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A California utility has agreed to pay $1 billion to 14 local governments to cover damages from several wildfires caused by the company's downed power lines.

Pacific Gas & Electric is facing at least $30 billion in potential damages in lawsuits filed by local governments, insurance companies and private property owners. PG&E's settlement with local governments on Tuesday must be approved by a bankruptcy court before it can take effect.

How the money would be distributed:

2015 FIRE IN CALAVARES COUNTY

$3 million to the Calaveras County Water District.

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2017 FIRES IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY

$415 million divided among nine entities:

Mendocino County

Sonoma County

City of Santa Rosa

Napa County

City of Napa

Lake County

City of Clearlake

Yuba County

Nevada County

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2018 FIRE IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

$270 million to the Town of Paradise

$252 million to Butte County

$47.5 million to Paradise Recreation and Parks District

$12.5 million to Yuba County


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Former Vice President Joe Biden cited his experience working with two segregationist senators from the South in the 1970s and '80s while longing for the "civility" the Senate had back then, NBC News reported.

Biden mentioned Sens. James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, Democrats who opposed desegregation, during a fundraiser at a New York City hotel Tuesday, saying that, when they served in the Senate together, senators worked together even if they had differing views.

"At least there was some civility. We got things done," he said. "We didn't agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished. But today, you look at the other side and you're the enemy. Not the opposition — the enemy."

The comment drew quick backlash. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is also vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, noted on Twitter that "Eastland thought my multiracial family should be illegal," while fellow 2020 contender Sen. Cory Booker, who is African American, said Biden was wrong to use the senators as as examples of how to bring our country together."



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A motorcyclist died following a collision in Fremont Wednesday morning, according to police.

The crash occurred on westbound Mission Boulevard just off of Interstate 680, police reported.

The motorcyclist is believed to be in his 20s and from San Jose, according to police.

Drivers trying to navigate through the area should expect delays, police said.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.


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The Trump administration has released long-awaited details on "Salute to America," months after promising an expanded celebration in Washington, D.C., featuring the president himself.

President Donald Trump will host an hour-long event at the Lincoln Memorial, but many of D.C.'s longstanding Independence Day traditions are set to remain the same.

In past years, presidents have often bowed out of July Fourth festivities in the nation's capital, but it appears Trump plans to take center stage at one new event.

"Salute to America," which Trump will lead in honoring the U.S. military, is scheduled 6:30-7:30 p.m. on July 4, according to a release from the Department of the Interior. There will be music, military demonstrations and flyovers, organizers say.

“There is no more appropriate place to celebrate the anniversary of American independence than among the Nation’s monuments on the National Mall and the memorials to the service men and women who have defended the United States for the past 243 years,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.

Keeping with tradition are the National Independence Day Parade, A Capitol Fourth concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol building and a fireworks display. These events remain largely unchanged from years past.

The Independence Day celebrations start 11:45 a.m. with the parade. Bands, military units, fife and drum corps and more groups will march down the familiar parade route on Constitution Avenue between 7th-17th Streets NW.

The event featuring Trump, "Salute to America," opens its gates at 3:30 p.m. It's unclear what kind of security will be present.

"A Capitol Fourth Concert" is set to begin at 8 p.m. with "an all-star salute of the best in American entertainment." John Stamos is set to host performances by Carole King, Sesame Street, Lindsey Stirling and Vanessa Williams.

A fireworks display is set to cap things off around sunset. Organizers promise a great view from much of D.C. and Northern Virginia.

Trump first announced this patriotic bash in February, after facing foiled plans for a military parade in the vein of France's Bastille Day celebrations.

He again invited the public to Washington for "something big" as he rallied for his reelection bid in Orlando on Tuesday.

"We're going to have hundreds of thousands of people, we're going to celebrate America," he said. "On July Fourth, in Washington, D.C., come on down, we're going to have a big day. Bring your flags, bring those flags. Bring those American flags," he said.

With just about two weeks until the Fourth of July, however, D.C. officials and even senators were pushing the president for more details.

On Tuesday, Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen, New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall and Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy signed onto a letter pushing the U.S. Department of the Interior to release specific information.

