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California Oil Firms Had Nearly 400 Violations

An environmental group says oil and gas companies drilling off Southern California violated state regulations nearly 400 times in the past three years. Records obtained by The Associated Press that were released Wednesday by the Center for Biological Diversity show …

Utah Ax-Throwing Venue Approved to Serve Beer?

Despite safety concerns, a recreational ax-throwing venue in Salt Lake City, Utah has been approved for a license to serve beer. The state liquor commission approved Social Axe Throwing’s request for a recreational beer license. The business asserted that it’s …

Asbestos Concerns Halt Restoration of Century-Old Washington Hotel

Restoration work on a century-old former hotel in eastern Washington has been halted after air quality inspectors say they found signs of asbestos. The Spokesman-Review reported that the state Department of Labor and Industries stopped work on the Otis Hotel …

5 Injured in Southern California Balcony Collapse

Four adults and a girl were injured after a second-story balcony collapsed at an apartment near downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Fire Department says the South Park balcony collapsed, injuring three women, a man and a girl. The fire …

California Dam Crisis Driving National Examination

One year after the worst structural failures at a major U.S. dam in a generation, federal regulators who oversee California’s half-century-old, towering Oroville Dam say they are looking hard at how they overlooked its built-in weaknesses for decades. The Federal …

More Cameras on California Mountain Peaks to Boost Fire Protection

San Diego County, Calif. authorities say new high-definition cameras will be installed on mountain peaks to bolster fire protection, and an existing computer network that links fire stations throughout the region will be upgraded. The Union-Tribune reports officials want to …

Houston Metro Continues to Wrestle with Rail Safety

Collisions remain a constant along the Metro’s light rail track despite a monthslong effort to improve rail safety in the Houston, Texas area. The Metropolitan Transit Authority logged November as its second-worst month for train crashes in more than a …

Amtrak Didn’t Wait for System That Could’ve Prevented Washington Wreck

The rush to launch service on a new, faster Amtrak route near Seattle, Wash. came at a deadly cost: none of the critical speed-control technology that could have prevented a derailment was active before the train set off on its …

Amtrak in Washington 50 Mph Over Speed Limit Before Deadly Derailment

Federal officials confirmed an Amtrak train was hurtling 50 mph over the speed limit when it careened off an overpass south of Seattle, spilling cars onto the highway below and killing at least three people. Bella Dinh-Zarr, a National Transportation …

Amtrak Plunges on Washington Highway Resulting in Deaths, Injuries

An Amtrak passenger train derailed near the Washington State town of DuPont, sending rail cars plunging onto a busy interstate during the morning rush hour and resulting in injuries and deaths. Washington State Patrol Trooper Brooke Bova, a public information …