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Texas Power Outages Mount as Ice Storm Lingers for Fourth Day

Texas will face a fourth day grappling through an ice storm that has caused power outages, grounded flights and triggered deadly accidents on slippery roads. Cold has gripped the landscape across northern and central Texas, as well as parts of …

Wildfires in West Explode in Size amid Hot, Windy Conditions

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wildfires in California and Montana exploded in size overnight amid windy, hot conditions and were quickly encroaching on neighborhoods, forcing evacuation orders for over 100 homes Saturday, while an Idaho blaze was spreading. In California’s Klamath …

The Next Frontier for Drones: Letting Them Fly Out of Sight

REMINGTON, Va. (AP) — For years, there’s been a cardinal rule for flying civilian drones: Keep them within your line of sight. Not just because it’s a good idea — it’s also the law. But some drones have recently gotten …

PG&E Moves Power Underground in Plan to Bury 10,000 miles

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is working on an ambitious project to bury thousands of miles of power lines in an effort to prevent igniting fires with its equipment and avoid shutting down electricity during …

Blizzard Could Leave North Dakotans Without Power for Days

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A combination of ugly weather has left at least 19,000 people in western North Dakota facing days without power and thousands of residents along the Red River that separates that state from Minnesota dealing with flash …

PG&E to Avoid Criminal Charges in Settlements Over 2 Major Wildfires

California utility PG&E Corp. has reached settlement agreements with district attorneys representing Northern California counties to avoid prosecution over two major wildfires, with the company agreeing to pay $55 million. “As a result of these agreements, no criminal charges will …

Heat, Wind Hit New Mexico as Crews Battle Blazes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Warnings that strong winds and hot and dry weather could produce dangerous wildfires blanketed most of New Mexico on Saturday as crews continued to battle at least two blazes that started as prescribed burns but then …

Europe Storms: Ships Collide Off Dutch Coast; Crew Evacuated

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Rescue helicopters evacuated all 18 crew members from a ship that was left drifting rudderless in a wind turbine park off the Dutch North Sea coast Monday after it collided with another ship and began …

Hundreds Evacuated as Fire Burns Near California’s Big Sur

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP)–Hundreds of residents remained evacuated Sunday as crews battled a wildfire in rugged mountains along the California coast that forced the closure of the main roadway near Big Sur. One structure was damaged by the blaze that …

Medical Helicopter Crashes Near Church; All 4 Aboard Survive

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP)–A pilot crash-landed a medical helicopter Tuesday without loss of life in a residential area of suburban Philadelphia, somehow avoiding a web of power lines and buildings as the aircraft fluttered, hit the street and slid into …