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California Suspect in Serial Rapes Was a Lyft Driver

Ridesharing company Lyft said this week that it’s investigating how a former driver now charged in a series of rapes passed a background check even though federal immigration officials say the suspect was living in the country illegally. The San …

Honolulu Mayor Tells City to Prepare for Climate Change

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has directed city departments and agencies to prepare for the effects of climate change and sea level rise. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported the mayor issued the mandate this week, requiring the departments and agencies under his …

WSS California Operation Adds Bertram, McLeod

WSS, part of XPT, a new specialty insurance distribution company, has named Lynn Bertram senior broker/underwriter in the commercial lines department, while Stefanie McLeod will serve as vice president and senior production underwriter in the personal lines department. Bertram previously …

Paragon Opens New Office in California, Adds Etzler as Director of Workers’ Comp

Paragon Insurance Holdings LLC is expanding in San Diego, Calif. with the opening of a new office in downtown and the hiring of Robert Etzler. He will serve as senior vice president and director of workers’ compensation. Prior to joining …

Monsoon Brings 100-Year Flooding Event to Arizona

The National Weather Service says the storm that swept across northern Arizona over the weekend amounted to a 100-year event. The Arizona Daily Sun reported that those types of storms have a 1 percent chance of happening every year and …

Uber Said to be Facing Probe into Alleged Gender Discrimination

Uber is facing a U.S. government investigation into allegations that the ride-hailing service set up a pay structure that discriminated against its female workers. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission opened the probe in August 2017, according to a person …

Washington Asbestos Removal Company Fined $229K for Unsafe Conditions

An Edmonds, Wash.-based asbestos removal contractor has been cited by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries for multiple willful safety violations for improper handling of asbestos. Along with the citations, the company faces fines totaling $229,700. L&I has cited …

Mueller Industries Settles Disability Discrimination Suit in California for $1M

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has settled a disability discrimination lawsuit in California against a global metal goods manufacturer Mueller Industries Inc. for $1 million and other injunctive relief. According to the EEOC, Memphis, Tenn.-based Mueller violated federal law …

Passenger Bus Crash in New Mexico Kills 3, Injures 24

A crash involving a commercial passenger bus and three other vehicles on a New Mexico highway early Sunday killed three people and injured 24 others, some critically, authorities said. One of the people killed was in a car that struck …

The Dentists Insurance Co. in California Names Spinelli CEO

The boards of directors for the Sacramento, Calif.-based Dentists Insurance Co., Northwest Dentists Insurance Co. and Dentists Benefits Insurance Co. have named Bob Spinelli president and CEO. In addition to leading all operations at TDIC, DBIC and NORDIC, Spinelli will …

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