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PG&E begins new mass power shutoff over fire danger

Nov. 20, 2019 1:09 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was set to begin shutting off power Wednesday to some 375,000 people in 18 Northern and central California counties as the region faces extreme fire weather that’s lasted since October. A virtually rainless fall has left brush bone-dry and...

PG&E boss says it wasn’t fully ready for California outages

Nov. 19, 2019 10:56 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The head of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. told angry California lawmakers Monday that the nation’s largest electric utility wasn’t fully prepared for the effects of its unprecedented outages last month even as it plans to shut off power to about 375,000 people...

2 officers shot, wounded at Michigan apartment complex

Nov. 19, 2019 4:56 PM EST

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Two police officers were shot and wounded Tuesday as they investigated a reported assault at an apartment complex in southeastern Michigan, authorities said. Both officers were shot in the legs as they responded about 9 a.m. to a call about an assault involving a man working at the...

1 dead, 4 hurt after house fire in western Arkansas

Nov. 19, 2019 2:40 PM EST

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old girl has died and four other people were injured after an early morning house fire in western Arkansas. Police responded shortly after 3 a.m. Tuesday to the fire in Fort Smith, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock. The Fort Smith...

Agency reports detail deadly N Carolina explosion, response

Nov. 19, 2019 4:14 AM EST

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina have analyzed their response to a natural gas explosion that killed two people, injured two dozen others, leveled one building and damaged others, some of which have been condemned. The city and county of Durham last week released fire and emergency...

South Korean fishing boat catches fire; 1 dead, 11 missing

Nov. 18, 2019 11:48 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A fishing boat caught fire in South Korea’s southern waters early Tuesday, killing at least one fisherman and triggering a search for 11 others missing, coast guard officials said. Rescue workers found one of the fishermen unconscious in waters 7.4 kilometers (4.6 miles)...

Smoke shrouds Sydney’s skyline as wildfires burn nearby

Nov. 18, 2019 11:09 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Thick smoke from wildfires has shrouded Sydney and its surrounding areas with health experts warning residents with medical conditions to remain indoors. The Sydney skyline was barely visible with air quality in some parts of the city reaching over hazardous levels early Tuesday. Shane...

The Latest: CEO says PG&E got complacent about power outages

Nov. 18, 2019 6:24 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on state legislative hearing into power outages by Pacific Gas & Electric (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The head of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. has told a California legislative committee that the utility became complacent about power shutdowns after...

GAO: 60% of Superfund sites at higher risk in climate change

Nov. 18, 2019 3:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The worsening wildfires, floods and hurricanes of climate change threaten at least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites, and efforts to strengthen the hazardous waste sites are stalling in some vulnerable regions as the Trump administration plays down the threat, a congressional watchdog agency...

Companies can get govt loans if revenue falls after disaster

Nov. 18, 2019 11:58 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Months after a storm, fire, drought or other disaster has struck, small businesses that have lost revenue due to the devastation may be able to get low-cost government loans. Financial help in the form of economic injury disaster loans are for companies even if they haven’t suffered...