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California utility fires contractor from wildfire recovery

Dec. 17, 2018 10:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California utility on Monday said it terminated one of its contractors helping with wildfire recovery after three workers posted on social media insensitive photos and comments poking fun at victims and the region. Pacific Gas & Electric said Bigge Crane and Rigging Co....

Chargers TE Hunter Henry returns to practice for first time

Dec. 17, 2018 7:12 PM EST

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Hunter Henry has been optimistic about his chances of playing this season, despite suffering a knee injury during offseason workouts. The clock started ticking toward his possible return Monday when the Los Angeles Chargers tight end took part in practice. Henry's return to the...

Second earthquake in 4 days centered in eastern Tennessee

Dec. 16, 2018 2:12 PM EST

MASCOT, Tenn. (AP) — An earthquake centered in eastern Tennessee also was felt in three other states. The U.S. Geological Survey website says the epicenter of the magnitude 3.0 earthquake early Sunday was about two miles (four kilometers) southeast of Mascot, near Knoxville. It also was felt in parts of...

Strong quake rocks Indonesia's Papua; no injuries, damage

Dec. 16, 2018 7:14 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake has struck Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Sunday's magnitude 6.1 quake had a depth of 61 kilometers (38 miles). The epicenter was about 144...

Indonesia's Soputan volcano erupts, ejecting thick ash

Dec. 16, 2018 4:09 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in central Indonesia has erupted, ejecting columns of thick ash as high as 7,500 meters (24,606 feet) into the sky. Mount Soputan, located on the northern part of Sulawesi island, erupted twice Sunday morning, said the national disaster agency's spokesman, Sutopo Purwo...

All evacuation orders lifted in deadly California wildfire

Dec. 15, 2018 2:22 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The remaining residents who fled from the deadliest wildfire in California history were allowed to return to their home Saturday and assess the damage. All evacuation orders were lifted in Paradise more than a month after the fire broke out Nov. 8, killing at least 86 people and...

Report rips expensive decisions in California wildfire fight

Dec. 15, 2018 1:12 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a wildfire burned across Big Sur two years ago and threatened hundreds of homes scattered on the scenic hills, thousands of firefighters responded with overwhelming force, attacking flames from the air and ground. In the first week, the blaze destroyed 57 homes and killed a...

Greece wildfire toll now 100 as man dies months later

Dec. 15, 2018 7:11 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a 73-year-old man hospitalized with severe burns since July has died, bringing the toll of a deadly wildfire east of Athens to 100. The wildfire, aided by high winds, swept through the suburb of Mati, a popular seaside resort, on July 23. People were trapped...

Report details firefighters' harrowing work in Paradise

Dec. 14, 2018 6:48 PM EST

On the first day fighting the deadly Northern California wildfire that destroyed the city of Paradise last month, a crew setting a back burn to stop the blaze was suddenly overrun by flames when erratic winds suddenly shifted. One state prison inmate firefighter tried to escape the flames and ran into a barbed...

California fire survivors share lessons in loss, recovery

Dec. 13, 2018 8:44 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Survivors of a deadly blaze that tore through California wine country last year shared lessons of loss and pain but also resilience with those who escaped the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century last month. A group of wine country residents spent a day in a packed meeting with those...