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San Diego power company: If you have an emergency plan, ‘activate it now’

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Second update: Power restored.

Update: Up to six million people could be without power

After a widespread blackout hit southern California, Arizona and parts of Mexico on Thursday night, San Diego Gas & Electric urged subscribers to “activate” their family emergency plans, warning that power could be off until tomorrow.

Update: SDG&E says that some customers will have service restored by later tonight, most by Friday afternoon. Watch live developments here.

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“Essentially we have two connections from the rest of the world: One of from the north and one is to the east,” a spokesman for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) said. “Both connections are severed.”

The outage left over 1.4 million without power, snarling traffic and causing flights to be canceled. San Diego City Hall was also voluntarily evacuated.

Authorities cautioned that the outage was not related  to an active terrorist threat ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. They speculated that it may have something to do with the intense heat seen across the region in recent days, and techs pinpointed the outage to transfer lines in Arizona.

SDG&E said it may be tomorrow before power is restored. Meanwhile, San Diego officials are asking residents to stay off the roads, avoid using telephone land lines and cell phones and turn off their air conditioners and other electric devices to prevent overload when the power is restored.

Update: Forbes reported Friday that there were up to six million people without power.

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Power officials said that a single employee in Arizona may have caused the outage by removing monitoring equipment from a power substation.

“This was not a deliberate act. The employee was just switching out a piece of equipment that was problematic,” Arizona Public Service vice president Daniel Froetscher said.

Second update: SDG&E says that power has been restored.

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WATCH: Video shows NYPD beating anti-police violence protesters with batons in Brooklyn

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Protesters of police violence received a harsh reception from the New York Police Department on Friday evening.

The protesters had marched to the Barclays Center, where they were met with a large police presence.

Heavy police presence posted outside of Barclays Center. If you’re protesting, please stay safe.

- Legal Aid Society’s Contact Number: 212-577-3300- Link to Brooklyn Bail Fund: https://t.co/cxRXqgrrum #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/IgISXvkOj1

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Trump is enacting the presidency ‘George Wallace never had’: Conservative columnist

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On Friday, writing for The Washington Post, conservative columnist Max Boot tore into President Donald Trump's legacy on race.

"We know how a normal president responds when a white police officer ignites furious protests by killing a black man. It is the way President Barack Obama responded in 2014 after a grand jury refused to indict a white police officer who had fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the National Guard had to be called in to deal with looting and fires," wrote Boot. "Obama expressed sympathy for the protesters — their anger, he noted, was 'rooted in realities that have existed in this country for a long time' — while making clear that he had no sympathy with violence: 'Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk — that’s destructive and there’s no excuse for it. Those are criminal acts. And people should be prosecuted if they engage in criminal acts.'"

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White House goes into lockdown as George Floyd protests in DC rage hotter

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On Friday, CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang reported that the White House has now issued lockdown orders.

The development comes as protests against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota have spread to Washington, D.C. and crowds are growing angrier. Earlier in the evening, a protester scaled the wall of a federal building and spray-painted an obscene anti-Trump message above a window.

The White House is currently under lockdown orders. https://t.co/LasnCIjkum

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