The blistering heat wave that has brought stifling conditions to much of the United States broke 55 record highs on Wednesday, the National Weather Service said Thursday. That's more than 1% of all temperature records in the country.
New York's Staten Island was broiling under a life-threatening heat wave and borough President James Molinaro was seriously concerned about the area's Little League baseball players. It was last July's Eastern heat wave and Consolidated Edison was responding to scattered power outages as electricity usage neared record highs.
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Consolidated Edison ranks no. 199 on this year's list of the FORTUNE 500, with $11,732 million in revenues, up 19.8% from the previous year. The New York-based company was ranked no. 228 on the 2005 list. Its 2005 profits were $719 million, up 33.9% from a year earlier.