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Researchers Say California Drought Recovery Could Take 4 Years

It could take California four years to recover from the most severe drought on record, even if the next several winters bring above-normal snowfall to the Sierra Nevada, researchers said Tuesday releasing a study. One winter of El Nino storms …

Allstate Back in California Homeowner Market After 9 Year Absence

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones welcomed Allstate Insurance back into the California homeowner insurance market last week week, after a nine year absence writing new homeowner policies. Allstate also entered into an agreement with the commissioner to reduce its homeowner insurance …

Fiat Chrysler Jeep Cherokee Recall Investigated in Star Trek Actor’s Death

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is conducting a “thorough investigation” into the death of “Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin, spokesman Eric Mayne said in statement on Monday. The actor, who played Chekov in the revamped movie series including “Star Trek Beyond” …

Washington Potato Processor Fined $213,160 for Repeated Workplace Safety Violations

Repeated serious safety violations have resulted in a serious workplace injury and in a large fine for a potato processer in Warden, Wash. Washington Potato Company was cited for five repeat-serious and three repeat-general violations, and an additional 15 serious …

Six-Story California Steel Structure Rattled by Simulated Earthquake

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego rocked and rattled a six-story steel frame building on a giant shake table Wednesday to see how the structure would withstand major earthquakes. The towering building jolted, shuddered and let out a …

California Man Says 19 Vehicles Have Crashed into Yard Since 1960

A San Jose, Calif., home near a highway off-ramp is such a magnet for cars – with at least 19 vehicles landing on the property since 1960 – that its owner calls it a “landing strip.” Homeowner Ray Minter said …

Auto Burglaries an Epidemic in San Francisco

Across the street from San Francisco’s main jail, business is booming at Auto Glass Now where more than a dozen motorists show up on an average day to replace windows broken by thieves. “It’s been insane,” said Julio Lara, the …

Broken Bolt Caused Oregon Oil Train Derailment

At least one broken bolt holding the rail in place caused the fiery derailment of a Union Pacific train moving volatile crude oil through the Columbia River Gorge on the Oregon-Washington border, railroad officials say. Union Pacific spokesman Justin Jacobs …

New Mexico Tops Nation With Highest Pedestrian Deaths

Federal data shows New Mexico has the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. According to a report issued in May by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, New Mexico had 74 pedestrian fatalities in 2014, or a rate …

Colorado High Court Rules That Ski Resorts Aren’t Liable for Avalanches

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that avalanches are among the “inherent dangers of skiing” so ski resorts can’t be held liable for people killed by slides within their boundaries. The 5-2 ruling came in a lawsuit brought by the …

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