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Deputy in Washington Acquitted Of Insurance Fraud

A Spokane, Wash. sheriff’s deputy accused of filing false claims for snow damage has been acquitted of insurance fraud charges. A jury in Spokane returned the acquittal this week for Deputy Jeremey B. Jeske after a two-day trial. His lawyer, Rob …

Washington City Takes Stock Of Damage Following Tornado

The southwest Washington city of Longview tallied the damage Friday from a rare tornado that tore off roofs, broke windows and uprooted trees, leaving residents and officials in disbelief. No one was injured in the Thursday afternoon wind blast, which …

$28M Verdict Upheld in Wyoming Carbon Monoxide Case

A federal judge has upheld a jury’s $28.2 million damage award to a woman who suffered a permanent brain injury from carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty furnace in the apartment she was renting in Casper, Wyo. Amber Lompe …

California Earthquake Authority Proposes to Lower Rates

The California Earthquake Authority on Thursday proposed an average 8 percent decrease in rates. CEA’s Advisory Panel recommended the rate decreases, along with additional coverage options in deductibles, discounts and certain limits, to the CEA Governing Board, which next meets …

5.0M Earthquake Felt In Alaska’s Interior

Seismologists say a moderate earthquake struck Alaska and was felt in communities of the state’s interior. The Alaska Earthquake Center says the 5.0 magnitude earthquake occurred at 4:36 p.m. Monday. State seismologist Michael West says the quake was centered about …

Southern Puget Sound Area of Washington Sees Small Quake

A small earthquake rattled the southern Puget Sound area of Washington, but there were no reports of damage or injury. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 3.5 temblor struck shortly before midnight Saturday and was centered about 8 miles …

Federal Aid OK’d For New Mexico Storm, Flood Damage

Local governments and some other entities in New Mexico are now eligible for federal assistance to recover from flooding and storm damage suffered during last summer. The White House says a disaster declaration by President Barack Obama applies to state, …

100 Homes Destroyed by Northern California Wildfire

A wind-driven fire cut through a small California town near the Oregon border on Monday damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said. The town near the base of Mount Shasta in …

Hawaii Road Crews Prepping Lava Encroachment

Road crews on Hawaii’s Big Island have begun clearing access roads in case a lava flow from a nearby volcano cuts a main highway. The Hawaii County Civil Defense agency reported Sunday that the lava flow had advanced about 150 yards …

Washington Governor Asks Feds to Reconsider Aid for State’s Largest Wildfire

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is asking the federal government to reconsider providing federal aid to people hurt by the state’s largest wildfire. Inslee said that more homes were destroyed or damaged than initially thought. The governor wrote to President Obama, …