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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fifty-thousand utility customers are without power in San Francisco as a major storm pounds Northern California. A spokesman for Pacific Gas and Electric says the outage involves a utility substation at the civic center. The storm that's sweeping across the San Francisco Bay Area is also delaying travel. At least 10 ferry departures around the region have been canceled due to high winds, some flights arriving at San Francisco International Airport are being delayed and a power outage has shut down at least one Bay Area Rapid Transit station.

MIAMI (AP) — If tropical weather approaches the U.S. next year, coastal residents will see new, separate warnings about storm surge in addition to those about winds. The National Hurricane Center says the warnings that will be issued for the 2015 hurricane season should provide emergency managers with better information about hazards. Officials say water and flooding claim more lives during hurricanes than wind, and storm surge can occur at different times and places than wind.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has voted to give President Barack Obama authority to wage war against the Islamic State group. Today's 10-8 vote was the first move by Congress to explicitly authorize military action against the extremist group. So far Obama has been relying on congressional authorizations that former President George W. Bush used to justify military action after 9/11.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to boost spending dramatically to bring high-speed Internet to schools and libraries in poor or rural areas. The $3.9 billion plan would likely increase Americans' phone bills by about $2 a year. Educators say the 60 percent jump in spending is critical to making sure much of the nation's population doesn't get left behind.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The producer at the center of the latest embarrassment stemming from the Sony hacking scandal has apologized for remarks he made in leaked emails. In the series of private emails obtained by Gawker and Buzzfeed this week, Scott Rudin called "Unbroken" director Angelina Jolie a "spoiled brat" and made jokes about President Barack Obama's race and presumed taste in movies. In a statement to trade website Deadline, Rudin says the private emails were written in haste and the content was intended to be in jest. He says the comments were insensitive and thoughtless.

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