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California utility scrambles to renegotiate wildfire deal

Dec. 14, 2019 3:06 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's opposition to Pacific Gas & Electric's restructuring plan just a week after it struck a $13.5 billion settlement with fire victims is forcing the nation's largest utility to go back to the negotiating table and come up with a solution fairly quickly....

Houses of worship attacked with deadly frequency in 2019

Dec. 14, 2019 2:22 PM EST

On Dec. 1, a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church in Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country where the Christian minority is increasingly a target of attacks. The victims included the pastor and several teenage boys; regional authorities attributed the attack...

Shooting shows New Jersey's gun laws aren't stopping imports

Dec. 14, 2019 9:13 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Officials from states with strong gun restrictions have called for stricter firearm control in places with weaker laws to thwart traffickers, but the fatal attack on a Jewish market in New Jersey shows how fruitless those efforts can be. Three civilians and a police officer were...

California governor rejects $13.5 billion PG&E settlement

Dec. 14, 2019 12:22 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has rejected a $13.5 billion settlement that Pacific Gas & Electric struck just last week with thousands of people who lost homes, businesses and family members in a series of devastating fires that drove the nation's largest utility into bankruptcy....

As California thins forests to limit fire risk, some resist

Dec. 13, 2019 12:09 PM EST

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, Calif. (AP) — Buzzing chainsaws are interrupted by the frequent crash of breaking branches as crews fell towering trees and clear tangled brush in the densely forested Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco. Their goal: To protect communities such as Redwood Estates, where...

California congressman Duncan Hunter to quit after holidays

Dec. 7, 2019 8:25 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California will resign after the holidays, following his guilty plea this week to illegally using campaign money for personal expenses, his office said Friday. The San Diego-area Republican did not provide a specific date for his departure in a two-sentence...

PG&E says it has reached $13.5 billion wildfire settlement

Dec. 7, 2019 1:16 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric announced Friday it has reached a tentative $13.5 billion settlement resolving all major claims related to the deadly, devastating Northern California wildfires of 2017-2018 that were blamed on its outdated equipment and negligence. The utility says the deal,...

Campaigns swarm Harris donors after she exits the 2020 race

Dec. 4, 2019 8:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris’ exit from the Democratic presidential primary has set off a stampede among her former rivals, who are moving fast to improve their campaigns' fortunes by winning over donors who supported the California senator. In New York, former Vice President Joe Biden, New...

PG&E urges judge to approve key settlement, faces resistance

Dec. 4, 2019 7:43 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday urged a federal bankruptcy judge to approve a key insurance settlement as it struggles to regain its financial footing and cover at least $20 billion in losses stemming from catastrophic wildfires in California tied to its equipment. The nation's...

California Gov. Newsom to campaign in Iowa for Kamala Harris

Dec. 2, 2019 1:14 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will travel to Iowa to campaign for Sen. Kamala Harris as she tries to rebound amid a critical stretch in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Newsom will visit the first voting state Dec. 14-15 on behalf of Harris, his home-state...