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Washington Judge Sets Limits in Civil Case over Deadly Oso Mudslide

A King County Superior Court judge is considering which claims can be brought in a civil trial that will explore whether anyone should be held responsible for the deadly Oso, Wash. mudslide. The Daily Herald reported that Judge Roger Rogoff …

Wildfire Threatens Idaho Town, Evacuations Ordered

Residents in west-central Idaho near the town of Riggins were told to flee due to a wildfire that expanded to 40 square miles Thursday, an 11-square-mile jump. Fire managers say the fire made runs through the tops of trees and had …

Former California Probation Officer Nabbed For Fraud While on Probation – for Fraud

A former Los Angeles County probation officer, Robyn Palmer, 29, of Long Beach, Calif. was arrested Thursday on six felony counts of insurance fraud for allegedly forging documents to illegally collect disability insurance benefits while serving probation for another insurance …

California Lawmakers Equal Pay Law Said to be Toughest in U.S.

California lawmakers approved legislation mandating equal pay for women in what the bill’s author called the toughest such law in the U.S. The Assembly voted 66-2 for the measure requiring employers to pay men and women the same for “substantially …

Oregon Man Awarded $5M for Abuse by Priest

A federal judge has awarded an Oregon man $5 million in damages stemming from sexual abuse by a Catholic priest in Yakima more than 30 years ago. The priest, Ernest Dale Calhoun, did not contest the allegations made by the …

Las Vegas Airport May Soon Get Uber, Lyft Service

Travelers flying to Las Vegas may soon be able to hail a ride from Uber or Lyft. Officials have been developing plans allowing the ride-hailing companies to pick up and drop off passengers using McCarran International Airport. The option won’t …

Plagued by Drought, California Prepares For El Niño Storms

While drought-plagued California is eager for rain, the forecast of a potentially Godzilla-like El Niño event has communities clearing out debris basins, urging residents to stock up on emergency supplies and even talking about how a deluge could affect the 50th Super …

$198M in Property at High Risk from Chelan Wildfire in Washington

The massive Chelan wildfire in Washington poses a significant risk to roughly 634 homes with a total reconstruction cost of more than $198 million, an analysis of the ongoing fire issued Wednesday shows. The analysis by property information and data …

2 Southern California Schools Closed over Asbestos Will Reopen

Two of three Orange County, Calif. schools closed last year after asbestos was found will reopen for classes at the start of the new school year. The Los Angeles Times reported that Hope View and Oak View elementary schools in …

$2M in Fire Damage at Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Cause Unknown

Fire officials said Monday they could not determine the cause of a fire that ripped through a 14th floor pool deck at The Cosmopolitan hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip and caused $2 million in damage. The Clark County Fire …

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