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Downed Power Lines Sparked Deadly California Fires, Investigation Shows

A dozen wildfires that burned thousands of homes in California’s wine country and killed at least 15 people last October were started by Pacific Gas & Electric power lines and utility poles, state fire officials said. The California Department of …

Hawaii Insurance Agent Busy Sorting out Coverage Mess from Lava Flows

It could be an understatement to say Amber Lopez, principal at Pacific Island Insurance LLC in Hawaii, has been busy over the past month as the island state’s erupting Kilauea sends lava flows throughout neighborhoods. Lava has burned down some …

Ohio Homeowner Trying to Kill Weeds Burns Down Garage

Authorities say an Ohio homeowner trying to kill troublesome weeds with a torch has burned down his garage. The Springfield News-Sun reported Springfield Township firefighters in central Ohio were called to a home around 4 a.m. Thursday for a detached …

Movie Theater Hit by Lightning in South Dakota, Awaiting Claim Decision

The future of a central South Dakota movie theater is uncertain after lightning struck the facility, according to its owners. A digital projector, server and computer components were damaged last month at the Lyric Theatre in Faulkton, Aberdeen American News …

Houston’s Harvey-Damaged Courthouse to Reopen in Early June

Some floors of the Hurricane Harvey-damaged main criminal courthouse in downtown Houston will reopen next month as part of the $70 million repair project likely not finished until 2019. Harris County officials say the Criminal Justice Center on June 4 …

Hawaiian Volcano Slopes Offer Affordable Paradise, Risks

As lava crawled down Leilani Road in a hissing, popping mass, Cheryl Griffith stood in its path and placed a plant in a crack in the ground as an offering to the Native Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele. Griffith lives in …

Judge Tentatively Rejects PG&E Bid to Set Aside Liability in California Fire

PG&E Corp. tentatively lost a bid to inoculate itself from a finding of liability in a 2015 fire, a court decision that deals the company a potentially more serious setback in its strategy to shield itself from deeper losses in …

Hawaiian Island Continues to Recover Following Flood

Recovery efforts continue to help some Hawaii residents get back on their feet following a devastating flood. About 30 community leaders from Kauai’s North Shore met over the weekend to discuss relief efforts and allocate donations and services to areas …

Downfall Eases, Improving Rescue Efforts After Massive Hawaii Storm

Heavy rains on Kauai let up this week, which helped emergency workers better rescue people stranded by flooding on the Hawaiian island. By Monday afternoon, emergency crews evacuated 152 people by helicopter, 121 people by bus and others by water, …

California Spent $1.8B Fighting 2017 Wildfires

California state agencies spent nearly $1.8 billion fighting fierce wildfires that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses last year, legislative budget experts reported Thursday. The federal government will reimburse most of the costs, but the …