In recent weeks one of the major issues in the U.S. was the power failures in New York and Ohio.
The day power failed, many left work because their building's air conditioners stopped and it was too hot to stay. This caused traffic jams and a lot of angry people.
The blackout was believed to have been the cause of problems at Niagra Falls. It was a major event and will go down in history as "The blackout of 2003".
In recent events(September 6)- A brush fire fueled by erratic winds threatened about 1,500 homes east of Los Angeles, while in Central Oregon, another wildfire raged in dense, battle-ravaged pines after jumping firefighters' containment lines.
About 400 of the 1,500 threatened homesalong the edge of California's San Bernardino National Forest were evacuated.
The fire, which began Friday afternoon, had burned about 1,400 acres by evening. It was threatening the communities of Smiley Park, Fredalba, Knob Hill, and Enchanted Forest, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.
Of 228 known wildfires sparked by lightning in the area Wednesday, 51 still burned Friday. The largest, 2,600-acre in Lake County, was 85 percent contained.
Fires have consumed 666,000 acres in Montana so far this year, and about 80 fires are still active.
Pope John Paul II named 30 new cardinals on Sunday, including Philadelphia archbishop Justin Rigali, further putting his mark on the group that will name his successor.
The ailing, 83-year-old pope also designated a 31st cardinal but did not name him. That man was named ''in pectore,'' or close to his heart, a term used for prelates in a country where the church is oppressed.
Even as Vatican City - along with most of Italy - was without power from a massive blackout, the pope read the list out from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square to pilgrims and tourists gathered for his traditional Sunday greeting. His voice was amplified with a backup generator provided at the last moment by Italy's RAI state television.
The College of Cardinals is already mainly made up of like-minded conservatives reflecting John Paul's choices during his 25-year-papacy. The new batch will further strengthen the pope's influence on the choice of his successor.
Prior to Sunday's announcement, the college had 164 members - 109 of them under age 80 and thus eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope. Of the eligible voters, all but five were named by John Paul.
This Sunday morning, surgery was performed to separate a pair of two-year-old boys from Egypt who were born joined at the head. Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim are reported to be in good shape, having encountered no major problems during or after their surgery. Though the twins’ blood pressure is stable, doctors are still concerned about the possibility of stroke and infection. It is yet to be seen how the head wounds will heal, but doctors are expecting their post-surgical care to go as well as the surgery itself.
On a different subject, there has been more death in the conflict in Iraq. Faceless attackers appeared to be escalating their campaign of violence in Iraq, with military officials on Monday reporting six attacks that killed two U.S. soldiers and wounded nine other coalition troops. The bloodshed came a day after a deadly car bomb explosion outside the Baghdad Hotel in the Iraqi capital which killed at least a half-dozen bystanders and wounded dozens more.
Philippines (Oct. 18) - Amid extraordinary security and street demonstrations that forced schedule delays, President Bush thanked the Philippines on Saturday for standing beside U.S. forces in Iraq and promised to help the nation defeat terrorism by modernizing its under-equipped military.
"The terrorists will continue their missions of murder and suicide until they are stopped. And we will stop them," Bush told a joint session of the Philippine Congress.
"Murder has no home in any religious faith and these terrorists must find no home in the Philippines," Bush said to enthusiastic applause. He and Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo agreed to beef up their military cooperation, including intensifying an already existing partnership to boost mixed efforts to defeat al-Qaida-linked militant extremist groups that operate in the islands.
For most of the nation it's time to fall back. For one night, the shift to standard time gave people an extra hour of sleep as clocks were set back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, local time.
It also meant that this past weekend the millions who work overnight shifts were on the job an extra hour.
For most people, though, this simply meant having to remember to set the clock back an hour before retiring Saturday night.
The time change did not taking place in Arizona, Hawaii, the part of Indiana in the Eastern time zone, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands or American Samoa. All stay on standard time year round. Daylight-saving time returns on April 4.
Insurgents shot down a U.S. Chinook helicopter in central Iraq on Sunday as it carried troops headed for R&R, killing 15 soldiers and wounding 21 in the deadliest single strike against American troops since the start of war. The attack by a shoulder-fired missile was a significant new blow in an Iraq insurgency that escalated in recent days - a "tough week,'' in the words of the U.S. occupation chief.
Other U.S. soldiers were reported killed Sunday in ground attacks here and elsewhere in central Iraq. The only day that saw more U.S. casualties came March 23, during the first week of the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.
Sunday's attacks came amid threats attributed to Saddam's party of a wave of violence against the U.S. occupation. Saturday had been planned as a "Day of Resistance'' in Baghdad, though no widespread violence was reported there.
The aircraft was hit at about 9 a.m. and crashed in cornfields near the village Hasi, about 40 miles SW of Baghdad and just south of Fallujah, a center of Sunni Muslim resistance to the U.S. occupation.
State police are investigating a drug sweep in which more than a dozen local officers charged into a crowded high school hallway with their guns drawn and handcuffed students.
No drugs or weapons were found during the sweep, and there were no drug-related arrests.
Videotape from Stratford High School surveillance cameras Wednesday morning shows dozens of students, some of them handcuffed, sitting on a hallway floor against the walls as police officers watch them with guns drawn and police dogs sniff backpacks and bags strewn across the hall.
Stratford Principal George McCrackin said that he had talked with police about what he called a growing drug problem at the school and that the police responded. The officers handcuffed students who failed to "respond to repeated police instruction."