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Judge approves $230M settlement in California oil spill case

Sep. 22, 2022 21:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has approved a $230 million lawsuit settlement by the owners of a pipeline that spilled more than 140,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean off California in 2015, lawyers announced Thursday. A federal judge in Los Angeles gave final approval on Tuesday...

Driver sentenced for crash that killed woman, 2 children

Sep. 20, 2022 20:29 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A driver who intentionally drove into oncoming highway traffic, striking a car and killing a woman and her two children, was sentenced to 45 years to life in prison. John Dungan, 31, was sentenced Monday for the Oct. 25, 2019 crash on Highway 154 in...

California not counting methane leaks from idle wells

Aug. 02, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

California claims to know how much climate-warming gas is going into the air from within its borders. It's the law: California limits climate pollution and each year the limits get stricter. The state has also been a major oil and gas producer for more than a century, and...

California governor acts to advance wildfire recovery

Jul. 01, 2022 23:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed states of emergency in Santa Barbara and Monterey counties on Friday to help the process of recovery from recent wildfires. The proclamations allow the California Department of Transportation to request immediate...