Fires

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric lineman works to repair a power line in fire-ravaged Paradise, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is willing to throw the state's major utilities a financial lifeline in the face of expensive wildfires -- but only if they agree to concessions including tying executive compensation to safety performance. A proposal unveiled Friday, June 21, 2019, by Newsom's office aims to stabilize California's investor-owned utilities and protect wildfire victims as the state faces increasingly destructive blazes, often caused by utility equipment. Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., the largest of the state's three investor-owned utilities, filed for bankruptcy in January as it stared down tens of billions of dollars in potential costs fires it started, including the fire last November that killed 85 people. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
June 21, 2019 - 4:19 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is willing to throw a financial lifeline to the state's major utilities dealing with the results of disastrous wildfires -- but only if they agree to concessions including tying executive compensation to safety performance. A proposal unveiled...
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Flames and smoke emerge from the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex in Philadelphia, Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
June 21, 2019 - 2:09 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the fire at a Philadelphia refinery complex (all times local): 5 p.m. A fire at a refinery complex in Philadelphia is controlled and contained but still burning more than 12 hours after it started. Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy says the blaze at...
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Residents examine the damage after a fire razed through a match factory in Langkat, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, June 21, 2019. A number of people including children were killed in the fire that swept through a house that doubled as a match factory, a disaster official said Friday. (AP Photo)
June 21, 2019 - 2:53 am
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — At least 30 people including children were killed in a fire that swept through a house that doubled as a match factory in Indonesia's North Sumatra province, a disaster official said Friday. Irwan Syahri, from the local disaster mitigation agency in Langkap district, said...
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June 20, 2019 - 11:30 am
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — An energy company says a so-called "avian incident" is responsible for a fire that cut 84% of the overall generating capacity at one of the largest solar farms in California. A regulatory filing Wednesday by Clearway Energy says the blaze caused up to $9 million worth...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2019, file photo, Regina Wells, foreground right, a forensic laboratories supervisor with the Kentucky State Police, demonstrates new crime-fighting technology in Frankfort, Ky. Rapid DNA machines roughly the size of an office printer have helped solve rape cases in Kentucky. Now a state board in Texas has asked a growing government provider of the DNA equipment used in those high-profile projects to halt work amid concerns of potentially jeopardized criminal cases, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner, File)
June 20, 2019 - 6:08 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With a name that sounds like futuristic fiction, Rapid DNA machines roughly the size of an office printer have helped solve rape cases in Kentucky, identified California wildfire victims and verified family connections of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Now a state board in...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric lineman works to repair a power line in fire-ravaged Paradise, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric said Wednesday, June 19, 2019, that it discovered around 1,000 high-priority safety risks on its transmission lines and distribution poles over several months of inspections, though several have been fixed. A PG&E official said most of the problems have been fixed. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
June 19, 2019 - 5:57 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. officials said Wednesday its workers discovered more than 1,000 high-priority safety risks on its transmission lines and distribution poles over several months of inspections and almost all of them have been fixed. Some of the transmission...
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Smoke billows from a semi after a deadly crash on Interstate 94 in Caledonia, Wis, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Authorities said the semi crashed and exploded and ignited other vehicles on the interstate in southeastern Wisconsin. (Katelyn Planka via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 2:38 pm
MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — A semitrailer exploded into flames Wednesday on an interstate in southeast Wisconsin, killing at least two people, setting other vehicles on fire and sending dark plumes of smoke into the sky, authorities said. A WTMJ-TV photographer who witnessed the crash says the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2015 file photo, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmates stand guard as flames from the Butte Fire approach a containment line near San Andreas, Calif. Attorneys representing 14 local governments said Tuesday, June 18, 2019 that they had reached a $1 billion settlement with California utility Pacific Gas & Electric for a series of fires dating to 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
June 18, 2019 - 3:38 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California utility blamed for igniting several wildfires caused by downed power lines that killed dozens and destroyed thousands of homes agreed Tuesday to pay $1 billion in damages to local governments. Attorneys representing 14 local public entities announced the...
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June 18, 2019 - 5:27 am
In a story June 17 about a fire at U.S. Steel's Pennsylvania coke plant, The Associated Press reported erroneously the impact of the mishap on the neighborhood's air quality. The company said air monitoring equipment indicated that sulfur dioxide levels did not exceed emissions limits around the...
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FILE - This undated file photo released by the Montgomery County Police Department shows Daniel Beckwitt in Maryland. The wealthy stock trader was sentenced Monday, June 17, 2019, to nine years in prison for his conviction in the fiery death of a man who was helping him secretly dig tunnels for a nuclear bunker beneath a Maryland home.(Montgomery County Police Department via AP, File)
June 17, 2019 - 11:28 am
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A wealthy stock trader was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison for his conviction in the fiery death of a man who was helping him secretly dig tunnels for a nuclear bunker beneath a Maryland home. Daniel Beckwitt, 28, apologized to the parents of 21-year-old Askia Khafra...
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