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Fire-Related Power Cuts Spread Outside California for First Time

It’s no longer just California shutting off power in high-risk fire zones. Oregon’s Portland General Electric Co. on Monday temporarily turned off power for about 5,000 customers near Mt. Hood, as California utility giant PG&E Corp. did the same in …

Power the WiFi or the Fan? California Fires and Blackouts Test Home Offices

Silicon Valley workers previously enjoyed some of the most well-appointed offices in corporate America. Lunch was free, dry-cleaning was on site and the internet was lightning fast. Now that those workers have settled into their less glamorous home offices, they’re …

California Firefighters Battle Wildfires in Extreme Heat

LOS ANGELES — California firefighters battled destructive wildfires Monday as a lengthening heat wave roasted the state. Thousands of homes were at risk and air quality deteriorated in areas affected by smoke. The National Weather Service blanketed the state in …

California Wildfire Destroys 1 Home, Prompts New Evacuations

BEAUMONT, Calif. — A wildfire northwest of Palm Springs flared up Saturday, with evacuation orders for thousands of people as firefighters fought the blaze in triple-degree heat. An unspecified number of homes were in the path of the flames but …

Texas Power Demand to Hit Record Highs as Heat Bakes State

Demand for electricity in Texas will reach record levels on Monday and Tuesday as consumers crank up their air conditioners to escape a heat wave baking much of the U.S. Southeast, according to projections by the state’s power grid operator. …

Europe Heat Wave Set to Break Records: Paris Hotter Than Cairo

Europe’s latest summer heatwave broke heat records just weeks after the continent recorded its hottest ever June, fueling concern that a shifting climate is making extreme weather events more frequent. Germany probably set a new all-time temperature record of 106.7 …

ConEd Faces Expanded Probe After Heat Wave Forces Power Shutdown

Consolidated Edison Inc. said it would be ready for the heat wave. It wasn’t, and instead was forced to shut off power to prevent damage to its equipment. In all, at least 53,000 customers lost electricity Sunday as a heat …

Heat Wave Broils Eastern, Central U.S., Utilities Poised for Demand

NEW YORK — A massive heat wave that has enveloped the U.S. Midwest pushed into the Northeast on Friday, ushering in temperatures that could top 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Washington, D.C., and leading utilities to take steps to prevent power …

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 …

Report Outlines Climate Change’s Effect on States

A draft federal science report on the effects of global warming breaks down how climate change has already hit different regions of the United States. It also projects expected changes by region. OVERALL (contiguous 48 states) -The annual average temperature …