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California Court Cuts Damages to $2.8M in Jehovah’s Sex Abuse Case

An appeals court has trimmed to $2.8 million the damages awarded to a woman who said the Jehovah’s Witnesses allowed an adult member of a Northern California church to molest her when she was a child in the mid-1990s. Candice …

Minor Quake in Montana Reported by USGS

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a minor earthquake struck southeast of Kalispell, Mont. over the weekend There were no reports of damage from the 3.6 magnitude earthquake that struck about 12:45 a.m. Saturday. The epicenter was near Somers, on the …

California Regulators Order PG&E to Pay $1.6B for Deadly Gas Blast

California regulators imposed the largest penalty in the agency’s history, ordering PG&E Corp. to pay $1.6 billion for failures that led to a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb. A faulty weld on the pipeline …

Nearly 500K License Applications in California Under AB60

California received nearly a half-million applications for driver’s licenses from immigrants in the country illegally in the three months since a new law took effect. Department of Motor Vehicles Director Jean Shiomoto said in a statement that the figure shows …

Former California Agent Convicted of Stealing School Employee Identities

Magaly Morales, 51, a former life insurance agent, has been sentenced to three years and four months in state prison for stealing information from school district employees in 13 California counties. Morales last week plead guilty to forgery, identity theft …

Mandatory Water Restrictions Ordered by California Governor

California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping. Standing in dry, brown …

Lumber Liquidators Sued in California Over Formaldehyde Home Test Kits

Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. was accused in a lawsuit of supplying consumers with unreliable kits to test for formaldehyde as federal authorities investigate reports the company sold flooring with high levels of the cancer-causing chemical. The home testing kits weren’t …

NAIC Adopts Ridesharing White Paper for State Policymakers

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners on Tuesday adopted a white paper on insurance coverage for ridesharing that offers several suggestions for how state regulators should deal with insurance issues. Ridesharing services offered by transportation network companies like Uber, Sidecar …

California Broker Nabbed for Pocketing More Than $500K From Safety Program

Arthur Cade, 60, a licensed insurance broker-agent in California, was arrested on three felony counts of grand theft for stealing more than $100,000 from a Los Angeles Unified School District program and more than $400,000 from other programs managed by …

California Senate Approves $1B Water Plan Amid Drought

The state Senate has approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects in drought-stricken California. The Senate this week voted 35-1 on the package to accelerate infrastructure spending. An accompanying measure authorizing fines for illegal water …