"We are deeply troubled that the President's involvement at the event will turn the longstanding, non-partisan celebration into a de facto campaign rally conducted at the taxpayer expense that will serve to further divide rather than unify the nation," the letter, which was posted on Sen. Udall's Twitter page, read.

The senators listed 14 questions about the basics, including the nature of the events, whether it will be ticketed, how much it would cost and who would pay.

Many of those questions were not answered Wednesday when the Department of the Interior posted the event schedule. It's still not clear how much the expanded event will cost nor where the money is coming from.

Organizers say more event details will be released in late June.

The National Park Service previously confirmed that D.C.'s fireworks would be moved away from the Lincoln Memorial to West Potomac Park. Both those areas, plus many other parts of the National Mall and Tidal Basin, have been reserved by NPS for events that day, a spokesperson confirmed.

Moving the fireworks allows some of the monuments to stay open before and during the display. In previous years, the area around the Reflecting Pool would close for about 10 days for set up and take-down.

“For the first time in many years, the World War II Memorial and areas around the Reflecting Pool will be open for the public to enjoy a stunning fireworks display and an address by our Commander-in-Chief. We are excited to open these new areas so that more visitors may experience this year’s Independence Day celebration in our nation’s capital," Sec. Bernhardt said.

Here's what we do know about A Capitol Fourth and where to see fireworks around the nation's capital for Independence Day.

Stay with News4 for updates.


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In its ranking of every NFL team’s top running back, NFL.com predicts Tevin Coleman will emerge as the 49ers’ No. 1 – but ranks him 28th among lead backs.

For the Niners, it’s a mixed and possibly misleading message.

Why? Because San Francisco isn’t going to use Coleman as a workhorse running back. The 49ers won’t be riding Coleman the way the Giants give the ball to Saquon Barkley over and over, or the way the Cowboys (Ezekiel Elliott), Jets (Le’Veon Bell) or Saints (Alvin Kamara) will depend so much on just one primary ball carrier.

So, while Coleman isn’t likely to have huge numbers in 2019, they’re likely to be excellent in their own way – as part of a group.

As former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew writes for NFL.com, "There are just too many mouths to feed for Coleman to be ranked higher."

That’s because Coleman is expected to be part of a committee of backs that can be used to advantage in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Coleman, Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida and fullback Kyle Jusczcyk each is versatile as a running back, receiver and blocker. Expect to see the four shuffle in and out of the lineup depending on down and situation. Raheem Mostert, a special teams ace, also could be part of the mix.

In fact, last month, Christian D’Andrea of SB Nation ranked the 49ers as having the No. 1 running back group in the NFL.

D’Andrea calls the group "an elegant ground support system" for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo that "can gash defenses in several different ways." He refers to Breida as a gazelle, McKinnon as a third-down receiving star and Coleman as a player who can "add some extra power" to the backfield.

"Coleman is a player … Shanahan knows how to deploy after pairing with him early in his career as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator. He’s also important depth behind Breida and McKinnon, each of whom have dealt with major injuries (recently).

"Juszczyk adds the cherry atop the sundae with his ability to block and serve as a safety valve in the passing game. This year’s 49ers team is loaded with ways to carve you up out of the backfield, and that’ll be a boon for a team that’s still light on top-end wide receivers."

The 49ers recently concluded a full-team minicamp and will report for training camp in mid July.


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A driver traveling in the Los Gatos-San Jose area said his vehicle was shot at Tuesday night, marking the third reported freeway shooting in the South Bay this week.

The driver told authorities that he was traveling from southbound Highway 17 to southbound Highway 85 when he heard a thud, according to the California Highway Patrol. When the driver got home and inspected his car, he found what appeared to be a bullet hole.

Also on Tuesday night, the CHP responded to a reported shooting on Interstate 680 in San Jose that left at least one person injured.

The night before, a 33-year-old man was shot and killed on I-680 in Milpitas.


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Making time to exercise is not easy when you’re balancing work and a social life. Once you consider sweating, feeling sore, and running out of breath, working out may look less appealing. 

"There are all sorts of barriers to exercise, including expense, accessibility, and many jobs," Dr. Lee Stoner, an assistant professor of exercise science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, told NBC. "Today, the average American spends 55% of their waking time sedentary. Most jobs today require us to be sedentary in order to perform [our] duties."

