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Watercraft Laws Taking Effect in Illinois Are Aimed at Safety

Law enforcement officials say Illinois boaters should be aware of new laws taking effect this year. Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran Jr. says the laws will keep boaters safe. It’s now a requirement to display a bright orange flag from …

Beer Bikes Bill Advances in California Legislature

California lawmakers have advanced a bill that would allow so-called beer bikes to operate on streets, but leaves cities to decide if alcohol is allowed on board. The Senate this week unanimously passed the bill by Sen. Richard Pan, a …

Students in Deadly California Bus Crash Not Given Safety Instructions

The high school students who struggled to escape from a burning tour bus after a collision with a tractor-trailer in California last year that killed 10 never received the required safety instructions from the driver before the crash, according to …

Colorado Lawmakers Agree on School Violence Liability Bill

Legislation to make Colorado public schools legally liable for student safety awaits the governor’s signature. The state House and Senate agreed Monday on final language in the bill to allow public schools to be sued for negligence in cases of …

School Violence Liability Bill Headed to Colorado Governor

Legislation to make Colorado public schools legally liable for student safety has been approved by the state House after an emotional debate. The bill has already cleared the Senate and appears likely to head to the governor’s desk. If the …

Several California Hospitals Given Low Patient Safety Grades

Nearly 40 percent of California hospitals earned low ratings for patient safety in a recent national assessment. The Los Angeles Times reported that nonprofit The Leapfrog Group issued a national report card Wednesday that gave nearly four in 10 California …

Bumble Bee, 2 Managers Charged in Oven Death of California Worker

Bumble Bee Foods and two managers have been charged by Los Angeles prosecutors with violating safety regulations in the death of a worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna. Jose Melena was performing maintenance in …

Oil Train Safety Bill Passes Washington Legislature

The Washington Legislature has passed a measure to improve the safety of oil transportation due to a sharp increase in the number of oil-carrying freight trains in the state. Lawmakers reached a compromise Friday afternoon to resolve differences between competing …

Pacific Northwest Study Says More Could Survive Tsunami if They Can Just Walk Faster

About 5,500 more people could survive a major tsunami hitting the Pacific Northwest if they just walk a little faster to higher ground after roads are knocked out, a new study shows. The report published Monday in the Proceedings of …

California Regulator: Utility Too Big to be Safe

Repeated natural-gas accidents – including a 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people – suggest that California’s largest power utility could be too big to operate safely, the state’s top utility regulator says. California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker said …