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California Officials Assess Heavy Storm Damage in Northern Part of the State

It’s too soon to peg a damage estimate from days of rainy weather that turned streets into rivers and living rooms into swimming pools throughout Northern California, state and county officials said. In San Benito County south of San Francisco, …

Stolen Laptop in California Held Info from Thousands of Hospital Patients

Officials at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles say a laptop stolen from a physician’s car last year may have contained personal health information for nearly 3,600 patients. The Los Angeles Daily News reported thousands of families whose children were treated at …

Northridge Quake Anniversary Prompts Reminders For California Residents

The California Earthquake Authority put out a notice reminding residents in the state that Tuesday marks the 23rd anniversary of the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The magnitude-6.7 shake that widespread damage to freeways, office buildings and homes. The cost to rebuild …

Leavitt Group Buys BB&H Benefit Designs in California

Santa Barbara, Calif.-based BB&H Benefit Designs has been purchased by Leavitt Group. Deborah Babineau and Marice McKeegan are the co-owners of the agency. The agency staff, location and contact information remain the same. BB&H specializes in assisting companies with the …

Montana Bill Would Overturn Bans on Using Cellphones While Driving

A Great Falls, Mont. lawmaker has introduced a bill that would prevent local governments from placing bans on talking or texting on a cellphone while driving. Republican Rep. Jeremy Trebas tells the Great Falls Tribune that studies have not shown …

University of Oregon Student Files $3M Suit over Slow Meningitis Diagnosis

A University of Oregon student seeks $3 million in a lawsuit against medical providers who she says failed to properly diagnose her with meningococcal disease in 2015. The Register-Guard reported that Christina Jenkins’ lawsuit is the second from the disease …

California Department of Insurance Issues Notice of Noncompliance to State Farm

The California Department of Insurance has issued a noncompliance notice to State Farm General Insurance Co. for refusing to reduce policyholders’ rates as mandated by an order from Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones in December 2016. Jones’ order directed State Farm …

California Workers’ Comp Division Names Whitcomb to Ethics Committee

Deborah A. Whitcomb, a workers’ compensation administrative law judge in Stockton, Calif., has been appointed to serve on the Workers’ Compensation Ethics Advisory Committee. Whitcomb was appointed by George Parisotto, acting administrative director of the California Division of Workers’ Compensation. …

Malicious Adware Found on Computers in Arizona Legislature

Arizona officials say they found malware on a laptop computer at the state Legislature that triggered concerns of system-wide hack. A Department of Administration spokeswoman said that a forensic analysis found an adware program called Wajam. It injects ads onto …

Tornado That Touched Down in California Not So Rare

The latest storm to wallop Northern California whipped up a small tornado that downed trees and fences near Sacramento. Here’s what you need to know about twisters in California, which occur regularly but in limited numbers and force. The twister …

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