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California Regulator Says it May Never Be Known if PG&E Caused Fires

California’s chief utility regulator said the state may never determine whether PG&E Corp.’s electrical equipment played a role in igniting the deadly blazes near San Francisco earlier this month. The wildfires, which have killed at least 42 people and destroyed …

Focus on PG&E as California Wildfire Victims Sue

Northern California homeowners allege in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. failed to adequately protect its power lines before the region’s deadly wildfires, a theory that state investigators are considering as they try to determine the …

Cause of Fatal Honolulu High-Rise Fire Remains Unknown

Honolulu investigators can’t determine the cause of a deadly high-rise apartment building fire that resulted in more than $107 million in damage, fire officials said. “The HFD fire investigators have completed an extensive and scientifically based investigation in full collaboration …

Colorado Proposes New Oil, Gas Line Rules After Blast

Colorado energy regulators on Monday proposed tighter rules for shutting down oil and gas pipelines after a fatal explosion blamed on natural gas leaking from a line that was thought to be out of service but was still connected to …

Forest Thinning Project Saved Oregon Homes From Fires

Lightning started a forest fire one August afternoon near this Oregon tourist town, and it was spreading fast. Residents in outlying areas evacuated as flames marched toward their homes. Just a few months earlier, the U.S. Forest Service and a …

Montana Marijuana Providers Await Testing Requirement Details

When Tyler Smith was diagnosed with testicular cancer, medical marijuana didn’t feel like a valid option. He took opioids to manage the pain of nine months of chemotherapy. To balance the side effects, he took anti-nausea medication. When he stopped …

California Clears Way for Self-Driving Cars

California regulators took an important step Wednesday to clear the road for everyday people to get self-driving cars. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles published proposed rules that would govern the technology within California, where for several years manufacturers have …

Small Sparks Can Lead to Big Wildfires

A carelessly discarded cigarette, a downed power line, a car’s backfire or a chainsaw’s pull. Just about anything could have started any one of the wildfires now tearing through Northern California, authorities said. “Every spark is going to ignite a …

Wildfires Destroy 2 California Wineries, Heavily Damage Others

Workers in Northern California’s renowned wine country picked through charred debris and weighed what to do with pricey grapes after wildfires swept through lush vineyards and destroyed at least two wineries and damaged many others. The wind-driven wildfires erupted as …

Alaska North Slope Storm Causes Estimated $10M in Damage

Damages from a recent storm in Alaska’s North Slope could end up costing the regional government more than $10 million, and a damaged road in the nation’s northernmost town could keep whalers from an important subsistence area. North Slope Borough …

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