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Small Quake Strikes Near Mammoth Lakes in California

A minor earthquake has hit a rural area near Mammoth Lakes, Calif., but authorities say there have been no reports of damage. The United States Geological Survey reported Saturday that the preliminary magnitude 3.7 earthquake occurred about 7 a.m. Saturday, …

Federal Government Suing Southern California Edison over 2009 Fire

Just days before the federal statute of limitations would have run out, the government has filed a lawsuit against Southern California Edison in connection to a 2009 fire that primarily burned the San Bernardino National Forest east of Hemet. The …

Study: Ventura, Oxnard in California Could be at Greater Tsunami Risk

A study says two California coastal cities are at greater risk from tsunamis than previously thought. The study released last week by the American Geophysical Union examined the flooding risk if earthquake faults in the Santa Barbara Channel area ruptured. Coastal …

Builders & Tradesmen’s Insurance to Offer Free Fraud Protection in CA

Rocklin, CA, August 24 2015-Builders & Tradesmen’s Insurance Services, Inc. (BTIS) will be offering Fraud Protection at no extra charge to purchasers of their Victory Admitted Contractor General Liability policy to all California-based contractors. The individual purchasing General Liability policy will …

11,000 Firefighters on Front Lines in California Blazes

A large blaze burning for nearly three weeks in a recreation area outside Kings Canyon National Park has scorched more than 50 square miles and the flames were moving toward a popular lake, officials said Thursday. More than 1,000 firefighters were …

California Prosecutors Say Uber Screening Missed Ex-Convicts

Uber Technologies Inc.’s criminal background checks for drivers failed to prevent it from hiring registered sex offenders, identity thieves, burglars, a kidnapper and a convicted murderer, California prosecutors said. The district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles escalated their …

Uber Headache if More Drivers Want Full-Time Status

Thousands of new full-time workers would spring into existence if Uber is forced to stop treating some of its drivers like contract workers, and the benefits that come with that employee status may entice part-time rideshare drivers to beef up their …

California Regulators Consider Investigation of PG&E Safety Culture

California utility regulators are considering an investigation into the safety culture and governance of PG&E Corp., citing persistent lapses in company oversight. If approved, the California Public Utilities Commission would investigate the “organizational culture, governance and operations” at PG&E to …

Southern California Fires Burn Structures, Stop Oil Field Operations

Crews working through the night stopped the spread of two Los Angeles County fires in Southern California that burned several structures, charred hundreds of acres of dry brush and led to the arson arrest of one person. A brush fire …

Former California School District Admin to Get $300K Settlement

A former deputy superintendent for the Twin Rivers Unified School District in Northern California will receive $300,000, settling a lawsuit she filed against district officials after she was fired in 2012. The Sacramento Bee reported the school district, its former …