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PG&E to face manslaughter trial over deadly California fire

Feb. 01, 2023 23:41 PM EST

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric will face trial for manslaughter over its role in a 2020 wildfire in Northern California that killed four people, a judge ruled Wednesday. The judge in Shasta County ruled after a preliminary hearing that there was enough evidence...

Oregon pins hopes on mass timber to boost housing, jobs

Jan. 27, 2023 21:33 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Inside a warehouse at the industrial Port of Portland lies what some believe could be the answer to Oregon's housing crisis — a prototype of an affordable housing unit made from mass timber. Once mass-produced at the factory being planned at the port, the...

AI wildfire detection bill gets initial approval in Colorado

Jan. 26, 2023 18:18 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A year after the most destructive wildfire in the state's history scorched nearly 1,100 homes, Colorado lawmakers are considering joining other Western states by adopting artificial intelligence in the hopes of detecting blazes before they burn out of control. A...

Recovering from wildfire, New Mexico bill passes first test

Jan. 24, 2023 15:03 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A measure that would clear the way for New Mexico to provide zero-interest loans to local governments to repair or replace public infrastructure damaged by wildfires or post-fire flooding has cleared its first legislative hurdle. The bill comes as the arid...

Feds send $930 million to curb 'crisis' of US West wildfires

Jan. 19, 2023 18:16 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. is directing $930 million toward reducing wildfire dangers in 10 western states by clearing trees and underbrush from national forests, the Biden administration announced Thursday, as officials struggle to protect communities from destructive infernos being made...

New Mexico wildfires prompt bill to ban burns during season

Jan. 14, 2023 12:01 PM EST

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of acres burned in New Mexico last spring as its two biggest wildfires ever were allegedly lit purposefully, but got out of control. This year, New Mexico Sen. Ron Griggs of Alamogordo hopes to curb threats of devastating blazes during...

Landslides, sinkholes, floodwaters plague soggy California

Jan. 11, 2023 05:57 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sinkholes swallowed cars and floodwaters swamped towns and swept away a small boy as California was wracked by more wild winter while the next in a powerful string of storms loomed on the horizon Tuesday. Millions of residents faced flood warnings, nearly 50,000...

Crews battling fire near northern New Mexico burn scar

Jan. 10, 2023 19:22 PM EST

MORA COUNTY, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a fire has broken out near a wildfire burn scar in northern New Mexico, temporarily closing traffic on one highway. The Mora County Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page that crews have been working to control the blaze since it was...

California deluge forces mass evacuations, boy swept away

Jan. 10, 2023 00:08 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As another powerful storm walloped California, a 5-year-old boy was swept away by floodwaters Monday on the state’s central coast and an entire seaside community that is home to Prince Harry, Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities was ordered to evacuate on the fifth anniversary...

Today in History: JAN 09, Conn. ratifies U.S. Constitution

Jan. 09, 2023 00:13 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2023. There are 356 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 9, 2015, French security forces shot and killed two al-Qaida-linked brothers suspected of carrying out the...