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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 …

Oregon Committee Hears Bill to Increase Speed Limit

Oregonians could begin flying along certain highways at 75 mph after lawmakers heard testimony Friday on a bill upping speed limits from 65 mph on interstate highways. Under the proposal, passenger cars would be able to go 10 mph faster …

Uber Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit In Alleged Delhi Rape

Uber asked a U.S. court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an alleged rape victim in India’s capital, saying the ridesharing company could not be held legally responsible for the driver’s acts. The passenger, who reported being raped and beaten …

Family of Oregon Worker Killed in Blender Sues Meat Distributor

The family of a cleaning worker who was killed when he fell into a running industrial meat blender at an Oregon plant is suing the meat distributor for $5 million. The Oregonian reported that the lawsuit filed last week in …

Lawsuit in 2011 Nevada Gold Mine Death Settled

A lawyer for the Utah family of a contract worker at a Nevada gold mine that paid more than $100,000 in U.S. safety fines after he was killed there in 2011 says they’ve settled a wrongful death suit with Newmont …

California District Sees 152 Students Leave after Asbestos Problems

Records show an Orange County school district in California that closed three campuses because of asbestos problems has lost 152 students in the first half of the school year – and the loss could impact its funding. The Orange County …

Chevron: Report Wrong About California Refinery’s Safety Culture

Chevron says it agrees with several findings in a federal report about a 2012 fire at one of its refineries in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. But it adds the report by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board inaccurately depicts the safety …

California Commission Fines PG&E $530K For Safety Violations

The California Public Utilities Commission has fined Pacific Gas & Electric $530,000 for safety violations it says it found during audits that began in 2012. The commission says in a Friday statement that the fines include $430,000 for failing to …

Committee Advances Bill To Increase Wyoming Workplace Safety Fines

A bill to increase penalties against Wyoming employers when safety violations result in worker fatalities has cleared its first hearing. The Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee on Wednesday recommended approval of the bill. Wyoming long has been among …