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California Fire That Threatened Homes is Fully Contained

A wildfire that might have been started by fireworks and burned more than 320 acres while threatening homes in the California city of Vacaville was 100 percent contained Sunday, officials said. The fire started Saturday night and embers were quickly …

Fired Utah Special Ed Teacher Files $1.7M Lawsuit

A former special education teacher in Utah wants $1.7 million in damages from the school district that she says fired her over complaints she made about another instructor. The Spectrum reported Carol Boehme said in her lawsuit filed last week that …

Washington Worker’s Family Sues Over Fatal Boeing 777 Air Bag

The family of a Washington man who was fatally injured while he was working on a seat belt air bag replacement that inflated explosively is suing Boeing Co. and a supplier. The lawsuit filed last week in King County Superior Court …

M4.2 Quake Hits Oregon, No Reported Damage

Some Oregonians woke on the Fourth of July to a significant jolt when a magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck near Springfield and Eugene. Hundreds of people reported to the U.S. Geological Survey that they felt the quake, which struck at 8:42 …

Can Lower-Income Households Afford to Live at the Jersey Shore Anymore?

It was a Superstorm Sandy double-whammy. About 15,600 rental units in New Jersey sustained severe damage during the hurricane, forcing thousands of renters out of their homes. These newly homeless tenants quickly learned that they were priced out of the …

Lovell Minnick Invests in Worldwide Facilities in California

Los Angeles, Calif.-based Worldwide Facilities LLC has received a large investment from private equity firm Lovell Minnick Partners. Following the deal Worldwide Facilities will continue to be majority-owned by its employees. The terms were not disclosed. Waller Helms Advisors LLC …

Bell Joins Leavitt Group in Montana

Donovan Bell has joined Leavitt Great West Insurance Services as a producer in its Bozeman, Mont. office. Bell will focus on insurance for the hospitality and tourism industry, such as dude ranches, resorts, restaurants, bars, and breweries. He also brings …

Commercial Insurance Prices Remain Static for Fourth Month

Commercial insurance rates have barely budged at all over the last four months, according to the MarketScout report for June. Only the business interruption line saw rates go was down in June from last month and those were only down …

Court Upholds Unpaid Internships with Educational Value

Unpaid internships are legal when they are closely tied to interns’ educations, a U.S. appeals court in Manhattan said on Thursday in reversing a decision that Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc. broke the law by not paying interns. The lower courts …

Aon Benfield Calls for More Industry-Wide Cat Modelling Initiatives

Aon Benfield, the global reinsurance intermediary, issued a call to the insurance industry to “collaborate to innovate, in order to obtain the most useful risk management insights from catastrophe models.” The call coincides with today’s launch of version 9.5 of …

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