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Takata, Honda Sued in California for AirBag-Related Recalls

Takata Corp. and Honda Motor Co. were sued by a driver seeking damages on behalf of the owners of 5 million Honda and Acura models recalled so far in the U.S. to replace potentially unsafe airbags. The complaint filed yesterday …

Wyoming Supreme Court Censures Lawyer in Defamation Suit

The Wyoming Supreme Court on Wednesday censured a Cody lawyer who represented a surgeon in a defamation lawsuit filed by another doctor. The court ruled lawyer Laurence Stinson violated a professional rule prohibiting lawyers from making court filings without a …

EPA Fines Wyoming Refinery $153K

HollyFrontier Corp. has agreed to pay a $153,000 penalty for poor emergency management planning at its refinery in Cheyenne. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday it hoped the agreement would bring the facility in line with safety requirements and …

Washington Deputy Acquitted of Insurance Fraud

A Spokane, Wash., sheriff’s deputy accused of filing false claims for snow damage has been acquitted of insurance fraud charges. A jury in Spokane returned the acquittal Tuesday for Deputy Jeremey B. Jeske after a two-day trial. His lawyer, Rob …

Oil Train Traffic Concerns Washington Firefighters

Although Burlington Northern Santa Fe has improved the safety of oil trains, a Spokane Valley fire official says firefighters would be “extremely challenged” to respond to a significant event. Deputy Chief Andy Hail told a state hearing Tuesday night in …

2nd Guilty Plea Set in Vegas Puppy Store Fire Arson

A 28-year-old fledgling boxer plans to plead guilty to arson and attempted animal cruelty for setting fire to a Las Vegas, Nev., pet store where 27 puppies were rescued earlier this year. Attorney Roger Bailey says Kirk Bills will take …

More Than 18.5M California Residents’ Information Was Exposed Last Year

Personal information about more than 18.5 million Californians was hacked, stolen or otherwise exposed last year and as many as one-third of those people will become victims of fraud, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Tuesday in a new report …

$86K Worth of Equipment Stolen From Kauai County

Kauai County officials are reviewing security measures and community lending policies after the thefts of equipment worth $86,000. A pickup truck, office equipment, tools and an emergency generator were stolen in a two-week period starting July 7. The $40,000 Ford …

Storm Caused $1M in Damages to Oregon Port

Last weekend’s storm caused at least $1 million in damages to the port of Port Orford, Oregon. Port Commissioner Brett Webb says the fleet based in Port Orford was fishing Monday, but damages to port facilities and the breakwater will …

Downtown Phoenix Hotel Remains Closed After Electrical Fire

A major hotel in downtown Phoenix, Ariz., remains closed as workers repair damage from a weekend fire. The fire at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix Hotel forced the evacuation of approximately 800 guests, who were relocated to other hotels. No injuries …

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