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Confederate debate: Dixie School District in California votes to keep its...

A Northern California school district board voted Tuesday night against changing its controversial name following a spirited 5 1/2-hour public hearing. Supporters of the Dixie School District’s 150-year-old name argued that it honors a Native American woman affiliated with the district’s founder James Miller, while critics contend that it honors the Confederacy and slavery. Board…

Insurance claims from deadly 2018 California wildfires top $11.4B

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press Published 11:36 p.m. ET Jan. 28, 2019 CLOSE The United States had the three costliest catastrophes in the world in 2018. The number one disaster cost more than $16 billion. USA TODAY SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Insurance claims from California’s deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $11.4 billion, making the series of…

40 mph mudslides, floods, blizzards, 6 feet of snow, 110 mph...

CLOSE Parts of California that already faced deadly wildfires, now are threatened by winter rain and potential mudslides. USA TODAY An ominous forecast of heavy rains and snow threatened wildfire-scorched California on Tuesday and Wednesday with more mudslides and blowing snow that already forced closure of sections of the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway and Interstate 5. "There will…

PG&E shares plummet after flagging bankruptcy plan and possible $30 billion...

Devastating wildfires engulfed much of northern California last year, and their effects are continuing to consume the state's largest utility. PG&E, short for Pacific Gas and Electric, had plunged 49% as of 11 a.m EST on Monday after the company confirmed its plan to navigate chapter 11 bankruptcy. The utility's CEO, Geisha Williams, stepped down…

President Trump says he’s cutting off FEMA money for California fires

President Donald Trump (Photo: Joe Raedle) WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he is cutting off federal money to fight California wildfires, claiming the money is being wasted. "Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forrest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen," Trump tweeted. "Unless they get…

Sheriff: Man suspected of killing California cop has known gang affiliations

This undated photo provided by the Newman Police Department shows officer Ronil Singh of Newman Police Department. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said Singh was conducting a traffic stop early Wednesday when he called out "shots fired" over his radio. (Photo: Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department via AP) After a two-day manhunt, California authorities tracked down a…

Twitter erupts after mysterious light seen in evening sky over Northern...

A white cloud and red and white streaks lit up the night sky on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 in south Redding. (Photo: Michele Chandler) A path of light in the evening sky over Northern California is drawing a lot of attention on Twitter. Some in Redding reported seeing a circular item quickly drop in the…

$21 billion hedge fund BlueMountain Capital has upped its bet on...

BlueMountain Capital Management has doubled down on its investment into spiraling California utility company Pacific Gas and Electric, as the $21 billion hedge-fund manager believes the market has overreacted to the impact of the deadly Camp Fire. In a December letter to investors obtained by Business Insider, BlueMountain wrote that the firm increased its stake…

Only romaine from certain parts of California should be avoided, FDA...

CLOSE An E. coli outbreak has led to the CDC to warn Americans to avoid romaine lettuce and JBS USA to recall close to 100,000 pounds of ground beef. USA TODAY Lisa Dennis of Regent Square selects a head of green lettuce from the vegetable shelves at the East End Food Co-op Federal Credit Union…

A YouTuber’s cat managed to survive the California wildfires

YouTuber Hamish Patterson revealed in a heart wrenching new video on Sunday that his cat, Mike the mini puma, managed to survive the deadly California wildfire that ravaged Malibu. In the video, Patterson shows his home completely destroyed by the wildfires, mourning the devastation. "We found the cat," said Patterson tearfully as he holds onto…
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