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Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Insurance claims from last month’s California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state’s insurance commissioner announced Wednesday. About $7 billion in claims are from the Camp Fire that destroyed the Northern ...

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Tesla tour offers glimpses of noise, vibration, innovation (access required)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The noise and vibration at Tesla’s northern Nevada Gigafactory is a constant reminder of what company CEO Elon Musk refers to as “the machine that builds the machine.” Operating 24 hours per day, more than 7,000 ...

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OMG: California regulators consider charge on text messaging

California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor, according to a newspaper report Wednesday. The proposal is scheduled for a ...

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Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas (access required)

California’s increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state’s top firefighter says. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott will leave his job Friday ...

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Gov.-elect Little names budget chief

Gov.-elect Brad Little has named his budget chief. Little in a news release Wednesday named Alex Adams as the next administrator of the Idaho Division of Financial Management. Adams is currently the executive director of the Idaho State Board of ...

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NY City Council holds contentious hearing on Amazon

New York City Council members grilled Amazon executives about the company’s plan to build a secondary headquarters in New York during a contentious hearing Wednesday that was interrupted several times by jeering protesters. The council members, who have no vote ...

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Weather, low storage, drive up the price of natural gas (access required)

Prices for natural gas have shot up recently the Opal trading hub in southwest Wyoming climbing to near $7 per million British thermal unit on Monday. Higher natural gas prices mean more tax money for the state of Wyoming’s coffers. ...

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US to shut down Idaho nuclear waste processing project

Federal officials will shut down an Idaho nuclear waste treatment project after determining it would not be economically feasible to bring in radioactive waste from other states. The U.S. Department of Energy in documents made public this week said the ...

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Trump plan to reclassify nuke waste alarms environmentalists

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Trump administration wants to reclassify some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to lower its threat level and make disposal cheaper and easier. The proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy would ...

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Brands born on the internet embrace physical stores

SHORT HILLS, N.J. (AP) — Online retailers are getting physical. A growing number of brands born on the internet are now opening brick-and-mortar stores and moving into the suburban malls once considered doomed as more Americans shopped online. But they’re ...

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