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New California law helps utilities with wildfire lawsuits

Sep. 21, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Friday allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires, even if the blazes are blamed on the company's mismanagement. The bill is aimed at preventing bankruptcy or other...

High winds, tornadoes wreak havoc across southern Minnesota

Sep. 21, 2018 4:30 PM EDT

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — Several tornadoes struck southern Minnesota as severe storms packing powerful winds and heavy rain left a trail of destruction overnight, the National Weather Service said Friday. The extreme weather late Thursday damaged homes and businesses, and turned a small airport upside down,...

8 dead in crash were Arizona residents, Guatemalan migrants

Sep. 21, 2018 4:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona residents and Guatemalan immigrants in the U.S. illegally were among eight people killed earlier this week in a head-on crash on a highway near the historic prison town of Florence, authorities said Friday. The Arizona Department of Public Safety released the names of some of the...

Tanzania leader orders arrests as ferry death toll over 130

Sep. 21, 2018 4:27 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Hundreds of solemn people watched Friday as body after body was pulled from a capsized ferry that Tanzanian authorities said was badly overcrowded and upended in the final stretch before reaching shore. The death toll was above 130 but horrified witnesses feared that would rise as a...

The Latest: Interstate 95 reopens in South Carolina

Sep. 21, 2018 4:15 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of Hurricane Florence. (all times local): 4:10 p.m. South Carolina says Interstate 95 is being reopened in the northern part of the state. State Department of Transportation officials say the Great Pee Dee River is receding and inspectors were able to check the I-95 bridges over the...

Unending disaster: Florence floods prompt new evacuations

Sep. 21, 2018 4:10 PM EDT

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — With muddy river water still washing over entire communities on Friday, eight days after Hurricane Florence slammed into land with nearly 3 feet of rain, new evacuation orders forced residents to flee to higher ground amid a sprawling disaster that's beginning to feel like it...

Guatemalan gets 16 years in crash that killed Colts player

Sep. 21, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man from Guatemala living illegally in the U.S. was sentenced Friday to the maximum of 16 years in prison for a drunken-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver. A Marion County judge sentenced Manuel Orrego-Savala after hearing...

The Latest: Prison term for crash that killed Colts player

Sep. 21, 2018 3:34 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a Guatemalan man who pleaded guilty in a drunken driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver(all times local): 3:30 p.m. A man from Guatemala living illegally in the U.S. has been sentenced to 16 years in...

APNewsBreak: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

Sep. 21, 2018 3:22 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Florence's floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the company does not believe the breach at the...

Hotplates, heaters to be given residents after gas disaster

Sep. 21, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Hotplates and space heaters will be distributed to thousands of Massachusetts residents who were left without natural gas following a series of gas explosions and fires, officials announced Friday. The parent company of Columbia Gas, meanwhile, set a Nov. 19 deadline by which it...