Waiting for power...Northwest snow storms...Farewells for Leno

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Updated: Fri, 07 Feb 2014 01:15:03 EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A big chunk of the hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania residents without power could have their lights back on by late Friday. That's according to PECO, the dominant electricity provider in the Philadelphia area. Making it happen are utility crews from as far away as Arkansas and Canada. Some residents may not be restored until the weekend.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Forecasters say part two of a rare and powerful snowstorm could hammer parts of the Pacific Northwest with another 6 to 12 inches of snow on Friday. Thursday's storm caused lots of wrecks on Interstate 5 in Oregon, one of them a multi-vehicle pileup that killed one person. A portion of the highway near Albany was closed for five hours.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will launch a new program to help American farmers and rural businesses boost their exports. He'll unveil the effort while at Michigan State University Friday, where he will also sign a sweeping farm bill into law. The new "Made in Rural America" initiative will connect rural businesses with federal resources that can help sell their products and services abroad.

NEW YORK (AP) — Only relatives and close friends of Philip Seymour Hoffman's will be admitted to a private funeral Friday for the Oscar-winning actor. A wake was held Thursday at a Manhattan funeral home for Hoffman, who was found dead Sunday of an apparent drug overdose. A larger memorial service will be held later this month.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After 22 years, Jay Leno has hosted his last "Tonight Show." The final episode included tributes from other entertainers and a recorded send-off from President Barack Obama. Like other politicians who have been targeted, Obama got the chance for payback in a video clip. He said he wasn't upset about the jokes but is making Leno the U.S. ambassador to Antarctica. Leno, who is 63, plans to keep playing comedy clubs. Jimmy Fallon takes over "Tonight" in New York on Feb. 17.

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