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California couple to pay nearly $600,000 for uprooting tree

May. 8, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — A California judge ordered a couple to pay nearly $600,000 for uprooting a 180-year-old oak tree that later died and causing other damage to a protected property about an hour north of San Francisco. The damage was discovered in 2014, when a concerned neighbor reported heavy equipment...

Many fire-prone California towns don't plan for evacuations

Apr. 25, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

PARADISE, California (AP) — Wildfire surrounded Darrel Wilken and the three hospital patients in his car. But instead of evacuating Paradise, they were stuck in traffic along with thousands of others. Cars burned in front of them. Trees, homes and buildings exploded into flames as the gusting firestorm...

Cancer-causing chemical taints water after California blaze

Apr. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died last year in the nation's worst wildfire in a century, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, officials said. Officials said they believe the contamination happened after the November firestorm...