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Brown Signs California Requiring Extinguishers After Limo Fire

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill requiring certain types of limousines to have two fire extinguishers and undergo regular safety checks. Brown announced Tuesday that he signed SB611 by Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo. The bill …

Drivers in California Must Give Bikes 3-Foot Buffer

Californians will now need to take extra care to steer clear of cyclists. Under statewide regulations taking effect Tuesday, drivers must give bikes a buffer zone of at least 3 feet while passing. Cited violators will face a fine of …

American Apparel Settles California Worker Death Suit For $1M

American Apparel will pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit over the death of an employee in a knitting machine accident. The Orange County district attorney’s office announced the settlement Tuesday. The worker’s daughter will receive $150,000 of the money …

California Judges Recommend $1.4B Safety-related Penalty Against PG&E

California regulatory judges recommended a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday _ the largest safety-related levy ever against a public utility in the state _ for a fiery 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a suburban San Francisco …

Probe of Washington Refinery Blast That Killed 7 Closed by Feds

The U.S. Justice Department said it will file no criminal charges following a four-year investigation into the April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes, Wash. The decision was shared with victims’ relatives on …

Texas Jury Enters $27M Verdict Against McDonald’s

McDonald’s Corp. lost a $27 million jury verdict in Texas over a claim that lax security at one of its restaurants led to the deaths of two teenagers, an award litigators say is unlikely to survive appeal. The victims in …

Troubled California Refinery Slated for Overhaul

Leaders of a San Francisco Bay Area city approved a $1 billion upgrade of Chevron’s troubled 1960s-era oil refinery, the largest in Northern California, after the company agreed to safety and piping upgrades and greater community investment, a newspaper reported. …

Alaska Homeowner Fills 8-Story Mystery Sinkhole

Geophysicists don’t know what caused a sinkhole measuring about 80 feet deep to appear in a Fairbanks, Alaska resident’s yard last week. And they might never know. Homeowner Al Schultz had safety concerns about the hole, which measure about 4 …

Colorado Worker Trapped, Killed by 4,000 Pounds of Glass

Aurora, Colo. fire officials say a man has died after being pinned by 4,000 pounds of glass in two wooden crates at a window company. Capt. Diane Lord of the Aurora Fire Department said Saturday that the victim was helping …

California Agency Failing to Ensure Limo Safety, Audit Shows

Citing incidents like the 2013 limousine fire that killed five women on the San Mateo Bridge, California’s state auditor said Tuesday that the commission responsible for overseeing passenger carriers has failed to ensure consumer safety. State Auditor Elaine M. Howle …