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A firefighter searches for human remains in a trailer park destroyed in the Camp Fire, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)
November 16, 2018 - 10:13 pm
CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Authorities have increased the number of homes and other buildings burned by a massive Southern California wildfire. The figure rose Friday evening to 713 buildings destroyed — many of them homes — and more than...
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EPA acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, smiles as he is recognized by President Donald Trump during a Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Also pictured is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, left, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, second from right. Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the EPA since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, got Trump's nod for the permanent job. Trump made the announcement in passing at a White House ceremony for Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
November 16, 2018 - 4:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, got President Donald Trump's nod Friday for the permanent job. Wheeler's promotion from acting to permanent...
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Smoke hangs over the scorched remains of Old Town Plaza following the wildfire in Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. The shopping center housed a Safeway and other businesses. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
November 15, 2018 - 10:08 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A utility facing severe financial pressure amid speculation its equipment may have sparked a deadly Northern California wildfire asked U.S. energy regulators last month for permission to raise its customers' monthly bills to harden its system against wildfires and deliver...
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November 15, 2018 - 4:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are questioning whether President Donald Trump's choice for a seat on a national energy board can be objective given his past work on the administration's plan to subsidize aging coal plants. Bernard McNamee, an Energy Department lawyer, appeared Thursday before...
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November 15, 2018 - 12:37 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators recommended new restrictions Thursday on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies. The Department of Pesticide Regulation issued temporary guidelines for chlorpyrifos that include banning it from crop dusting, discontinuing its use on...
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The Gold Nugget Museum, which was totally demolished by the Camp Fire, is shown in Paradise, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. A lawsuit was filed Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, over a wildfire in Northern California, where at least 48 people were confirmed dead in the Camp Fire that obliterated the town of Paradise. The suit on behalf of some victims accuses Pacific Gas & Electric Co. of causing the massive blaze.(AP Photo/Martha Mendoza)
November 14, 2018 - 9:09 pm
CHICO, California (AP) — A utility accused in a lawsuit of igniting California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire said it contacted a customer about a power line on her property but that sparks were not part of the discussion. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said it had been in touch with...
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November 14, 2018 - 6:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term exposure to a chemical compound currently used for making nonstick coatings appears to be dangerous, even in minute amounts, according to draft findings released Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. It was the first time EPA weighed in on newer, supposedly...
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Fred Gmitter, a geneticist at the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center, right, visits a citrus grower in an orange grove affected by citrus greening disease in Fort Meade, Fla., on Sept. 27, 2018. "If we can go in and edit the gene, change the DNA sequence ever so slightly by one or two letters, potentially we'd have a way to defeat this disease," says Gmitter. (AP Photo/Federica Narancio)
November 14, 2018 - 4:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart. By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA "edited" are...
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The California state Capitol is viewed through the smoke from the Camp Fire, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Smoke from the Camp Fire, which has been burning since last Thursday nearly 90 miles north of Sacramento, has blanketed much of Northern California. The fire has destroyed thousands of homes and killed dozens of people. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
November 14, 2018 - 3:35 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — PG&E's stock lost more than 20 percent of its value Wednesday after the utility said it does not have nearly enough insurance coverage if it is found liable for a Northern California wildfire that has left at least 48 people dead and destroyed about 7,700 homes. San...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, is flanked by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., left, the senator-elect from Tennessee, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican candidate in the undecided challenge to incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., during a meeting with new GOP senators at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
November 14, 2018 - 1:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans welcomed the first woman to their leadership team in years Wednesday as they sought to address the optics of the GOP side of the aisle being dominated by men. Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst called her selection to the leadership ranks "a great honor." "It's a great...
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