News Minute: Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. PST
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) - A utility is facing increasing criticism after the blaze that burned a Northern California town and killed at least 29 people. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. told regulators last week it detected a problem on an electrical transmission line near the town of Paradise just before the fire broke out Thursday. Paradise resident Jim Flint tells television stations KHSL/KNVN he was kicked out of a community meeting Sunday night after asking a PG&E executive if the company was responsible for the fire.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fire scientists say both nature and humans share blame for California's devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump's claims. Experts say nature provides the dangerous winds that have whipped the fires, and human-caused climate change provides the dead trees and shrubs that create fuel. In a tweet on Saturday, Trump said there was "no reason" for the fires except for "gross mismanagement" of the forests."
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Some people who had to flee their homes due to Southern California's huge wildfire are being allowed to return home, and a major freeway through the fire zone has reopened. The positive developments come despite continuing critical fire weather that's expected to last through Tuesday. The number of burned buildings rose to about 370, but authorities say Monday that only 15 percent of damage assessments have been completed.
MONTCLAIR, Calif. (AP) - A high school coach of the gunman who killed 12 at a California bar says she repeatedly reported his behavorial problems, to no avail. Evie Cluke says administrators dismissed her concerns about Ian David Long. Cluke tells The Associated Press that Long was a "ticking time bomb" who constantly lost his temper and once assaulted a fellow coach.
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