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Earthquake Risk at Utah Fault Studied

Signs of earthquakes are everywhere in the chaotically beautiful geology of southwest Utah and the region where the mile-high Colorado Plateau falls off into the corrugated Basin-and-Range landscape that dominates neighboring Nevada. The treeless desert lays bare the lines of …

Cal Fire Says PG&E at Fault for 2015 Butte Fire

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisorssaid it will pursue all legal avenues and seek hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. after a Cal Fire investigation determined the utility was guilty of causing the …

Wildfires Create Dangerous Gaps in California’s Pacific Crest Hiking Trail

Vast wildfires have created lengthy gaps in Southern California sections of the famed Pacific Crest Trail, which hikers must bypass via shuttles or alternate routes to avoid dangerous conditions like unstable trees and loose rocks. Long-distance backpackers must be shuttled …

Phoenix Next Test Site for Google Self-Driving Cars

Earlier this month Google announced that it will be testing its autonomous vehicles in Phoenix, Ariz. The California-based tech company has already tested its self-driving vehicles in California, Washington and Texas. Varying road conditions, traffic patterns and driving environment were …

Washington Workplace Deaths Fall to Near Historic Low in 2015

Workplace deaths in Washington declined to a near-historic low in 2015, according to a new Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) report. Last year there were 58 work-related deaths in the state — 18 fewer than in 2014. L&I data …

California Families Remain in Limbo 2 Months After Gas Blowout

It’s been two months since a blown-out natural gas well was capped and officials spoke of thousands of uprooted families returning to their normal lives. But nearly half of the 8,000 families who left home at some point have yet …

Commentary: Navigating Florida’s Comparative Fault Statute

During the life of a Florida claim, risk managers, adjusters or clients often ask, “What kind of jurisdiction is Florida for fault?” And all too often, the answer given since 2006 is, “purely comparative.” This is a reference to the …

California Jurors Could Face Fines for Misusing Internet During Trials

Jurors who threaten to derail trials by researching them on Google or posting comments about them on Twitter are often dismissed with nothing more than a tongue-lashing from a judge. But that may soon change in California. Legislation supported by …

NICB: Ferrari Stolen in 1987 Recovered at California Port

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) was given exclusive access to a 1981 Ferrari GTSI recovered at the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach earlier this month. The car, one of 1,743 of that model made in 1981, was …

Earthquake Risk High Along Sierra’s Eastern Front

Scientists say the Sierra’s eastern front is long overdue for a large earthquake along the California-Nevada line, where a magnitude-7 event expected on average every 30 years hasn’t occurred in six decades. Nevada Seismology Laboratory Director Graham Kent says the …

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