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Bill could shield utilities from California wildfire costs

Nov. 21, 2018 1:08 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Legislature will be asked to protect utilities from possible bankruptcy by shielding them from billions of dollars in liability linked to this year's deadly swath of wildfires, it was reported Tuesday. Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), plans to introduce a...

The Latest: Sheriff: Wildfire death toll rises to 79

Nov. 20, 2018 2:38 AM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 7:30 p.m. A Northern California sheriff says two more sets of human remains were found Monday, bringing the total number killed in a devastating California wildfire to 79. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says the list of names...

Rain could hamper search for victims of California wildfire

Nov. 20, 2018 2:06 AM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — It's been 12 days since Christina Taft started the frantic search for her mother Victoria, who refused to evacuate their Paradise home as flames neared, and six days since she gave authorities a cheek swab to identify remains that are likely her mother's. She still hasn't received...

Asian stocks slide after Wall Street losses, Nissan arrest

Nov. 19, 2018 11:08 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks slid Tuesday after tech losses dragged down Wall Street and Nissan's chairman was arrested on charges of financial misconduct. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index fell 1 percent to 2,675.69 and Tokyo's Nikkei 225 lost 0.9 percent to 21,633.54. Hong Kong's Hang Seng...

Structure losses in Southern California fire rise to 1,500

Nov. 19, 2018 6:08 PM EST

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — The tally of structures destroyed by the huge wildfire that swept through Southern California communities increased to 1,500 on Monday, fire officials said. With 95 percent of the burn assessment completed, the count also showed 341 structures damaged. The fire erupted Nov. 8 and...

Latest: Sheriff: List of missing after fire drops to 1,000

Nov. 18, 2018 11:12 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 8 p.m. A Northern California sheriff says the list of names of those unaccounted for after a deadly wildfire has dropped to around 1,000. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says that's about 300 less than what was posted at the start...

Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts; 77 dead

Nov. 18, 2018 10:48 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Volunteers in white coveralls, hard hats and masks poked through ash and debris Sunday, searching for the remains of victims of the devastating Northern California wildfire before rains forecast this week complicate their efforts. While the predicted downpours could help tamp down...

The Latest: Utility files 2nd report on power line failure

Nov. 17, 2018 11:41 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric Company officials have filed a second report with California regulators about a power line failure near the start of a deadly wildfire the morning the fire began. The Mercury News of San...

The Latest: Trump tours wildfire-ravaged Malibu area

Nov. 17, 2018 9:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 9:50 p.m. During his trip to survey wildfire damage in California, President Donald Trump met briefly at an airport hangar with families and first responders touched by the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks...

Trump sees wildfire areas, consoles those harmed by shooting

Nov. 17, 2018 9:42 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday acknowledged Californians suffering from twin tragedies, walking through the ashes of a mobile home and RV park in a small northern town all but destroyed by deadly wildfires and privately consoling people grieving after a mass shooting at a...