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California town's wildfire evacuation plan raises questions

Nov. 15, 2018 8:40 PM EST

MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — Ten years ago, as two wildfires advanced on Paradise, residents jumped into their vehicles to flee and got stuck in gridlock. That led authorities to devise a staggered evacuation plan — one that they used when fire came again last week. But Paradise's carefully laid plans...

The Latest: USC, UCLA cancel pre-game bonfires

Nov. 15, 2018 8:31 PM EST

MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The University of Southern California and UCLA are canceling their usual bonfires before Saturday's football game at the Pasadena Rose Bowl out of respect for those who lost homes and lives in devastating California...

Snowstorm slows evening commute in New York City

Nov. 15, 2018 7:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The first snowstorm of the season to hit the New York City area brought several inches of snow, slowing Thursday's evening commute to a crawl, after contributing to at least seven deaths as it swept across the country. From St. Louis to the South and into the Northeast, snow, freezing rain,...

Fire refugees camp in Walmart parking lot amid uncertainty

Nov. 15, 2018 7:51 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Fire refugee Anna Goodnight sat on an overturned shopping cart Thursday in a Walmart parking lot as she ate scrambled eggs and tater tots while her husband drank a Budweiser. The couple was trying to put a good face on a weeklong ordeal that left them uncertain of the fate of their...

Ferocious fires spark concern over major health consequences

Nov. 15, 2018 7:34 PM EST

Smoke masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost inevitable for vulnerable residents as the disasters become more commonplace. Research suggests children, the elderly and...

Police: 1 dead in wrong-way crash on Interstate 85

Nov. 15, 2018 7:28 PM EST

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Highway Patrol says one person is dead after a crash involving a wrong-way driver on Interstate 85. News outlets report troopers said a driver entered the southbound lanes of the interstate and headed north before hitting another car around 5 p.m. Thursday. Trooper...

The Latest: Sprawling wintry weather reaches New York City

Nov. 15, 2018 7:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on wintry weather hitting the U.S. (all times local): 7:18 p.m. The first snowstorm of the season to hit the New York City area brought several inches of snow and slowed the evening commute to a crawl. The wet snowfall and wind gusts Thursday downed numerous tree branches...

Fire claims popular recreation spots in Southern California

Nov. 15, 2018 7:13 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California residents faced with the loss of lives and homes in a huge wildfire also are grappling with the destruction of a vast swath of public lands that are popular destinations for hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. The Woolsey Fire has charred more than 83...

Winds that fanned Southern California wildfire diminish

Nov. 15, 2018 6:13 PM EST

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Winds that fanned a deadly, destructive Southern California firestorm were fading Thursday and more areas were reopening to residents as firefighters extended containment lines around the vast burn scar. "It's the new abnormal: fires, dryness, lack of moisture, winds," Gov. Jerry...

Utility asked last month to hike bills over California fires

Nov. 15, 2018 6:10 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A utility facing severe financial pressure amid speculation its equipment may have sparked a deadly Northern California wildfire asked U.S. energy regulators last month for permission to raise its customers' monthly bills to harden its system against wildfires and deliver a...