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Utilities to Cover Power Lines, Expand Weather Monitoring in High Risk Areas

California utilities plan to insulate power lines, increase inspections and build new weather stations in areas at high risk for wildfires in an effort to combat increasingly destructive blazes. Southern California Edison told legislative employees this week it wants to …

PG&E Sued for Ad Spending Instead of on Preventing Events Like the California Wildfire

PG&E Corp. was accused of putting its “reputation above public safety” in a lawsuit alleging that the power company spends too much on advertising and not enough on preventing devastating Northern California wildfires like the one that destroyed the town …

Online Sleuthing Skills Help in Wake of California Wildfire

They have become known as the Angels of Paradise. But there is nothing ethereal about them. They are online sleuths who know how to find people, and they have been putting their skills to use in the aftermath of California’s …

No Delay for Honolulu Condo Owners to Perform Fire Safety Evaluations

A measure that would have given condominium owners two extra years to comply with a Honolulu fire safety law has been deemed lost. The Honolulu City Council failed this week to acquire enough votes to override Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s veto …

Attorneys for Wrong-Way Arizona Driver Blame Agency for Crash, Injuries

Attorneys for a wrong-way driver say an Arizona Department of Public Safety sergeant is responsible for a crash that injured the driver and the sergeant. Patricia Carvalho is facing charges of attempted homicide, aggravated DUI and endangerment. The Los Ranchos, …

Low Earthquake Insurance Take-up in Alaska Due to High Cost?

With Alaska’s history of earthquakes, you might assume most homeowners have earthquake insurance. That’s not the case, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Only about 15 percent of Alaska homeowners buy earthquake insurance, according to an estimate provided by Lori Wing-Heier, …

Oregon Suit Says Burning Homeless Camp Damaged Lawyer’s Home, Office

A Portland, Ore. lawyer whose home and business were seriously damaged when a fire started at a homeless camp has filed a $541,000 lawsuit against the city. Raylynna Peterson’s lawsuit filed last week says the city forced campers to move …

Damage from Massive Alaska Earthquake Evident at Military Base

Last week’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake near Anchorage caused multiple problems at the sprawling Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, including damage to steel frameworks, ceilings, and sprinkler and heating systems, military officials said Friday. But as with the rest of the earthquake zone, …

Probe into Student Death Finds California School Violated Rules

An investigation into a 13-year-old student’s death at a Northern California private school has found the school violated state rules when its staff put him in a face-down restraint position for nearly an hour. State education regulators found evidence that …

Chiropractor in California Pleads Guilty in $150M Workers’ Comp Fraud Scheme

A Los Angeles, Calif. chiropractor has pleaded guilty to taking part in a $150 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme. Paul Turley of Granada Hills pleaded last week to conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, mayhem, insurance fraud and unlawful patient referral …

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