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. 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 - 7:57 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 - 6:27 pm
MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — Two semitrailers exploded into flames Wednesday on an interstate in southeastern Wisconsin, killing both drivers and setting other vehicles on fire, authorities said. Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said one trailer was southbound on Interstate 94 around 11 a...
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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 - 5:38 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 - 7:27 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 - 1:28 pm
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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June 17, 2019 - 10:59 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court has fined oil giant Shell 2.5 million euros ($2.8 million) for breaching Dutch labor and environmental laws in a case linked to two explosions and a gas leak at a chemical plant south of Rotterdam. The East Brabant court ruled Monday that Shell did not...
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June 17, 2019 - 10:01 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's prime minister is warning against complacency in the fight against wildfires after huge blazes in 2017 that killed more than 100 people were followed by two years of much smaller charred areas and no deaths. Antonio Costa said at a ceremony Monday honoring some of...
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The Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit, second left, leads the first mass in a side chapel, two months after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, Saturday June 15, 2019, in Paris. (Karine Perret, Pool via AP)
June 15, 2019 - 1:17 pm
PARIS (AP) — The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire. Exactly two...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom gestures towards a chart with proposed funding to deal with the state's homelessness as he discusses his revised state budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. California lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday, June 13, 2019, on a $214.8 billion operating budget, sending the plan to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk with a focus on expanding access to health insurance while spending billions of new money on homelessness and housing. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
June 13, 2019 - 11:55 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers were poised Thursday to approve a framework for a $214.8 billion operating budget, the first step in a spending package that seeks to address the teacher shortage, expand health care to some adults living in the country illegally and bolster the state'...
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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, file photo, smoke billows from the site of a gas well fire near Quinton, Okla. A federal report says the explosion and fire that killed five workers at the southeastern Oklahoma natural gas well in 2018 was caused by the failure of blowout prevention devices and other factors. (Kevin Harvison/The McAlester News-Capital via AP, File)
June 12, 2019 - 11:25 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The failure of safety devices designed to prevent blowouts contributed to an explosion and fire that killed five workers last year at a southeastern Oklahoma natural gas well, according to a federal agency's report Wednesday that also lists inadequate training and a deactivated...
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