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Minor Flooding Follows Downpour in Nevada Wildfire Area

Fears of flooding are dissipating after rainfall helped quell a wind-whipped wildfire in Northern Nevada that destroyed 22 homes and 17 other structures in the Washoe Valley north of Carson City. Sierra Front Fire Management spokesman Mark Struble said that …

Owner of Washington Asbestos Company Pleads Guilty to Bogus Certifications

The owner of a company that provided federally mandated training for construction firms that work with asbestos has pleaded guilty to giving certifications to people he knew had not taken his course. U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says Isaac Cole owned …

Last Evacuation Orders Finally Lifted at Louisiana Sinkhole Site

More than four years since a massive sinkhole that in 2013 swallowed trees in Assumption Parish and forced more than 300 residents from their homes now no longer poses a risk to the public. Assumption Parish officials declared last week that …

Utah City Passes Safety Regulations for Growing Number of Trampoline Gyms

Concerns about broken bones and safety at trampoline gyms has prompted the Provo city council to pass new regulations requiring the facilities to have supervised jumping, injury reporting and insurance. The Daily Herald reported Provo’s Municipal Council unanimously approved the …

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 …