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The Latest: Outbreak of norovirus at wildfire shelter

Nov. 14, 2018 10:05 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the wildfires in California (all times local): 7 p.m. Officials say there has been an outbreak of norovirus at a shelter housing people who evacuated their homes to escape the massive wildfire in Northern California. Butte County public health spokeswoman Lisa Almaguer...

3rd body found in Southern California fire zone

Nov. 14, 2018 9:14 PM EST

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A body was found in a burned home Wednesday, and authorities were investigating to determine if it's the third victim of a huge wildfire in Southern California that destroyed hundreds of homes. Two deaths were previously linked to the weeklong blaze in Ventura and Los Angeles counties...

As wildfires grow deadlier, officials search for solutions

Nov. 14, 2018 8:16 PM EST

BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death tolls from...

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...