Motivation is another challenge that prevents people from exercising.

"Intrinsic motivation has been positively associated with beginning and continuing an exercise plan," J.D. Freese, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, told NBC. "Accordingly, finding an exercise modality or activity that one likes is generally the biggest predictor of staying motivated to do it."

According to a survey conducted on May 30 by United Healthcare, you may also be more likely to exercise if your fitness routine takes place in a social environment, or financial incentives are involved.

Fifty seven percent of participants agreed that they would consistently participate in fitness if provided a social component, and 67% of respondents said that an incentive of as little as two dollars per day would motivate them to exercise for at least one hour.

Exercise also has many health benefits, which include reducing chances of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. A study done at the University of British Columbia found that regular aerobic exercise boosts the size of the hippocampus, the area of the brain involved in learning and verbal memory. These results did not apply to resistance training, balance and muscle toning exercises.

"Physical activity affects every cell in the body and the benefits are innumerable, from efficient fuel utilization to increased circulation to healthy muscle growth and repair," Jennifer Sacheck, a professor of prevention and wellness, and chair of the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Milken Institute of Public Health at the George Washington University, told NBC. "Regular exercise helps every part of the body work properly, including the respiratory, cardiovascular, muscular, neuromuscular systems—and it can even keep the brain fit."

2019 Exercise Trends:

In 2019, several trends have dominated the fitness world. Participating in these exercise options can increase your incentive to prioritize physical activity. The best part? Anyone regardless of age, gender, or activity level can take part.

  • Wearable technology:

Devices like Apple Watches and Fitbit allow you to track your physical activity, such as steps taken, calories burned and heart rate reached. Plus, these apps do more than just provide statistics on your daily activity level; they also promote healthy competition. Fitbit offers "challenges" that allow you and your step count to go head-to-head with friends and the greater community.

  • Group training:

A study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health found that 95% of participants who started a weight loss program as a group completed it, while the completion rate for individuals was 76%. Another study explored the Kohler Effect on fitness training, found that individuals will maintain an exercise longer if competing against others who are participating in the same experience. 

Now, on-demand classes make it possible to get the experience of a group setting from your home. Peloton, a fitness company that is changing the possibilities of group workouts, offers thousands of virtual classes for cycling, running, walking, bootcamp, yoga, strength and stretching that can be accessed through the purchase of their bike or treadmill.

"People want to work out, but there are a lot of obstacles that stand in the way," a Peloton spokesperson told NBC. "We aimed to eliminate them by bringing studio-style, group fitness classes home and offering access to the motivation, power and intensity of these classes at a more convenient location and on your own time."

  • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT):

This type of exercise allows you to "get a lot of bang for your buck," according to Fifer. The training entails alternating between short periods of anaerobic exercise and less intense recovery periods—for example, three minutes on, 30 seconds rest. HIIT can use any type of cardio workout, such as running, versa climbing, jumping rope, or rowing.

Barry’s Bootcamp, a strength and cardio interval fitness experience, offers a HIIT workout class that alternates muscle focus.

"[Offering classes that target different areas of the body helps] to ensure balance and proper time to recover," Chris Hudson, Barry’s Bootcamp instructor and chief curriculum lead, told NBC. "Class will elevate your heart rate, increase lean body mass and raise metabolic rate up to 15%…we help people work hard and feel good, and provide a safe, welcoming, and respectful space to come [to] over and over again."

  • Yoga

While yoga was popular before 2019, recent research has introduced more psychological and physical benefits tied to this practice. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, studies have shown that yoga has improved several aspects of wellness, which include stress management, mental and emotional help, sleep, balance, and promoting healthy eating and activity habits.

CorePower, the largest privately owned yoga chain in the country, offers a variety of classes to balance the body and mind. Their Yoga Sculpt Class also features strength training with weights and cardio to boost metabolism and build lean muscle.

"Our classes range in challenge, flow and style to fit every experience level and are designed to fire up your strength, increase your flexibility and build your core," Chief Yoga Officer Heather Peterson told NBC. "Our combination of a killer workout, mindfulness, a true sense of community in our studios, and our passionate teachers are what keep students coming back to their mats."

The benefits of the class go beyond the physical.

