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Pacific Gas & Electric CEO Bill Johnson gestures while testifying at the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

PG&E CEO blames past management for problems, promises fixes

Feb. 25, 2020 8:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — PG&E Corp. CEO Bill Johnson blamed negligence by the company's past management for a cascade of catastrophes that killed nearly 140 people as he tried to persuade California regulators Tuesday that he is steering the utility to make safety its top priority. Johnson, who was...

This photo provided by Douglas County (Minn.) Emergency Management in Alexandria, Minn., shows firefighters fighting a fire Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 that destroyed several buildings in downtown Alexandria. (Julie Anderson/Douglas County Emergency Management via AP)

Fire destroys buildings, forces evacuations in Alexandria

Feb. 25, 2020 7:34 PM EST

Firefighters battled a massive fire throughout the day Tuesday that destroyed part of downtown Alexandria in western Minnesota and forced the evacuation of about two dozen residents. More than 100 firefighters from multiple departments worked to put out the fire. Crews were called around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday and...

Iowa authorities identify man whose body was found in fire

Feb. 25, 2020 6:26 PM EST

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in northwestern Iowa have identified a man whose body was found nearly two weeks ago inside a burning home. Larry Classon, 70, died on Feb. 13 in a fire at his Spencer home, Spencer Fire Department Deputy Chief Mark Stover said Tuesday. Stover said Classon’s died of...

Oregon state Senate President Peter Courtney pauses after declaring in the state Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2021, that amid a boycott by Republican senators, not enough lawmakers were present to reach a quorum. The drastic move by Republicans in Oregon highlights how pitched the debate over how to respond to global warming is becoming, with the GOP saying leaving the Capitol was the only way to halt legislation they view as too extreme in a Legislature dominated by Democrats. Democrats warn that doing nothing at this point is too dangerous. In an interview with The Associated Press, Courtney, the longest-serving legislator in Oregon history, said he has not found a way out of the impasse and is broken hearted. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon climate battle: GOP walkout reveals sharp divisions

Feb. 25, 2020 5:53 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A rebellion by GOP politicians in liberal Oregon intensified Tuesday when Republican members of the House joined their Senate counterparts in a walkout, freezing legislation on climate change, wildfire mitigation, homeless assistance and a landmark compromise between the timber industry...

Man charged with arson, murder of woman missing after fire

Feb. 25, 2020 3:59 PM EST

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — The housemate of New Jersey woman missing since their home burned down last year has been indicted on murder, arson and other charges, authorities said. A Monmouth County grand jury returned a 16-count indictment Tuesday against Ronald Teschner in the alleged murder of Jacqueline...

Death of woman after October fire, explosion ruled homicide

Feb. 25, 2020 1:17 PM EST

CLEARFIELD, Pa. (AP) — A coroner says the death of a woman in an explosion and fire at a central Pennsylvania home last fall was a homicide. The Clearfield County coroner said Tuesday that 34-year-old Shanna Carlsson died from penetration wounds to the head and right lung due to an explosive device. Her...

Indian police detain members of Centre of Indian Trade Unions protesting against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump to India, in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. India poured on the pageantry with a joyful, colorful welcome for President Donald Trump who on Monday kicked off a whirlwind 36-hour visit that emphasizes pageantry over policy and a mega-rally to reaffirm U.S.-India ties while providing enviable overseas imagery for a president in a re-election year. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Violence in Indian capital casts shadow over Trump's visit

Feb. 25, 2020 12:53 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — An angry group of Hindus carrying pickaxes and iron rods hurled rocks Tuesday at Muslims in a fresh round of violent protests in the Indian capital over a new citizenship law, with at least 10 people killed in two days of clashes that cast a shadow over U.S. President Donald Trump's visit...

Mother, baby die in mobile home park fire in Michigan

Feb. 25, 2020 12:26 PM EST

BRIDGEPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A woman and her baby died Tuesday morning in a mobile home fire near the Michigan city of Saginaw, authorities said. Multiple fire departments responded to the blaze in a mobile home park in Saginaw County's Bridgeport Township. The mother and child were in one of three...

Anchorage man charged with attempted murder in arson fire

Feb. 25, 2020 12:05 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage man has been charged with attempted murder, arson and felony assault in a fire last week at a home. Freddie Fox, 66, is charged was arrested Friday, Anchorage police announced. Police and Anchorage firefighters just after 2 a.m. Feb. 19 responded to a fire on Eagle...

Officials: Faulty light caused fire that killed twin boys

Feb. 25, 2020 11:57 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials say an electrical fault in a light fixture caused a house fire that killed twin 3-year-old boys in the north-central Idaho town of Weippe. The fire happened early Friday, and by the time firefighters arrived the home was fully engulfed and the flames were too intense for them...