Technology designed to keep lights on could help prevent wildfires

World Dec 3, 2019

Technology designed to keep lights on could help prevent wildfires

B. Don Russell wasn't thinking about preventing a wildfire when he developed a tool to detect power line problems before blackouts and bigger disasters. The electrical engineering professor at Texas A&M University figured he might save a life if his creation could prevent someone from ...

Thousands told to evacuate as wildfire grows in California

World Nov 27, 2019

Thousands told to evacuate as wildfire grows in California

A wildfire that exploded in size in California mountains north of Santa Barbara has forced as many as 6,300 people from their homes, but there were no injuries and no homes had been lost, authorities said Tuesday. An approaching storm offered hope that the flames ...

Teen used 'ghost gun' in deadly California high school shooting

World / Crime & Legal Nov 22, 2019

Teen used 'ghost gun' in deadly California high school shooting

The teenager who shot five classmates, killing two, at a Southern California high school used an unregistered "ghost gun," Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Thursday. Villanueva told media outlets Thursday that 16-year-old Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow's .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol was assembled from gun ...

Northern California power turned off again due to fire danger

World Nov 21, 2019

Northern California power turned off again due to fire danger

Pacific Gas & Electric turned off electricity Wednesday for about 120,000 people in Northern California to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires during a new bout of windy, warm weather. However, favorable weather allowed the nation's largest utility to drastically reduce the number of customers ...

Firefighters beat back Southern California wildfire as winds ease

World Nov 4, 2019

Firefighters beat back Southern California wildfire as winds ease

Firefighters working overnight to contain a Southern California wildfire made significant headway on Sunday, containing 50 percent of the blaze with the aid of cooler weather and lighter winds after it burned thousands of acres of dry brush and farmland. The Maria Fire, which broke ...