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NTSB Blames Cruise Ship’s Navigators for Dock Crash

A federal report blamed cruise ship’s navigators for the boat crashing into a Ketchikan dock last year in Alaska, causing more than $1 million dollars in damage. The National Transportation Safety Board report was released after a U.S. Coast Guard …

New Wrong-Way Signs Slated for Some Las Vegas Interchanges

Signs activated by radar and equipped with red flashing lights to warn drivers going the wrong direction are slated to be installed at some highway exit ramps in Las Vegas. The Nevada Department of Transportation is planning to place the …

Winds Persist as Wildfires Continue to Threaten Homes in California

The winds aren’t changing for Southern California’s wildfires yet. The fifth largest blaze in state history was threatening thousands of homes as it churned through coastal mountains amid persistently dangerous weather conditions. Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to …

Drainage Tunnel Near Mount St. Helens Needs Work to Avert Flood Risks

Long-term strategies are needed to deal with the risks of mudflows and flooding left behind by the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption, according to a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The most serious threat is …

Fighting Wildfires at Christmas May Become Normal in California

A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms. Well into what’s considered the wet season, there’s been nary a drop of rain. That’s good for sun-seeking tourists, but could spell more disaster for a …

Failure to Keep IME Doctor Updated Can Foreclose Application of Genuine Dispute Doctrine for MSJ Purposes

California courts have adopted the Genuine Dispute Doctrine. Chateau Chamberay Homeowners Assn v. Associated Internat. Ins. Co., (2001) 90 Cal. App. 4th 335, 347, 108 Cal. Rptr. 2d 776 (“[A]n insurer denying or delaying the payment of policy benefits due …

California Wind, Fire Danger Hits Unprecedented High

Southern California has felt yellow wind, orange wind, and red wind. But never purple wind. Until now. The color-coded system showing the expected strength of the winds driving the region’s fierce wildfires has reached uncharted territory, pushing past red, which …

Northern California Wildfires Insured Losses Reach $9B

More than $9 billion in insurance claims have been filed following wildfires that ravaged Northern California two months ago, the state’s top insurance regulator said Wednesday. The figure represents residential, commercial, automobile and other property claims filed with 260 insurers …

Medical Marijuana Loses Foothold to Recreational Industry

A medical marijuana card used to be the key to buying and possessing pot in Oregon. But the rise of recreational marijuana is making the cards primarily valuable only as a discount card, and not a necessity to buy, said …

Southern California Wildfire Forces Thousands to Flee Homes

Ferocious winds in Southern California whipped up an explosive wildfire that prompted evacuation orders for nearly 8,000 homes, authorities said. The blaze broke out Monday and grew wildly to more than 48 square miles (124 sq. kilometers) in the hours …

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