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Trump revives criticism over fires ahead of California visit

Nov. 16, 2018 7:58 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — With the confirmed death toll at 63, authorities in Northern California on Friday searched for those who perished and those who survived the fiercest of wildfires ahead of a planned visit by President Donald Trump. The president on Saturday is expected to get a look at the grief and...

California utility shares rise as regulator calms investors

Nov. 16, 2018 7:46 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Shares of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. soared Friday after California's top utility regulator said his agency will help the company deal with potentially crippling liability costs from wildfires. PG&E's stock rebounded 37.5 percent Friday after plunging 60 percent and losing...

The Latest: Man says his 75-year-old mom didn't survive fire

Nov. 16, 2018 7:40 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 4:25 p.m. One man's search for his 75-year-old mother has ended with a phone call from an official with the coroner's office. Sol Bechtold had gone to numerous shelters since the massive Nov. 8 wildfire tore into his mother's...

More Southern California fire evacuees return home

Nov. 16, 2018 6:46 PM EST

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — More residents were allowed Friday to return to homes they fled during the rapid spread of Southern California's huge wildfire. Authorities reopened more areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, but kept some locations within the Woolsey Fire zone off-limits due to hazards ranging...

Number of missing hard to peg in deadly California wildfire

Nov. 16, 2018 6:44 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities have released a list of more than 600 people who are unaccounted for after a deadly Northern California wildfire — but that doesn't mean they are all actually missing. Some of the people on the ever-evolving list compiled by the Butte County sheriff's office have...

Smoke from wildfire forces Raiders indoors for second day

Nov. 16, 2018 6:11 PM EST

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders practiced at an off-site facility for a second consecutive day Friday as thick smoke from California's deadly wildfires blanketed the Bay Area. Much like they did a year ago when similar conditions arose due to fires in Northern California, players and coaches...

Cal-Stanford Big Game postponed because of wildfire smoke

Nov. 16, 2018 5:06 PM EST

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The annual Big Game between Stanford and California that had been scheduled for Saturday was postponed two weeks because of the unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area resulting from a wildfire some 150 miles to the north. Cal announced Friday that the game would be played Dec. 1 with...

Cyclone kills 13 in southern India, 80K people evacuated

Nov. 16, 2018 3:03 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — A cyclone hit the coast of southern India on Friday, killing at least 13 people, damaging homes and forcing the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents. Cyclone Gaja blew ashore in Tamil Nadu state with heavy rains and winds of 90 kilometers (55 miles) per hour, said Narendra Kumar, a...

Paradise is reduced to ash, but memories survive the flames

Nov. 16, 2018 2:54 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — There's a sweet legend about this town: On a blazing summer day in the 1850s, a lumber mill crew with a wagon and ox took a break under a grove of tall evergreens. The air was cool, the pine needles fragrant. "Boys," said the team boss, "this is paradise." Thus, more than 170 years...

10 Things to Know for Today

Nov. 16, 2018 7:14 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PARADISE LOST In a matter of hours last week, the town of 27,000 in California disappeared — it literally went up in smoke in the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in state history. Memories are...