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Scenic California Highway Near Big Sur Reopens After Landslide

A scenic stretch of Highway 1 in a popular tourist area along the California coast reopened to traffic Wednesday, more than a year after it was blocked by a massive landslide, officials said. The newly built, two-lane stretch of road …

Arizona Official Claiming Legislative Immunity Has History of Traffic Stops

An Arizona lawmaker already under fire for claiming legislative immunity during a traffic stop has a record of getting pulled over for speeding, and only got a warning each time, according to state police reports. Rep. Paul Mosley was stopped …

Family Sues Over Deadly Idaho Resort Cabin Fire

A fireplace inside an Idaho rental resort cabin exploded, causing the death of four people, according to a wrongful death lawsuit. Erin Smith reserved the Tamarack Resort vacation rental last year, the weekend before the Fourth of July, the Idaho …

Wyoming Wildfire Danger Slightly Lower Than Normal

The Badger Creek Fire has burned for more than a month along the Colorado border, consuming more than 32 square miles (82 square kilometers) in the process. Six hours north, the Terek Fire, more than twice the size of its …

Lava Injuries Don’t Deter Hawaii Volcano Boat Tours

Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard’s revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 …

To Limit Liability, Hotel Sues Vegas Mass Shooting Victims

MGM Resorts International sued the victims of a Las Vegas music festival mass shooting in an effort to block any potential compensation claims against it. The owner of the Mandalay Bay hotel claims a 2002 federal statute wipes out liability …

Flooding Cancels Hundreds of Trips to Coveted Arizona Waterfalls

Hundreds of tourists who booked coveted overnight trips on tribal land deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon will have to reschedule after heavy flooding forced evacuations and shut down the area for at least a week. Abbie Fink, …

A Year After Death, No Fences Expected at Burning Man Event

Officials with counterculture festival Burning Man say they won’t install fences around major burns at this year’s event in the northern Nevada desert, nearly a year after the death of a man who ran into flames of a towering wooden …

California Considers How Bad 2018 Wildfire Season Could Be

As blame for California’s wildfires rises over Sacramento like smoke from last year’s blazes, the state is being forced to confront the possibility that it’ll happen again in 2018. California’s drought is worsening, and blazes have charred more acres in …

California Wildfire Victims Don’t Want Utilities’ Fault Reduced

Victims of California’s deadliest wildfires joined politicians on Wednesday to urge state lawmakers to stop trying to overhaul laws that hold utility companies accountable for blazes. Gathering in Santa Rosa in front of an empty lot where Brad Sherwood’s home …

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