday
by Exxon Mobil and partner Hess Corp
is the sixth significant find in the block
since 2015. The area holds an estimated
3.2 billion barrels of recoverable oil.
Exxon Mobil officials told reporters
in Guyana last week that production
would start in late 2019 or early 2020.
Neighbouring Venezuela is pressing
a territorial claim to an area of Guyana
that includes part of the Stabroek Block.
CHICAGO---US lottery player have
two shots at record Powerball and
Mega Millions jackpots that together
topped $1 billion after going months
without a winner.
At stake in yesterday's Mega Mil-
lions drawing was a $450 million prize,
the fourth-largest in its history with a
$281 million payout if the winner se-
lects a lump-sum payment.
Today's Powerball drawing is
worth $570 million, with a $358.5
million lump-sum payment that is the
fifth-largest in its history, according to
organisers. Together they constituted
the third-largest combined total.
Long odds have not stopped "lot-
tery fever" from spreading, with peo-
ple lining up at retailers to buy the $2
tickets, said Jeff Lenard, spokesman
for the National Association of Con-
venience Stores, whose members sell
about 60 per cent of the nation's lot-
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