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California's PG&E Power Utility Files For Bankruptcy After Wildfire Lawsuits

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Firefighters battle flames at a burning apartment complex in Paradise, Calif., in November. State fire officials say power lines coming into contact with trees have sparked multiple Northern California wildfires in recent years. PG&E filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday. Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jason Jones (left) with his roommates Joe Klein and Tamiko Panzella in their Oakland, Calif., apartment. Panzella and Klein are participating in a new program to provide housing to former inmates. Jones was released recently after nearly 14 years in prison. Courtesy of Tamiko Panzella hide caption

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From A Cell To A Home: Newly Released Inmates Matched With Welcoming Hosts

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Facing Potential Liabilities From Wildfires, California's PG&E To File For Bankruptcy

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California utility PG&E Corp. said Monday that it plans to file for bankruptcy over what it estimates could be $30 billion in potential liability costs from recent wildfires. Here, transmission towers in a valley near Paradise, Calif., as the Camp Fire burns in November 2018. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The Camp Fire leveled homes in the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park retirement community late last year in Paradise, Calif. The state's largest utility, PG&E, may face billions in liability costs if its equipment is found to be responsible for igniting the fire. Noah Berger/AP hide caption

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Devastating Wildfires Force California's Largest Utility To Plan Sale Of Gas Assets

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Housing Crisis Concerns Grow As Camp Fire Continues To Burn

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News Brief: Calif. Wildfires, Brexit And Chinese Muslim Repression

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Camp Fire Becomes Deadliest Wildfire In California's History

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Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus Was Nearing Retirement When He Was Killed In Bar Shooting

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Several States Pass Criminal Justice Measures

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News Brief: Jeff Sessions, White House Shake-Up And Voting In Florida

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Taly Kogon and her son Leo, 10, listen to speakers during an interfaith vigil against anti-Semitism and hate at the Holocaust Memorial late last month in Miami Beach, Fla. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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Is There A Cure For Hate?

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A woman prays before a memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue after a shooting there left 11 people dead in Pittsburgh on Saturday. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Synagogue Shooting Follows Historic Rise In Anti-Semitic Incidents And Online Attacks

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