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Man Pleads Guilty to Deaths of 36 in California Warehouse Fire

The master tenant of a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse where 36 people perished when a fire ignited during a 2016 dance party pleaded guilty Friday to the deaths, avoiding a second trial after the first ended in a hung …

Washington Contractor Fined $230K for Fall Protection, Other Safety Violations

An Everett, Wash., construction company with a history of safety violations is facing fines of more than $230,000 after inspections at two Seattle job sites reportedly found numerous problems that placed workers at significant risk. Chilos Builders LLC was recently …

California Quake Alerts Will Come Standard on Android Phones

California’s earthquake early warnings will be a standard feature on all Android phones, bypassing the need for users to download the state’s MyShake app in order to receive alerts, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said. The state worked with …

Judge Orders PG&E in California to Beef up Safety

A federal judge has ordered Pacific Gas and Electric to better inspect high-voltage power lines, hire more tree-trimming supervisors and upgrade records regarding the age of electrical equipment as part of efforts to prevent deadly and destructive wildfires and other …

Monsoon Arrival in Arizona Means End of Fire Restrictions

Fire restrictions within some state land are being lifted because of recent monsoon rain across the northern and southern sections of Arizona. Officials with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said restrictions will be lifted by Friday on …

Workers Killed in Industrial Accident at Colorado Cheese Plant

Two men were killed while working on a pipe extension project at a cheese plant in northern Colorado. Weld County Coroner Carl Blesch says 25-year-old Odaniz Javier Ortiz Quinones, of Greeley, and 47-year-old Joseph Jarvis Jr., of Greensboro, North Carolina, …

Aspergillus Mold Found Again at Washington Hospital

Seattle Children’s hospital is again coping with a mold in its operating rooms that has persisted at the hospital for nearly 20 years and has been linked to seven deaths. There are no known new illnesses connected to the latest …

New Mexico Forest Official Cites Rising Risk of Human-Caused Wildfires

The top administrator of a national forest in northern New Mexico says there’s an elevated risk of human-caused wildfires due to drying conditions and negligence by some forest visitors. Carson National Forest Supervisor James Duran said there’s a high fire …

Populous Areas Near Utah’s Wasatch Front Fault Lines Prone to Large Quakes

Fault lines along the Wasatch Front in north-central Utah are much bigger than initially thought, a study said. The Utah Department of Natural Resources released new maps accompanied with a four-year study showing there is a significant risk in densely …

California Refinery Hit With $125K in Safety Violations

Federal officials have fined a Southern California refinery $125,000 for chemical safety and risk-management violations, according to a newspaper report. The violations stem from a 2016 investigation into Torrance Refinery, which found equipment designed to help contain an accidental release …