Utility says its equipment may have sparked California blaze

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER and OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Southern California Edison said its equipment may have sparked a fast-moving wildfire that forced evacuation orders for some 100,000 people and seriously injured two firefighters on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands […]

Veggie burgers are still burgers, at least in Europe

Associated Press BRUSSELS — It’s a meaty issue but the EU has taken a stance: veggie burgers are in fact burgers. European lawmakers said Friday that plant-based products that do not contain meat, including veggie burgers, soy steaks and vegan sausages, can continue to be sold as such in restaurants and shops across the European […]

Colorado fire season drags on longer than normal

By Patty Nieberg | Associated Press/Report for America DENVER — Orange skies, winds gusting up to 70 mph, smoke tornadoes and hazardous air. While it could be an apocalyptic scene out of a movie, it’s become the reality of Colorado’s wildfire season. The blazes have burned the second-most acreage since 2000 and included the state’s […]

Tracking map: Hurricane Delta heads toward Louisiana on Laura’s path

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana residents confronting the menace of a new hurricane weeks after one battered their communities got stark warnings Thursday to brace for winds that could turn debris into missiles. Forecasts showed Delta had strengthened back into a Category 3 hurricane as it bore down on the state carrying winds of up […]

US to block palm oil from major Malaysian producer

By Margie Mason and Robin McDowell | Associated Press The United States will block shipments of palm oil from a major Malaysian producer that feeds into the supply chains of iconic U.S. food and cosmetic brands. It found indicators of forced labor, including concerns about children, along with other abuses such as physical and sexual […]

Fatal dive boat fire: Crew members say they did not receive emergency training

By Stefanie Dazio and Tom Krisher | Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Crew members of a Southern California dive boat told investigators they were not trained on emergency procedures before a fire broke out last year and killed 34 people, according to federal documents released Wednesday. Investigators say the cause of the predawn blaze aboard […]

Trump administration moves to ease showerhead rules

By Seth Borenstein | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn’t getting wet enough. Publicly talking about the need to keep his hair “perfect,” President Donald Trump has made increasing water […]

Warming takes down Canada’s last intact ice shelf

By Seth Borenstein | Associated Press Much of Canada’s remaining intact ice shelf has broken apart into hulking iceberg islands thanks to a hot summer and global warming, scientists said. Canada’s 4,000-year-old Milne Ice Shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island had been the country’s last intact ice shelf until the end of July […]

Michael V. Drake is named new UC president

By Jocelyn Gecker and Julie Watson | Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Dr. Michael Drake was chosen Tuesday to be president of the University of California, the first Black leader in the system’s 150-year history. Drake, a seasoned university administrator, replaces Janet Napolitano in overseeing a sprawling, 280,000-student system dealing with issues of accessibility for […]

Tropical Storm Arthur nears North Carolina in early start to hurricane season

MIAMI (AP) — Life-threatening surf and rip currents will spread along U.S. East Coast beaches in the days ahead as Tropical Storm Arthur kicks up ocean swells offshore, the National Hurricane Center warned on Monday. It’s another early start for the Atlantic hurricane season: Arthur formed Saturday in waters off Florida, marking the sixth straight […]