Update: Newsom pledges safe power to customers

U.S. 01/14/19, 11:15

The Latest on utility PG&E seeking bankruptcy protection (all times local):8:10 a.m.California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he'll work to make sure consumers have access to safe and affordable power and that fire victims are treated fairly after PG&E announced plans ...

PG&E prepares bankruptcy filing after California wildfires

U.S. 01/14/19, 07:50

Facing potentially colossal liabilities over deadly California wildfires in 2017 and 2018, PG&E will file for bankruptcy protection. PG&E Corp is the owner of the biggest U.S. power utility by number of customers.  The announcement Monday follows the resignation of the power ...

Elderly couple die in luxury Manhattan high-rise blaze

New York 01/12/19, 13:23

An elderly Manhattan couple died in a blaze that engulfed their luxury high-rise apartment before dawn Saturday and sent flames roaring out the windows.Fire officials say the 85-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the famed River House co-op on East ...

Update: Spain says Spanish woman killed in Paris blast

Europe 01/12/19, 10:21

The Latest on blast at Paris bakery (all times local):4:20 p.m.The Spanish foreign minister says a Spanish woman is among those killed in a Paris bakery explosion and fire believed caused by a gas leak, and another Spanish person was ...

2 firefighters killed in Paris bakery blast; dozens injured

Europe 01/12/19, 07:58

French authorities said two firefighters were killed and 47 people injured in a powerful explosion and fire apparently caused by a gas leak at a Paris bakery Saturday that blasted out windows and overturned cars.Firefighters pulled injured victims from windows ...

Provocative Russian protester convicted for French bank fire

Europe 01/11/19, 03:58

A French court has convicted a controversial Russian performance artist for setting fire to an office of France's central bank.A judicial official said Friday that Pyotr Pavlensky was sentenced to a year in prison plus a two-year suspended sentence. However, ...

Update: Montecito marks anniversary of deadly mudslide

U.S. 01/10/19, 00:50

The Latest on a ceremony marking the anniversary of a deadly California mudslide (all times local):9 p.m.Hundreds of people, including Oprah Winfrey, have turned out for a candlelight ceremony marking the anniversary of the deadly Montecito mudslide in California.KSBY-TV says ...

Judge proposes ordering PG&E to shut off power for wildfires

U.S. 01/09/19, 22:17

To prevent wildfires, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. should re-inspect its entire electric grid and cut off power during certain wind conditions regardless of the inconvenience to customers or loss of profit, a U.S. judge proposed Wednesday. Judge William Alsup said ...

Update: California’s McCarthy backs Trump fire comments

U.S. 01/09/19, 16:23

The Latest on Trump's comments on California wildfires (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Republican U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is defending President Donald Trump's comments that California isn't doing a good enough job managing its forests. McCarthy, of California, says he agrees ...

Trump, California spar over money for wildfire relief funds

U.S. 01/09/19, 13:26

President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to withhold money to help California cope with wildfires a day after new Gov. Gavin Newsom asked him to double the federal investment in forest management. Trump once again suggested poor forest management is to blame ...

California governor proposes wildfire investments, 911 fee

U.S. 01/08/19, 19:36

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday pledged fresh investments to prevent, fight and escape wildfires, including millions to help local governments improve their communication during emergencies and a fee to fund an update for the state's 911 system.Newsom outlined $105 ...

Tugboat searches for crewmembers who abandoned burning ship

U.S. 01/08/19, 16:41

A tugboat is searching for crew members who weren't rescued when the ship they were on caught fire while transporting automobiles from Japan to Hawaii.The Sincerity Ace had 21 crewmembers on board when the fire started last week. The crewmembers ...

PG&E shares are hammered as potential liabilities mount

U.S. 01/07/19, 17:35

California's largest power company was battered on Wall Street Monday following reports that it's considering filing for bankruptcy protection in the face of potentially crippling liability damages from a spate of wildfires.Officials are investigating whether PG&E's equipment started the Camp ...

Update: Tens of thousands without power in California

U.S. 01/06/19, 21:42

The Latest on storms in California (all times local):6:30 p.m.Strong winds and downed trees in Northern California knocked out electricity for at least 20,000 customers across the Sacramento region Sunday night.The Sacramento Municipal Utility District tells the Bee that power ...

California highway closed by mudslides, more rain coming

U.S. 01/06/19, 15:55

A powerful winter storm unleashed mudslides in Southern California wildfire burn areas and trapped motorists on a major highway, and the northern part of the state braced for more wet weather Sunday.Saturday's deluge loosened hillsides where a major blaze burned ...

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