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More Wildfires in California, But Less Damage

The number of California wildfires so far this year is up, but the acreage burned is smaller, the result of favorable weather and more firefighters who can quickly be dispatched to corral flames, fire officials say. Since Jan. 1, about …

Mitsubishi Says Edison Claims $7.57B over California Nuclear Facility

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said the operator of the San Onofre nuclear plant is claiming $7.57 billion in damages related to the shutdown of the California facility. The Tokyo-based company said in a filing that U.S. power generator Edison International …

Northern California Wildfire Threatens Homes, Prompts Evacuations

A Northern California wildfire raced through more than six square miles of drought-stricken timber over the weekend, threatening at least 150 rural homes in the Sierra Nevada, authorities said. The blaze forced evacuations of some communities in and near Nevada …

Report on California Workers’ Comp Reforms Touts Successes

The Department of Industrial Relations and its Division of Workers’ Compensation have released a report on progress implementing California’s workers’ compensation reforms. The report details increased payments to injured workers and significant cost-saving benefits for employers. The reforms are part …

M4.0 Quake Shakes San Francisco Bay Area

Authorities say a magnitude 4.0 earthquake has rattled the San Francisco Bay Area, but no injuries or property damage is reported. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday near Fremont, about 35 miles southeast …

Alliant Acquires Garibaldi in Central California

Alliant Insurance Services has acquired Todd Garibaldi Insurance Agency Inc. in Lodi, Calif. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Garibaldi will join Alliant as senior vice president in agribusiness and food services. Todd Garibaldi Insurance Agency will become Todd …

California Judge Orders Kaiser to Broaden Reconstructive Surgery Coverage

A California judge has ruled that Kaiser Permanente cannot systematically classify removal of excess skin following bariatric weight loss surgery as a cosmetic procedure after a trial in a class action case. The trial began in March. The judge did …

California Storms Collapse Bridge, Snarling Traffic

All traffic along a major freeway connecting California and Arizona was blocked indefinitely when a bridge over a desert wash collapsed during heavy rain, and the roadway in the opposite direction suffered severe damage, authorities said. The collapse Sunday of …

Small Earthquake Strikes Northern California over Weekend

A small earthquake has struck near the mountain town of Truckee in Northern California. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-3.5 quake occurred about 6:36 p.m. Saturday. The epicenter was 9 miles northwest of Truckee and 24 miles west of …

$3.7M Award for California Rite Aid Manager in Robbery Injury Suit

A jury has awarded $3.7 million to the former manager of a Los Angeles Rite Aid store, who claimed supervisors harassed him after he hurt himself trying to stop a robbery. City News Service says the ruling came last week in …