California’s power grid managers ordered statewide rolling blackouts Monday for the first time since March, cutting service to slightly more than 100,000 customers.
The California Independent System Operator said high temperatures and tight electricity supplies led to the blackouts between 5 and 6 p.m.
Grid managers asked utilities to cut 300 megawatts. One megawatt is enough to power about 750 homes.
The blackouts quickly snarled rush-hour traffic in portions of the state that had gone dark.
Illinois: New limits on juice for kids
Fruit juice should not be given to infants under 6 months, and older children’s consumption should be limited, too, to avoid diarrhea, cavities, malnourishment and obesity, says the American Academy of Pediatrics in the May issue of its medical journal, Pediatrics, published in Chicago. Children ages 1 to 6 should drink no more than 4 to 6 ounces of juice daily. Those ages 7 to 18 should have no more than two 6-ounce servings daily, and all children should be encouraged to eat whole fruits, the academy said.
‘No-nit’ policy too strict, study says
A common school policy for preventing head lice infestations is probably too restrictive, needlessly excluding many noncontagious children from class, government research suggests. At issue are nits; lice are generally harmless but contagious, and many schools have adopted “no-nit” policies barring youngsters with nits even when there is no evidence of lice. “Most children with nits alone will not become infested,” researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote in the May issue of the journal Pediatrics, published in Chicago.
Indiana: Girl’s family contacted
A former Baptist school principal and an 11-year-old Gary girl he allegedly abducted sent letters to their parents indicating they are all right, the FBI said Monday. The letters were mailed Friday from Oklahoma City, a day after the pair was spotted in Knoxville, Tenn. William A. Beith, 28, was charged Thursday with coercing and enticing a minor into sexual acts and transporting a minor across state lines for sexual purposes in connection with the disappearance of the girl.