Articles by Associated Press

Oregon Insurers Sue Landowners in Ashland Fire

Insurance companies that paid $1.7 million to six homeowners in a fire blamed on a homeless Ashland, Ore. man have sued the owners of a vacant lot where the fire started. The suit alleges the owners had been told vagrants …

Utah Woman Injured in Carousel Accident Sues for $300K

A Washington City, Utah woman injured when a panel fell from the ceiling of a St. George carousel is suing for more than $300,000 in damages. A lawsuit claims Linda Williamson suffered head, neck, eye and back injuries when two …

Teacher Sues California School District Over Breastfeeding

A former Carmel school teacher accuses school officials in a lawsuit of failing to accommodate her breastfeeding schedule. Sarah Ann Lewis Boyle has sued the Carmelo School, where she worked, and the Carmel Unified School District, alleging discrimination and wrongful …

Security Breach at Nationwide Compromises Oklahoma Customer Info

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak said a security breach at an Ohio-based insurer has compromised the personal information of 534 Oklahomans. Doak said the computer network used by Nationwide Insurance Co. of Columbus, Ohio, and Allied Insurance was attacked on …

Mostly Verbal Warnings, not Tickets, to Texting Texas Drivers

A year since it began enforcing a ban on texting while driving, a North Texas city says awareness has increased despite the small number of tickets written. Arlington police have issued 49 citations to drivers who were seen using their …

California Sells Out of First Pollution Permits

California has sold out of the first pollution permits issued as part of a landmark offensive against greenhouse gases at an inaugural auction in late November that regulators said went smoothly. The effort to curtail carbon emissions involved the sale …

Arizona City Agrees to Settle Police Shooting Lawsuit

Flagstaff has agreed to a $225,000 settlement for the family of a 78-year-old Arizona man killed by police as he held his son at bay with a shotgun. Kenneth Mitchell was holding the gun to his son’s head after the …

Calif. Broker Charged with Defrauding Tom Hanks, Ex-‘Police’ Musician

A Southern California insurance broker was arrested on allegations he overcharged Tom Hanks, musician ex-Police band member Andy Summers and others hundreds of thousands of dollars for insurance premiums. Broker Jerry B. Goldman was arrested at his Thousand Oaks home. …

Colorado Springs Wildfire Expected to Create Jobs

Economists say a wildfire that burned 346 homes and scorched 28 square miles in the Colorado Springs area over the summer could provide an economic boost over the next five years. Claims for the contents and homes damaged in the …

Oregon Developer Told to Pay $1.6M in Asbestos Case

Adeveloper whose plans to redevelop a sawmill in Sweet Home, Ore., has pleaded guilty to accusations that he allowed an unlicensed contractor to demolish a building, releasing asbestos near residential neighborhoods. After the work, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared …