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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric truck leaves the company's Oakland Service Center in Oakland, Calif. PG&E's chief financial officer, Jason Wells, is expected to face questions Thursday, May 28 about the company's plan to nearly double its debt to almost $40 billion to finance its payments to wildfire victims, insurers and government agencies in the second day of the company's bankruptcy trial. Meanwhile, the Public Utilities Commission will vote on the bankruptcy plan. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Regulators approve PG&E bankruptcy plan despite safety fears

May. 28, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California power regulators on Thursday unanimously approved Pacific Gas & Electric's $58 billion plan for getting out of a bankruptcy caused by a series of deadly wildfires, despite ongoing worries about the utility's ability to safely operate its crumbling electrical grid. The...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, a vehicle rests in front of a home leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. An effort to block Pacific Gas and Electric's path out of bankruptcy kicked off the trial Wednesday, May 27, 2020, on the plan in bankruptcy court as critics of the utility questioned whether the overwhelming vote in favor of the plan by wildfire victims was tainted by conflicts of interest and shoddy counting. PG&E's plan won support last week in a landslide, with victims overwhelmingly backing PG&E's $58 billion proposal to emerge from bankruptcy after 18 months. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

PG&E's bankruptcy trial opens with attacks on voting process

May. 27, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — An effort to block Pacific Gas and Electric's path out of bankruptcy kicked off Wednesday's trial on the plan in bankruptcy court as critics of the utility questioned whether the overwhelming vote in favor of the plan by wildfire victims was tainted by conflicts of interest and...

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...

FILE - This Jan. 14, 2019, file photo shows Pacific Gas & Electric vehicles parked at the PG&E Oakland Service Center in Oakland, Calif. A decision was announced Friday, May 1, 2020, that Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. will sweep out three quarters of its board of directors to start with a mostly clean slate when it emerges from a bankruptcy case triggered by deadly wildfires ignited in Northern California by the utility's neglected electrical grid. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Officials: Email delays key vote on PG&E's bankruptcy plan

May. 21, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California power regulators unexpectedly delayed a key vote Thursday on Pacific Gas & Electric's plan for getting out of bankruptcy after saying one of the utility's most outspoken critics sent an improper email attacking the company's proposal to pay wildfire victims. ...

Firefighters contain much of big wildfire near Phoenix

May. 19, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (AP) — Firefighters have managed to contain much of a big wildfire near Phoenix that was burning across 2 square miles (6 square kilometers) and prompted the evacuation of more than 100 homes, officials said Tuesday. No homes burned in the town of Cave Creek but the fire that burned...

Brush fire north of Phoenix forces evacuation of 250 people

May. 18, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — High winds caused a brush fire in a town near Phoenix to nearly quadruple in size to more than 2 square miles (6 square kilometers) and force the evacuation of 132 homes, officials said Monday. No homes have burned in Cave Creek, but the fire came within 100 yards of some houses. Many other...

FILE - This Oct. 14, 2017 file photo shows an aerial view shows the devastation of the Coffey Park neighborhood after the Tubbs swept through in Santa Rosa, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric says its plan for getting out of bankruptcy has won overwhelming support from the victims of deadly Northern California wildfires ignited by the utility's fraying electrical grid. The victims backed PG&E's blueprint despite concerns that they will be shortchanged by a $13.5 billion fund that's supposed to cover their losses. The preliminary results of a vote announced Monday, May 18, 2020, keep PG&E on track for meeting a June 30 deadline to get out of bankruptcy so it can qualify for coverage from a California wildfire insurance fund that was created to help protect the utility from getting into financial trouble again. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

PG&E's bankruptcy plan wins support from wildfire victims

May. 18, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric's plan for getting out of bankruptcy has won overwhelming support from the victims of deadly Northern California wildfires ignited by the utility's fraying electrical grid, despite concerns that they will be shortchanged by a $13.5 billion fund that's...

Kevin Harvick celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The Latest: Harvick's 50th Cup win 'just weird' without fans

May. 17, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's return at Darlington Raceway (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Kevin Harvick screamed in celebration as he crossed the finish line and then performed a traditional, smokey burnout. His 50th career Cup Series victory felt like a lot like the others — until he...

Rival sides in Cyprus join to fight wildfire in north

May. 17, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Two aircraft dispatched by Cyprus' internationally recognized government for the first time helped to fight a wildfire in the breakaway north of the ethnically divided island nation, an official said Sunday. A fixed-wing aircraft and a helicopter have been helping to battle the blaze...

Miami-Dade firefighters Christian Blanco, left, and Matthew Gutierrez, put out spot fires, Thursday, May 14, 2020, off 26th Street in Golden Gate Estates, Fla. (Jon Austria/Naples Daily News via AP)

7 homes, 23 other structures destroyed by Florida wildfire

May. 15, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — At least seven homes and 23 other structures have been destroyed by a massive wildfire that continues to burn in southwest Florida, officials said. Greater Naples Fire Rescue District Chief Kingman Schuldt said during a news conference Friday that workers were surveying the area east of...