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US officials to investigate San Francisco gas explosion

Feb. 8, 2019 1:28 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate a natural gas explosion in San Francisco that sent flames into the sky for hours and damaged five buildings, an official said Thursday. An eight-person team arrived in San Francisco on Thursday night to begin the lengthy process...

Critics ask what took PG&E so long on wildfire safety effort

Feb. 7, 2019 6:04 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. is promising to spend more than $2 billion this year to improve wildfire prevention after its equipment was blamed for causing more than 1,500 Northern California wildfires since 2014. Lawyers, industry watchdogs and a federal judge alike wonder: What...

San Francisco gas explosion shoots fire that burns buildings

Feb. 6, 2019 9:18 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A gas explosion in a San Francisco neighborhood shot flames into the air for hours Wednesday and burned five buildings, sending panicked residents and workers fleeing into the streets. It took utility crews more than two hours to put out the fire after private construction workers cut...

The Latest: At least 3 deaths in New York blamed on storm

Jan. 31, 2019 8:48 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a major snowstorm and frigid weather in the Midwest (all times local): 3:45 p.m. At least three deaths in western New York are being blamed on the winter storm that has dropped more than 20 inches (50 centimeters) of snow and inflicted subzero wind chills. Authorities said...

Long johns to short sleeves: Rapid thaw follows polar blast

Jan. 31, 2019 7:55 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — In Illinois, temperatures could rise by 80 degrees within days. In Michigan, melting snow and rain and a 17-mile ice jam could lead to flooding. Across the Midwest, the sudden warmth was sure to bring more broken roads and busted water mains. The polar vortex that brought many cities to a...

Natural gas shortage ends, auto plants to resume production

Jan. 31, 2019 5:18 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Dozens of Michigan auto plants and large commercial buildings that were forced to close or cut operations Thursday due to a natural gas shortage can resume production at midnight. Consumers Energy had asked the plants and other big gas users to curtail work for fear of running out of gas for...

Polar blast envelops Midwest, strains aging infrastructure

Jan. 30, 2019 8:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A blast of polar air enveloped much of the Midwest on Wednesday, cracking train rails, breaking water pipes and straining electrical systems with some of the lowest temperatures in a generation. The deep freeze closed schools and businesses and canceled flights in the nation's third-largest...

Utility bankruptcy could be costly to wildfire victims

Jan. 29, 2019 7:49 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Faced with potentially ruinous lawsuits over California's recent wildfires, Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in a move that could lead to higher bills for customers of the nation's biggest utility and reduce the size of any payouts to fire...

The Latest: Experts: PG&E bankruptcy still likely

Jan. 24, 2019 7:55 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the cause of a 2017 California wildfire that killed 22 people (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Legal experts say a determination that Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. equipment was not to blame for a deadly 2017 California wildfire will probably not stop the utility from...

PG&E expects capital spending of $6.6 billion in 2019

Jan. 23, 2019 10:09 AM EST

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it expects capital spending of $6.6 billion this year and about $6.9 billion in 2020. PG&E made the disclosure in a filing with regulators on Wednesday. That comes after the company said last week that it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it can't afford to...