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Pacific Gas & Electric CEO Bill Johnson waits to appear before a state Senate oversight hearing of the Energy, Utilities and Communications committee, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Johnson is scheduled to testify before lawmakers about the utilities' decision to turnoff power for millions of people to prevent California wildfires. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
November 19, 2019 - 10:56 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The head of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. told angry California lawmakers Monday that the nation’s largest electric utility wasn’t fully prepared for the effects of its unprecedented outages last month even as it plans to shut off power to about 375,000 people this week...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2017 photo, boats are shown moored in the Anclote River near the old Stauffer chemical plant site in Tarpon Springs, Fla. Hundreds of the nation's most polluted places are at an increasing risk of spreading contamination beyond their borders by more frequent storms and rising seas. Sixty percent of U.S. Superfund sites are in danger from weather extremes like hurricanes or wildfires, and the Trump administration’s reluctance to acknowledge and plan for climate change is hurting chances of safeguarding them, according to a government watchdog. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
November 18, 2019 - 3:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The worsening wildfires, floods and hurricanes of climate change threaten at least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites, and efforts to strengthen the hazardous waste sites are stalling in some vulnerable regions as the Trump administration plays down the threat, a congressional watchdog...
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FILE - In this July 13, 2019, file photo Aimee Cutter, the owner of Beach House restaurant, walks through water surge from Lake Pontchartrain on Lakeshore Drive in Mandeville, La., ahead of Tropical Storm Barry. Months after a storm, fire or other disaster has struck, small businesses that have lost revenue due to the devastation may be able to get low-cost Small Business Administration loans. Financial help in the form of economic injury disaster loans are for companies even if they haven’t suffered physical damage in a declared disaster area. These loans are separate from those made available to homeowners and businesses who need to rebuild or repair. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton, File)
November 18, 2019 - 11:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Months after a storm, fire, drought or other disaster has struck, small businesses that have lost revenue due to the devastation may be able to get low-cost government loans. Financial help in the form of economic injury disaster loans are for companies even if they haven’t suffered...
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FILE - In this May 6, 1937 file photo, the German dirigible Hindenburg crashes to earth in flames after exploding at the U.S. Naval Station in Lakehurst, N.J. Werner Gustav Doehner, the last survivor of the disaster, died Nov. 8, 2019 at age 90 in Laconia, N.H. Doehner was 8-years old when he boarded the zeppelin in Germany with his parents and older siblings to return from a vacation. (AP Photo/Murray Becker, File)
November 16, 2019 - 4:10 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The last remaining survivor of the Hindenburg disaster, who suffered severe burns to his face, arms and legs before his mother managed to toss him and his brother from the burning airship, has died. Werner Gustav Doehner, the last among 62 passengers and crew who escaped the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, a helicopter drops water near power lines and electrical towers while working at a fire on San Bruno Mountain near Brisbane, Calif. California’s Pacific Gas & Electric is faced regularly with a no-win choice between risking the start of a deadly wildfire or immiserating millions of paying customers by shutting off the power. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
November 14, 2019 - 9:28 am
The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. Pacific...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric worker walks in front of a truck in San Francisco. California’s Pacific Gas & Electric is faced regularly with a no-win choice between risking the start of a deadly wildfire or immiserating millions of paying customers by shutting off the power. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
November 14, 2019 - 1:09 am
The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. Pacific...
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California Public Utilities Commissioner Cliff Rechtschaffen speaks at a CPUC meeting in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. California regulators will vote Wednesday on whether to open an investigation into pre-emptive power outages that blacked out large parts of the state for much of October as strong winds sparked fears of wildfires. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
November 13, 2019 - 10:37 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators opened a formal investigation Wednesday into preemptive power outages that blacked out large parts of the state in October, drawing strong rebukes from public officials and residents who said the shut-offs were too broad and poorly executed. The unanimous...
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In this image made from video, forest trees are on fire in Hillville, New South Wales state, Australia, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. More than 50 homes were damaged or destroyed and 13 firefighters were injured overnight by catastrophic wildfires across Australia's most populous state before the emergency subsided on Wednesday, officials said. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP)
November 13, 2019 - 2:33 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Scores of wildfires continued to rage across vast tracts of Australia's drought-stricken east coast on Wednesday, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes, some for the second time in a week. The most intense fires were concentrated in the northeastern states...
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Sydney Opera House is backdropped by haze from wildfires near the city, in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday Nov. 12, 2019. Authorities have declared a state of emergency as ferocious wildfires are burning across Australia's most populous state and into the suburbs of Sydney on Tuesday, with winds carrying embers for kilometers (miles) and igniting new fire spots. (Mette Estep / NTB scanpix via AP)
November 12, 2019 - 5:50 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Ferocious wildfires were burning at emergency-level intensity across Australia's most populous state and into Sydney's suburbs on Tuesday as authorities warned most people in their paths that there was no longer time to flee. New South Wales state is under a weeklong...
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In this Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, photo, Tina Chandler looks through her Kukui Nut Lei, as she recalls packing them with a family portrait when she evacuated with during the Kincade Fire, in the Fountaingrove neighborhood of Santa Rosa, Calif. Two years ago, the Chandlers had only minutes to escape before their longtime family home burned to the ground before their eyes. They rose from the ashes to build a new home. The night of the fire Chandler packed a framed family photo along with a box of kukui nut necklaces that a friend had sent from Hawaii after they lost their home. "I know that sounds kind of silly," she said of the black shiny nuts, which represent hope and renewal. "But this was their way of saying 'We're going to be alright." (AP Photo/Lacy Atkins)
November 11, 2019 - 4:41 pm
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Tina Chandler walks outside her home and sniffs the air. "Do you smell smoke?" she asks. Even when the scent is no longer there, it haunts her. So does the fear of the monstrous winds of autumn, the kind that stoked the wildfires that destroyed her northern California...
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