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PG&E Tries to Assure Strict Judge It’s Safer on Wildfires

PG&E Corp. told a federal judge who has kept the troubled utility under a tight leash that it’s close — but not fully on target — to complying with all the wildfire prevention measures required under its criminal probation. The …

FEMA Defends $4 Billion Claim With PG&E as Fire Victims Cry Foul

The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday defended its push to collect $3.9 billion in claims from PG&E Corp. for the relief it provided after the utility’s power lines sparked devastating wildfires. Wildfire victims have been fighting the payments to …

PG&E Fire Victims Fight FEMA Over Multibillion-Dollar Payout

Victims of wildfires blamed on PG&E Corp.’s power lines and government agencies that provided them disaster relief are tussling over a payout from the bankrupt utility. PG&E reached a settlement with fire victims to pay a total of $13.5 billion …

Federal Judge Temporarily Exempts Truck Drivers from California Gig Worker Law

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a California labor law meant to take effect from Jan. 1 from impacting over 70,000 independent truckers by granting a ‘temporary restraining order.’ U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez in San Diego granted on Tuesday …

‘Do Not Sell My Info’: U.S. Retailers Rush to Comply with California’s New Privacy Law

WASHINGTON — U.S. retailers including Walmart Inc will add “Do Not Sell My Info” links to their websites and signage in stores starting Jan. 1, allowing California shoppers to understand for the first time what personal and other data the …

Insurance Plan Fights Overhaul Aimed at Wildfire Areas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As California homeowners in wildfire-prone areas struggle to find insurance, a lawsuit filed Friday will test the state’s authority to help them. California’s insurance industry pays into a fund that sells coverage to people who can’t buy …

California Threats Jump from Fires to Floods as Wet Season Hits

California’s climate threats could soon be jumping from wildfires and blackouts to floods and mudslides as the wet season kicks into gear. About half the water that falls in the state in any given year does so in the 90 …

Rich Californians Shell Out $30,000 to Avoid Blackout Pain

Ebony Lopez’s electric company in Napa wine country used to get a handful of inquiries a week from people asking about generators. After PG&E Corp. shut power to millions of Californians last month, it’s more like 10 to 15 calls …

PG&E Is Dubious of Fire Victim’s Claim for a 500-Pound Emerald

PG&E Corp. says it has found suspicious monetary claims by victims of California’s wildfires, including one from a man who says a 500-pound (227-kilogram) emerald worth $280 million was destroyed at his home a year ago in the most destructive …

Wildfires Force Businesses to Prepare for Disruption

NEW YORK — The wildfires that are rampant this time of year in California force small business owners to be prepared in the same way as owners in other parts of the country who deal with tornadoes and other natural …