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Scientists Study Kilauea Lava to Improve Projections

Geologists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are studying lava samples that might help fine-tune projections if Kilauea sends another 2,000-degree river of molten rock toward homes in lower Puna. The lava flow saw its 1-year anniversary yesterday but hasn’t threatened …

Residents Recall Devastating Charlotte Fire 3 Years Later

As Sharon Abreu recalls the sequence of events that occurred on June 28, 2012, she shivers and goose bumps raise on her arms as she speaks. Abreu and her family were among the more than 5,000 people who were evacuated …

New California Court Decision Prescribes Rules for Conducting Insurance Loss Appraisals

The California Insurance Code provides a mandatory method of resolving property insurance claim disputes by informal appraisal proceedings before two appraisers and an umpire. The appraisers are charged with the obligation of appraising the loss and stating separately actual cash …

New Class Action Suit Filed by Asiana Passengers in 2013 Plane Crash

South Korea’s Asiana Airlines Inc is facing a new class action suit from passengers on a plane that crashed in San Francisco in 2013 that seeks a combined $30 million in damages, a lawyer for the passengers said. Three teenagers …

New Mexico Court Rules Farm, Ranch Laborers Eligible for Workers’ Comp

The New Mexico Court of Appeals cleared the way for farm and ranch laborers to receive workers’ compensation benefits by declaring a decades-old provision in state law unconstitutional. That provision, on the books since the 1930s, excludes those employees whose …

Washington County to get $6.6M for Oso Slide Property Buyouts

Federal officials have awarded $6.6 million to Snohomish County, Washington, to help buy out those whose homes and land were devastated by the Oso mudslide. The Daily Herald of Everett reports that while that’s not the full $9.4 million the …

Washington Man Used Seahawks’ Names to File Fake Workers’ Comp Claims

A Spokane Valley,Wash., man has been sentenced to six months in jail for faking on-the-job injuries and using Seahawks players’ names to get narcotics and other prescription drugs. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Harold Clarke also ordered Jeffory Leonard Mock …

Federal Judge in Wyoming Delays New Federal Fracking Rules

New U.S. fracking safety rules set to take effect Wednesday were put on hold by a Wyoming federal judge who said he needed more evidence to decide whether to block them as requested by drillers and four western states. Before …

Las Vegas a Testing Ground for Training to Stem Police Shootings

By 2 a.m., nearly five hours had ticked by since Stanley Gibson’s last call. “I want to come home,” the 43-year-old Gulf War veteran told his wife, Rondha, his voice edged by post-traumatic stress disorder. But Rondha Gibson did not …

Wildfire Season Being Felt Throughout California

Hot, dry California was beginning to feel the full brunt of fire season as blazes burned throughout the state, threatening hundreds of homes, although most areas dodged serious destruction. As firefighters knocked down dozens of small brush fires from north …

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