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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 …

Oregon Electrician Loses $27M Lawsuit Against Nike

An Oregon electrician who claimed he was fired by Nike because he complained about safety violations at the Beaverton campus has lost a $27 million lawsuit against the company. A Multnomah County Circuit Court jury ruled Wednesday in favor of …

Danger of Another Colorado Landslide Ends Search For 3

Authorities are bracing for the possibility of another landslide in a remote part of western Colorado amid dangerously unstable conditions that led them to call off the search for three ranchers missing there. Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said Tuesday …

Oregon Crashed Caused by Man Holding Breath in Tunnel

A 19-year-old man caused a three-car crash when he fainted while holding his breath as he drove through a tunnel northwest of Portland, Oregon State Police said. Daniel J. Calhon, of Snohomish, Washington, told investigators he fainted Sunday afternoon while …

‘Click It Or Ticket’ Push Begins in Texas

No excuses: wear your seat belt. Texas is part of the 13th annual “Click It or Ticket” safety effort to make sure travelers buckle up. The campaign that began Monday and runs through June 1 means law enforcement officers are …