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Pacific Hurricane Season Depends on El Niño: NOAA

Forecasters say the central Pacific region around Hawaii can expect a normal or slightly above-average hurricane season, depending largely on the presence of El Niño conditions. Chris Brenchley, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center, …

Southern California Neighborhood Flooded Due to Seawall Damage

A Southern California coastal community was flooded with two feet of ocean water after a seawall was damaged by a construction crew. The Orange County Register reported workers were doing demolition work in Newport Beach and accidentally damaged the wall …

Small Undersea Quake Jostles California Coast West of Malibu

A minor undersea earthquake has jiggled a small stretch of the Southern California coast in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The USGS says the magnitude-3.3 temblor occurred just before 7:20 a.m. Thursday. The epicenter was …

AmWins and Networked Deal Plays to Each Firm’s Strengths, Execs Say

The acquisition by AmWINS Group Inc. late last month of Networked Insurance Agents will achieve a number of objectives for both the Charlotte, N.C.-based distributor of specialty insurance products and the California-based aggregator. Namely, the deal plays to each firm’s …

Wildfire near Leavenworth, Washington, Forces Evacuations

Evacuation orders are still in effect in as crews battle a wildfire north of Leavenworth, Washington. Brendan Cowan, a spokesman for the Northwest Incident Management Team, says the blaze covered about 40 acres as of Wednesday morning. Cowan says there’s …

California Auto Dealer Awarded $256M in Nissan Suit

A jury has awarded nearly $256.5 million to a California auto dealership owner who claimed Nissan had a secret plan to put him out of business during the recession. The Orange County Superior Court panel ruled in favor of Michael …

Alaska Hosts Plate Tectonics Research Effort

Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, with more large quakes than the other 49 states combined, and America’s shakiest state is about to have its ground examined like never before. A federal agency that supports basic science research is completing …

California’s Single-Payer Bill Comes with $400B Price Tag

A California bill that would eliminate health insurance companies and provide government-funded health coverage for everyone in the state would cost $400 billion and require significant tax increases, legislative analysts said. Much of the cost would be offset by existing …

Small Quake Jolts Southern Part of Hawaii’s Big Island

A magnitude 3.0 earthquake hit the island of Hawaii, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The earthquake hit at 5:59 p.m. local time on Monday. Its epicenter was 12 miles (20 kilometers) north of Pahala, a town with a population of …

Paul Hanson’s Pedisich Heads to EPIC as Producer in California

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants has added Nick Pedisich as an insurance broker/producer. Pedisich will be based in EPIC’s Concord, Calif. office and report to Curt Perata, president of EPIC’s Pacific North region. He is focused on the transportation industry …

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