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

Jun. 18, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California utility agreed Tuesday to pay $1 billion to 14 local governments to cover damages from a series of deadly wildfires caused by its downed power lines. The settlement is a sliver of the more than $30 billion in potential damages Pacific Gas & Electric is facing in...

Prosecutors: Suspect made album art with church arson photos

Jun. 18, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The suspect in three Louisiana church arsons took photos and videos of the fires while they were burning and shared them with his friends, federal prosecutors said Monday. Prosecutors presented the images during a detention hearing for Holden Matthews, 21, saying they had been...

NTSB cites low driver standards in fatal Iowa bush crash

Jun. 18, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tougher standards for school bus drivers and a fire suppression system could have prevented the deaths in a 2017 school bus fire in western Iowa, federal safety investigators said Tuesday. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said the Riverside Community School...

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.

'Burning river' loses sting in Cleveland 50 years after fire

Jun. 18, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Fifty years after the Cuyahoga River's most infamous fire helped spawn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, artists and entrepreneurs have turned old jokes into inspiration and forged decades of embarrassment into a fiery brand of Cleveland pride. "Everybody knows Cuyahoga County for...

Correction: Steel Plant-Pollution story

Jun. 18, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

In a story June 17 about a fire at U.S. Steel's Pennsylvania coke plant, The Associated Press reported erroneously the impact of the mishap on the neighborhood's air quality. The company said air monitoring equipment indicated that sulfur dioxide levels did not exceed emissions limits around the plant through...

The Latest: US Steel restores pollution controls at plant

Jun. 17, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

CLAIRTON, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a fire at U.S. Steel coke plant (all times local): 10:30 p.m. U.S. Steel says it has resumed normal operations at its coke plant outside Pittsburgh after fire knocked out an air pollution control system. The company said in a statement late Monday that it has completed...

California warehouse fire defendant: No one was in charge

Jun. 17, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco Bay Area warehouse where a fire killed 36 people more than two years ago was an artist enclave where nobody was fully in charge, one of two men blamed for the fire testified Monday. Max Harris told a packed Oakland courtroom that everyone treated each other as...

The Latest: Man charged in deadly California fire testifies

Jun. 17, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of two men blamed for a deadly California warehouse fire (all times local): 4:50 p.m. One of two men being blamed for a warehouse fire that killed 36 people in the San Francisco Bay Area two years ago denied being involved in organizing a concert the night the...

Explosion levels New Jersey home, injuring lone occupant

Jun. 17, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

RIDGEFIELD, N.J. (AP) — An explosion leveled a home in New Jersey on Monday, injuring the lone occupant, who was pulled from the burning rubble by an off-duty police officer and first responders. Heavy flames and a large plume of smoke rose from the two-story home, which quickly crumbled to the ground...