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MSHA Imposes $1M+ Fine for Deaths at Colorado Silver Mine

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced that it has imposed a $1,077,800 fine following its investigation into the deaths of two miners at Revenue Mine on Nov. 17, 2013. The underground silver ore mine, located …

Vegas Puppy Shop Owner Pleads Guilty to Arson, Fraud

A former pet shop owner has pleaded guilty to felony arson and insurance fraud in a fire at a Las Vegas pet shop where 27 puppies and dogs were rescued by firefighters earlier this year. Court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price …

Dozens of Colorado Flood Victims Still Unable to Move Home

Dozens of Boulder County residents say they still can’t move home more than a year after historic flooding swept through Colorado. Boulder county transportation officials say they can’t issue permits for some private bridges yet because many roads still need …

NTSB Report Blames Fuel System in Helicopter Crash

A report by the National Transportation Safety Board says an incorrectly installed fuel system part may have contributed to a helicopter crash in Honolulu last year. The Robinson R22 Beta helicopter operated by Mauna Loa Helicopters lost power and made …

Spokane Considers Tracking Abandoned Homes

The Spokane City Council is considering creating a registry of abandoned homes to prevent them from slipping into disrepair. The Washington council is scheduled on Monday to consider an ordinance that would require banks or other responsible parties to register …

Facebook, Ferrari Sued for Seizing Fan Pages

A Swiss father and his son who gained millions of Facebook Inc. followers through their Ferrari SpA fan pages sued the social media company and the carmaker claiming they teamed up to illegally seize control of the websites. The lawsuit …

California to Sell $350M of Earthquake Bonds

The California Earthquake Authority, the largest seismic insurer in the U.S., is selling $350 million in bonds to strengthen its ability to pay claims, after the state’s first death due to a quake in 11 years. The debt, which is …

Northwest Residents Dismiss Dumpster Diving, Mail Theft While Fearing Identity Theft

In this increasingly digital world, many Northwest residents worry about the threat of online identity theft, but according to the latest poll results from Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance, about three-quarters say they continue to bank online anyway. And while the poll …

Extricating Injured Passenger From a Crashed Auto Constitutes Use of That Auto

The word “use” in an automobile liability insurance policy is generally given a broad, general and comprehensive meaning that results in broad coverage. The word “use” includes “loading and unloading” of the motor vehicle. The determination of whether an injury …

Washington Woman Pleads Guilty to Arson in Rented House Fire

A 38-year-old Washington woman who told firefighters how she dropped her young son to safety before escaping a house fire herself has admitted setting the fire and making a false insurance claim. The News Tribune reports that Melinda Sayers pleaded …

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