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Defense Lawyer Questions Charges in Massive Utah Wildfire

A defense attorney questioned misdemeanor charges against a man accused of accidentally sparking a massive Utah wildfire that destroyed 13 homes and cost some $40 million to fight. Attorney Andrew Deiss said after a Tuesday court hearing that part of …

Oregon River Guides Face Tougher Standards, New Insurance Requirements

Here are your requirements to be a river guide in inland Oregon – a cardiopulmonary resuscitation certificate, liability insurance, the $150 annual fee and be a reasonably good citizen. What you don’t need? A boat, knowledge of the river or …

Wyoming River Flooding Causes Millions in Damage, Several Deaths

The high volume of water that poured down Wyoming rivers and streams from a melting record mountain snowpack this year is being blamed for several river deaths and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage to roads, recreation sites …

California Workers’ Comp Agency Dismisses 292,000 Unresolved Liens

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) reported that it had dismissed more than 292,000 unresolved liens, belonging to claimants who failed to file the proper forms. New legislation effective this year, SB 1160, requires all lien claimants that filed …

With Marijuana Legalized in Colorado, Role of Pot-Sniffing Dogs Unclear

Deuce, a German Shepard with the Aurora Police Department, is sniffing around tables and a barbeque at a picnic area outside a police station. After a few minutes, he sits and fixes his gaze on a plastic trash can. Deuce’s …

Pot Grow Generator Linked to Northern California Wildfire

A generator on a marijuana farm is to blame for a fire last year that destroyed a dozen homes south of San Francisco, investigators said Thursday. It’s the latest in a string of fires at marijuana growing sites in the …

EPA Says it Won’t Review Mine Spill Claims of State or Tribe That Sued

Days after the Environmental Protection Agency pledged to reconsider damage claims it previously rejected after a mine spill, the agency said Monday it could not review multimillion-dollar requests from the state of New Mexico and the Navajo Nation because both …

Coast Guard Hearing Focuses on Deadly Crab Boat Sinking

A hearing into what caused a Seattle, Wash., crab boat with six people aboard to sink in the Bering Sea will focus on weather and human factors, as well as the stability of the fishing vessel before it went missing …

California Regulator Opens Probe of Wells Fargo Insurance Abuses

Wells Fargo & Co.’s admission that it charged customers for auto policies they didn’t request has prompted an investigation by California’s insurance regulator. “The department will investigate fully to determine the extent to which California consumers were affected by improper …

Carrying Cash Worries Legal Marijuana Business Owners

Jerred Kiloh’s eyes narrowed as he checked his mirror again. The black Chevy SUV with tinted windows was still behind him. It had been hanging off Kiloh’s bumper ever since he nosed out of the parking lot behind his medical-marijuana …

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