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Twice? PG&E alerts state regulators of second power line failure near Camp Fire mystery ‘second start’

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Mon, 11/19/2018 - 3:26pm

A senior PG&E official alerted state regulators late Friday that one of the utility’s distribution lines suffered a power outage about 15 minutes after the deadly Camp Fire roared to life on the morning of Nov. 8.

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How Apple and other manufacturers attack your right to repair their products

Published: 
Mon, 11/19/2018 - 3:15pm

For 10 years, John Bumstead has had a small but profitable business buying old Apple laptops in bulk, refurbishing them by hand, and selling them to wholesalers or via Amazon.com for about $150.

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California fires bring upheaval to utilities as they face massive liabilities

Published: 
Sun, 11/18/2018 - 2:54pm

The worst fires in recorded California history promise to reshape the state’s utilities as Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison face billions of dollars in potential liabilities and growing calls to overhaul their systems to better prevent wildfires.

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Northern California fire brings worst air quality in the world to residents hundreds of miles away

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Sun, 11/18/2018 - 2:51pm

Smoke from the Camp fire — California’s deadliest wildfire in recorded history — has poured into communities hundreds of miles away, filling the sky with dangerous particles, grayish hues and a bitter odor. The smoke has also dropped temperatures as much as 10 degrees because the haze is blotting out the sun.

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How Elon Musk might make $920 million in Tesla debt go away

Published: 
Sun, 11/18/2018 - 2:48pm

A big pile of debt comes due at Tesla on March 1 — $920 million worth. But starting in two weeks, the company has a chance to make it disappear.