Plus: A new park will commemorate the court case that led to end of school segregation, and California may get a privacy upgrade.

But first, some feel-good animal news: A black bear who was found with severe burns on all four paws from the North Complex fire has been safely returned to the wild.

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Northern California winds pick up, power shutoffs likely

Three mountain lion cubs rescued from Zogg Fire burn areas in early October met for the first time on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020.

Pacific Gas & Electric announced its plans to shut off power Wednesday evening in parts of Northern California, where heavy winds are feared to fan the flames of wildfires.

Approximately 54,000 PG&E customers could be affected by the shut-offs in the following counties: Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lake, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba. In addition, two tribal communities could be affected, the L.A. Times reported.

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