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SAN FRANCISCO | California utility shuts off power amid wildfire concerns

SAN FRANCISCO  — Concerned about downed power lines sparking wildfires, a major California utility for the first time cut power to tens of thousands of customers amid high winds — and other power providers were considering similar action. Pacific Gas & Electric began cutting power Sunday night in Northern California after the National Weather Service … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | California utility shuts off power amid wildfire concerns

WASHINGTON | Michelle Obama launches Global Girls Alliance for education

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama has launched a program to help empower girls worldwide through education. The former first lady announced the Global Girls Alliance, which aims to support more than 1,500 grassroots organizations combating the challenges girls encounter in their communities. The alliance will feature social fundraising to help them. Mrs. Obama made the announcement … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Michelle Obama launches Global Girls Alliance for education

PALU, Indonesia | The Latest: Death toll rises to 1,234 in Indonesia disaster

PALU, Indonesia — The Latest on a powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit part of central Indonesia (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Indonesia’s disaster agency says the death toll from an earthquake and tsunami disaster on a central island is now 1,234. Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho updated the figure at a news conference in … Continue reading PALU, Indonesia | The Latest: Death toll rises to 1,234 in Indonesia disaster

SAN FRANCISCO | PayPal is the latest platform to ditch Alex Jones, Infowars

SAN FRANCISCO— You won’t be able use PayPal anymore to buy fluoride-free toothpaste or a bottle of The Real Red Pill Plus from right-wing conspiracy promulgator Alex Jones. The digital payments company is the latest platform to ditch Jones and his Infowars site, which along with conspiracy theories peddles “I Stand With Trump” T-shirts, Wake … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | PayPal is the latest platform to ditch Alex Jones, Infowars

BOSTON | Pipeline pressure before explosions was 12 times too high

BOSTON— The pressure in natural gas pipelines prior to a series of explosions and fires in Massachusetts last week was 12 times higher than it should have been, according to a letter from the state’s U.S. senators to executives of the utility in charge of the pipelines. Democratic U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey … Continue reading BOSTON | Pipeline pressure before explosions was 12 times too high

WASHINGTON | Trump hosts evangelical leaders at the White House

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says the government’s “attacks on communities of faith” are over as he hosts a dinner celebrating evangelical Christian leaders at the White House. Trump says the government in recent years has tried to undermine religious freedom, but those days are over. He’s pointing to efforts by his administration to secure … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump hosts evangelical leaders at the White House

WASHINGTON | Times Up gives $750,000 for combatting sexual misconduct

WASHINGTON  — A fund dedicated to aiding victims of sexual harassment and assault is giving $750,000 in grants to local organizations across the country. The Times Up Legal Defense Fund on Tuesday announced its first round of grants to 18 groups helping support low-wage and domestic workers. Among the grantees are organizations working toward increased … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Times Up gives $750,000 for combatting sexual misconduct