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California Moving to Study Balcony Safety After Fatal Berkeley Collapse

California is moving to study state balcony standards after a fatal collapse in Berkeley sent shock and horror across the globe last year. Legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed last week creates a working group to recommend ways to construct better balconies …

Southern California School Reopens After 2-Year Asbestos Closure

The last of three Southern California schools closed two years ago after asbestos was found has reopened following a complete overhaul. The Orange County Register reported Lake View Elementary opened its doors Wednesday to more than 320 students as a fully …

Oregon University Confidently Building $50M Center in Tsunami Zone

Oregon State University is moving ahead with plans to build a $50 million expansion to house its marine science initiative in a tsunami inundation zone in Newport despite warnings from a state geologist that the site could make it vulnerable …

Estimated Cost of Southern California Gas Leak Reaches $717M

Southern California Gas Co. reported that costs related to the massive leak of natural gas from its Aliso Canyon storage facility near Los Angeles have risen to $717 million. The new estimate is contained in Thursday’s release of second-quarter earnings by …

Map Shows Buildings That May Not Survive Quake in Oregon’s Largest City

Portland, Ore. officials have released a map and database showing about 1,800 unreinforced masonry buildings that may be vulnerable to shaking during an earthquake if they are not structurally retrofitted. These buildings were generally constructed before the 1960s using brick …

Uber Tells Judge Not to Trust Cab Companies in Battle Over Safety

Uber Technologies Inc. fired back at taxi operators accusing it of lying about superior safety, telling a judge the cab companies “fabricated” a customer endorsement with a photo of MySpace’s co-founder and can’t be trusted. Uber said several Los Angeles-area …

New Mexico Weather Creating Dangerous Wildfires Conditions

Authorities are warning that weather conditions across much of New Mexico are creating conditions ripe for dangerous wildfires. A red flag warning has been issued for portions of southern, central and eastern New Mexico due to strong winds and low …

Treasure Island Restaurant on Vegas Strip Evacuated After Kitchen Fire

Officials say no one was hurt in a small kitchen fire at a restaurant at the Treasure Island hotel-casino property on the Las Vegas Strip. Casino spokeswoman Michelle Knoll said the grease fire in the Senor Frog’s Restaurant and Bar …

Lack of Fire Alarms Common in Washington City Apartment Complexes

The Everett, Wash. fire marshal says a recent inspection shows 19 of 26 apartment complexes inspected in the city lack proper fire alarm systems. Fire Marshal Eric Hicks says the owners of those complexes are currently being ordered to install …

Hoverboards Banned on San Francisco State University Campus

Students at San Francisco State University will have to come back from the future now that hoverboards have been banned from campus due to fire concerns. Administrators informed students by email Monday that the two-wheeled, self-balancing devices are prohibited on …