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First Uber Driver in Alaska’s Denali Hits The Streets

Denali’s first Uber driver has hit the streets following Gov. Bill Walker’s recent signing of a ridesharing bill. The first thing Noah Treky, 36, did was turn on his Uber app after the governor’s approval in June, The Fairbanks Daily …

Marijuana Sales Exceed Expectations of Las Vegas Store Owners

Recreational marijuana sales have exceeded the expectations of Las Vegas area store owners. Eager pot customers this week again lined up before dispensaries opened their doors. That’s after thousands swarmed the pot stores over the weekend. Nevada on Saturday became …

California Governor Pushing for Cap-And-Trade Deal Before Deadline

Gov. Jerry Brown is working with lawmakers, business groups and environmentalists to reach a deal on extending cap and trade, California’s landmark program aimed at slowing global warming. Brown wants a consensus before lawmakers start summer recess on July 21. …

Arizona Prepping for Floods in Wake of Massive Wildfire

A northern Arizona wildfire is nearing full containment and officials say it’s time to take precautions against possible post-fire flooding. Officials say there’s a high risk of flooding during the monsoon, and a community meeting on flooding potential, flood insurance …

Homes Near Northern Arizona Wildfire Have Evacuations Lifted

Homeowners in northern Arizona were given the green light to return days after being displaced by a fast-moving wildfire, while residents more than 200 miles away fled their homes after a blaze forced an evacuation of a small mountain community …

Bus Rollover on Arizona Freeway Kills 1, Injures 8

A bus driver was killed and eight passengers injured when a tire failed and the driver lost control of the bus carrying support staff from an Illinois drum corps. The bus drove over the median before tumbling onto its left …

Wildfire Forces Evacuations in Rural California Town

Crews have stopped the forward progress of a small wildfire in Central California that has triggered evacuations in a rural area north of Fresno. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the 225-acre blaze was more than 15 …

Everest Insurance Adds Zurich’s Hunter in Western U.S.

Everest Re Group Ltd. has named Molly Hunter as a vice president on the marketing and distribution team in the Western U.S. region. Hunter most recently was a senior vice president and global relationship leader at Zurich North America in …

Arizona Residents Evacuated as Wildfires Sweep Western U.S.

An Arizona wildfire that forced thousands from their homes and came dangerously close to consuming a town was 43 percent contained by Thursday evening, authorities said. Roughly 1,400 evacuated residents of the community of Mayer were allowed to go home …

Workers’ Comp Insurer Cancels Policies for Hawaii Pot Firms

Hawaii’s largest workers’ compensation insurer is canceling insurance policies for seven medical marijuana dispensaries preparing to open this summer. Hawaii Employers’ Mutual Insurance Co., citing concerns over criminal liability since the drug is considered illegal by the federal government, notified …

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