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AAA: Too Early to Rely on Self-Braking Cars to Stop

New test results from AAA reveal that automatic emergency braking systems – the safety technology that will soon be standard equipment on 99 percent of vehicles – vary widely in design and performance. All the systems tested by AAA are …

Oso Landslide Victims’ Lawyers Say State Committed Fraud

Attorneys for victims and family members in a deadly 2014 landslide in Washington have accused state lawyers of orchestrating a fraud by deleting emails between expert witnesses for the state. In a motion filed Tuesday, the attorneys say the state …

Colorado Springs Hailstorm Damage Estimated at $352.8M

The July 28 hailstorm that hit Colorado Springs was the sixth-most damaging event in Colorado history. The Gazette reports that according to an insurance industry trade group the storm earned $352.8 million in claims for damage to homes and vehicles. …

Weeks After Main Shock, 2014 Napa Quake Continued to Creep

On August 24, 2014, just south of Napa, California, a fault in the Earth suddenly slipped, violently shifting and splitting huge blocks of solid rock, 6 miles below the surface. The underground upheaval generated severe shaking at the surface, lasting …

Despite Wildfire Danger California Residents Refuse to Evacuate

A wildfire quickly turned into an inferno and within hours had ravaged pine forests near the California ski town of Wrightwood – but only half of its more than 4,500 residents heeded mandatory evacuation orders. Officials say it was another …

Link Between Synthetic Turf Fields and Student Athlete Illnesses Considered

Their son is gone. Luke Beardemphl, a standout Tacoma soccer player during his years at Stadium High School, died last year at 24, following a seven-year battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. But Luke’s parents, Mike and Stephanie Beardemphl, now worry about …

California Fire Damage Teams Assess Wildfire Damage

In the aftermath of a wildfire, somebody has to figure out exactly what burned. It’s painstaking and important work that helps evacuated residents know if they lost everything or have something waiting for them when they return home. Officials estimate …

CGL Coverage Excluded for Misappropriating Another’s Name, Likeness

In a decision filed August 5, 2016, the United Stated District Court for the Northern District of California, applying California law, held that a wine dealer’s commercial general liability insurance policy excludes coverage for the dealer’s misappropriation of a third …

Judge Rejects Uber’s $100 Million Driver Pay Settlement

Uber Technologies Inc. may come out ahead by failing to win court approval of a $100 million settlement with drivers. A San Francisco federal judge rejected the agreement on Thursday, a turn of events that would typically encourage the ride-hailing …

Insurer, Individual Settle With Utah City for 2012 Wildfire

Saratoga Springs, Utah, officials have approved a settlement with one of two men accused of starting a 2012 wildfire by target shooting. The Daily Herald that Jeffery Conant has agreed to pay $35,000 and Farmers Insurance Co. of Washington will …

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