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On the eve of the 2018 elections, President Donald Trump took the stage at a Pensacola rally and marveled at the damage wrought to Florida's Forgotten Coast only weeks earlier by Category 5 Hurricane Michael. "That wasn't a hurricane. That was like a 50-mile wide tornado," Trump said, noting how the storm had wiped homes in coastal towns clean off their foundations. "Nobody's ever seen ...

When deadly wildfires tinted Western skies a Martian hue this week, homeowners with their own rooftop solar systems were able to tell with great precision just how much useful sunlight reached them through the gloom: next to none. Wednesday was "the worst generation day, ever," said Mary Holstege, a retired software engineer in Cupertino, California, who went solar a year ago. Her system, ...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Started by a lightning strike in mid-August, the Bear Fire had been burning for weeks in the rugged mountain terrain of the Plumas National Forest - attracting comparatively little attention from the public or media as much larger wildfires burned elsewhere in Northern California. And then on Tuesday, with fierce Diablo winds blowing, it turned into a monster. By ...

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LOS ANGELES - A massive vegetation fire continues to burn more than a week after it broke out in Riverside County but firefighters are getting a handle on the blaze as their focus shifts from protecting homes to stopping the fire's growth, officials said. The Apple fire had burned 32,412 acres, destroyed four homes and was 40% contained as of Sunday morning. Officials estimated it would take ...

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LOS ANGELES - California's first major wildfire of the year grew to more than 20,000 acres over the weekend, destroying one home, forcing thousands to evacuate and sending up a plume of smoke so massive that it generated its own winds, authorities said. The Apple fire in Riverside County burned up steep and rugged hillsides, making it inaccessible to firefighting vehicles as it spread north ...

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MIAMI - President Donald Trump has postponed a weekend fundraiser at his own golf resort in Doral as a tropical storm bears down on Florida. Trump, who is still expected to attend a Friday fundraiser in Tampa, had planned to travel to South Florida for a Saturday event at his Trump National Doral Miami golf resort. But according to a Republican National Committee spokesman, the event was ...

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A day before potential Tropical Storm Isaias was expected to bring rains and winds to Puerto Rico, at least 400,000 customers throughout the island were left without power. The outage affected multiple municipalities - from cities in the metropolitan area such as San Juan and Guaynabo to the mountainous towns of Jayuya and Naranjito to the coastal town of Cabo Rojo in ...

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Firefighters are gaining ground against two wildfires that have burned more than 30,000 acres in Lassen County, northeast of Sacramento. The Gold fire, which started south of Adin, is 40% contained as it continues to threaten homes and ranches as well as agriculture, livestock and timber operations, Cal Fire officials said in an update Saturday morning. After burning for four days, the fire ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Gavin Newsom and state officials said Thursday that California will shelter wildfire evacuees in hotels, require temperature checks and make other changes to protect people from COVID-19 as the state battles an increase in blazes during the pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak presents a new challenge to the longstanding wildfire problem in California, a state that has ...

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PHILADELPHIA - It's Nov. 3, 2020. It's been a long Election Day in Pennsylvania, with new voting machines causing confusion at some polling places, and the closure of others for public health reasons leading to long lines at locations still open. Meanwhile, a huge surge of mail ballots driven partly by coronavirus fears of voting in person means it's going to take days to count them all and ...

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WASHINGTON - The America that President Donald Trump describes is a place where the coronavirus outbreak is only surging because of increased testing, the economy is on the verge of roaring back to life and polls showing him losing reelection in a landslide are fiction. In the president's telling, many of the Americans protesting police brutality are terrorists, anarchists and looters, and ...

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SAN DIEGO - Nearly two years after one of the deadliest corporate crimes in California history - a utility-sparked wildfire that killed scores of people and destroyed the city of Paradise in rural Butte County - state and federal officials have staked out differing positions on how to prevent history from repeating itself. Gov. Gavin Newsom and his Public Utilities Commission created a new ...

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The 2020 hurricane season is underway and this year, coupled with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there may be added stress when it comes to ensuring safety from both storm damage and the spread of infection. Being properly prepared can help ensure personal safety and well-being, and it's equally important to have appropriate medical provisions on hand as it is food and water. "It is important ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - PG&E Corp. received its criminal sentence Thursday for igniting the deadliest wildfire in California history: a $4 million fine that the judge and prosecutor acknowledged may have been too small for the crimes committed. Two days after the utility's chief executive entered guilty pleas to 85 felony charges in connection with the 2018 Camp Fire, a Butte County Superior ...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - PG&E Corp. is nearing the exit doors on its bankruptcy - and now faces the enormous task of delivering on its promise to prevent major wildfires in California. The battered utility, driven into bankruptcy after its power equipment was blamed for a string of deadly mega-fires, is expected to receive the blessing for its Chapter 11 reorganization plan this week from U.S. ...

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DALLAS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has again denied Texas' appeal for federal disaster relief funding for the tornadoes that tore through Dallas County last October. FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor notified state and local officials in a letter addressed to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday, though it did not specifically lay out why the federal agency denied the appeal. "After ...

The Bahamas' former health minister says the country so badly botched its record-keeping on Hurricane Dorian's missing victims that today it cannot say with certainty how many people actually died in the horrific storm. Dr. Duane Sands, speaking in the country's Parliament on Thursday, said the Bahamas should convene a coroner's inquest to help bring closure to grieving families. Thousands of ...

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Puerto Rico's wretched luck has been as constant as its tides. But just a few months ago, it seemed to be turning. After a deadly hurricane, ruinous earthquakes, political upheaval and the largest-ever U.S. municipal-bond default, the economy was growing modestly. Unemployment was falling, and the commonwealth was moving forward on a three-year negotiation to restructure nearly $18 billion in ...

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LANSING, Mich. - Michigan officials filed suit Tuesday against Boyce Hydro Power in a bid to hold the Edenville Dam owners responsible for widespread flood damage in the Midland area and recoup the taxpayer money spent to address the breach. The lawsuit filed in Ingham County Circuit Court would ask the court to set enforceable deadlines for fixing the Edenville Dam on the Tobacco River side, ...

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MIAMI - After months of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic across the nation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it has never been more ready for hurricane season. "Ninety days of COVID-19 response makes us more ready than ever before," FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor said Monday at a news conference at the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center in Doral. Weather experts are ...

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