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California couple to pay nearly $600,000 for uprooting tree

May. 8, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — A California judge ordered a couple to pay nearly $600,000 for uprooting a 180-year-old oak tree that later died and causing other damage to a protected property about an hour north of San Francisco. The damage was discovered in 2014, when a concerned neighbor reported heavy equipment...

Many fire-prone California towns don't plan for evacuations

Apr. 25, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

PARADISE, California (AP) — Wildfire surrounded Darrel Wilken and the three hospital patients in his car. But instead of evacuating Paradise, they were stuck in traffic along with thousands of others. Cars burned in front of them. Trees, homes and buildings exploded into flames as the gusting firestorm...

Cancer-causing chemical taints water after California blaze

Apr. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died last year in the nation's worst wildfire in a century, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, officials said. Officials said they believe the contamination happened after the November firestorm...

Part of giant hammer artwork stolen in California returned

Apr. 13, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Northern California authorities say that part of a giant hammer stolen last year has been returned. The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa reports that a local attorney told Healdsburg police Thursday that someone had left the hammerhead portion on Sonoma County property owned by a...

Analysis: Safety rules give homes better chance in wildfires

Apr. 11, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The sky was turning orange and the embers were flying from the Camp Fire when Oney and Donna Carrell and Donna's father sped away from their Paradise home. "I thought, 'Oh, well, the house is done,'" Oney Carrell said. A few days later, they learned otherwise. The Carrells' home...