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Arson suspect held after wildfire briefly threatens homes

Jun. 5, 2020 1:27 AM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of setting a half-dozen spot fires in San Jose on Thursday was detained as firefighters worked to corral a blaze that briefly threatened homes, authorities said. The fires were reported at around 6 p.m. in the dry Santa Teresa foothills near a water treatment plant....

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, people walk past a Pacific Gas and Electric sign at a PG&E location in San Francisco. California's chief utility regulators and a Pacific Gas & Electric executive testified Thursday, June 4, 2020, that the utility is behind on installing devices meant to ease the severity of power shut-offs during potential wildfires and hasn't yet hired and trained emergency response specialists in each county. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

PG&E behind on promises to ease effect of power shut-offs

Jun. 5, 2020 12:47 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's chief utility regulators and a Pacific Gas & Electric executive testified Thursday that the utility is behind on installing devices meant to ease the severity of power shut-offs during potential wildfires and hasn't yet hired and trained emergency response...

A man seeks to salvage some of his belongings from what used to be his home, destroyed by the waters of the Acelhuate River, in the New Israel Community of San Salvador, El Salvador, Sunday, May 31, 2020. According to the Ministry of the Interior at least seven people died across the country after two days of heavy rains. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Storm season adds to pandemic worries for Mexico, C. America

Jun. 4, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Weeks ago, civil defense officials in Mexico’s Tabasco state, one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and now Tropical Storm Cristobal, asked health authorities for daily lists of infections in vulnerable communities. State civil defense chief Jorge Mier y Terán...

Edwards declares emergency in Louisiana because of Cristobal

Jun. 4, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Thursday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal appeared poised to strike Louisiana as early as this weekend. “While it is still too early to know for sure what impact Cristobal could have on Louisiana, now is the time...

FILE - This Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, shows homes leveled by the Camp Fire line at the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park retirement community in Paradise, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric's proposal to pay $25.5 billion for a series of deadly Northern California wildfires ignited by its equipment faces a last-ditch effort to persuade a judge to reject the plan to get the nation's largest utility out of bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

PG&E critics urge judge to reject utility's bankruptcy plan

Jun. 4, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric's proposal to pay $25.5 billion for a series of deadly Northern California wildfires ignited by its equipment faced a final barrage of resistance from critics Thursday, who told a federal judge that the plan will do more to enrich savvy investors than...

Missouri sees damage from tornadoes, rare colliding storms

Jun. 4, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Parts of western Missouri saw minor damage from two weak tornadoes, as well as a rare phenomenon of two storms moving in opposite directions that collided around Kansas City. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado early Thursday morning with peak winds of 80 mph (128.7...

The scene of a landslide near Alta, Arctic Norway, seen Wednesday June 3, 2020, after a powerful landslide that took eight houses into the sea off northern Norway. Police spokesman Torfinn Halvari said a car was taken in the landslide but no people injured. (Anders Bjordal via AP)

Landslide in Arctic Norway sweeps away 8 homes

Jun. 4, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Jan Egil Bakkedal had just prepared himself a sandwich when he heard a huge noise and realized that it was a landslide after which he ran out and filmed it from a nearby hill in Arctic Norway. Bakkedal told The Associated Press on Thursday that he filmed Wednesday afternoon's...

Homes burned, evacuations ordered in California wildfire

Jun. 4, 2020 6:25 AM EDT

SUISUN CITY, Calif. (AP) — A grass fire burning northeast of San Francisco destroyed or damaged about a dozen homes Wednesday and prompted evacuations of several streets, fire officials said. The fire erupted at around 3:30 p.m. near a wildlife center in Suisun City, near Suisun Bay. By Wednesday night,...

Strong earthquake shakes eastern Indonesia; no casualties

Jun. 4, 2020 6:20 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful undersea earthquake shook eastern Indonesia on Thursday, causing panic but no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The 6.7 magnitude quake at a depth of 107 kilometers (66 miles) rattled North Halmahera district in North Maluku province. It was centered 89...

Magnitude 5.5 quake hits shaky California desert region

Jun. 3, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has jolted the region of California desert where a powerful quake last summer was followed by thousands of aftershocks. The U.S. Geological Survey says Wednesday's quake hit at a fairly shallow depth shortly after 6:30 p.m. and was centered 13.6 miles...