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National news briefs — compiled Jan. 11


New governor inaugurated

Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and rainmaker for Bill and Hillary Clinton, was sworn in as Virginia’s 72nd governor on a mild and rainy Saturday. In an inaugural address on the south portico of the state Capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson, McAuliffe emphasized bipartisanship as he put several years of campaigning behind him to begin the more challenging task of leading a politically divided government. Republicans have firm control of the House of Delegates, while the outcome of two special elections will determine control of the Senate. “Common ground doesn’t move towards us, we move towards it,” McAuliffe told a drenched crowd that included the Clintons.


Winds blamed for outages

High winds knocked out power Saturday to tens of thousands of electricity customers in Western Washington. Puget Sound Energy reported more than 500 outages affecting nearly 40,000 customers Saturday morning. Seattle City Light said that at one point early Saturday, it had 28,000 customers without electricity, but it managed to restore 20,000 of them within a few hours. Nevertheless, more heavy rain, winds and hail swept through early Saturday afternoon, cutting power to thousands more. Wind gusts in the region reached more than 50 mph, the National Weather Service reported.


‘Partridge’ star arrested

Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy, who starred in The Partridge Family, was arrested Friday night on suspicion of drunken driving. The California Highway Patrol said Cassidy, 63, was pulled over Friday near Los Angeles International Airport after an officer spotted him making an illegal right turn against a red light. He was arrested after the officer smelled alcohol in the rental car. Cassidy was released Saturday morning on $15,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 5. Cassidy was pulled over last year in New York on suspicion of driving drunk. He also has a 2011 DUI conviction in Florida.

Compiled from wire reports.


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