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FILE-  This Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, shows homes leveled by the Camp Fire line the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park retirement community in Paradise, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric limped into bankruptcy vilified for its long-running neglect of a crumbling electrical grid that ignited horrific Northern California wildfires that left entire cities in ruins. After nearly a year-and-a-half of wrangling during one of the most complex bankruptcy cases in U.S. history, it’s unclear if PG&E is now any better equipped to protect the 16 million people who rely on it for power. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

PG&E's long-running bankruptcy saga enters pivotal stage

May. 26, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric limped into bankruptcy vilified for its long-running neglect of a crumbling electrical grid that ignited a succession of horrific Northern California wildfires that left entire cities in ruins. After nearly a year-and-a-half of wrangling during one of the...

Rain, cooler weather helps slow Colorado plains wildfire

May. 26, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

KIM, Colo. (AP) — Cooler temperatures and precipitation have helped stop the spread of a lightning-sparked wildfire on Colorado's southeastern plains, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control said late Monday. Rain and hail fell on the Cherry Canyon Fire between Sunday and Monday and cooler...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask amid the new coronavirus pandemic, stands amid supporters taking pictures with cell phones as he leaves his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, May 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

In Bolsonaro's Brazil, everyone else is to blame for virus

May. 25, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With Brazil emerging as one of the world's most infected countries, President Jair Bolsonaro is deflecting all responsibility for the coronavirus crisis, casting blame on mayors, governors, an outgoing health minister and the media. By contrast, he portrays himself as a clear-eyed...

Light rain helps slow wildfire in southeastern Colorado

May. 25, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

KIM, Colo. (AP) — Light rain helped slow the growth of a lightning-sparked wildfire burning on Colorado's southeastern plains on Sunday, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control said. The fire in canyon land 10 miles northwest of Kim has burned 18.6 square miles (48 square kilometers) and was...

5 juveniles accused of starting a wildfire in Yavapai County

May. 24, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

BAGDAD, Ariz. (AP) — Five juveniles are accused of starting a wildfire in Yavapai County that forced the evacuation of 150 homes, authorities said The fire burned 65 acres in the small town of Bagdad before being brought under control Friday. The juveniles were smoking despite a fire ban on the area when...

A villager clears tree branches fallen in front of his house after Cyclone Amphan hit the region, at Baguranjalpai village in East Midnapore district in West Bengal state, India, Friday, May 22, 2020. People forgot about social distancing and crammed themselves into government shelters, minutes before Cyclone Amphan crashed in West Bengal. The cyclone killed dozens of people and the coronavirus nine in this region, one of India’s poorer states. Even before the cyclone, its pandemic response was lagging; the state has one of the highest fatality rates from COVID-19 in India. With an economy crippled by India’s eight-week lockdown, and health care systems sapped by the virus, authorities must tackle both COVID-19 and the cyclone’s aftermath.(Debasis Shyamal via AP)

Recovery begins after storm ravages Indian, Bangladesh coast

May. 23, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities began clearing roads and assessing damage on Friday after Cyclone Amphan barreled through coastal communities in eastern India and neighboring Bangladesh, killing more than 100 people and leaving millions displaced. In India's West Bengal state, which bore the brunt of the...

Georgia to give counties $6M to repair flood-damaged roads

May. 23, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia counties that saw flooding earlier this year can apply for up to $6 million in emergency road repair grants. Gov. Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Transportation announced the grants Friday. Any of more than 50 counties for which Kemp declared a state of emergency can apply....

A health worker checks a computer screen at the COVID-19 test department of the Broussais Hospital in Paris, Monday May 11, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly pledged the country would be able to test up to 700,000 people per week as key to the re-opening process, but so far the number of people tested is much lower and the effective capacities in the country remain vague. (Alain Jocard, Pool via AP)

The Latest: UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic

May. 23, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic. —South...

Gov. requests disaster declaration for North Dakota floods

May. 22, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum asked President Donald Trump on Friday to issue a disaster declaration for widespread spring flooding in North Dakota. Burgum's office said flooding has caused an estimated $40 million-plus in damage in roads and other public infrastructure in North Dakota. The...

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo, people survey the flood damage to the Curtis Road Bridge in Edenville, Mich., over the Tittabawassee River. The bridge sits just south of Wixom Lake where the dams failed. (Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

Residents, businesses sue dam operator over ruinous flooding

May. 22, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Residents and businesses in Central Michigan communities that were submerged when two dams failed this week on Friday sued the operator of the dams and two state agencies charged with overseeing the structures. The lawsuit came as yet more residents were forced to evacuate...