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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The long and brutal 2017 wildfire season is stressing the state and federal agencies that have to pay for the army of ground crews and machinery required to fight them. The federal government spent more than $2.7 billion on firefighting in its most...
As U.S. communities ravaged by this year's series of intense hurricanes and wildfires clear debris and begin to rebuild, many are counting on the federal government to help cover their costs. They could be in for a frustrating surprise. If history is any guide, some local...
Local governments and nonprofits trying to recover from major disasters have sometimes learned the hard way that money spent on protective measures, cleanup and rebuilding is not always reimbursed by the U.S. government. The Associated Press analyzed more than 900 final appeals...
REDWOOD VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Mendocino County is 70 miles north of California's fabled wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties, now under siege from wildfires. But it's a world away in mood, attitude and, especially, prominence. That helps explain why some residents feel...
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Two men who hiked for miles through Northern California wildfire territory expecting a grim discovery were met with a joyful one instead. Jack Weaver and his brother-in-law Patrick Widen walked around police barricades, through a creek and up...
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Two men who hiked for miles through Northern California wildfire territory expecting a grim discovery were met with a joyful one instead. Jack Weaver and his brother-in-law Patrick Widen walked around police barricades, through a creek and up...
It's been 26 years since Anita Hill, soft-spoken and deliberate in her bright blue suit, sat before a Senate panel and detailed the lurid sexual harassment charges that would transfix a nation. Clarence Thomas went on to the Supreme Court, but Hill's testimony was a watershed...
SONOMA, California (AP) — Santa Rosa firefighter Brandon Palmer has fought big blazes in his 20 years on the job, but the 81-hour shift he spent fighting the fire storm in his own neighborhood this week was still stunning. "It's crazy to watch your hometown be annihilated by...
SONOMA, California (AP) — On foot, in trucks and by air, more than 10,000 firefighters attack the deadly, fast-moving wildfires in California, working for days without rest to protect lives and property Fighting the fires has been exhausting, days and nights dragging heavy hoses...