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Michael Liedtke

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Recent articles by Mike:

Judge to OK $58B Plan to End PG&E Bankruptcy After Wildfires

Pacific Gas & Electric’s $58 billion plan to end its contentious bankruptcy is about to clear its final hurdle. → Read More

Judge OKs $58B plan to end PG&E bankruptcy after wildfires

A federal judge on Friday approved a $58 billion plan by the nation’s largest utility to end a contentious bankruptcy saga that began after Pacific Gas & Electric’s outdated equipment ignited wildfires in California that killed more than 100 people, wiped out entire towns and led the company to confess to crimes driven by its greed and neglect. → Read More

Apple re-closes some stores, raising economic concerns

Apple's Friday decision to close stores in four states with surging coronavirus cases highlights a question that other businesses may soon face: Stay open or prepare for more shutdowns? Apple, like many other major U.S. retailers, shut down all of its U.S. locations in March. On Friday, it said → Read More

PG&E fined $4 million in deaths of 84 people in 2018 fire

The maximum penalty assessed by Butte County Superior Court Judge Micahel Deems was a mere formality, given that PG&E reached a plea agreement three months ago to resolve manslaughter and other charges. → Read More

Airman charged in killing of federal officer in California

An Air Force sergeant already jailed in the ambush killing of a California sheriff’s deputy was charged Tuesday in the shooting death of a federal security officer outside the U.S. courthouse in Oakland during a night of violent protests last month. → Read More

PG&E pleads guilty to 84 deaths in 2018 California wildfire

The Tuesday hearing before Butte County Superior Court Judge Michael Deems comes nearly three months after PG&E reached a plea agreement in the November 2018 Camp Fire that was ignited by its rickety electrical grid that destroyed Paradise, about 170 miles northeast of San Francisco. → Read More

COVID-19 threatens production, safety in ‘salad bowl of the world’

In Monterey County, Calif., home to an area known as the “salad bowl of the world,” 38 percent of all confirmed COVID-19 cases are agricultural workers, which could impact the supply of lettuce, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and other vegetables that you may be consuming daily. → Read More

LIVE: Trump, Senate GOP seek police changes as Democrats urge more

It's a sudden shift for the Republican Party, one Democrats are watching warily, and a crush of activity that shows how quickly the mass protests over police violence and racial prejudice are transforming national politics. → Read More

Trudeau says Canada, US extend border restrictions to July 21

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday’s agreement extends the closure by another 30 days. → Read More

Trudeau says Canada, US extend border restrictions to July 21

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday’s agreement extends the closure by another 30 days. → Read More

Trudeau says Canada, US extend border restrictions to July 21

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday’s agreement extends the closure by another 30 days. → Read More

New Zealand is no longer coronavirus-free

New Zealand is no longer free from the new coronavirus after health officials say two women who flew from London to see a dying parent had tested positive. → Read More

New Zealand is no longer coronavirus-free

New Zealand is no longer free from the new coronavirus after health officials say two women who flew from London to see a dying parent had tested positive. → Read More

Tyler Perry to pay funeral costs for man killed by police in Atlanta

Rayshard Brooks' death, captured on video, has led to more protests against police violence in Atlanta. → Read More

PG&E to plead guilty to deaths from California wildfire

The Tuesday hearing before Butte County Superior Court Judge Michael Deems comes nearly three months after PG&E reached a plea agreement in the November 2018 Camp Fire that was ignited by its rickety electrical grid that destroyed Paradise, about 170 miles northeast of San Francisco. → Read More

PG&E to plead guilty to deaths from California wildfire

The Tuesday hearing before Butte County Superior Court Judge Michael Deems comes nearly three months after PG&E reached a plea agreement in the November 2018 Camp Fire that was ignited by its rickety electrical grid that destroyed Paradise, about 170 miles northeast of San Francisco. → Read More

PG&E to plead guilty to deaths from California wildfire

The Tuesday hearing before Butte County Superior Court Judge Michael Deems comes nearly three months after PG&E reached a plea agreement in the November 2018 Camp Fire that was ignited by its rickety electrical grid that destroyed Paradise, about 170 miles northeast of San Francisco. → Read More

PG&E to plead guilty to deaths from California wildfire

Pacific Gas & Electric is expected to plead guilty to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter during a court hearing in which the nation's largest utility will be confronted with its history of neglect and greed that culminated in a wildfire that wiped out most of a Northern California town. → Read More

PG&E to plead guilty to deaths from California wildfire

Pacific Gas & Electric is expected to plead guilty to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter during a court hearing in which the nation's largest utility will be confronted with its history of neglect and greed that culminated in a wildfire that wiped out most of a Northern California town. → Read More

PG&E to plead guilty to deaths from California wildfire

Pacific Gas & Electric is expected to plead guilty to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter during a court hearing in which the nation's largest utility will be confronted with its history of neglect and greed that culminated in a wildfire that wiped out most of a Northern California town. → Read More