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Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion

Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $  9 billionInsurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $ 9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday. The claims, so far, fall short of the record $ 12 billion in wildfire-related insured losses sustained in California in 2017, most of that from more than a dozen blazes that swept a large swath of wine country north of San Francisco Bay, killing 46 people. This year, the Camp Fire that erupted on Nov. 8 has accounted for the bulk of the claims, just over $ 7 billion of the total.



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At least $9bn in insurance claims from California fires

At least $  9bn in insurance claims from California firesInsurance claims from the recent devastating California wildfires that killed at least 89 people and destroyed 19,000 homes and businesses have reached at least $ 9 billion, the state’s insurance commissioner said Wednesday. “The devastating wildfires of 2018 were the deadliest and costliest wildfire catastrophes in California’s history,” said California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Most of the insurance payouts — some $ 7 billion — concern the Camp Fire in Northern California, which wiped out the town of Paradise and killed 86 people, making it the deadliest wildfire in recent California history.



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Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion

Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $  9 billionInsurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $ 9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday. The Camp Fire, which erupted on Nov. 8 and quickly incinerated most of the Sierra foothills town of Paradise, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, has accounted for the bulk of the claims, just over $ 7 billion of the total.



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California nuns stole school funds for Vegas gambling, travel

California nuns stole school funds for Vegas gambling, travelSisters Mary Margaret Kreuper and Lana Chang, who are said to be best friends, took the money from tuition, fees and donations at St. James Catholic School in Torrance, south of Los Angeles. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles said the missing money was discovered during a routine audit and it is believed the nuns operated their scheme over at least a decade. Kreuper was principal at the school for 29 years until her retirement earlier this year.



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California shooting: Police reveal sergeant slain in Thousand Oaks massacre was killed by friendly fire

California shooting: Police reveal sergeant slain in Thousand Oaks massacre was killed by friendly fireA police sergeant who died trying to stop a gunman after he opened fire in California bar was killed by a fellow officer’s bullet. Sergeant Ron Helus was shot five times by Marine veteran Ian Long after he sprayed bullets into a crowd at a country music night in Thousand Oaks on 7 November, killing 12 people. LD Maples, chief of the California Highway Patrol’s coastal division said that the patrolman “had no clue” that he had been responsible.



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Dog that survived California wildfire guarded home for weeks

Dog that survived California wildfire guarded home for weeksSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dog that survived the catastrophic wildfire in Northern California apparently protected the ruins of his home for almost a month until his owner returned.



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Democrats win California seat for net gain of 40 in US House

Democrats win California seat for net gain of 40 in US HouseA three-term Republican congressman conceded defeat on Thursday in a close race in California, giving the Democrats a total of 235 seats in the US House of Representatives. Republican David Valadao, who was first elected to the House from California’s 21st Congressional District in 2012, called Democrat T.J. Cox to concede the race. The result gave the Democrats 235 seats in the 435-member chamber, a net gain of 40 seats over the previous House.



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Southwest plane skids off the runway in rainy weather in California

Southwest plane skids off the runway in rainy weather in CaliforniaA Southwest plane skidded off the runway Thursday at Hollywood Burbank Airport in southern California.



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Some evacuation orders lifted for California wildfire area

Some evacuation orders lifted for California wildfire areaPARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are lifting evacuation orders for some Northern California communities ravaged by the state's deadliest wildfire but said no traffic will be allowed into the town of Paradise, which was the most devastated community in last month's blaze.



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California wildfire survivors face new challenge: rebuilding

California wildfire survivors face new challenge: rebuildingAt least 88 people were killed in the Camp Fire and nearly 200 others are still listed as missing, making the wildfire the deadliest in state history. Christopher Gregg, whose home in Paradise was a total loss, said he’s not getting answers to the question of when he will be compensated by his insurance company. Insurance teams began gathering in Chico in the early days of the fire that erupted on Nov. 8 and rapidly engulfed Paradise about 20 minutes away and surrounding communities.



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