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PG&E restores power to thousands in California

Nov. 21, 2019 10:16 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric restored power Thursday to 120,000 people it intentionally blacked out to ease the risk of catastrophic wildfires. The nation’s largest utility cut power Wednesday in parts of 11 Northern and central California counties because of concerns that dry,...

The Latest: PG&E restores power to thousands in California

Nov. 21, 2019 10:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 7 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says it’s restored power to 120,000 people whose electricity was cut because of windy, dry weather. The utility blacked out 11 Northern and central California counties on Wednesday out...

Deputies accused of stealing from Dallas store after tornado

Nov. 21, 2019 7:47 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Two Texas sheriff’s deputies accused of stealing items from a Home Depot they were guarding after it was destroyed by a tornado last month have been charged with theft. The Dallas County sheriff’s office said Deputy Joseph Bobadilla and Sgt. Rebecca Evans were arrested Thursday....

Southern Africa’s deadly drought leaving millions hungry

Nov. 21, 2019 8:54 AM EST

VOSBURG, South Africa (AP) — Residents call this drought-stricken community a “forgotten town.” The flat, dusty roads to Vosburg are surrounded by withered fields. The streams feeding the community of a few thousand people have gone dry. Signs warn drivers of wandering cattle and sheep but...

Portland to pay $350K linked to earthquake warning sign suit

Nov. 21, 2019 7:05 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland has agreed to pay $350,000 in attorneys’ fees related to a now-repealed policy that mandated warning signs on brittle brick buildings saying they are seismically unsafe. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Portland City Council voted 4-0 Wednesday to pay the fees for...

Earthquake shakes Thailand, Laos, sways Bangkok high-rises

Nov. 21, 2019 4:47 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A strong earthquake shook a border area between northern Thailand and Laos early Thursday, swaying high-rises in Bangkok and Vietnam’s capital. Residents of Chiang Mai, northern Thailand’s biggest city, felt prolonged shaking but saw no major damage. Chiang Mai resident...

Smoke blankets Sydney as wildfires spread across Australia

Nov. 20, 2019 10:23 PM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Hazardous smoke blanketed Sydney on Thursday as wildfires burned across eastern and southern Australia. Thick smog shrouded Australia’s most populous city, leaving its iconic skyline barely visible two days after smoke created serious air quality issues. The New South Wales...

Blackouts hit Northern California again during fire danger

Nov. 20, 2019 9:47 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric turned off electricity Wednesday for about 120,000 people in Northern California to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires during a new bout of windy, warm weather. However, favorable weather allowed the nation’s largest utility to drastically...

The Latest: PG&E says it may restore power Thursday

Nov. 20, 2019 9:24 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says it expects to get the all-clear before dawn Thursday to begin the process of restoring power to more than 100,000 people hit by a planned blackout. The utility says 48,000 customers...

5.4, 6.3 earthquakes rattle southern Mexico

Nov. 20, 2019 8:52 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A 5.4-magnitude earthquake has rattled the southern Pacific coast of Mexico before dawn, just hours after a 6.3 quake. The U.S. Geological Survey said the two quakes occurred at almost the same spot, just offshore from the Mexico-Guatemala border. It was unclear if the 5.4 quake at 11:30...