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National news briefs — compiled on Dec. 26

GARDINER, Maine

Power outages continue

Utility officials said it could be days more before power is restored to everyone after a weekend ice storm that turned out the lights from Michigan to Maine and into Canada. People shivered for a seventh day as a new storm blew through the upper Midwest and Northeast, shutting down part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike 50 miles west of Philadelphia after a pileup involving 35 vehicles. Ten people were taken to hospitals with injuries from the crash. Another pileup on Interstate 78 in eastern Pennsylvania involving 25 to 30 vehicles sent 25 people to hospitals.

HONOLULU

Obama signs two bills

President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military. Obama signed both bills while vacationing in Hawaii, where he has been with his family since Saturday.

OAKLAND, Calif.

Family seeks nursing care

The family of a girl who was declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy wants to transfer her to a nursing home that is willing to keep caring for her even though doctors have said she is beyond recovery, a lawyer said Thursday. Before the nursing home can accept the 13-year-old as a patient, however, doctors at Children’s Hospital Oakland need to surgically insert breathing and feeding tubes into Jahi McMath that would allow the new facility to keep her body functioning, the lawyer, Christopher Dolan, said.

READING, Pa.

Deer enters retail store

Shoppers looking for post-Christmas bargains had a surprise at a sporting goods store after a deer decided to join them. WFMZ-TV said the deer walked through the front door of a Dick’s Sporting Goods store Thursday afternoon. Store manager Brad Meyer said the deer slipped on the floor and a customer tackled it, preventing any injuries to customers or damage to the store. The store called game wardens to remove the deer. There was no word on where the deer was released.

Compiled from wire reports.



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