SAN FRANCISCO -- Californians accustomed to complaining about the slightest change in the weather welcomed a robust weekend storm that soaked the northern half of the drought-stricken state Saturday even as rain and snow brought the threat of avalanches, flooding and rock slides.
The storm that moved in Friday, powered by a warm, moisture-packed system from the Pacific Ocean known as a Pineapple Express, had dropped more than 7 inches of rain on Marin County's Mount Tamalpais, an average of 4 inches in Sonoma County, and 1 to 3 inches in San Francisco, San Jose and other urban areas, National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Strudley said.
With areas north of San Francisco forecast to see another few inches by Sunday, the downpour was ample enough to flood roadways and prompt warnings that parched streams could be deluged to the point of overflowing, but by itself will not solve the state's drought worries, Mr. Strudley said.
Thousands without power
PHILADELPHIA -- Utility crews restored power to thousands of Pennsylvania homes Saturday, but some customers in the dark for days after a tree-snapping ice storm may not regain power until early next week.
About 115,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland remained without power late Saturday afternoon, and faced the prospect of a fourth night without electric heat or light. The majority of them are in the Philadelphia area, with utility PECO reporting about 107,000 outages, as of 6:30 p.m., down about 40,000 from Saturday morning.
More than 1 million customers lost power at the storm's peak.
Allen denies abuse claims
LOS ANGELES -- Woody Allen again defended himself against renewed claims that he molested adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow 21 years ago.
Mr. Allen's response was published online Friday night by The New York Times, nearly a week after it released an open letter from Ms. Farrow in which she claimed that in 1992 at the family's Connecticut home, Mr. Allen led her to a "dim, closet-like attic" and "then he sexually assaulted me." She didn't specify Mr. Allen's actions, but described other abusive behavior.
"Of course, I did not molest Dylan," Mr. Allen, 78, wrote. "I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother more interested in her own festering anger than her daughter's well-being."
Mr. Allen was investigated for the alleged molestation, but was never charged. A team of child abuse specialists from the Yale-New Haven Hospital, brought in to the case by prosecutors and police, concluded that Ms. Farrow had not been molested.
Harvard's big tax error
BOSTON -- Harvard University pledged to ensure restitution for as many as 11,000 employees after two of its faculty pointed out the impact of a tax error by the school.
Harvard erroneously reported that about $20 million worth of payments for life insurance were taxable, resulting in possibly millions of dollars in overpayments for employees beginning in 2009, law professors Alvin Warren and Daniel Halperin, both of whom specialize in tax law, said Feb. 4 in a memo to staff and faculty obtained by Bloomberg News.
Former Mayor Daley ailing
CHICAGO -- Former Mayor Richard M. Daley returned home Saturday after a one-week hospitalization in an intensive care unit because of an unspecified illness, his law firm said.
Feeling ill, Mr. Daley, 71, walked straight from a plane into an ambulance after returning to Chicago from a business trip to Arizona on Jan. 31. He underwent several tests at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, but a spokeswoman for his law firm did not elaborate last week on whether doctors were able to determine what caused Mr. Daley to feel disoriented.
Mr. Daley, the city's longest-serving mayor, was at the helm for 22 years.
-- Compiled from news services