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California businesses at risk amid fires, power outages

Nov. 14, 2019 12:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The California wildfires are taking a toll on small businesses, including those that are miles away and safe from the flames. Smoke, ash and power outages force companies to shut down or cost them business even if owners and employees aren’t forced to evacuate. The power outages...

California regulators order inquiry into power outages

Nov. 13, 2019 10:37 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators opened a formal investigation Wednesday into preemptive power outages that blacked out large parts of the state in October, drawing strong rebukes from public officials and residents who said the shut-offs were too broad and poorly executed. The unanimous vote by...

The Latest: PG&E told to explain why it shouldn’t be fined

Nov. 13, 2019 4:24 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a state investigation into power shutdowns in California (all times local): 1:20 p.m. California’s top utility regulator is ordering Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to show why it should not be fined for violations related to its power shutdowns in October. The...

The Latest: PG&E says power outage credits cost $65 million

Nov. 7, 2019 2:50 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s quarterly earnings (all times local): 11 a.m. Pacific Gas & Electric is estimating it will cost the bankrupt utility $65 million to credit the 738,000 customers whose power was shut off last month to minimize the chances its outdated...

Thousands still without power across Northeast after storms

Nov. 2, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Tens of thousands of customers across the Northeast were still without power Saturday after gusty storms starting on Halloween toppled trees and power lines and flooded roads. In one Connecticut town, officials blamed the unusually high tree damage on gypsy moths and emerald ash...

Correction: California Wildfires story

Nov. 2, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Nov. 1 about wildfires in California, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Maria Fire was northeast of Los Angeles. It is northwest. A corrected version of the story is below: Utility re-energized power line before fire A Southern California utility that shut off...

Storms kill 2, knock out power, downs trees on East Coast

Nov. 1, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Storms that began on Halloween killed at least two people, caused flooding, downed trees and power lines and damaged homes across the Northeast on Friday. By Friday afternoon, the number of people without power in the Northeast was starting to creep down, but still more than 450,000...

The Latest: Utility re-energized power line before fire

Nov. 1, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California fires (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A Southern California utility that shut off power to tens of thousands of people to prevent wildfires says it restored electricity to a line minutes before another blaze exploded nearby. Southern California Edison says it began...

The Latest: Body of swept-away driver found in New York

Nov. 1, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on the severe weather that hit the eastern United States (all times local): 3 p.m. A driver swept away by flood waters in New York was found dead, and more than 241,000 customers are still without power after a night of heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 70 mph (110 kph)....

Wind, rain knock out US luge championships near Lake Placid

Nov. 1, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — The opening session of the luge national championships was canceled Friday because of heavy rain, high winds and power outages across large swaths of upstate New York. USA Luge says Saturday's races remain on schedule. Instead of crowning national champions through a four-heat,...