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Insurers Dispatch Wildfire Crews to Save California Homes

California’s raging wildfires are so bad that American International Group Inc., Chubb Ltd., and PURE are deploying teams of specialists and former firefighters to spray retardants on homes. The season may soon rank among the industry’s most costly. The latest …

Nevada Course Preps Students to Investigate Wildfires

After a wildfire burns swaths of land, someone has to investigate the clues left behind to determine the fire’s cause and, possibly, prevent another one. A hands-on class offered near a northern Nevada airport teaches participants how to do it. …

Scientists Say Wind, Drought Worsen Fires, Not Bad Management

Both nature and humans share blame for California’s devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump’s claims, fire scientists say. Nature provides the dangerous winds that have whipped the fires, and human-caused climate …

Utilities Targeted as Fires Press Lawyers Into Action

Edison International and PG&E Corp. may face lawsuits as soon as this week blaming them for the fires raging through communities in southern and northern California. Each utility has reported disturbances to its equipment close to the starting points of …

Southern California Wildfire Tally of Buildings Destroyed Continues

Relief and heartache await those starting to return home to a Southern California wildfire zone. Eager to know the status of his house, 69-year-old Roger Kelly defied evacuation orders Sunday and hiked back into Seminole Springs, his lakeside mobile home …

Google Drops Mandatory Arbitration Provision in Sexual Misconduct Cases

Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after thousands of high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated culture. Google bowed to one of the protesters’ …

Musk Off Tesla Board as Part of Settlement With Regulators

Tesla’s board has named one of its own as chairman to replace Elon Musk, complying with terms of a fraud settlement with U.S. securities regulators. The electric car and solar panel company’s board on Thursday named Australian telecommunications executive Robyn …

Hawaii Panda Express Worker Sustains Burns After Explosion

An employee at a Hawaii Panda Express was taken to the hospital for burn injuries following a suspected gas explosion at the restaurant. Several businesses in the Kona Commons shopping center were evacuated Monday because of the explosion, West Hawaii …

Despite Risky Walking Crackdown Oahu Pedestrian Deaths Doubles

The number of pedestrians killed on Oahu has doubled this year despite enforcement of laws aimed curbing risky walking behaviors. So far this year, 26 pedestrians have been killed on the island, increasing from the 13 pedestrian deaths recorded in …

Maui Considers Storm-Damaged Coastal Road Repair Options

Maui County is considering long-term fixes for a section of a coastal road that’s in danger of collapsing if another major storm hits. A 30-foot (9-meter) section of Lower Honoapiilani Road near Kaopala Bay in west Maui needs to be …

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