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First Bush trip might be to Mexico

White House chief of staff Andrew Card said yesterday that President Bush's first foreign trip might be to Mexico next month.
Mr. Bush has made clear he wants to meet soon with new Mexican President Vicente Fox.
Mr. Card, on CNN's "Late Edition" program, said White House officials were working on a foreign trip for Mr. Bush in February. "Might be Mexico," he said when pressed on where Mr. Bush would go. Mr. Bush also is expected to be in Quebec for the April 20-22 Summit of the Americas of leaders of North and South America.

Blackouts ordered in Northern California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Areas of Northern California were blacked out yesterday after demand for electricity overwhelmed power-grid operators for the third day in less than a week.
The outages, affecting up to 75,000 customers in the Sacramento, Roseville, Turlock and Modesto areas, lasted about 20 minutes.
The Independent System Operator which manages 80 percent of the state's electricity grid earlier had declared a Stage 3 alert through today, an unprecedented action on weekends, when demand usually eases.
Stage 3 alerts are announced when reserves dip below 1.5 percent and allow the grid operators to impose rolling blackouts to cope with demand.

Winter snowstorm blankets New York

NEW YORK A snowstorm blanketed the New York area in up to 8 inches of snow yesterday, causing significant delays at airports and minor car accidents on the region's highways.
The fast-moving storm was the second major snowfall to hit New York in recent weeks following two relatively snow-free winters. On New Year's Eve, a storm dumped a foot of snow on the city.
John F. Kennedy International Airport was closed yesterday after a JetBlue plane arriving from California skidded off a runway, but reopened soon after. No one was hurt in the incident.
A Greyhound bus returning from a gambling trip to Atlantic City flipped over around 2 a.m. on the Garden State Parkway near Tom's River in east-central New Jersey, injuring some 35 passengers, officials said.

Study finds depression under-treated

CHICAGO Most people being treated for major depression in the United States feel their illness is not under complete control, and many have stopped using prescribed drugs because of side effects, according to a survey released yesterday.
The survey was released by the Chicago-based National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association, an educational group that said a significant communication gap exists between primary care doctors and patients when it comes to the disorder.
The survey found that while 85 percent of patients felt anti-depressant therapy had had a positive effect on their lives, fewer than one-quarter said their depression was under complete control in the two months prior to being surveyed, even though they had been taking drugs for three to five years.

'Gladiator' takes top film award

BEVERLY HILLS Roman Empire drama "Gladiator" was named best film drama and rock-n-roll movie "Almost Famous" claimed best comedy at the 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards last night, putting both films solidly in the race for this year's Oscars.

The Golden Globes, given by 84 voting members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, brings out top celebrities and is seen as a precursor to the Oscars, the film industry's highest honors, which are presented each March.

"Gladiator" stars Russell Crowe as a Roman general who falls from power and returns to Rome as a slave and gladiator to seek revenge for himself and his murdered family.

"Almost Famous" from director Cameron Crowe tells the story of the abrupt rise of a fictional rock band in the 1970s, but it is based on Mr. Crowe's own experiences as a rock critic at age 16, when he toured with Led Zeppelin. He thanked his mom for letting him tour with the band at such an early age.

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