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Report Blames Pilot for 2011 Hawaii Helicopter Crash

The likely cause of a Molokai helicopter crash that killed all five people aboard was the pilot flying too close to the mountains during inclement weather, the National Transportation Safety Board determined in a final report published Friday. Pilot Nathan …

California Senator Wants Criminal Probe Into New Bay Bridge

A California lawmaker is calling for a criminal investigation into construction problems on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, said a Senate investigative report to be released this week will show …

Northern California Wildfire Destroys 10 Homes

Firefighters in Northern California are battling a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite grew significantly overnight. Fire officials say the Sand Fire has burned about …

Parents Sue Alaska Company After Son’s Avalanche Death

The parents of a 26-year-old snowboarder who died after an Alaska avalanche have filed a federal lawsuit against a heli-skiing company, alleging it failed to assess the danger in the area. Nickolay Dobov of Truckee, California, died after the March …

California Removes Motorcycle Lane Splitting Guidelines

The California Highway Patrol has taken down safety guidelines for a sometimes criticized but legal driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by driving between lanes. State officials were worried the guidelines for so-called lane splitting could be misconstrued …

Spokane Homes Damaged by Thunderstorms

Severe thunderstorms that moved through the Spokane, Wash., area last week knocked out power to more than 60,000 customers and damaged dozens of homes. One driver suffered life-threatening injuries in Chattaroy when a tree slammed onto his car, impaling him. …

San Francisco Officials Consider $15M Settlement in Park Death

San Francisco city officials are considering a $15.1 million payout to the family of a woman who was struck and killed by a city gardener while with her dog and baby at a park. The city’s Recreation and Parks Commission …

South Tahoe Hotel Fire Damage Estimated at $2M

Fire officials at South Lake Tahoe, Calif., are investigating the cause of a blaze that did more than $2 million damage to a two-story hotel on Ski Run Boulevard and sent two people to the hospital. South Lake Tahoe Fire …

Portland Neighborhood Told to Fix Own Potholes

The city of Portland is telling a neighborhood with poor streets to fix its own potholes. The Oregon city says street repairs are not its responsibility in the southwest Portland neighborhood because the roads were not up to code when …

Montana Man Sentenced for Construction Fraud

A Montana man has been sentenced to over eight years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $6.5 million in restitution for taking millions of dollars in down payments on steel buildings he never completed. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy …

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