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Wildfire Report Shows 2 Million California Homes at Risk as Drought Continues

A report issued today shows California has more than 2 million homes at “high” or “extreme” wildfire risk, as the multi-year drought continues stoke fears among some experts of a potentially devastating wildfire season. Verisk Insurance Solutions released its 2015 …

Arson Suspected in Car Dealership Fire in Northern California

Arson investigators say they suspect car fires were intentionally set at a dealership north of San Francisco. KNTV-TV reported Sgt. Sasha D’Amico says officers found several vehicles on fire when they responded to a call Wednesday night about a brush …

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects NRA Challenge to San Francisco Gun Law

The U.S. Supreme Court turned away a National Rifle Association challenge to a San Francisco law that requires people who store handguns at home to either put them in a lockbox or disable them with a trigger lock. Over two …

Oregon Woman Hit by Errant Golf Ball Sues Course

A California woman and her husband seek $900,000 in a lawsuit alleging she suffered serious injuries when struck by an errant golf ball while visiting the Oregon coast two summers ago. The suit filed last week in Portland says Joan Eckerstrom …

$4M Fire-Prevention Grant Ignites Passions in Northern California

City officials accepted a $4 million federal grant to chop down trees in the ritzy Oakland hills, a decision that ignited debate over how best to prevent deadly wildfires in the affluent Northern California region. The Oakland City Council voted …

Widow of Man Run Over by Suge Knight Files Suit in California

The widow of a man who died when he was run over by a pickup truck driven by Marion “Suge” Knight has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the former rap music mogul and key figures involved in the upcoming …

California Bill Would Intercept Insurance Claims to Fund Child Support

California lawmakers are advancing a bill that would intercept more insurance payments and use them to pay beneficiaries’ overdue child support. About a quarter of insurance companies now voluntarily participate in the program. It collects about $17 million annually from …

California Man Who Lost Eye to Taser Sues Police For $25M

A 31-year-old man has filed a $25 million lawsuit against a California police department, saying he lost his left eye after Fairfield police used a Taser gun on him. Jerome Hill stated in his complaint that police hit him in …

2 California Men Nabbed for $1.4M Mobile Phone Insurance Scam

Jason Kwon, 32, of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., and David Chang, 32, of Burbank face 41 felony counts of insurance fraud, grand theft and identity theft for allegedly submitting fraudulent claims totaling $1.3 million to obtain low cost replacement mobile …

First Major California Insurer to Offer Ridesharing Endorsement

Farmers will become the first large California insurer to start offering a ridesharing insurance product on Thursday. In an announcement made at the Los Angeles office of California Department of Insurance today, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Farmers Group …