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Search For Source of Chipotle E.Coli in Pacific Northwest Faces Big Hurdles

Investigators looking into the E. coli outbreak at Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. restaurants face “significant challenges” in finding the source of the sickness, a U.S. food safety detective said. E. coli has sickened more than 40 people who ate at …

Colorado Commissioner’s Ban on Price Optimization Hailed by Consumer Groups

An official bulletin issued by Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar to insurance companies that prohibits insurance companies banning price optimization techniques in rating customers, is being praised by a consumer group. Price optimization is defined at the use of mathematical analysis …

Nevada Issues Health Guidelines Following Cryotherapy Spa Death

Nevada has created health guidelines for cryotherapy after a Las Vegas spa worker was found dead in a tank that subjects users to subzero temperatures, a treatment that experts say has been growing in popularity but is largely unregulated and …

Utah Man Sues College Over Same-Sex Marriage Discrimination

A Utah man says the college where he worked discriminated against him because he was in a same-sex marriage, denying the couple benefits and forcing him out of a job. Dustin Kennedy said in a new federal lawsuit that an …

County in Nevada Reconsidering Uber, Lyft Driver Registry Rule

Clark County, Nev. commissioners plan to reconsider a controversial ordinance requiring companies such as Uber and Lyft to hand over a list of their drivers every month. Commissioner Steve Sisolak requested Wednesday that the new rule be considered at the …

Volunteer Beat at Oregon Women’s Shelter Seeks $675K

A volunteer seeks $675,000 in a lawsuit against the Gospel Rescue Mission of Grants Pass, Ore. alleging it failed to protect her from an enraged man whose wife and daughter were at a women’s shelter. The lawsuit and a police …

Technology to Improve Truckers Safety Tested in Utah

Utah is test-driving new technology that could improve safety and fuel efficiency for big-rig truckers. The Utah Department of Transportation started conducting field tests last week of a vehicle-to-vehicle communication system aimed at the trucking industry. The tests were done …

Some Asbestos Left Behind in Montana Town Amid Move to End Cleanup

Federal officials say their final analysis of a Montana community wracked by deadly asbestos contamination shows a costly and much-criticized cleanup is working – even though about 700 properties have yet to be investigated. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has …

Three California Men File Suits After E-Cigarette Batteries Explode

Three California men have filed lawsuits against manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of electronic cigarettes, claiming the products’ batteries exploded, causing severe injuries. The Los Angeles Daily News reported that the three men, one of whom is a former L.A. Galaxy …

California Worker Injury Rate Lowest in 13 Years

The California Department of Industrial Relations has posted the state’s 2014 occupational injury and illness data, which offers a look at employer-reported injuries involving days away from work. The data shows that the incidence of occupational injuries remained at its lowest …

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