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PG&E confronts potential showdown over its bankruptcy plan

Nov. 12, 2019 7:12 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...

NTSB: Oversight could have prevented Miami bridge collapse

Nov. 12, 2019 6:54 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Miami university bridge that collapsed and killed six people while under construction had basic flaws that should have been caught before it was built, federal officials said Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board also faulted the firms involved in the project and Florida...

Tribe to argue against expansion of Dakota Access pipeline

Nov. 12, 2019 5:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members have long maintained that a leak in the Dakota Access oil pipeline would threaten their Missouri River water supply, and on Wednesday they will argue that a new proposal to double the line's capacity magnifies the probability of a disastrous oil...

Owners of collapsed hotel plan implosion; no date given

Nov. 12, 2019 5:09 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Owners of a New Orleans hotel that partly collapsed during construction say they'll implode the remaining floors but didn't say when that might happen. According to a news release Tuesday from 1030 Canal Development LLC, multiple engineers have said implosion is the safest way to...

Record cold follows early snowstorm over much of eastern US

Nov. 12, 2019 4:48 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Snow and cold records fell as an arctic airmass that started in Siberia spilled over a big chunk of the eastern half of the U.S., including the normally mild South, on Tuesday. The mid-autumn taste of winter brought record single-digit temperatures to Chicago and environs; set snowfall...

Deep cuts rule Juliana Hatfield's Police covers album

Nov. 12, 2019 4:20 PM EST

Juliana Hatfield, "Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police" (American Laundromat Records) One way to assess a covers record is whether its appeal stretches beyond fans of the re-interpreter to fans of the original performers. In the case of "Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police," both camps should be pleased. Part of the...

Girl dies month after being hit by Missouri patrol vehicle

Nov. 12, 2019 11:58 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 12-year-old girl has died from injuries suffered last month when a St. Louis County, Missouri, patrol vehicle struck her. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Akeelah "Ke Ke" Jackson had been in critical condition since she was hit Oct. 14 while crossing a street in Jennings. Her...

Fire chief: Gas leak caused home explosion that injured 2

Nov. 12, 2019 11:13 AM EST

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A fire chief says a house explosion and fire that injured two people at a West Virginia home were caused by a gas leak. Citizens Fire Department Chief Larry Herbst told The Journal that an HVAC technician working in the Charles Town home and another person were injured in...

Man, woman, young girl killed in Missouri apartment fire

Nov. 12, 2019 10:32 AM EST

CLINTON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a man, woman and young girl have been killed in an apartment fire in Missouri. Clinton Fire Chief Leo Huff says the fire was reported around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday. He says a second story apartment in the 12-unit building was burning when crews arrived. The blaze was brought...

Denmark starts border checks at crossings to Sweden

Nov. 12, 2019 10:27 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish police on Tuesday began performing border checks at the country's crossings with Sweden, moves that followed a series of shootings and explosions around Copenhagen that Danish authorities say were carried out by people crossing the waterway between the Scandinavian...