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California May Seek Insurance Policy to Help Cover Wildfire Costs

California should get insurance to help cover taxpayers’ costs in bad wildfire seasons, a solution that could help stem losses as climate change contributes to more destructive blazes, two state officials said. The most populous state should follow the lead …

Californians Lose Homes, Cars to Mudslides, Floods from Winter’s Wettest Storm

Motorists swam for their lives and residents were rescued from homes sliding downhill as the wettest winter storm of the year triggered floods and mudslides across California on Thursday. In Sausalito, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, …

Pilot in Deadly California House Crash Was Disciplined

The pilot whose plane broke apart and crashed into a Southern California home, killing five people, was disciplined for dangerous flying years earlier, it was reported Friday. Antonio Pastini, 75, of Gardnerville, Nevada, was flying home after visiting his daughter …

Other California Utilities Are Just a Wildfire Away From Ruin

The warning couldn’t have been clearer. As PG&E Corp. plunged into bankruptcy last month, S&P Global Ratings slashed credit grades almost to junk status for California’s two other big electric utilities, owned by Sempra Energy and Edison International, and said …

Jury Awards Seattle Duck Boat Crash Victims $123M

A jury has awarded about $123 million to the victims and families of a 2015 duck boat crash that killed five college students and injured more than 60 others in Seattle. After a four-month civil trial, King County Superior Court …

Fire Chief Says Changes Needed After Las Vegas Mass Shooting

A Las Vegas-area fire chief who warned lawmakers months before a 2017 mass shooting at a music festival that Nevada should bolster its emergency management planning says he wants to bypass state lawmakers to get changes made. Six months before …

Man Choked by Los Angeles Firefighter to Get $7.4M

A man who was choked unconscious by an off-duty Los Angeles, Calif., firefighter who saw him handing out Halloween candy to children will receive $7.4 million to settle a lawsuit, his attorney announced Wednesday. Samuel Chang suffered a traumatic brain …

San Francisco Gas Blast Shoots Fire Burning Buildings

A gas explosion in a San Francisco, Calif., neighborhood shot flames into the air for hours Wednesday and burned five buildings, sending panicked residents and workers fleeing into the streets. It took utility crews more than two hours to put …

California Wildfire Victims Living in RVs Ordered to Leave Properties

Hundreds of Northern California wildfire victims desperate for housing and living in recreational vehicles on their burned-out lots were ordered off their properties Monday after federal authorities threatened to cut off funding for the state’s biggest natural disaster cleanup. The …

Witnesses Say Plane Came Down in Multiple Pieces in California

A former crash investigator said he’s confident officials will figure out why a small plane broke apart in the air over a Southern California neighborhood, raining down chunks of metal and igniting a house fire that killed four people. The …

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