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Many US homes still without power after Irene

Residents of several states in the northeast US approached the Labour Day holiday weekend mired in mud and stuck in the dark nearly a week after Hurricane Irene swallowed parts of the region with flooding. About one million homes and businesses on the East Coast were still without electricity on Thursday, following outages for almost 10 million customers on Irene’s rampage last weekend. Patience is wearing thin among the people still waiting for power and internet connectivity, some of whom have been dragging soggy furniture to the curb, throwing out spoiled food and taking cold showers.  The upcoming long weekend, normally a celebration of the end of summer, will be a…