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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...

California is first state to mandate school start times

Oct. 14, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The bell doesn't ring until 8 a.m. at Lincoln High School, but by then freshman Briana Lopez has been awake for hours. The 14-year-old leaves her house in Northern California at 6:30 each morning so she can get to school for a 7 a.m. marching band practice. On Mondays, she has a...

California sex abuse law likely to spur thousands of claims

Oct. 14, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of lawsuits will be filed against alleged child molesters as well as the institutions that employed them under a new California law taking effect next year, attorneys predicted Monday. The California School Boards Association called the new law an "existential threat" to...

10 Things to Know for Today

Oct. 14, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. U.S. TROOPS TO WITHDRAW FROM CHAOTIC NORTHERN SYRIA U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says President Donald Trump has directed U.S. troops in northern Syria to begin pulling out "as safely and quickly as...

Law gives child sex assault victims more time to file suits

Oct. 13, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is giving childhood victims of sexual abuse more time to decide whether to file lawsuits, joining several states in expanding the statute of limitations for victims over warnings from school districts that the new rules could bankrupt them. The law signed Sunday by Gov....

California governor ends Legislative session with vetoes

Oct. 13, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Democratic governor ended the Legislative session on Sunday by rejecting expansions of full-day kindergarten programs and paid family leave for teachers while signing a new law that bans high schools from starting the day before 8:30 a.m. Gov. Gavin Newsom had until...

Newsom vetoes toll system for San Francisco's crooked street

Oct. 13, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tourists who want to drive down San Francisco's crooked Lombard Street will not have to make reservations and pay a toll after all. California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill on Saturday that would have allowed the city to test a fee and reservation system for the famous street. Newsom...

Correction: California-New Laws story

Oct. 13, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Oct. 12 about a California ban on the sale and manufacture of new fur products, The Associated Press erroneously identified the Humane Society of the United States as the Human Society of the United States. A corrected version of the story is below: California governor...