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More victims, more damage found in Japan typhoon aftermath

Oct. 15, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

NAGANO, Japan (AP) — The toll of death and destruction from a typhoon that tore through central and northern Japan climbed Tuesday, as the government said it was considering approving a special budget for the disaster response and eventual reconstruction. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary...

Do California power shutoffs work? Hard to know, experts say

Oct. 14, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state's large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire. It was the fifth time Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has preemptively cut the power but by far the largest to date...

California regulator criticizes utility over power outages

Oct. 14, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's top utility regulator blasted Pacific Gas and Electric on Monday for what she called "failures in execution" during the largest planned power outage in state history to avoid wildfires that she said, "created an unacceptable situation that should never be repeated." The...

The Latest: PG&E says system had 100 incidents of damage

Oct. 14, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California power shutoffs to prevent wildfires (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says inspections have found more than 100 places where its system was damaged by recent strong winds that prompted last week's deliberate power cut to northern and...

Japan looks for missing after typhoon kills dozens

Oct. 14, 2019 7:36 AM EDT

NAGANO, Japan (AP) — Rescue crews dug through mudslides and searched near swollen rivers Monday as they looked for those missing from a typhoon that left dozens dead and caused serious damage in central and northern Japan. Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds Saturday, leaving...

California power outages highlight economic disparity

Oct. 13, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

When the nation's largest utility warned customers that it would cut power to nearly 2 million people across Northern California, many rushed out to buy portable generators, knowing the investment could help sustain them during blackouts. Others had the security of knowing they could rely on solar panels and...

Typhoon leaves as many as 33 dead as Japan continues rescue

Oct. 13, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Helicopters, boats and thousands of troops were deployed across Japan to rescue people stranded in flooded homes Sunday, as the death toll from a ferocious typhoon climbed to as high as 33. One woman fell to her death as she was being placed inside a rescue helicopter. Typhoon Hagibis made...

California outages ease after wind, fire danger move south

Oct. 12, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The lights were back on Friday for most of the nearly 2 million Northern California residents who lost electricity when the state's largest utility switched it off this week in an effort to prevent wildfires. The threat of widespread outages loomed in Southern California after the...

The Latest: 97% of blackout customers have power restored

Oct. 11, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the power shutoff involving California wildfires (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says it's restored power to 97% of the customers it deliberately blacked out because of weather-related fire concerns. PG&E reports Friday night that of the...

Fast-moving fire drives thousands from California homes

Oct. 11, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An aggressive wildfire in Southern California seared its way through dry vegetation Friday and spread quickly, destroying more than a dozen homes as tens of thousands of residents were ordered to get out of its way, authorities said. The blaze broke out Thursday evening in the San...