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Verizon removes speed restrictions for all West Coast first responders

SACRAMENTO >> A nationwide telecommunications company that slowed internet service to firefighters as they battled the largest wildfire in California history says it has removed all speed cap restrictions for first responders on the West Coast.

Verizon Senior Vice President Mike Maiorana says the service restrictions were removed as of Thursday and include Hawaii, where emergency crews are rescuing people Friday from areas flooded by Hurricane Lane.

Chemical explosion injures employee at Martinez water treatment plant

Martinez >> An employee was injured Thursday morning in a chemical explosion at the Martinez Water Treatment Plant, officials said.

The 32-year-old man was taken to a hospital for evaluation of cuts and abrasions.

In a news release, Martinez officials said the explosion happened about 7:45 a.

Arrest in Mollie Tibbetts murder raises questions about E-verify program

When she heard that the man accused of murdering Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, Agnes Gibboney felt her own wounds reopen.

Her son, Ronald da Silva, was shot to death by an undocumented immigrant 16 years ago in El Monte, east of Los Angeles.

“This one hit home really hard,” said Gibboney, a Rancho Cucamonga resident who immigrated legally to the U.

With no place to run, Hawaiians bracing for Hurricane Lane

HONOLULU >> Hawaii residents emptied store shelves Wednesday, claimed the last sheets of plywood to board up windows and drained gas pumps as Hurricane Lane churned toward the state.

The category 4 storm could slam into the islands today with winds exceeding 100 mph, making it the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii since Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

Verizon throttled Santa Clara County firefighters' data as they fought Mendocino fire, chief says

Verizon throttled one Bay Area fire department’s data plans as its firefighters helped battle the largest wildfire in state history and even demanded the department should pay nearly three times more to remove it, according to its fire chief.

Santa Clara County Fire Department Chief Tony Bowden wrote to the U.

Fire crews make gains against Carr Fire near Redding

REDDING >> Fire crews have made gains against a wildfire that has been burning for more than a month in Northern California, where it destroyed nearly 1,100 homes and killed eight people.

The California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection says the blaze burning in and around the city of Redding is 93 percent contained as of Wednesday.

Aftershock hits Venezuela following biggest quake since 1900

CARACAS, Venezuela >> A strong aftershock jolted Venezuela’s northeastern coast on Wednesday following the most powerful earthquake to hit the area in more than a century, though officials said neither caused major damage or deaths, apparently due to their depth.

The magnitude 7.3 quake Tuesday was the largest to strike Venezuela since 1900, according to the U.

US traffic deaths fell slightly in first half of year

DETROIT >> The number of people killed on U.S. roads fell slightly in the first half of 2018, but a top safety organization says it’s likely that there will be little change in the number of deaths from 2017 by the end of the year.

The National Safety Council on Wednesday estimated that 18,720 people were killed in traffic crashes from January through June, down about one-half percent from a year ago.

For many young investors, the stock market has only gone up

NEW YORK >> Meet the generation of investors who haven’t known a bear market.

The U.S. stock market has been on the upswing for nine and a half years, during which a cohort of younger investors has never dealt with a 20 percent drop in the S&P 500 - the classic definition of a bear market. Such a decline has historically happened on average every four or five years.

Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort guilty of 8 charges

ALEXANDRIA, Va. >> Paul Manafort, the longtime political operative who for months led Donald Trump’s winning presidential campaign, was found guilty of eight financial crimes Tuesday in the first trial victory of the special counsel investigation into the president’s associates.

A judge declared a mistrial on 10 other counts the jury could not agree on.