"All of our class formats help people reduce stress and find focus on and off their mat," Peterson said. "Students share they have less stress and are often able to take on larger life projects or new directions. Mentally, the practice creates growth through stronger relationships and balance in their work and life."

How You Can Stay in Shape this Summer (and Year-Round):

When it comes to exercising, the options are widespread. If you are not ready to make a financial commitment to a gym or class, there are plenty of free or lower cost activities to try. What’s more, the introduction of fitness apps has even made it possible to make money for exercising. Here are some ideas to boost your heart rate and make you sweat:

  • Download a fitness app and follow their workouts

Whether you are interested in taking virtual yoga classes, or finding a guided workout catered towards your fitness level, there are options for you.

Apps like Nike+ Training Club offer more than 100 free guided workout videos available for all fitness levels. There is also Strava, an exercise tracker, fitness community, and activity log for runners and cyclists, where you can compare your times on certain routes to others. You can complement your workout with food and sleep tracking apps to ensure that you maintain your health routine outside of exercise.

If these choices are not motivating, earning money for exercising may add a layer of incentive. Apps like Lympo allow you to make money by going on walks, while Charity Miles donates money to a charity of your choice for each mile you move.

  • Go for a run or walk outside

However, you don’t need an app, a class, or fancy equipment to get in shape. According to Certified Mental Performance Consultant and Association for Applied Sport Psychology Executive Board Member Angie Fifer, the best thing to do is "start TODAY."

"It’s so easy to keep putting exercise off until tomorrow or some date in the future," Fifer said to NBC. "Get up and go for a 10-minute walk. Motivation can also be affected by a fear of what others think about us, or that we might be judged or ridiculed. When it comes to exercising, though, most everyone is worried about their own exercise and don’t have any more energy to worry about what someone else is doing. And besides—it’s your journey, not theirs, so don’t let what someone else might think get in your way."

  • Establish a routine that you can maintain

Also important is building an exercise schedule that is sustainable. Going for an hour run one day and then taking the rest of the week off will not be beneficial. Instead, begin by exercising 30 minutes each day, and increase your activity level from there. 

"Exercise should be thought of as a life-long experience, not a temporary fix," Dr. Stoner said.

Leading a healthy life does not end with exercise. Also important is getting enough sleep and eating well.

  • Think of exercise as an investment, not a chore 

It does pay to invest in exercise. A study conducted by Harvard University found that medical costs fall by approximately $3.27 for every dollar spent on wellness programs.

According to Sacheck, prioritizing exercise and engaging in it long enough will help unmotivated individuals to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.

"Find something that you love, find someone that you would love to do it with," Sacheck said. "Make it your natural 'default'--just like brushing or teeth or making dinner--it is a regular part of your day. Know that all forms of movement contribute to overall health and well-being."


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The unmanned yellow submarine named Boaty McBoatface in a public vote in Britain three years ago discovered a link between Antarctic winds and rising sea temperatures, a significant climate change finding, on its first mission, NBC News reported.

Boaty collected water temperature, saltiness and turbulence data over 111.85 miles of mountainous underwater valleys that reached as deep as 2.5 miles. The information will help scientists predict how sea levels will rise in connection with climate change.

"The data from Boaty McBoatface gave us a completely new way of looking at the ocean," said Dr. Eleanor Frajka-Williams from the National Oceanography Centre in Southhampton, England.

The results of the three-day research, which took place in April 2017, were published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.


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A Tennessee driver killed a pregnant woman and her 2-year-old son and injured two other people when he intentionally mowed them down Monday, according to police. 

William David Phillips, 33, first hit pedestrian Tillman Gunter, 61, before driving less than a mile and running over Sierra Wilson Cahoon, 30, and her son Nolan Cahoon, 2, according to a statement from the Jefferson City Police Department.

Officers arrived to find the mother, who was pregnant, and her son dead at the scene and Phillips' car lodged in a store in Jefferson City, about 30 miles east of Knoxville. An employee of the ornamental fish store was injured, NBC News reported.

Both that employee and Gunter were brought to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Phillips, of Jefferson City, was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted first degree murder.


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Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority workers are considering hitting the picket lines due to a dispute with the transit union. Sharon Katsuda reports.

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