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Latest: Son: Mother, 89, missing after California homes burn

Oct. 10, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Don Turner says his 89-year-old mother is missing after a wind-driven wildfire destroyed dozens of Southern California mobile homes. Turner says Lois Arvickson's neighbors saw her getting into her car in her garage...

California utility faces gripes over deliberate blackouts

Oct. 10, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even as the winds gusted dangerously as forecast, California's biggest utility faced hostility and second-guessing Thursday for shutting off electricity to millions of people to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires. Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized Pacific Gas & Electric and...

A's rookie catcher Sean Murphy undergoes knee surgery

Oct. 10, 2019 9:56 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Athletics rookie catcher Sean Murphy has undergone surgery on his left knee and is expected to be fully recovered for the start of spring training in February. Murphy started behind the plate last week as Oakland lost the AL wild-card game to Tampa Bay. The team announced Thursday...

Raiders release receiver J.J. Nelson

Oct. 10, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have cut wide receiver J.J. Nelson after he missed three of the past four games with injuries. Oakland signed Marcell Ateman on Thursday to take Nelson's spot on the 53-man roster. Ateman was on the practice squad the first four weeks and played briefly last...

The Latest: PG&E cuts power in San Francisco Bay Area

Oct. 10, 2019 2:35 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric has begun shutting off power to the San Francisco Bay area, adding more than 200,000 customers to a sweeping blackout that already has left a million people in the dark. The utility said...

Lights out: Power cut in California to prevent deadly fires

Oct. 10, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — More than a million people in California were without electricity Wednesday as the state's largest utility pulled the plug to prevent a repeat of the past two years when windblown power lines sparked deadly wildfires that destroyed thousands of homes. The unpopular move that disrupted...

California faces historic power outage due to fire danger

Oct. 8, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of people were poised to lose electricity throughout northern and central California after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced Tuesday it would shut off power in the largest preventive outage in state history to try to avert wildfires caused by faulty lines. PG&E said...

California developer guilty of illegally funding congressman

Oct. 8, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay developer has been convicted of making $38,000 in illegal campaign contributions to a California congressman. A federal jury in Oakland convicted James Tong of Fremont Tuesday after a 10-day trial. A grand jury indictment alleged that Tong made illegal donations...

California governor signs law capping rent increases

Oct. 8, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will limit rent increases for some people over the next decade after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Tuesday aimed at combating a housing crisis in the nation's most populous state. Newsom signed the bill at an event in Oakland, an area where a recent report...

Man gets 5 years in prison in construction site arson fire

Oct. 8, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man convicted of arson in a fire at a construction site in Oakland has been sentenced to five years in prison. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Dustin Bellinger was sentenced Monday in federal court in Oakland. Bellinger, who also goes by Faheem Bey, pleaded guilty this summer to...