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In brief: Tons of rubber blazing in Georgia warehouse

From Wire Reports

Savannah, Ga. – Firefighters battled a giant blaze fueled by 5,600 tons of rubber Saturday at the Port of Savannah, where a towering column of black smoke could be seen from miles away.

By late Saturday, the fire department said its crews had contained the fire, but it could take a while for the flames to burn out inside a warehouse covering 226,000 square feet at the port’s Ocean Terminal just west of downtown Savannah.

The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately known.

Daley leaves hospital after undisclosed tests

Chicago – Former Mayor Richard M. Daley left a Chicago hospital Saturday after more than a week of tests to determine why he was feeling ill and disoriented during a business trip.

The 71-year-old Daley smiled and waved but did not stop to speak to the large crowd of reporters and videographers waiting outside Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago.

The city’s longest-serving mayor was taken by ambulance to the hospital’s intensive care unit on Jan. 31 upon returning from a conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. But doctors and his family so far have not released any details on his health condition.

Lights coming back on in Pennsylvania

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 95,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland remained without power late Saturday and faced the prospect of a fourth night without electric heat or light. The majority of them are in the Philadelphia area.

More than 1 million customers lost power at the storm’s peak.

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