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FILE-  This Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, shows homes leveled by the Camp Fire line the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park retirement community in Paradise, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric limped into bankruptcy vilified for its long-running neglect of a crumbling electrical grid that ignited horrific Northern California wildfires that left entire cities in ruins. After nearly a year-and-a-half of wrangling during one of the most complex bankruptcy cases in U.S. history, it’s unclear if PG&E is now any better equipped to protect the 16 million people who rely on it for power. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

PG&E nears end of bankruptcy amid persisting safety worries

May. 26, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric limped into bankruptcy vilified for its long-running neglect of a crumbling electrical grid that ignited a succession of horrific Northern California wildfires. After nearly a year-and-a-half of wrangling during one of the most complex bankruptcy cases in...

President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an event on protecting seniors with diabetes in the Rose Garden White House, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US nears 100,000 pandemic deaths: Does Trump feel your pain?

May. 26, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the rubble of buildings and lives, modern U.S. presidents have met national trauma with words such as these: “I can hear you.” “You have lost too much, but you have not lost everything.” “We have wept with you; we’ve pulled our children...

A plastic pallet fire rages at a tomato processing plant in Stockton, Calif., on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Stockton Fire said on social media that roughly 1.5 acres of plastic pallets were burning Tuesday and drivers are asked to avoid the area. No one has been injured although one firefighter was taken to a hospital with heat exhaustion. (Clifford Oto/The Stockton Record via AP)

Crews battle large fire at central California tomato plant

May. 26, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews are battling a large fire at a tomato processing plant in Stockton. Stockton Fire said on social media that roughly 1.5 acres of plastic pallets were burning Tuesday and drivers are asked to avoid the area. No one has been injured although one firefighter was taken to a...

Displaced by sinkhole, abandoned mine, residents in limbo

May. 26, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

BLACK HAWK, S.D. (AP) — Dozens of Black Hawk residents are dealing with the emotional and financial fallout after a sinkhole exposed an abandoned mine underneath their neighborhood. Fifteen families have been forced from homes, and it's unclear if they'll ever be able to reside in them.. Allison Ireland...

Colleen and Marvin Hewson, from the United States, visit the archaeological site of Pompeii, near Naples, southern Italy, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The American couple waited a lifetime plus 2 ½ months to visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii together. For Colleen and Marvin Hewson, the visit to the ruins of an ancient city destroyed in A.D. 79 by a volcanic eruption was meant to be the highlight a trip to celebrate his 75th birthday and their 30th anniversary. They were among the only tourists present when the archaeological site reopened to the public on Tuesday after the national lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

US couple waits 2 1/2 months in lockdown to visit Pompeii

May. 26, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

POMPEII, Italy (AP) — An American couple waited a lifetime plus 2 ½ months to visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii together. Colleen and Marvin Hewson, retirees from Michigan, were first in line when the archaeological site reopened to the public Tuesday following Italy's coronavirus lockdown. Their...

Rain, cooler weather helps slow Colorado plains wildfire

May. 26, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

KIM, Colo. (AP) — Cooler temperatures and precipitation have helped stop the spread of a lightning-sparked wildfire on Colorado's southeastern plains, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control said late Monday. Rain and hail fell on the Cherry Canyon Fire between Sunday and Monday and cooler...

Brief tornado hits Johnston; wind causes fire in E. Iowa

May. 26, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — A tornado briefly touched down Monday evening in the Des Moines suburb of Johnston, uprooting trees and damaging traffic signals. The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado Tuesday and noted that another severe storm caused a 67 mph wind gust in Newton, east of Des Moines. The...

Pastor sentenced for stealing Oso slide donations

May. 25, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — Bodies were still buried beneath the mud of the Oso hillside in May 2014 when pastor Gary Ray funneled $30,000 in cash — donations meant for grieving families of the 43 killed — into a church bank account where only he had access. “People were still searching...

Light rain helps slow wildfire in southeastern Colorado

May. 25, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

KIM, Colo. (AP) — Light rain helped slow the growth of a lightning-sparked wildfire burning on Colorado's southeastern plains on Sunday, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control said. The fire in canyon land 10 miles northwest of Kim has burned 18.6 square miles (48 square kilometers) and was...

In this image made from video, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks up when an earthquake struck during a live television interview in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday morning, May 25, 2020. New Zealand sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is sometimes called the Shaky Isles for its frequent quakes. (Newshub via AP)

New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake

May. 25, 2020 1:46 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck during a live television interview Monday morning. She interrupted Newshub host Ryan Bridge to tell him what was happening at the parliament complex in the capital, Wellington....