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‘Avian Incident’ Knocks Out 84% of Massive California Solar Farm

An “avian incident” sparked a fire at one of California’s biggest solar farms, affecting 1,200 acres and knocking out 84% of the California Valley Solar Ranch’s generating capacity. The June 5 incident didn’t damage solar panels at the 250-megawatt power …

PG&E Reaches $1 Billion Wildfire Settlement With Local Agencies

PG&E Corp., the California utility giant that went bankrupt five months ago amid crippling wildfire liabilities, has reached a $1 billion settlement with local government agencies that were harmed by blazes its equipment ignited. The deal between PG&E and 14 …

California Court: Marijuana OK in Prison, but not for Use

SACRAMENTO, Calif.– A California appeals court says it’s legal to have small amounts of marijuana in prison — so long as inmates don’t inhale. The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled that California voters legalized recreational possession of less than …

Travelers Bulks Up Wildfire Protection After Deadly 2018 Blazes

Travelers Cos. is strengthening its wildfire-defense efforts after deadly blazes swept through California last year. The insurer is adding a service to all of its California home and landlord policies, helping customers prepare their property for a fire by different …

Supreme Court to Hear BP Unit’s Dispute over Montana Superfund Site

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to a hear a bid by a unit of British oil major BP Plc to avoid a lawsuit by private landowners in Montana seeking to force the company to pay for …

Brush Fire Evacuation Closes 2 Southern Calif. Amusement Parks

LOS ANGELES — A brush fire raging along a Southern California riverbed prompted the evacuation of two nearby amusement parks on Sunday, but no homes were threatened and no serious injuries were reported, authorities said. The blaze erupted at about …

PG&E’s Power Suppliers Lose Contract Fight in Bankruptcy Court

The power generators that supply bankrupt utility giant PG&E Corp. were dealt a major blow as a judge ruled that federal regulators can’t keep their supply contracts from getting killed. Power giants including NextEra Energy Inc. and Exelon Corp. had …

Hospital’s Insurer Pays $10K to Husband for Deceased Wife’s Lost Wedding Ring

An Oregon hospital has agreed to pay a settlement to the husband of a woman whose wedding rings disappeared within hours of her death. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Wednesday that an insurance adjuster for Providence Portland Medical Center has agreed to …

Celebrity Chef’s Restaurants Face Trial on Pregnancy Employment Discrimination Claim

A former employee of celebrated chef Thomas Keller is suing him and his three-star Michelin restaurants — Per Se in New York and the French Laundry in California — for discrimination, saying she was denied a job transfer and ultimately …

University Study Backs More Controlled Burns in West for Managing Wildfire Risks

Land management agencies are underutilizing controlled burns to reduce wildfire threats in the western U.S., according to a wildfire study. The University of Idaho study indicates the use of the intentionally set fires has decreased over the last two decades …

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