US: Some 492,000 lack power after nor'easter, Sandy

Some 492,000 US homes and businesses remained without power as of 9 a.m. EST Friday morning from combined damages due to a nor'easter that hit the eastern United States on Wednesday and Hurricane Sandy last week, down some 269,000 from Thursday afternoon, the US Department of Energy said in a report.
The number of affected states had been reduced to three by Friday morning from six on Thursday evening.