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Self-Driving Uber SUV Involved in Arizona Accident

Officials say a self-driving Uber SUV was operating on its own when it was struck by another vehicle making a left turn at an intersection in Arizona, where the company is testing autonomous vehicles. No one was seriously injured. Uber …

Montana Law Seeking to Privatize $1.6B Workers’ Comp Insurance Fund Tabled

Montana lawmakers on Friday put off further discussion on dismantling and privatizing the state’s massive workers compensation system, saying the task was too daunting to take up in the waning days of the legislative session. Instead, the matter will be …

Utah Police Say Tougher DUI Law May Require Revised Training, Rules

Some in Utah law enforcement say a new law giving the state the strictest DUI threshold in the country could change how officers screen people for DUI and look for signs someone’s blood alcohol level is over the new 0.05 …

60% of Workers’ Spinal Fusion Claims Initially Reported as Strains: Study

A study on the use of spinal fusion surgeries in California workers’ compensation shows that in 60 percent of spinal fusion claims the initial report of injury was for a sprain or strain, a majority of the fusions occurred within …

Pesticide Finding Prompts Oregon’s First Recreational Marijuana Recall

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission issued its first recall of recreational marijuana after samples of a type of pot were found to contain a level of pesticide residue above the state limit. The Blue Magoo marijuana was sold at Buds …

Snowpack Melt Could Lead to Flooding Near Los Angeles

The threat of destructive flooding from a monstrous Sierra Nevada snowpack that supplies Los Angeles, Calif., with its water led Mayor Eric Garcetti to declare an emergency Monday to protect the city’s aqueduct system and the people who live nearby. …

Property Crime Spike Spurs California City Plans to Scan License Plates

A California city plans to scan the license plates of all incoming cars by placing stationary cameras at key intersections in a bid to boost public safety. The seaside city of Carlsbad will spend $1 million to add cameras at …

Legislation Could Close Dangerous Gaps Along Oregon Coast Trail

Few pathways conjure up more conflicting emotions than the Oregon Coast Trail. One moment you’re hiking to the top of a rocky headland and looking upon a vast sweep of ocean. The next you’re risking life and limb on the …

Coastal Insurance Costs Increasing as Sea Level Rises

When Julia Lundblad lies in bed at night in her Titlow Beach, Wash., home, she can hear the water sloshing up under her house. It took some getting used to, but she loves it. And she said her neighbors are …

Unraveling an Oregon Auto Fraud Case

Kristin Ellenson loves everything about her 2012 Cadillac SRX, from the satiny silver paint job and sporty styling to the leather upholstery and wood-trimmed interior. “The heated steering wheel,” she confides, “is awesome!” She and her husband, Jim, bought the …

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