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California crisis of fires, blackouts decades in the making

Nov. 14, 2019 1:10 AM EST

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. Pacific Gas &...

California regulators order inquiry into power outages

Nov. 13, 2019 10:37 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators opened a formal investigation Wednesday into preemptive power outages that blacked out large parts of the state in October, drawing strong rebukes from public officials and residents who said the shut-offs were too broad and poorly executed. The unanimous vote by...

The Latest: PG&E told to explain why it shouldn’t be fined

Nov. 13, 2019 4:24 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a state investigation into power shutdowns in California (all times local): 1:20 p.m. California’s top utility regulator is ordering Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to show why it should not be fined for violations related to its power shutdowns in October. The...

California sued again for requiring women on company boards

Nov. 13, 2019 2:57 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's first-in-the-nation law requiring publicly held companies to put women on their boards of directors is facing a second legal challenge. The law requires publicly traded companies to have at least one woman on their boards by the end of this year. By 2021, boards with...

Maya Angelou, RuPaul among California Hall of Fame class

Nov. 13, 2019 2:22 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Author Maya Angelou and performer RuPaul are among the inductees for the next class of California Hall of Fame. Gov. Gavin Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, announced the inductees on Wednesday. The class includes soccer player and two-time World Cup champion Brandi...

Iconic stretch of California coastal highway faces closures

Nov. 13, 2019 2:11 PM EST

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Officials plan to temporarily close an iconic stretch of California’s landslide-plagued Highway 1 on the Big Sur coast this winter when forecasts of significant rain emerge. Highway 1 is a major scenic route for tourists driving between Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as...

PG&E faces potential showdown over its bankruptcy plan

Nov. 12, 2019 7:37 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is stepping up pressure on Pacific Gas & Electric to fork over billions more in cash to pay thousands of people who lost homes in wildfires that drove the utility into bankruptcy. The rising tensions were scheduled to be aired out in a bankruptcy court...

Interior proposes coveted deal to ex-client of agency head

Nov. 8, 2019 7:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is proposing to award one of the first contracts for federal water in perpetuity to a powerful rural California water district that had long employed Secretary David Bernhardt as a lobbyist. Conservation groups are demanding fuller disclosure of financial terms and...

The Latest: Camp Fire anniversary proclaimed Resilience Day

Nov. 8, 2019 6:58 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the anniversary of the wildfire that tore through the town of Paradise (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Gov. Gavin Newsom has proclaimed the anniversary of the Camp Fire to be "California Resilience Day." The wildfire a year ago Friday was the most deadly and destructive...

The Latest: 3 firefighters hurt battling California blaze

Nov. 7, 2019 3:08 PM EST

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Officials say three firefighters have received minor injuries as they battled a wildfire that has been burning in rural Northern California since Sunday. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says...