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Northeast ice storm knocks out power

New England's first major ice storm of the season spread freezing rain across the region Sunday, downing trees and knocking out power to thousands of homes.

More than a half inch of ice had accumulated in parts of northern and western Connecticut, and more than 130,000 Northeast Utility customers were without power at the height of the outages there.

Most parts of Maine had 3 to 5 inches of snow by the afternoon, and trees were sagging under the weight of ice.

State and local officials were preparing for a second round of frozen rain Sunday night, with forecasters saying the storm would end this morning.

An estimated 15,000 Central Maine Power customers were without electricity by Sunday afternoon, said CMP spokesman Kevin Howes. Dozens of cars slid off highways and speed limits were reduced to 45 mph on the Maine Turnpike and Interstate 95.

The nor'easter swept a large part of New England, dropping 3 to 6 inches of snow in New Hampshire's northern mountains.

United Airlines plans

to cut more jobs, flights

UAL Corp., the parent of financially struggling United Airlines, Sunday unveiled a restructuring plan that includes eliminating 9,000 jobs, reducing the number of cities and flight frequencies by 6 percent and slashing its capital spending by about $2-billion.

The moves are part of United's effort to convince the federal government that it would be able to repay $1.8-billion in loan guarantees, which United's executives have said are necessary to keep the airline from filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

If United obtains the guarantees, it would be the largest amount granted to an airline since Congress created a financial aid package after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The additional 6 percent flight reduction would decrease the size of the nation's No. 2 carrier by 23 percent overall from pre-Sept. 11 levels.

Heiress vows millions to journal that rejected her

CHICAGO _ The influential literary magazine Poetry has rejected Ruth Lilly's verse for decades, but it's not about to snub her latest offering _ a multimillion-dollar gift.

The ailing billionaire heiress to the Eli Lilly pharmaceutical fortune will give the publication, which ran the first major works of Carl Sandburg, T.S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens, millions of dollars a year under a new estate plan.

Poetry, founded in 1912, frequently has had less than $100 in its till.

The exact amount of the gift will fluctuate with the value of Eli Lilly stock. Conservative estimates, however, put the first installment in January at $10-million and the total over 30 years at more than $100-million. The gift comes with no strings attached.

Lilly, the last surviving great-grandchild of Eli Lilly, first started sending poems to the journal in the early 1970s.

More than 90 arrested in military program protest

COLUMBUS, Ga. _ More than 90 people, including at least six nuns, were arrested for marching onto Fort Benning grounds Sunday during an annual protest of a U.S. military program that trains Latin American soldiers.

About 6,500 protesters gathered for the 13th annual demonstration by the School of the Americas Watch, which continues to protest the Nov. 19, 1989, killings of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador. Protesters said they demonstrate because people responsible for the killings were trained at the School of the Americas, a Fort Benning-based program that was replaced last year by a new institute. Protesters say the change was only cosmetic.