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Hawaii Considers Ways to Combat Traffic-Related Deaths

HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers have proposed initiatives to help reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities after transportation officials confirmed more than 100 deaths in the last year. Those initiatives include installing traffic cameras to capture drivers running red lights and …

Family Sues Hawaii School Over 5-Year-Old Boy’s Death While Kayaking

HONOLULU — The family of a 5-year-old boy who died on a kayaking excursion filed a lawsuit against the school that conducted the trip. The family of Alaric Chiu filed the lawsuit Thursday against Mid-Pacific Institute citing reckless behavior and …

Supreme Court Rejects Colorado’s Appeal in ‘Too Poor to Pay’ Workers’ Comp Fine Case

DENVER — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by Colorado to close what it calls a loophole that allows businesses to avoid some regulatory sanctions by, in part, saying they’re too poor to pay penalties. Colorado Attorney General …

Tribal Casino Employees Not Eligible for Workers’ Compensation, Rules New Mexico’s Top Court

SANTA FE, N.M. — A New Mexico Supreme Court decision says at least some tribal casino workers injured on the job can’t receive benefits through the state’s workers’ compensation program. A unanimous ruling last Thursday precludes an Isleta Pueblo casino …

Northwest Hit With More Snow, Wind, Power Outages, Two Rescued

SKYKOMISH, Wash. — More snow fell in the Northwest through Wednesday, causing Washington state officials to send food, water and fuel to an area hit hard northeast of Seattle and resulting in a hourslong rescue of a stranded couple southwest …

FAA Investigating Delta Jet Fuel-Dumping on Schoolkids

CUDAHY, Calif. — Federal authorities will investigate why an airliner with engine trouble dumped jet fuel over a densely populated area of Southern California while making an emergency return to the airport, dousing dozens of schoolchildren in a smelly vapor. …

Anchorage School District Weighing Cost of Earthquake Relief

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Negotiations between the Anchorage School District and the federal government over earthquake damage relief could result in the district turning down millions in funds, an official said. The negotiations over money to repair damage caused by the …

Theories Persist About Mystery Drones Seen in Rural Region

CreplaceENNE, Wyo. — People insist they have spotted fleets of large drones crisscrossing rural America’s night sky, their mission mysterious, raising questions that have veered into conspiracy theories and launching an investigation. Authorities in Colorado have tried to put those …

PG&E Judge Demands Details on Potential Wildfire Payout Conflict

Time is running out for PG&E Corp. to end the biggest-ever U.S. utility bankruptcy, so the company must set reorganization deadlines and explain a potential conflict in its multi-billion dollar payout proposal, a federal judge said Wednesday. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge …

PG&E Tries to Assure Strict Judge It’s Safer on Wildfires

PG&E Corp. told a federal judge who has kept the troubled utility under a tight leash that it’s close — but not fully on target — to complying with all the wildfire prevention measures required under its criminal probation. The …

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