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Fire-weary California homeowners face long road to recovery

Nov. 13, 2018 1:16 PM EST

Californians who lost a home to the state's wildfires could face a nightmarish recovery as they try to rebuild. It's always a challenge to recuperate after any disaster, but California residents face a unique problem. Experts say the seemingly endless series of devastating wildfires in recent years has increased...

Dogs and portable morgues: Search intensifies in fire zone

Nov. 13, 2018 12:20 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities moved to set up a rapid DNA-analysis system and bring in cadaver dogs, mobile morgues and more search teams in an intensified effort to find and identify victims of the deadliest wildfire in California history, an inferno that killed at least 42 people. Five days after...

Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fires, not bad management

Nov. 13, 2018 1:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Both nature and humans share blame for California's devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump's claims, fire scientists say. Nature provides the dangerous winds that have whipped the fires, and human-caused climate change over...

Varlamov stops 26 shots, Avalanche beat Oilers 4-1

Nov. 12, 2018 1:33 AM EST

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche broke out of their slump by beating a team struggling just as much as them. Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots to help the Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 Sunday night to snap a five-game losing streak. Mikko Rantanen, Carl Soderberg and Tyson Barrie...

The Latest: Sheriff: 6 more bodies found; total of 29

Nov. 11, 2018 9:41 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California wildfires (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Authorities have reported 6 additional deaths in a Northern California, raising the death toll to 29 and making it the deadliest wildfire on record in California history. Butte County Sheriff Cory Honea said the...

The Latest: Sheriff: 110 people missing in N. California

Nov. 10, 2018 10:50 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says his department has reports of 110 people still missing in a massive Northern California wildfire that has scorched 164 square miles (425 square kilometers). Honea says he's hopeful...

The Latest: Trump threatens to withhold federal payments

Nov. 10, 2018 4:40 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 1:30 a.m. President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold federal payments to California, claiming its forest management is "so poor." Trump says Saturday via Twiitter that "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly...

Teacher: Bus drivers evacuated students amid California fire

Nov. 10, 2018 12:49 AM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Teachers, aides and bus drivers in Northern California loaded more than 100 school students into cars and school buses as a fast-moving wildfire approached, driving hours through smoke and flames to safely reunite the children with their families, according to one of the teachers who...

Fires besiege California city reeling from mass shooting

Nov. 9, 2018 10:59 PM EST

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A city reeling from the tragedy of a mass shooting was under a siege of a different sort Friday as raging wildfires on both sides of the city forced widespread evacuations and shut down part of the main freeway to town. Flames driven by powerful winds torched at least 150 homes...

With loved ones missing after fire, pleas flood social media

Nov. 9, 2018 8:50 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — People have scoured evacuation centers, called hospitals and posted desperate online pleas for help finding relatives they haven't heard from since a fast-moving wildfire devastated a Northern California town. A day after tens of thousands evacuated the town of Paradise and the nearby...