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Arizona Senate Votes to Raise Minimum Auto Liability Insurance

The Arizona Senate approved a bill Thursday to raise the minimum amount of liability coverage drivers are required to carry on auto insurance policies, a proposal backers say is needed to protect accident victims from loss. The bill by Sen. …

Two Dams Reveal Challenge in Maintaining Older Designs

Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter that would manage surging waters in times of …

‘Life Below Zero’ Reality Star Sues Over Safety Claims

A star of the Alaska-based reality series “Life Below Zero” is suing the show’s producers, alleging she was hurt while forced to perform dangerous acts in support of false story lines. The lawsuit against BBC Worldwide Reality Productions and others …

Arizona Bill Cutting Mandatory Auto Glass Coverage Likely Dead

Arizona drivers used to paying nothing when their car windshields are cracked or shattered by rocks appear likely to keep the insurance coverage for at least another year. That’s because an effort by insurance companies to remove a requirement that …

Arizona High Court to Rule on Liability in Asbestos Take Home Exposure Case

The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether employers can be held liable to somebody who contracted cancer from asbestos brought home on a parent’s work clothes. The case stems from the 2014 death of Dr. Ernest Quiroz, whose …

California Dam Putting More Than 50,000 Homes at Risk

Days after thousands of people were allowed to return to their homes near Lake Oroville, Calif., more than 50,000┬áhomes remain at risk of flood damage, according to analysis released last week by CoreLogic. If all of the homes located within …

Nevada Legislator Seeks Precautionary Ban on Human Microchips

Computer chips that store personal information and could be used to pinpoint someone’s location could not be implanted in humans without consent under a bill Nevada state lawmakers weighed on Monday. Lawmakers on a judicial panel considered whether Nevada should …

PG&E Required to Run 12,500 TV Ads Admitting Lax Safety Standards

PG&E Corp. was ordered take out television and newspaper advertisements announcing that the company was found guilty of violating safety standards in the wake of a 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people. Last month, a San Francisco …

California Amusement Park Fire That Burned 8 Cars Investigated

A fire broke out in Disneyland’s main parking structure that burned eight cars and forced seven people to be treated for smoke inhalation, authorities said. No foul play was suspected, but investigators haven’t given a cause for the Monday blaze …

California Dam Managers Dismissed Flood Concern 12 Years Ago

Environmental activists and local government officials warned more than a decade ago about the risk of catastrophic flooding below a major Northern California dam – the very scenario that threatened to unfold over the weekend, prompting evacuation orders for nearly …

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