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California utility fires contractor from wildfire recovery

Dec. 17, 2018 10:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California utility on Monday said it terminated one of its contractors helping with wildfire recovery after three workers posted on social media insensitive photos and comments poking fun at victims and the region. Pacific Gas & Electric said Bigge Crane and Rigging Co....

All evacuation orders lifted in deadly California wildfire

Dec. 15, 2018 2:22 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The remaining residents who fled from the deadliest wildfire in California history were allowed to return to their home Saturday and assess the damage. All evacuation orders were lifted in Paradise more than a month after the fire broke out Nov. 8, killing at least 86 people and...

California fire survivors share lessons in loss, recovery

Dec. 13, 2018 8:44 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Survivors of a deadly blaze that tore through California wine country last year shared lessons of loss and pain but also resilience with those who escaped the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century last month. A group of wine country residents spent a day in a packed meeting with those...

Marine Corps says $3.6B for storm repairs at East Coast base

Dec. 13, 2018 8:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C., were preparing for their upcoming deployment to the Middle East, they faced an unusual challenge: the beach they needed to train on had been washed away by Hurricane Florence. Using bulldozers and other equipment, they moved enough sand to rebuild a...

Correction: Los Angeles Housing Development story

Dec. 13, 2018 6:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Dec. 11 about a large housing development approved in the mountains north of Los Angeles, The Associated Press reported erroneously that several environmental groups supported the deal. Audubon California, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and others signed an...

Texas report says 'changing climate' intensifying disasters

Dec. 13, 2018 4:37 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Powerful natural disasters in Texas on the scale of Hurricane Harvey's deadly destruction last year will become more frequent because of a changing climate, warned a new report Thursday ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in a state where skepticism about climate change runs deep....

Correction: California Wildfires-Cleanup story

Dec. 12, 2018 7:14 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Dec. 11 about California wildfires, The Associated Press reported erroneously that insurance carriers paid $11.8 billion to 2017 Northern California wine country wildfire victims. Insurance companies paid $10 billion. A corrected version of the story is below: California...

Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires

Dec. 12, 2018 6:01 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Insurance claims from last month's California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state's insurance commissioner announced Wednesday. About $7 billion in claims are from the Camp Fire that destroyed the Northern California city of Paradise and killed...

The Latest: Insurance claims at $9 billion from fires

Dec. 12, 2018 1:39 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires all times local): 10:33 a.m. Insurance claims from last month's California wildfires already are at $9 billion. State insurance commissioner Dave Jones announced the figure Wednesday and said it is likely to rise. About $7 billion in claims are from...

The Latest: Northern California fire death toll climbs to 86

Dec. 11, 2018 7:47 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on destructive California wildfires (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Authorities in Northern California say the death toll from a destructive wildfire has decimated the town of Paradise has climbed from 85 to 86. The Butte County Sheriff's office said Tuesday that Larry Smith of...