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AP FACT CHECK: Trump cries 'treason' over campaign scrutiny

May. 20, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is using "treason" rather lightly as he assails unidentified U.S. officials for investigating operatives of his campaign in 2016. There's no allegation or even suggestion that they committed this punishable-by-death crime, if any crime at all. Trump's hyperbolic...

US attempt to improve wildland firefighter shelters fails

May. 16, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An effort to develop a better fire shelter following the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters in Arizona six years ago has failed. Officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise in a decision on Wednesday said the current fire shelter developed in 2002 will remain in use. The...

Mexico City closes schools, restricts traffic due to smoke

May. 16, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City officials cancelled classes for millions of students Thursday for a second straight day as smoke from brush fires continued to choke the city of 9 million. Both lower schools and universities were closed for the pollution alert and Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said they would...

Fire officials determine PG&E equipment sparked deadly fire

May. 16, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California fire investigators officially concluded that the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century was caused by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. power lines, lawmakers expressed deep skepticism about whether the utility had made the dramatic changes needed to prevent another...

Officials: PG&E equipment sparked deadly California wildfire

May. 15, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. power lines sparked a Northern California blaze that killed 85 people last year, making it the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, state fire officials said Wednesday. Cal Fire said transmission lines owned and operated by the San Francisco-based...

The Latest: Wildfire investigators found PG&E broke law

May. 15, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire that killed 85 people in Paradise, California (all times local): 5 p.m. A Cal Fire official says investigators found PG&E violated utility law and forwarded their conclusions to the local district attorney to determine if criminal charges should be filed....

California fire investigators say Pacific Gas & Electric power lines caused wildfire that killed 85 people last year.

May. 15, 2019 5:08 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California fire investigators say Pacific Gas & Electric power lines caused wildfire that killed 85 people last year. .

Mexico capital advises residents to stay inside due to fires

May. 12, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City's government warned people Sunday to remain indoors as forest and brush fires carpeted the metropolis in a smoky haze that has alarmed even many of those accustomed to living with nagging air pollution. Outdoor activities on the capital's main avenue continued, although fewer...

Endangered frogs delay cleanup in city ravaged by wildfires

May. 10, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Fears of harming an endangered frog species have forced crews to delay cleaning debris from about 800 properties in Paradise, angering some residents anxious to start rebuilding their homes. Those tasked with debris removal have been told to wait until state and federal officials...

New budget proposal tackles homelessness in California

May. 9, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Calling it "a stain on the state of California," Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday vowed to use part of a historic budget surplus to tackle homelessness in the nation's most prosperous state. "This homeless issue is out of control," Newsom told reporters on as he unveiled his revised...