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California’s Fire ‘Bailout’ for PG&E, Edison Clears Hurdle

Utility giants PG&E Corp. and Edison International are one step closer to getting California’s help in covering the costs of increasingly catastrophic wildfires that their equipment keeps igniting. The state Senate passed a bill late Monday that would create a …

California Expanding Early Quake Detection and Warning System

LOS ANGELES — California officials are spending more than $40 million on an earthquake early warning system that in addition to alerting the public could also be used to automatically halt trains and open fire station doors moments before a …

ABC Test for Independent Contractor Status Applies Retroactively: Viewpoint

Last year, the California Supreme Court announced a new standard, known as the “ABC” test for determining whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor in wage and hour cases. (Dynamex Ops. W. Inc. v. Superior Court (2018) 4 …

Quakes Push Californians to Prepare for the Next Big Jolt

RIDGECREST, Calif. — Shaken residents were cleaning up Sunday from two of the biggest earthquakes to rattle California in decades as scientists warn that both should serve as a wake-up call to be ready when the long-dreaded “Big One” strikes. …

Searches Find Nobody in Blast-Damaged Nevada Dorm

Thorough searches of a mostly empty University of Nevada, Reno, dormitory that was heavily damaged by an explosion found nobody inside and all students accounted for, officials said Saturday. The cause of the Friday explosion that blew out windows and …

PG&E, Edison May Not Get California Help on Fires by July 12

California’s biggest utilities — PG&E Corp., Edison International and Sempra Energy — may not get the help they need to deal with multi-billion dollar wildfire liabilities before lawmakers adjourn July 12 for recess. Governor Gavin Newsom signaled that pending legislation …

An Earthquake’s Impact Can Be Predicted – But Only After it Hits

Over the next week, Southern California has only a 27% chance of experiencing a third earthquake greater than magnitude 6, but a 96% chance of going through a tremor of magnitude 5 or higher. Those precise probabilities were generated by …

Recovery a Long Process for Victims of Wyoming Tornado

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Sherri Morris was standing in the front yard of what used to be her and her husband’s home in Oriva Hills. There are tractor tire marks in what’s supposed to be the front lawn, half of the …

Proposed Wildfire Board Could Operate Partly in Secret

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A closely watched wildfire law proposed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom would exempt a new safety board from some of the state’s government transparency laws. The Wildfire Safety Advisory Board would advise the state’s utility regulator and …

Alaska’s Heat Wave Fuels Dangerous Smoke, Melts Glaciers

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s heat wave is driving wildfires and melting glaciers, choking the state’s biggest cities with smoke and bloating rivers with meltwater. In Anchorage, home to about 40 percent of Alaskans, the National Weather Service issued a dense …

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