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Probe finds PG&E power lines sparked deadly 2017 California wildfires

Probe finds PG&E power lines sparked deadly 2017 California wildfiresBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A dozen of the wind-driven blazes that swept northern California’s wine country last fall, killing 46 people in the deadliest firestorm in state history, were sparked by PG&E-owned power lines, state officials said on Friday. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CalFire, also said its investigators had found “evidence of alleged violations of state law” by Pacific Gas & Electric Company and referred those cases to county prosecutors for further review. PG&E issued a statement in response saying the company looked forward to reviewing the CalFire reports, adding, “We continue to believe our overall programs met our state’s high standards.” The findings could have tremendous implications for the San Francisco-based utility company in terms of potential legal liability for one of California’s most lethal and costly disasters.



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The Louvre was the most-visited museum in the world in 2017: report

The Louvre was the most-visited museum in the world in 2017: reportWhile growth among the top 20 museums was relatively flat (0.2 percent growth worldwide between 2016 and 2017), authors note the exceptional performances of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, which saw an impressive 25 percent spike in visitors in 2017, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, which also saw a 23 percent growth over the previous year. The report was published jointly by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and engineering firm AECOM.



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Ford Says The Mustang Was The Best-Selling Sports Coupe Of 2017

Ford Says The Mustang Was The Best-Selling Sports Coupe Of 2017The Mustang is now sold in 146 countries.



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In photos: The top 10 most visited national parks in the US of 2017

In photos: The top 10 most visited national parks in the US of 2017



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These were the most popular national parks in the US 2017

These were the most popular national parks in the US 2017Though visits to national parks across the US remained stable in 2017, new stats reveal that visitors stayed longer, spending more time enjoying the natural surroundings last year than they did in 2016. 



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U.S. blames Russia for crippling 2017 'NotPetya' cyber attack

U.S. blames Russia for crippling 2017 'NotPetya' cyber attackThe United States on Thursday publicly blamed Russia for carrying out the so-called NotPetya cyber attack last year that crippled government and business computers in Ukraine before spreading around the world. The statement by the White House came hours after the British government attributed the attack to Russia, a conclusion already reached and made public by many private sector cyber security experts. The attack in June of 2017 “spread worldwide, causing billions of dollars in damage across Europe, Asia and the Americas,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.



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With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tally

With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tallyThere were more than 25,000 murders across drug-ravaged Mexico in 2017, the highest annual tally since modern records began, government data showed. Investigators opened 25,339 murder probes last year, up nearly 25 percent from the 2016 tally, interior ministry data released on Saturday showed. Mexico has struggled with years of violence as the government has battled vicious drug cartels that have increasingly splintered into smaller, more bloodthirsty, gangs.



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Murders By U.S. White Supremacists More Than Doubled In 2017, New Report Shows

Murders By U.S. White Supremacists More Than Doubled In 2017, New Report ShowsWhite supremacists in the United States killed more than twice as many people in 2017 as they did the year before, and were responsible for far more murders than domestic Islamic extremists, helping make 2017 the fifth deadliest year on record for extremist violence in America, a new report states.



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Bright spot for Trump in 2017, job creation faces new challenges

Bright spot for Trump in 2017, job creation faces new challengesPresident Donald Trump can point to at least one important success in his first year: the number of jobs grew and the unemployment rate fell in 2017.



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California's 2017 wildfire season to rank among most destructive, costly on record

California's 2017 wildfire season to rank among most destructive, costly on recordCalifornia’s 2017 wildfire season will go down as one of the worst in the state’s history.



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