Author Archives: Bill Carey

PG&E and California Governor at Odds Over Bankruptcy Plan

Newsom vows to take over utility   FILE – In this Dec. 16, 2019, file photo, a sign to a Pacific Gas & Electric building is shown in San Francisco. Pacific Gas & Electric is a

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California Completes 34 Land Project to Slow Wildfires

Critics say the projects won’t slow wind-driven infernos     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has completed 34 of the forest-thinning projects it rushed to finish in the past year as a way to buffer ...

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Wildfire Threatens Homes on Australian Capital’s Outskirts

Monday’s fire has burned over 19,000 acres     CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A wildfire sparked by a military helicopter helping firefighting efforts was blazing out of control and threatening homes on the outskirts of Australia’s capital on Tuesday as ...

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Ron Howard Wildfire Documentary Looks at Camp Fire Aftermath

“Rebuilding Paradise” largely evades a discussion of climate change   By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Ron Howard knew Paradise, the northern California town devastated by the most destructive wildfire in California history. His mother-in-law ...

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California Bill Would Make Utilities Pay Some Blackout Costs

Bill would require investor-owned utilities to reimburse customers and local governments     By ADAM BEAM Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians left in the dark by electric companies that shut off their power to prevent wildfires could get ...

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California Governor Aims to Block PG&E Bankruptcy Plan

Newsom claims plan doesn’t meet wildfire fund requirements     By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging a federal judge to reject Pacific Gas and Electric’s blueprint for getting out of ...

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California Man Charged with Insurance Fraud after 2018 Wildfire

Payout scheme after Carr Fire     SHASTA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man allegedly schemed to get an unearned $43,000 insurance payout after a wildfire destroyed his home and vehicles, even though he was going to receive more ...

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Bodies of American Tanker Crew Recovered from Australia Wildfire Crash

Bodies and voice recorder retrieved     By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The bodies of three U.S. flying firefighters and the cockpit voice recorder from the water bomber in which they died battling Australia’s unprecedented wildfire ...

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Australia Works to Recover Bodies of American Tanker Crew

Canadian-based company identifies C-130 crew     SYDNEY (AP) — The American tanker plane that crashed while fighting Australian wildfires had just dropped a load of retardant on a fire before it went down in New South Wales state, investigators ...

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Americans Killed in Aerial Tanker Crash in Australia

Crew of three dead while battling wildfire     By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Three American crew members died Thursday when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia, officials said. New ...

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