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Truckers at Major California Port Strike Over Wages

Truck drivers who haul goods from the busiest port complex in the United States walked off the job Monday in a dispute over their wages and employee status, months after another West Coast labor conflict cost major delays in billions …

Fire at Southern California Business That Killed 3 Under Investigation

Arson and homicide investigators are looking into the cause of an early morning fire over the weekend at a Southern California business where three people died. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials say fire crews responding to a call on …

Oil Train Safety Bill Passes Washington Legislature

The Washington Legislature has passed a measure to improve the safety of oil transportation due to a sharp increase in the number of oil-carrying freight trains in the state. Lawmakers reached a compromise Friday afternoon to resolve differences between competing …

Idaho Family Injured in DUI Crash Sues Bar, Owners

Three people who were injured when a drunken driver crashed his truck into a northern Idaho home have filed a lawsuit against the bar where the man drank before the accident. The Coeur d’Alene Press reported that the lawsuit on …

Hub Names Jellen Managing Director of Entertainment Practice in California

Hub International Ltd. has named Robert Jellen as managing director of Hub’s Los Angeles, Calif.-based entertainment practice. Hub also added Seth Cohen, vice president, and Dany Rodriguez, account executive, to round out Jellen’s Los Angeles-based entertainment team. Jellen has more than 40 …

Employers Names Brown Senior Vice President in California

RENO, Nev.-based Employers Holdings Inc. has named Lori A. Brown senior vice president and deputy general counsel. Brown  is based out of the company’s San Francisco and Walnut Creek, Calif. offices. She is the company’s primary attorney for employment and executive …

2 Former Women’s Basketball Players Sue Utah College

Two former Dixie State University women’s basketball players are accusing the Utah college of racial, sexual and religious discrimination in a federal lawsuit. The Spectrum newspaper in St. George reported the two ex-players accuse former women’s basketball coach Catherria Turner …

Suit Says Southwest Failed in Medical Emergency Over California

A woman filed a wrongful-death lawsuit this week against Southwest Airlines, claiming crew members mistook her husband’s medical emergency for unruly behavior aboard a California flight and didn’t assist him. Richard Ilczyszyn, 46, was found unconscious after the flight from Oakland …

Scientists: Western Migration Has Put 143M Americans in Quake-Prone Areas

More than 143 million people in the mainland states now live on shaky ground, earthquake scientists say. That’s because more people have moved into the quake-prone West Coast and some quake zones were recently expanded, according to researchers from the …

California’s Armitage Given Big “I” Highest Honor

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers has given Jim Armitage the Woodworth Memorial Award, the highest honor IIABA bestows on one of its members, during the annual Big “I” legislative conference. Armitage is vice president of Arroyo Insurance in Arcadia, …

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