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PG&E to pay $1 billion to governments for wildfire damage

Jun. 18, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California utility that operated power lines that ignited several huge, deadly wildfires has agreed to pay $1 billion in damages to 14 local governments. More than half of the money from Pacific Gas & Electric would go to four governments impacted by a 2018 fire that killed...

California utility PG&E agrees to pay $1 billion to local governments for wildfire damages dating to 2015

Jun. 18, 2019 5:41 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California utility PG&E agrees to pay $1 billion to local governments for wildfire damages dating to 2015.

Map shows Arizona free of short-term drought

Jun. 18, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona is out of drought for the first time in nearly 10 years. The mosaics of yellow, orange and red that highlight the location and intensity of drought in Arizona disappeared this past week from the U.S. Drought Monitor, a map produced by the National Drought Migration Center at...

Strong quake jolts northwest Japan; no major damage reported

Jun. 18, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful earthquake jolted northwestern Japan late Tuesday, prompting officials to issue a tsunami warning along the coast which was lifted about 2 ½ hours later. Thousands of families lost electrical power and bullet train services were suspended, but there were no reports of serious...

Disaster declaration issued for counties impacted by storms

Jun. 18, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio has received federal assistance for residents of 10 counties impacted by tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and landslides. DeWine's news release says Republican President Donald Trump issued a disaster declaration Tuesday to...

Report: Major hurricane could cost Virginia $40 billion

Jun. 18, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Experts say that southeastern Virginia could suffer $40 billion in losses if it's struck by a major hurricane. Professors from Old Dominion University said in a recent report that the damages could seriously puncture the regional economy. The June 12 report said losses could equate to...

Tornado damages homes in Mississippi; no injuries reported

Jun. 18, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) — Forecasters say a tornado caused some damage in Hinds County — a somewhat uncommon storm for June in central Mississippi. The National Weather Service says the EF-1 twister struck Monday near Raymond, Mississippi. No injuries were reported. The weather service's Jackson office...

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake hits off northwestern Japan, tsunami warning issued

Jun. 18, 2019 9:35 AM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Magnitude 6.8 earthquake hits off northwestern Japan, tsunami warning issued.

Pakistani army helicopter saves 6 climbers hit by avalanche

Jun. 18, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani army helicopter rescued on Tuesday four Italian and two Pakistani climbers stranded at an altitude of around 5,300 meters (17,390 feet) in the country's north, after an avalanche struck the team the previous day, a mountaineering worker said. A Pakistani member of the team was...

The Latest: Helicopter saves 6 climbers in Pakistan's north

Jun. 18, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on a climbing expedition's rescue in Pakistan after being hit by an avalanche (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A Pakistani mountaineering official says an army helicopter has rescued four Italian and two Pakistani climbers stranded after an avalanche in the country's north. Mohammad...