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Tougher Utility Rules Being Considered in Wake of California Wildfires

California utilities may face tougher safety rules for power lines, phone lines and utility poles in parts of the state most prone to wildfires. Under the proposed rules being considered by the California Public Utilities Commission, tree branches would have …

Woman Wounded in Las Vegas Shooting Drops ‘Bump Stock’ Maker from Suit

The maker of a rapid-fire gun accessory that police say was used in the Oct. 1 mass shooting that killed 58 people and left hundreds injured at an open-air concert on the Las Vegas Strip has been removed from a …

Another California Utility Loses Billions in Value as Wildfire Rages

Once again, thousands are fleeing a wildfire in California. And, once again, the worry on Wall Street is that a major electric utility might end up on the hook for the damages. Shares of Edison International plunged the most in …

Fallout for PG&E from California Wildfire Could Have Been Limited by Vote

California regulators rejected a request by a San Diego utility to bill customers for a decade-old wildfire, even as they made clear their decision shouldn’t necessarily be seen as a precedent for last month’s deadly fires in wine country. San …

$8M Suit Filed by Oregon Couple After Death of Daughter in Hot Apartment

An Oregon couple has filed an $8 million lawsuit against their apartment company, claiming their 2-year-old daughter died because a heater in their unit raised the temperature in her room to a lethal level. Portland attorney Jane Paulson, who’s representing …

450 Las Vegas Shooting Victims and Family Members of Deceased File Lawsuits

Attorneys representing more than 450 victims of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas mass shooting have filed lawsuits against the hotels where the shooting occurred. Attorneys Mo Aziz of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz and Chad Pinkerton, of The …

Security at Las Vegas Marathon Beefed up After Concert Attack

Las Vegas ramped up security for the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, which was the first major outdoor event on the Strip since the mass shooting. Tens of thousands of people participated in the race on Monday with many wearing …

Someone Else’s Wires May Have Started California Wildfires, PG&E Says

The deadliest of last month’s wildfires in California’s wine country may have been started by electrical equipment not owned or installed by Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the utility said in a court filing. PG&E said in a legal filing …

Suspect in Deadly Oakland Warehouse Fire Says Landlord Also Responsible

A man charged with involuntary manslaughter in a California warehouse fire that killed 36 people last December says the building’s owner shares responsibility for the deaths. Derick Almena said in a jailhouse interview airing on Oakland television KTVU this week …

Emergency Response to Vegas Shooting Projected at $4M

The costs of emergency police, fire and other services related to the Las Vegas shooting massacre were projected Wednesday at about $4 million and climbing. The disclosure came amid pledges by the federal government to provide $1 million, and from …