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Prolonged California Oil Spill Due to Corroded Pipeline

A pipeline company responsible for spilling more than 120,000 gallons of oil on the California coast failed to prevent corrosion in its pipes, detect the rupture or respond swiftly as crude streamed toward the ocean, federal regulators said Thursday. Plains …

Few Options for Colorado Theater Victims After Loss to Cinemark

Victims’ loss in a civil trial over whether a Colorado movie theater should have done more to prevent a mass shooting leaves them with dwindling options as they seek damages for their suffering. Experts say the loss Thursday to Cinemark …

Dry Winter Equals More Dust Storm Danger in the West

It’s that time of year in the Southwest – and as far as Alaska – when dust storms take shape, raising health and safety risks as plumes of dirt take to the sky. A dry winter means the Southwest is …

Jury Finds Cinemark Theater Chain Not Liable in 2012 Colorado Shooting

The owners of a movie theater where 12 people were killed during a screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” are not liable for the mass shooting, a jury ruled on Thursday, in the first civil lawsuit stemming …

RMS: Sea Level Rise Will Threaten $77B Worth of San Francisco Property by 2100

RMS has completed groundbreaking analysis to quantify the economic risk to San Francisco’s property from future sea level rise. The analysis was used to inform the city’s recently released Sea Level Rise Action Plan, commissioned by Mayor Edwin Lee, and …

Limited California Quake Alert System Could be Operational by 2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown will seek state funds to help establish a system that issues alerts that an earthquake is occurring – with an eye on rolling out a limited system by 2018, a newspaper reported Monday. The governor will …

Rise in Fatal Crashes Involving Marijuana Seen in Utah

Utah officials say the number of fatal car wrecks in Utah in which drivers tested positive for marijuana has more than doubled in the last three years, according to annual report from the state’s Department of Public Safety. An annual …

Toxic Metals Found in Los Angeles Homes Near Gas Leak

Homes located near a gas well blowout that spewed the nation’s largest-known release of methane had higher levels of toxic metals that could have caused symptoms Los Angeles residents have suffered from for months, public health officials said. Tests found …

California Teen Football Player Whose Injury Prompted Safety Efforts Dies

Donnovan Hill, the California teenager whose paralyzing football injury led to increased safety protections for young players after he sued a youth league, has died, a lawyer for his family said Thursday. Hill died Wednesday at an Orange County hospital …

Cab Companies Shouldn’t be Trusted Either Says Uber

Uber Technologies Inc. fired back at taxi operators accusing it of lying about superior safety, telling a judge the cab companies “fabricated” a customer endorsement with a photo of MySpace’s co-founder and can’t be trusted. Uber said several Los Angeles-area …

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