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Recent Hailstorm May Be Colorado’s Most Expensive

With more than 150,000 car insurance claims and 50,000 homeowners insurance claims estimated to be filed—the monster hailstorm that pounded Colorado’s Front Range on May 8th is on pace to be Colorado’s most expensive insured catastrophe. The Rocky Mountain Insurance …

California Man Sickened by Nacho Cheese in Botulism Outbreak Dies

One of at least 10 people apparently sickened by nacho-cheese dip sold at a California gas station has died, health officials said Monday. The San Francisco County coroner’s office identified the victim as Martin Galindo-Larios Jr., 37. An online fundraising …

Massive Slide Covers Stretch of Iconic California Coastal Highway

A massive new landslide along California’s iconic coastal Highway 1 has buried the road under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt, the latest hit in winter of crippling slides and flooding. A swath of the hillside gave way in …

Fyre Music Fest Suits Says it Was More Like ‘Hunger Games’ Than Coachella

Litigation is piling up like bonfire kindling against organizers of the Fyre Festival that flamed out in a fiasco. Angry participants had lashed out on social media with the hashtag (hash)fyrefraud as the music festival fell apart on an island …

Researchers Warn Hawaii Coastal Areas Threatened by ‘King Tides’

Scientists have issued a warning that Hawaii faces the threat of serious coastal flooding this week and in June because a rare convergence of rising sea levels and some of the highest tides of this year. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported …

Judges Crack Down on People who Snub Jury Duty

Elsie Mathews entered the cavernous 16th-floor courtroom of Oregon’s chief federal judge, sat down at a table in front of the bench and waited. She arrived in her white Metro West ambulance shirt and blue pants, expecting others to show. …

Owner Blames Riders Who Fell From Washington Ferris Wheel

The company that owns a Ferris wheel three people fell off in Washington state says they had been asked to remain seated during the ride’s previous rotation. Ron Burback, president of Portland, Oregon-based Funtastic Rides, told The Seattle Times the …

Colorado’s Front Range Provides Perfect Environment for Hail Formation

The largest hailstone ever recorded in America spent close to an hour aloft in a cloud growing to the size of a small volleyball, then plunged to earth at more than 100 mph, struck the ground in South Dakota weighing …

Feds Issue Warning to Arizona on Reducing Workplace Injury Fines

Federal officials warned a commission overseeing Arizona’s workplace safety agency that its practice of lowering fines on companies for worker injuries and deaths violates the state’s laws and could jeopardize its ability to run its own safety program. The letter …

Oakland Warehouse Fire Victims’ Families Sue

Attorneys representing the families of people who died in an Oakland, Calif., warehouse fire that broke out during an unlicensed concert plan to file a lawsuit Tuesday against the building’s owner and manager. Lawyer Mary Alexander says she will file …

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