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Millions in California Face Days in the Dark Even as Winds Slow

Winds are dying down. Utility giant PG&E Corp. has begun inspecting lines. And yet an unprecedented blackout that has taken out power to dozens of cities around San Francisco still threatens to leave millions of people in the dark for …

California Blackout Spreads as Cities Brace for Days in the Dark

The unprecedented power shutdown by California’s PG&E Corp. has spread deeper into cities near San Francisco, ensnaring millions of people and raising the prospect that much of a major metropolitan area could go days without electricity. The bankrupt utility began …

PG&E Cuts Power to Half a Million in California on Fire Risk

PG&E Corp., the California utility giant forced into bankruptcy by devastating wildfires, has cut power to 513,000 customers in the first phase of its biggest-ever intentional blackout to keep power lines from sparking more blazes. The shutdowns in Northern California …

Tesla Battery Flaw Cover-Up Allegation to be Evaluated by NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it’s received a petition calling for an investigation of certain Tesla Inc. electric cars and is evaluating the complaint, according to a notice posted on regulator’s website. The petition, filed by a law …

California Insurers Drop Policies in High-Fire Risk Areas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — New California data shows insurance companies declined to renew nearly 350,000 home insurance policies in areas at high risk for wildfire since the state began collecting data in 2015. The data released this week did not say …

GM Recalls 368,000 Larger Duty Trucks for Fire Risks

WASHINGTON — General Motors Co said Friday it is recalling 368,000 medium- and heavy-duty diesel trucks equipped with engine-block heaters for fire risks after 19 reports of fires. The recall covers some 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500, 5500 and 6500 trucks, …

Tahoe Residents Oppose New Homes in Path of Wildfire Danger

About the photo: The smoldering remains of a home destroyed by the fast-moving wildfire are seen south of Gardnerville, Nev., May 22, 2012. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Tim Dunn) RENO, Nevada — During her career as a flight attendant, Laura …

Explosions Threatening Lithium-Ion’s Edge in a Battery Race

Another lithium-ion battery has exploded, this time at an energy-storage complex in the U.S. At least 21 fires had already occurred at battery projects in South Korea, according to BloombergNEF. But this latest one, erupting on Friday at a facility …

Paris Architecture Complicates Fire Rescues

The firefighters climbed one ladder, hand over hand, then shifted over to a second and sometimes a third ladder, hooked precariously from window ledges eight stories above bare concrete. The architecture typical of many Paris residences – hidden central stairwells …

Ford Recalls 2M F150s Due to Seatbelt Fire Risk

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford is recalling about 2 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America because the seatbelts can spark and cause fires. The recall, which covers trucks from the 2015 through 2018 model years, comes about …