CHICO, Calif. — The Latest on California‘s wildfires (all times local): 10 a.m. Shares of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. have soared after California’s top utility regulator said his agency will help the company deal with potentially crippling liability costs from wildfires. Stock prices soared 36 percent in midday trading Friday after plunging 60 percent and losing $15 billion in valuation in the week following the outbreak of a Northern California wildfire that is the nation’s deadliest in a century. Continue reading CHICO, Calif. | The Latest: Investors drive up stock of utility eyed in fire at STL.News. Original SourceRead More →

PARADISE, Calif.  — There’s a sweet legend about this town: On a blazing summer day in the 1850s, a lumber mill crew with a wagon and ox took a break under a grove of tall evergreens. The air was cool, the pine needles fragrant. “Boys,” said the team boss, “this is paradise.” Thus, more than 170 years ago, Paradise was born. From the start, it was enriched with gold mined from nearby hills and lumber harvested from the forests. Continue reading PARADISE, Calif. | Paradise is reduced to ash, but memories survive the flames at STL.News. Original SourceRead More →

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  — A hand recount began Friday in Florida’s acrimonious U.S. Senate contest after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson separated by fewer than 13,000 votes out of more than 8 million cast. State law requires a hand review when the victory margin is 0.25 percentage points or less. The state’s unofficial results show Scott ahead of Nelson by 0.15 percentage points. Continue reading TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Florida starts hand recount in acrimonious US Senate race at STL.News. Original SourceRead More →

INDIANAPOLIS — Longtime USA Gymnastics chief operating officer Ron Galimore resigned Friday, the latest high-profile departure for the embattled organization in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. The move came as USA Gymnastics is facing decertification of its status as the national governing body for the sport amid concerns about its leadership and the way it handled complaints against Nassar. The former team doctor is now serving decades in prison for sexual assault and possession of child pornography. Continue reading INDIANAPOLIS | USA Gymnastics chief operating officer Ron Galimore resigns at STL.News. Original SourceRead More →

VINALHAVEN, Maine — The estate of artist Robert Indiana, creator of the iconic LOVE series, has auctioned off two paintings that belonged to him to raise money to defend against a lawsuit and to stabilize his deteriorating home. Christie’s sold the two works for a combined $5 million on Friday in New York. Not everyone is happy about the auction. Critics, including Princeton art professor emeritus John Wilmerding, were especially disappointed by the sale of Ellsworth Kelly’s 1957 painting “Orange Peel.” The two artists forged a close friendship in New York, and critics believe the painting should be shown in Indiana’s Maine home once it’sRead More →

NEW YORK — Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” is already well on its way to selling a million copies. Crown Publishing tells The Associated Press on Friday that the former first lady’s memoir had sold more than 725,000 copies after its first day of publication. “Becoming” was released on Tuesday, the same day Mrs. Obama launched a national book tour. The sales total includes hardcover, audio and e-book editions for the United States and Canada. Continue reading NEW YORK |APNewsBreak: Obama’s memoir sells more than 700,000 copies at STL.News. Original SourceRead More →

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the legal challenge to the White House’s decision to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his White House press credentials (all times local): 1:20 p.m. President Donald Trump says the White House is “writing up rules and regulations” for reporters after a judge ordered the administration to restore credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta. Trump told reporters Friday that “people have to behave.” He added that if journalists “don’t listen to the rules and regulations, we will end up back in court and we will win.” Asked what he meant by rules and regulations, Trump said: “Decorum. Continue reading WASHINGTONRead More →

Featuring the Top 15 Real Estate Agents with YTD Sales in Long Beach, California Area Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach, California area is a coastal city and port in Southern California.  Moored in its Queensway Bay, RMS Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner and museum ship.  The waterfront Aquarium of the Pacific features touch tanks and a shark lagoon. STL.News offers the Top 15 Real Estate Teams/Agents in Long Beach, California, based on YTD Sales. Continue reading Top 15 Real Estate Agents Sales YTD in Long Beach, California at STL.News. Original SourceRead More →

LONDON  — After reaching the last four at the ATP Finals for the first time, Alexander Zverev isn’t satisfied. He set up a semifinal with six-time champion Roger Federer by defeating John Isner 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Friday. Zverev is the youngest player at 21 to reach the semifinals since 2009 and the first from Germany since 2003. “The tournament isn’t over,” Zverev said. “I don’t want to really be thinking ‘I’m in the semifinals now, I’m satisfied.’ That’s not how I work.” Isner and Marin Cilic, who plays group winner Novak Djokovic in the late match, were eliminated by the result. Continue reading LONDONRead More →

United States – The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: ‎ On November 15, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn on the margins of the East Asia Summit in Singapore. The two officials exchanged views on the state of the U.S.-Cambodia relationship and discussed the U.S. vision for a free and open Indo Pacific. The Deputy Secretary urged the government of Cambodia to take tangible actions to promote national reconciliation, including freeing political prisoners, ending the ban on the political opposition, and allowing civil society and media to operate freely. Continue reading United States | DeputyRead More →