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Do California power shutoffs work? Hard to know, experts say

Oct. 14, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state's large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire. It was the fifth time Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has preemptively cut the power but by far the largest to date...

The Latest: Newsom demands payments for those who lost power

Oct. 14, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California power shutoffs to prevent wildfires (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Gov. Gavin Newsom is asking Pacific Gas & Electric Co., to pay the customers who lost power last week when the state's largest utility cut electricity to prevent wildfires. The Democratic...

The Latest: Tropical Depression forms in eastern Atlantic

Oct. 14, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on tropical weather (all times local): 5 p.m. A tropical depression has formed southeast of the Cabo Verde islands, well offshore of the west coast of Africa. Tropical Depression Fifteen has top sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph), forming Monday about 320 miles (515 kilometers)...

Proposed wildfire fuel breaks plan released for 3 states

Oct. 14, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities have released plans to stop devastating wildfires in southwestern Idaho, southeastern Oregon and northern Nevada with one option creating 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) of fuel breaks up to 400 feet (120 meters) wide along existing roads. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management...

Firefighters finishing containment of California wildfires

Oct. 14, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters are dousing remaining smoldering areas from a destructive wildfire that raged along the northern edge of Los Angeles last week. The Los Angeles Fire Department says containment of the approximately 12-square-mile (31-square-kilometer) fire is at 43 percent Monday. Updated...

Tropical Storm Melissa dissipating, no longer a threat

Oct. 14, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Melissa is no longer a tropical storm, and poses no threat to land. The post-tropical cyclone is weakening as it moves deeper into the Atlantic Ocean, and the dangerous swells it caused are gradually subsiding. Forecasters said that as of midday on...

Wildfire prompts new evacuations in south-central Colorado

Oct. 14, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

SALIDA, Colo. (AP) — An active wildfire burning in a rural area of south-central Colorado has prompted new evacuations in Chaffee and Fremont counties. The new evacuations Sunday included the small towns of Wellsville and Swissvale southeast of Salida as the fire grew to about 12.7 square miles (32.8...

Japan storm victims felt worst was over, then floods came

Oct. 14, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) — After the worst of Typhoon Hagibis passed over this town north of Tokyo, Kazuo Saito made sure there was no water outside his house and went to bed. He woke up a few times throughout the night to check, but by the time he woke for good on Sunday morning, the view outside his window...

Japan looks for missing after typhoon kills dozens

Oct. 14, 2019 7:36 AM EDT

NAGANO, Japan (AP) — Rescue crews dug through mudslides and searched near swollen rivers Monday as they looked for those missing from a typhoon that left dozens dead and caused serious damage in central and northern Japan. Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds Saturday, leaving...

10 Things to Know for Today

Oct. 14, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. U.S. TROOPS TO WITHDRAW FROM CHAOTIC NORTHERN SYRIA U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says President Donald Trump has directed U.S. troops in northern Syria to begin pulling out "as safely and quickly as...