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2 dead, 5 injured in fiery Florida multicar crash

Nov. 14, 2019 2:55 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say two people have died and five more have been hurt in a fiery eight-vehicle crash that shut down part of an interstate. News outlets report a tractor-trailer apparently was burning Wednesday night along Interstate 75 near Tampa as emergency crews responded....

California faces fraught path out of wildfire, power crisis

Nov. 14, 2019 1:18 PM EST

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. Pacific Gas &...

Wildfires force businesses to prepare for disruption

Nov. 14, 2019 12:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The wildfires that are rampant this time of year in California force small business owners to be prepared in the same way as owners in other parts of the country who deal with tornadoes and other natural disasters. It means being prepared for disruption. Dry air and strong winds spread...

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...

Couple may be jailed for living in RV after fire gutted home

Nov. 14, 2019 8:39 AM EST

MADISON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi couple whose home was partially gutted in a fire is now facing fines and jail time for temporarily living in an RV while they dealt with insurance. WAPT-TV reports the couple’s temporary home violated their Madison homeowner’s association code. Pam Navari...

Toll rises in Australian wildfires with more danger ahead

Nov. 14, 2019 2:34 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — The death toll for wildfires raging across Australia’s most populous state has risen to four as authorities warned Thursday of worsening weather conditions to come. A body was found late Wednesday in a scorched forest near the town of Kempsey in northeast New South Wales, police said....

California crisis of fires, blackouts decades in the making

Nov. 14, 2019 1:10 AM EST

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. Pacific Gas &...

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...

Egypt says looting attempt causes oil pipeline fire; 7 dead

Nov. 13, 2019 5:45 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A pipeline for oil products caught fire Wednesday when thieves tried to tap into it to siphon off gasoline in the Nile Delta province of Beheira, and at least seven people were killed, Egyptian officials said. A health ministry spokesman, Ahmed Megahed, said the fire in the Itay el-Barud...

Utility to pay $360M for major Southern California wildfires

Nov. 13, 2019 5:35 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California Edison has agreed to pay $360 million to local governments to settle lawsuits over deadly wildfires sparked by its equipment during the last two years, including one blamed for a mudslide that killed more than 20 people, the utility and attorneys announced Wednesday....