AT&T outage disrupts some 911 calls as tens of thousands lose service

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AT&T says it has restored about three-fourths of its cellphone network after tens of thousands of customers in cities across the country lost service overnight, causing frustration and concern about disruptions to 911 dispatches.

Around 3:30 a.m. ET Thursday, outages reported by suddenly spiked from just a handful, peaking at more than 73,000 by around 8:20 a.m. ET. By late morning, however, the number of reports to

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