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Nation Oct 18PG&E lacked basic training before California blackouts
When Pacific Gas & Electric cut power to large swaths of wildfire-prone Northern California last fall, few of the emergency personnel managing the blackouts for the nation’s largest utility had learned the fundamentals of managing an emergency in their home…
Economy Aug 20California court rules Uber, Lyft can consider drivers as independent contractors for now
Both companies had threatened to shut down if a ruling went into effect Friday morning that would have forced them to treat all their drivers as employees, a change they said would be impossible to accomplish overnight.
Nation Aug 20Uber and Lyft threaten shutdown in California if state employee law goes into effect
At issue is a decision that could re-shape the so-called gig economy as drivers, delivery workers and others who work for popular apps on an as-needed basis seek improved working conditions and benefits that many in the workforce enjoy.
Nation Jul 15Biden, Gates, other Twitter accounts hacked in Bitcoin scam
Unidentified hackers broke into the Twitter accounts of technology moguls, politicians, celebrities and major companies Wednesday in an apparent Bitcoin scam.
Nation Jun 16PG&E confesses to killing 84 people in 2018 California fire
PG&E CEO Bill Johnson appeared on the company's behalf in Butte County Superior Court to plead guilty to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter. They stem from a November 2018 wildfire ignited by the utility's crumbling electrical grid.
Nation May 01PG&E to purge most of its board in fallout from bankruptcy
PG&E went bankrupt after years of neglect culminated in its fraying electrical grid igniting a series of deadly Northern California wildfires. The purge of its board of directors falls shy of meeting the demands of Gov. Gavin Newsom and PG&E's…
Economy Apr 27Digital ad downturn may complicate things for tech giants
Demand for digital advertising is shriveling after a decade of explosive growth amid the pandemic-fueled downturn.
Economy Mar 23PG&E to plead guilty to lethal crimes in 2018 wildfires
No one from PG&E will go to jail. Instead, the company will pay a $4 million fine and help pay to restore water access. …
Economy Feb 27Regulators boost PG&E’s wildfire fine to $2.1 billion
The increased punishment includes a $200 million payment earmarked for the people who lost family and property in catastrophic wildfires caused by PG&E's outdated electrical grid and negligence during 2017 and 2018.
Economy Jan 22California governor urges judge to reject PG&E bankruptcy plan
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging a federal judge to reject Pacific Gas and Electric's blueprint for getting out of bankruptcy and renewing his threat to lead a bid to turn the beleaguered utility into a government-run operation.