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Or­chard worker dies af­ter blade falls off wind ma­chine

Au­thor­i­ties say a worker at a Cal­i­for­nia cit­rus or­chard has died af­ter a blade from a wind ma­chine fell off and struck him.

The Fresno Bee re­ports a 600-pound (272-kilo­gram) pro­pel­ler struck 53-year-old Richard Es­cobedo on Jan. 3 at the or­chard op­er­ated by Won­der­ful Cit­rus north­east of Visalia.

Es­cobedo was air­lifted to a hospi­tal where he later died. The Tu­lare County Sher­iff's Of­fice says he died of “mul­ti­ple blunt force trauma.”

The Won­der­ful Com­pany says it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ac­ci­dent and will “take what­ever steps are nec­es­sary to en­sure that it does not hap­pen again.”

Wind ma­chines cir­cu­late warmer air into or­chards on freez­ing nights.

The Cal­i­for­nia Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health Ad­min­is­tra­tion says it has opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the work­place death.

Bank­ruptcy pos­si­ble for Cal­i­for­nia util­ity af­ter wild­fires

A news­pa­per says em­ploy­ees of Pa­cific Gas and Elec­tric could learn this week if the util­ity will de­clare in­sol­vency while fac­ing bil­lions of dol­lars in li­a­bil­ity over its role in re­cent Cal­i­for­nia wild­fires. The San Francisco Chron­i­cle re­ports Sun­day that un­der a new state law, PG&E must tell its em­ploy­ees at least 15 days be­fore a change of con­trol in the com­pany — in­clud­ing a bank­ruptcy fil­ing.

That no­tice may come as soon as Mon­day. Bloomberg re­ports that PG&E'S CEO Geisha Wil­liams will be leav­ing.

PG&E is in dis­cus­sions with lenders about a fi­nanc­ing pack­age worth up to $5 bil­lion. It would al­low the com­pany to con­tinue op­er­at­ing dur­ing Chap­ter 11 bank­ruptcy pro­ceed­ings.

State fire in­ves­ti­ga­tors blamed the util­ity's power lines for caus­ing a num­ber of Cal­i­for­nia wild­fires in Oc­to­ber 2017.

Woman found bloody on street is sus­pect in tod­dler’s death

Au­thor­i­ties say a woman found bloody and run­ning down a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia street is a sus­pect in the death of a tod­dler whose body was dis­cov­ered in a nearby town­home.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the young boy found dead Fri­day in Covina is the woman's son. Covina Po­lice Sgt. David Ro­driguez says he ex­pects the woman will be ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of murder once she is re­leased from psy­chi­atric hold. De­tec­tives ques­tioned her at the hospi­tal.

Of­fi­cials say the woman was un­co­op­er­a­tive when of­fi­cers found her spat­tered with blood but un­in­jured around 3:30 a.m.

State­ments she made to of­fi­cers led them to the town­home.

The San Gabriel Val­ley Tri­bune re­ports a small fire ap­pears to have been set in­side the home about 20 miles (32 kilo­me­ters) east of down­town Los An­ge­les.

Health of­fi­cials con­firm measles case in Los An­ge­les area

Health of­fi­cials say a case of measles has been con­firmed in a per­son who vis­ited sev­eral sites in the Los An­ge­les area late last month, po­ten­tially ex­pos­ing a num­ber of shop­pers and din­ers.

The Los An­ge­les Times re­ports the Los An­ge­les County Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health says peo­ple who were pos­si­bly near the in­fected per­son might be at risk of de­vel­op­ing the vi­ral in­fec­tion.

Of­fi­cials say the in­fected per­son vis­ited the Santa Mon­ica Pier and Blue Plate Taco restau­rant on Dec. 26; Ralphs and Nord­strom Rack on Foothill Boule­vard in Pasadena on Dec. 28; and Par­adise Cove Beach Cafe in Mal­ibu on Dec. 29.

Of­fi­cials say peo­ple who be­lieve they might have been ex­posed should call their health care provider be­fore vis­it­ing.

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