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Volcanic Eruption a Reminder That Insurance May Not Cover Everything

The eruption of Mount Kilauea in Hawaii is a reminder to business owners, even those nowhere near any of the 169 volcanoes in the U.S., that they could be vulnerable to nature’s most destructive forces. And that they need to …

Judge in PG&E Case Won’t Rule Out California Fire Cost Claim

PG&E Corp. suffered another legal setback with a judge saying he won’t release the company from a key legal claim over the most destructive wildfires in California history. PG&E has been challenging a California law allowing private property owners to …

Police Body-Cam Video From California Wildfires Shows Harrowing Escapes

Chaotic police body-camera footage from last year’s deadly wildfires in Northern California’s wine country shows officers running door-to-door urging people to flee and rescuing elderly residents of a retirement community as flames bear down, according to a newspaper report Sunday. …

Wildfire Danger Prompts Closing of Arizona Forest Lands

Tourists and the residents of Arizona mountain towns that rely on them won’t have access to parts of some national forests this summer as authorities attempt to prevent wildfires in the drought-parched state during a critically dangerous time. Coconino National …

Arizona Legislative Season Ends With Some Insurance-Related Measures

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey took the final action of the state legislative session last week when he signed 55 new laws and vetoed seven others, including a measure that could have hiked drivers’ insurance rates. The legislative session officially ended …

California Bill Intended to Clarify Mudslide Insurance

The California Senate approved legislation Thursday that seeks to clarify homeowners’ insurance coverage following deadly mudslides near Santa Barbara. Insurance policies generally cover damage caused by fires but not by mudslides. That creates confusion in cases like the mudslides in …

Idaho Supreme Court Rules Wi-Fi Network Name Resulted in Defamation

The takeaway from a recent court decision – proceed cautiously when choosing the name of a home Wi-Fi network. The case arose when Jeffrey and Dona Hall changed their home wireless internet name to read “Dennis & Wanda Irishes stocking …

Teen Responsible for Massive Fire in Oregon Owes Nearly $37M in Restitution

A teenager who started a huge wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon will owe restitution for a t least a decade. Eleven requests for restitution totaling almost $37 million have been submitted to a court. That covers …

Las Vegas Mass Shooting Witnesses Describe Chaos, Compassion

Police documents about the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history included reports from at least two people who said a person they believed to be the gunman ranted in the days prior to last October’s Las Vegas Strip attack …

California Building Blast Investigated as Intentional

Federal and local investigators searched through debris, looking for remnants of a possible explosive device, after a blast at a Southern California medical office building that left a woman dead and three other people injured. The explosion happened around 1 …

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