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Residents return but Southern California fire still has life

Nov. 14, 2018 1:12 AM EST

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of people have returned to neighborhoods evacuated during Southern California's deadly wildfire but officials said the threat is far from over. The huge blaze briefly gained renewed life Tuesday with a flare-up in the Santa Monica Mountains before water- and fire...

Sheriff: California wildfire's death toll rises to 48

Nov. 13, 2018 11:43 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Ernest Foss was a musician who gave lessons out of his home when he lived in San Francisco, where an amplifier that ran the length of a wall served as the family's living room couch. Carl Wiley refurbished tires for Michelin. Jesus Fernandez, known as "Zeus," was described as a...

The Latest: Sheriff: Death toll raises to 48 in wildfire

Nov. 13, 2018 9:30 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Authorities have reported six more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 48 in the deadliest wildfire in state history. The announcement came Tuesday after...

Fire-weary California homeowners face long road to recovery

Nov. 13, 2018 1:16 PM EST

Californians who lost a home to the state's wildfires could face a nightmarish recovery as they try to rebuild. It's always a challenge to recuperate after any disaster, but California residents face a unique problem. Experts say the seemingly endless series of devastating wildfires in recent years has increased...

Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fires, not bad management

Nov. 13, 2018 1:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Both nature and humans share blame for California's devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump's claims, fire scientists say. Nature provides the dangerous winds that have whipped the fires, and human-caused climate change over...

Varlamov stops 26 shots, Avalanche beat Oilers 4-1

Nov. 12, 2018 1:33 AM EST

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche broke out of their slump by beating a team struggling just as much as them. Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots to help the Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 Sunday night to snap a five-game losing streak. Mikko Rantanen, Carl Soderberg and Tyson Barrie...

The Latest: Sheriff: 6 more bodies found; total of 29

Nov. 11, 2018 9:41 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California wildfires (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Authorities have reported 6 additional deaths in a Northern California, raising the death toll to 29 and making it the deadliest wildfire on record in California history. Butte County Sheriff Cory Honea said the...

The Latest: Sheriff: 110 people missing in N. California

Nov. 10, 2018 10:50 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says his department has reports of 110 people still missing in a massive Northern California wildfire that has scorched 164 square miles (425 square kilometers). Honea says he's hopeful...

The Latest: Trump threatens to withhold federal payments

Nov. 10, 2018 4:40 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 1:30 a.m. President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold federal payments to California, claiming its forest management is "so poor." Trump says Saturday via Twiitter that "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly...

Teacher: Bus drivers evacuated students amid California fire

Nov. 10, 2018 12:49 AM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Teachers, aides and bus drivers in Northern California loaded more than 100 school students into cars and school buses as a fast-moving wildfire approached, driving hours through smoke and flames to safely reunite the children with their families, according to one of the teachers who...