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Hawaii Told to Expect El Nino to Continue All Year

El Nino will bring tropical storms to Hawaii this summer as the weather event warms the Pacific Ocean and bumps up humidity. The National Weather Service predicts El Nino will almost definitely continue through the summer and likely last through …

Los Angeles Residents Busted for Felony Insurance Fraud

Tony Bimbo aka Anthony Riste and Brandy Riste, both of Los Angeles, were arrested on two felony counts of insurance fraud after they allegedly conspired with Bobby Vlado to defraud Alliance United Insurance Company out of nearly $18,000. Investigators are …

Excessive Police Body Camera Data Disrupts Workflow in Oregon Courts

As body cameras become more prevalent in police forces and sheriff’s offices, the extra evidence is disrupting workflow an Oregon court system. The Albany Democrat-Herald reports that Sweet Home and Lebanon Police officers use body cameras and the added footage …

Self-Driving Cars Allowed on California Roads Getting Dinged

Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars now rolling around California have gotten into accidents since September, when the state began issuing permits for companies to test them on public roads. Two accidents happened while the cars were in control; …

Utah Finds Raising Speed Limit to 70 Hasn’t Changed Driving Speed

Raising the speed limit to 70 mph on most urban interstates along Utah’s Wasatch Front hasn’t led to a major increase in average speed by motorists as some feared it would, according to new data released by the Utah Department …

Self-Driving Semi Truck Debuts in Nevada

Its name is “Inspiration” and Daimler Trucks says it’s the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads – in this case Nevada’s highways – not only for testing, but business, too. Daimler Trucks North America LLC debuted …

What a Difference the Word ‘Accident’ Makes in Sexual Assault Coverage Cases

Disparate coverage results for sexual assault claims turned on a one word difference in “personal injury” policy definitions in Gonzalez v. Fire Ins. Exchange (2015) ____Cal.App.4th ____, decided by the Six District California Court of Appeal on February 5, 2015. …

EPA Plan Leaves Some Remaining Asbestos in Montana Mining Town

Federal regulators’ long-delayed final cleanup plan for a Montana mining town where thousands have been sickened by asbestos contamination would leave some of the deadly material where it sits, in the walls of houses, underground and elsewhere. The U.S. Environmental …

Wildfires Threaten Unprepared Residents’ Homes

As the Northwest braces for what’s expected to be one of the driest summers on record, the latest poll from Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance warns that at least one in three residents who live in the region’s most at-risk areas for …

Wyoming Looks to Improve Workplace Safety

It has been nearly 34 years since Jane Ifland’s brother, Roger, died in a workplace accident that she says should have been avoided. But even though more than three decades have passed, the Casper resident says she is still upset …

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