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AP WAS THERE: Southern California's deadly 1994 earthquake

Jan. 16, 2019 1:34 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — This week marks 25 years since a deadly earthquake struck Southern California's densely populated San Fernando Valley. The state said at least 57 died in the magnitude 6.7 Northridge quake, but a study issued the following year put the death toll at 72, including heart attacks. About...

New storm brings risk of blizzard to Northern California

Jan. 16, 2019 1:22 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another Pacific storm was set to hit California on Wednesday, bringing a threat of mudslides to the site of the deadliest wildfire in state history and a rare blizzard warning in the Sierra Nevada. An evacuation warning was in place into Thursday morning for Pulga, a canyon community in...

California storms bring mudslide fears, blizzard warning

Jan. 15, 2019 10:55 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Pacific storm that brought fears of dangerous mudslides and a rare blizzard warning in the Sierra Nevada was less fierce than expected but hundreds of homes in fire-scarred California areas remained under evacuation orders as more rain was expected. "Please heed disaster messages and...

The Latest: Santa Barbara County lifts evacuations

Jan. 15, 2019 10:12 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a series of California and Nevada storms (all times local): 7 p.m. Santa Barbara County, scene of a devastating fire and a deadly mudslide last year, has lifted mandatory evacuation orders that drove thousands of people from Montecito and surrounding areas. The city says a...

PG&E bankruptcy could mean price hikes, unpaid fire lawsuits

Jan. 15, 2019 8:51 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said this week it will file for bankruptcy, raising concern that rates for electricity and gas will rise and victims of California wildfires who are suing the nation's largest utility won't get all the money they may be owed. Here are some key things...

Police: Fire at home kills Pakistani bride to be, 4 others

Jan. 15, 2019 11:36 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police and relatives say a fire has broken out at a home in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, killing a bride to be and four other women who were preparing the woman's wedding. The Tuesday blaze occurred at a family home as dozens of guests were preparing for the wedding scheduled...

Chicken truck fire in tunnel under Atlanta airport runway

Jan. 15, 2019 8:05 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A tractor-trailer loaded with 20 tons (18 metric tons) of frozen chicken caught fire in a highway tunnel under an Atlanta airport runway, closing both runway and tunnel. WSB-TV reports that crews found both tunnel and runway in good shape, and traffic resumed Monday morning while a crew...

California governor, lawmakers confront utility bankruptcy

Jan. 15, 2019 1:43 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The announcement by the nation's largest utility that it is filing for bankruptcy puts Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s problems squarely in the hands of Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, who now must try to keep ratepayer costs down, ensure wildfire victims get the...

Utility seeks bankruptcy protection over California fires

Jan. 14, 2019 8:49 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The nation's largest utility said Monday it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it faces at least $30 billion in potential damages from lawsuits over the catastrophic wildfires in California in 2017 and 2018 that killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes. The...

The Latest: California governor says PG&E not trusted player

Jan. 14, 2019 8:40 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on utility PG&E seeking bankruptcy protection (all times local): 5:15 p.m. California Gov. Newsom says "safety, reliability and affordability" are his main concerns as he addresses the likely bankruptcy of the state's largest utility. Newsom sought to assure the public...