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PG&E Pleads Not Guilty in San Bruno Blast Probe Obstruction Case

PG&E Corp.’s utility pleaded not guilty to obstructing a federal investigation of the 2010 natural-gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb and said it received grand jury subpoenas in what prosecutors said was a separate …

New Mexico Sees 20% Rise in Traffic Deaths This Year

A government report shows that traffic deaths in New Mexico have increased about 20 percent this year. According to preliminary figures from the Department of Transportation, 204 people have died in traffic accidents from January through July. That’s up from …

Site of Deadly Colorado Rock Slide Still Monitored

The colored lines spanning a graph on Mesa County surveyor Frank Kochevar’s computer screen are flat. Unlike in an intensive care unit, this is good news. The lines remotely show Kochevar and other landslide watchers that the massive and deadly …

Supervisor of Washington Prison Asbestos Program Fired

Washington state’s Department of Corrections has fired the supervisor in charge of an inmate work crew that used unsafe practices in cleaning up asbestos. The agency last year closed down the 23-year-old program that sent prisoners to clean up cancer-causing …

Seattle Lawyer Gets 2 Years Prison Term for Fraud

A Seattle, Wash., lawyer who scammed a disabled client out of $360,000 has been sentenced to two years in prison. Edward Joseph Callow represented a client who was permanently disabled in a car wreck. Nationwide Insurance agreed to pay her …

California High Court Ruling: Silence Can Be Used Against Suspects

The California Supreme Court has ruled that the silence of suspects can be used against them. Wading into a legally tangled vehicular manslaughter case, a sharply divided high court on Thursday effectively reinstated the felony conviction of a man accused …

No Active Quake Fault Under Hollywood Development Site

A state official says there is no active earthquake fault under the site of a proposed development in Hollywood, Calif. The Los Angeles Times reports geologist Stephen Testa said Thursday that there’s “a lot of strong evidence” that a fault …

Probe of Deadly Washington Refinery Blast Closed

The U.S. Justice Department said Friday it will file no criminal charges following a four-year investigation into the April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes, Washington. The decision was shared with victims’ relatives …

Wrongful Death Suit Filed Over Runway Death After Asiana Crash

The parents of a teenage girl who was run over and killed by emergency vehicles after an Asiana Airlines crash landing at the San Francisco airport filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, saying rescuers were reckless and poorly …

Mainland Helps Monitor Hawaii Quakes, Eruptions After Storm Damage

U.S. Geographical Service outposts in other states are helping monitor Hawaii’s volcanoes and earthquakes while work is done to repair Tropical Storm Iselle’s damage to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Violent winds slammed the observatory early Friday, causing power problems and …

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