After Plummeting, the Virus Soars Back in the Midwest

CHICAGO — First, the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast were hit hardest as the coronavirus tore through the nation. Then it surged across the South. Now the virus is again picking up dangerous speed in much of the Midwest — and in cities from Mississippi to Florida to California that thought they had already seen […]

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Cathay Pacific offers early retirement scheme to older pilots

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd (HK:) said it will offer a voluntary scheme to its Hong Kong-based pilots who are approaching retirement age to leave the group early, in a continued effort to cut costs amid the coronavirus pandemic. The airline said in an email to Reuters on Saturday it is looking […]

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How PG&E Is Racing to Improve Safety as Fire Season Approaches

NAPA, Calif. — Atop an electrical pole overlooking grapevines, Pacific Gas & Electric recently installed a piece of equipment that will allow it to quickly turn off power to this part of California’s wine country when conditions for a wildfire are just right. As long as a basketball pole and wide as a backboard, the […]

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Utility’s power lines caused huge 2019 California wildfire

Fire officials say Pacific Gas & Electric transmission lines sparked a wildfire last year in Northern California that destroyed hundreds of homes and led to the evacuation of nearly 100,000 people By The Associated Press July 16, 2020, 11:42 PM 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Pacific Gas […]

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Utility’s power lines caused huge 2019 California fire

Fire officials say Pacific Gas & Electric transmission lines sparked a wildfire in California’s wine country last year that destroyed hundreds of homes By The Associated Press July 16, 2020, 11:04 PM 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric transmission lines sparked a wildfire in […]

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At age 60 and paralyzed, she tried to row across the Pacific

The forecast looked ominous, a tropical storm brewing over the Pacific Ocean, threatening strong winds and high seas. That meant trouble for Angela Madsen as she sat in a small boat, hundreds of miles from land. For weeks she had been rowing across open water, pulling for hours at a time, squeezing into a cramped […]

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U.S. says room for sanctions in response to China in South China Sea

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: David Stilwell, U.S. Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, answers reporters’ questions after a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Cho Sei-young at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul By Humeyra Pamuk and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia warned on Tuesday that Washington […]

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PG&E exits bankruptcy, pays $5 billion into wildfire fund

Pacific Gas & Electric has emerged from a contentious bankruptcy saga that began after its equipment ignited wildfires in California that killed more than 100 people By The Associated Press July 2, 2020, 5:56 PM 2 min read 2 min read SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas & Electric has emerged from a contentious bankruptcy saga […]

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How the coronavirus is devastating Southern California’s Pacific Islanders

Pacific Islanders in Southern California are dying at a higher rate from the coronavirus than any other racial group in the region and statewide, an issue advocates say is getting swept under the radar because the population is small and tends to be lumped with other ethnic groups. While coronavirus case numbers overall are lower […]

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Judge Expected to Approve PG&E Plan to Resolve Bankruptcy

A federal judge on Friday is expected to approve Pacific Gas & Electric’s plan to exit bankruptcy, a crucial step in efforts to overhaul a utility whose equipment was involved in some of the worst wildfires to ravage California in recent years. If it emerges from bankruptcy before the end of June, PG&E would be […]

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PG&E Ordered to Pay $3.5 Million Fine for Causing Deadly Fire

A California judge ordered Pacific Gas & Electric on Thursday to pay a $3.5 million fine for causing the Camp Fire, the blaze that killed scores of people and destroyed the town of Paradise in 2018. Judge Michael R. Deems of Butte County Superior Court read the sentence, which matched a plea agreement between the […]

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Families of California wildfire victims slam PG&E for crimes

The families of some of the 85 people killed by a horrific Northern California wildfire ignited by Pacific Gas & Electric’s long-neglected equipment vilified the company Wednesday as greedy, corrupt and reckless, telling heartbreaking stories of their loss in court. The speakers tearfully told of holiday and birthday celebrations that will never be celebrated after […]

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PG&E pleads guilty to 84 deaths in 2018 California wildfire

Pacific Gas & Electric is expected to plead guilty to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter for a wildfire that wiped out most of a Northern California town called Paradise By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer June 16, 2020, 3:26 PM 4 min read 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SAN […]

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PG&E to plead guilty to deaths from California wildfire

Pacific Gas & Electric is expected to plead guilty to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter for a wildfire that wiped out most of a Northern California town By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer June 16, 2020, 3:57 AM 4 min read 4 min read SAN RAMON, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric is expected […]

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PG&E Gives Wildfire Victims More Stock in Bankruptcy Plan

Pacific Gas & Electric, the California utility that is hoping to resolve its bankruptcy filing in the coming weeks, said on Friday that it had agreed to give victims of wildfires caused by its equipment more stock in the company than an earlier agreement had called for. The deal will leave the roughly 70,000 homeowners […]

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3 killed when helicopter hits power line in California

Three people were killed when a helicopter contracted by Pacific Gas & Electric struck one of the utility’s power lines and crashed into a Northern California hillside By Associated Press June 3, 2020, 2:04 AM 2 min read 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Three people were killed […]

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Regulators approve PG&E bankruptcy plan despite safety fears

BERKELEY, Calif. — California power regulators on Thursday unanimously approved Pacific Gas & Electric’s $58 billion plan for getting out of a bankruptcy caused by a series of deadly wildfires, despite ongoing worries about the utility’s ability to safely operate its crumbling electrical grid. The vote by the Public Utilities Commission came just a few […]

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Regulators waive $200M fine on PG&E for causing deadly fires

California regulators suspended a $200 million fine that Pacific Gas & Electric was supposed to pay as punishment for the utility’s neglect of electrical equipment that ignited a series of deadly wildfires in Northern California By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer May 7, 2020, 8:58 PM 4 min read 4 min read BERKELEY, Calif. — […]

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PG&E’s Settlement With Wildfire Victims Faces Crucial Vote

Pacific Gas & Electric and thousands of California families who lost homes or loved ones in fires caused by the utility’s equipment reached a $13.5 billion settlement in December, seemingly putting off a lengthy and fraught legal battle. The deal would allow the company to resolve its bankruptcy and provide homeowners money to rebuild. But […]

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PG&E Chief Executive to Retire in June

Pacific Gas & Electric said on Wednesday that its chief executive, Bill Johnson, would retire at the end of June after seeing the troubled company through its bankruptcy. Mr. Johnson, a utility industry veteran, joined PG&E last May after it was forced to seek bankruptcy protection because of billions of dollars in claims from wildfires […]

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Climate change is making this country disappear

Residents of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific are fighting to save their island nation which is at risk of being inundated by rising sea levels due to climate change. But, in the face of uncertainty, thousands of Marshallese have decided to move to an unlikely enclave— in America’s Deep South. #ClimateChange #CNN #News

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Cathay Pacific to close U.S. cabin crew bases, laying off 286 staff

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A passenger walks to the First Class counter of Cathay Pacific Airways at Hong Kong Airport in Hong Kong SYDNEY (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd (HK:) will close its three cabin crew bases in the United States, the airline said on Friday, laying off 286 staff as the […]

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Judge OKs PG&E plan to pay $19M in fees from victims fund

The Northern California victims of catastrophic wildfires caused by Pacific Gas & Electric’s decaying electrical grid will have to have at least $19 million siphoned away from a $13.5 billion fund for their losses to cover administrative costs By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer April 15, 2020, 12:34 AM 4 min read 4 min read […]

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