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California Earthquake Claims First Death

A 65-year-old woman who suffered a head injury when a television struck her during last month’s earthquake in California’s wine country has died – the first death attributed to the magnitude-6.0 temblor, sheriff’s officials said. Laurie Anne Thompson was at …

Quake’s Main Force Directed At Napa Scientists Say

Emerging data on last month’s 6.0 magnitude earthquake shows it directed most of its force north toward Napa and the Napa Valley, hitting hard enough to move one side of the West Napa Fault north by 18 inches (46 centimeters), …

California Judges Recommend $1.4B Safety-related Penalty Against PG&E

California regulatory judges recommended a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday _ the largest safety-related levy ever against a public utility in the state _ for a fiery 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a suburban San Francisco …

Hay Prices Soaring Thanks to California Drought

The cost of feeding California’s horses and cows is skyrocketing as the state’s persistent drought sends hay prices to historic highs. Tracy Underwood of the Santa Rosa Equestrian Center told the Press-Democrat these days she pays more than $20 for …

California-Based Palomar Specialty Insurance Expands Into More States

La Jolla, Calif.-based Palomar Specialty Insurance Co., established in February 2014 as a specialty catastrophe insurer, announced it is now licensed to write residential and commercial insurance in 14 states. Palomar Specialty initially focused on writing residential earthquake insurance, commercial …

Eight Homes, 10 Buildings Destroyed by California Wildfire

A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield, Calif.  has destroyed eight homes and 10 other structures, authorities said, but residents of some 200 homes under evacuation orders were allowed to return home Wednesday evening. The fire was 15 percent contained after consuming …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Missouri-Based Travel Insurance Agency

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Trip Mate Inc., based in Kansas City, Mo. Established in 1989, Trip Mate is a full service travel insurance agency that provides a wide variety of travel protection plans and services for their travel …

California Insurance Broker Pays Off Lawsuit With Buckets of Coins

A California-based insurance broker settled a lawsuit with a Los Angeles man by dropping off buckets full of thousands of quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies, his attorney said. Andres Carrasco, 76, filed a lawsuit in 2012 against Adriana’s Insurance Services, …

Wildfires Burn Structures, Threaten Homes In California, Oregon, Washington

Two wildfires that burned or threatened hundreds of homes in Northern California were bearing down on a small town as they plowed through more than 100 square miles of drought-stricken brush, and Tuesday brought a chance of thunderstorms and lightning …

Wildfires Prompt California Governor to Declare State of Emergency

A pair of wildfires burning without restraint about 8 miles apart in northeast California became the focus of state and federal firefighters Sunday as authorities reported that one of the blazes had destroyed eight homes and prompted the precautionary evacuation …