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PG&E Fire Insurance Costs Skyrocket After Bankruptcy, Fires

PG&E Corp. is finding it very costly to buy fire insurance after wildfires triggered by its power lines sent the company into bankruptcy and left it paying $25.5 billion for claims. It’s hoping customers will foot the bill. The San …

Hawaii Battles Complacency After Another Hurricane Near-Miss

HONOLULU — Hurricane Douglas joined a long list of hurricanes that have come near the Hawaiian Islands but didn’t cause major damage. Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami said such experiences unfortunately help people become complacent and think disaster will never strike …

Wildfire in Northeastern Calif. Contained, New Blaze on Southern Coast Investigated

While firefighters gained control of a wildfire in California’s rural northeast, investigators searched for the cause of a new blaze down south. The 34-square-mile (88.3-square-kilometer) Gold Fire in northern Lassen County was 60% contained Monday night after a few thunderstorms …

Prince Harry And Meghan Sue Over Photo of Son at California Home

LOS ANGELES — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sued Thursday to stop the sale and publication of a photo of their son Archie that they say was shot at their Los Angeles-area home in invasion of their privacy. The royal …

California Probes Amazon Worker Treatment During Pandemic

California’s attorney general and state and local agencies are investigating whether Amazon.com Inc has taken adequate steps to protect its workers from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a court filing on Monday. Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office, California’s Division of …

Hurricane Douglas Nears Hawaii, Bringing High Winds and Rain

HONOLULU — Hawaii prepared for the onslaught of Hurricane Douglas on Sunday, with predictions of high winds, rain and storm surge. “It’s definitely going to be a triple threat,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Vanessa Almanza said. Rainfall from the …

Coronavirus Challenging For Crews Fighting Arizona Wildfires

PHOENIX — This year’s wildfire season has been an extra challenging one for firefighters. Not only have crews had to battle some massive fires around Arizona, they have had to deal with changes in their routine due to the COVID-19 …

Portland’s Mayor Tear-Gassed By Federal Agents as Protest Rages

PORTLAND, Ore. — The mayor of Portland, Oregon, was tear-gassed by U.S. government agents late Wednesday as he stood at a fence erected to protect a federal courthouse during another night of protests against the presence of the agents sent …

Vegas Casino Unions Drop Mgm From Coronavirus Safety Lawsuit

LAS VEGAS — Unions representing 65,000 Las Vegas-area casino workers have dropped two MGM Resorts International properties from a lawsuit accusing companies of skimping on protective measures and putting employees at risk of illness and death during the coronavirus pandemic. …

Weather Unfavorable on Northern California Fire Lines

SUSANVILLE, Calif. — Firefighters and aircraft worked Tuesday to halt the spread of two forest fires in rural northeastern California as unstable weather brought the risk of gusty winds, thunderstorms and lightning strikes that could start new blazes. The Gold …

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