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California governor rejects $13.5 billion PG&E settlement

Dec. 14, 2019 12:22 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has rejected a $13.5 billion settlement that Pacific Gas & Electric struck just last week with thousands of people who lost homes, businesses and family members in a series of devastating fires that drove the nation's largest utility into bankruptcy....

Officials say fire at Walmart may have been 'incendiary'

Dec. 13, 2019 7:28 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A small fire at a Bismarck Walmart store on Friday morning may have been started under suspicious circumstances, fire officials said. There were no reports of injuries in the fire, which happened in the garden center of the Walmart on Skyline Boulevard. The fire is being...

Motel hit with major fire on day it closed due to nuisances

Dec. 11, 2019 9:13 AM EST

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Fire caused severe damage at a Battle Creek motel on the same day that the property was closing for 90 days due to allegations of drug dealing, prostitution and other illegal activity. Authorities said no one was hurt in the fire Tuesday night at the Econo Lodge motel. Fire Chief...

PG&E's $13.5B deal with fire victims removes huge obstacles

Dec. 9, 2019 8:30 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric will be able to avoid two legal obstacles that could have tripped up its efforts to bounce back from bankruptcy if California Gov. Gavin Newsom and a federal judge approve a $13.5 billion settlement with victims of catastrophic fires blamed on the utility's...

Report: Fire at Texas facility caused by equipment failure

Dec. 6, 2019 6:56 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A fire at a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility that burned for days in March was accidental and caused by equipment failure at a storage tank, according to a report released Friday by local and federal investigators. The report by the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office and the...

Greek authorities suspect arson in Athens hotel fire

Dec. 6, 2019 10:20 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece said Friday that arson is suspected in a fire at a luxury hotel in Athens that left three people hospitalized and had the fire department scrambling to evacuate guests and staff. Both police and fire department investigators suspect the fire the Athenaeum Palace...

3-story commercial building damaged by fire in Milwaukee

Dec. 6, 2019 8:35 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Firefighters have brought a huge fire in a commercial building north of downtown Milwaukee under control early Friday morning. Winds gusts of up to 30 mph fanned the flames at the three-story building which partially collapsed. The building housed Metro PSC and a hair salon. Fire...

Hotel catches fire in Thai resort, 400 safely evacuated

Dec. 6, 2019 6:37 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — About 400 guests and staff were safely evacuated from a hotel in Thailand's popular seaside resort of Pattaya whose facade caught fire before dawn Friday, police said. Police Capt. Sakda Poonya said the blaze at the Holiday Inn Express caused no injuries or deaths. He said an initial...

The Latest: French protesters set fires amid strikes

Dec. 5, 2019 9:51 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on strikes in France (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Small groups of protesters are hurling flares, smashing store windows and setting fires in eastern Paris amid mass strikes over the government’s retirement reform. Associated Press reporters saw demonstrators destroy a bus...

At least 3 injured in Greece hotel fire in capital

Dec. 5, 2019 8:03 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fire broke out at a luxury hotel in the Greek capital Thursday, with firefighters using ladders to help evacuate the building. At least three people were injured, authorities said. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the blaze at the Athenaeum Palace or how many people...