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Parents’ Appeal Rulings in Son’s Colorado Ski Resort Death Case

The parents of a teenager who was killed in a 2012 avalanche at a Vail Resort property are appealing a judge and jury’s decision in their son’s death case. Conlin died in an avalanche on upper Prima Cornice on the …

Safety Measures Ordered at Sinking San Francisco Condo Tower

San Francisco officials demanded Thursday that managers of a sinking condominium building where a window recently cracked comply with safety measures needed to keep the public safe. Ronald Tom, assistant director of the Department of Building Inspection, said management at …

Hurricane Lane Damage to County Infrastructure Estimated at $20M

The damage to Hawaii County facilities from the flooding caused by Hurricane Lane‘s torrential rains totaled about $20 million, an official said. The figure is only for county infrastructure and doesn’t include damage to state infrastructure such as schools and …

Truck Driver Had 20 Traffic Violations Prior to Fatal Idaho Crash

An investigation revealed that a truck driver who authorities say caused a crash that killed him and three Idaho airmen had more than 20 traffic violations in several states. Illya Tsar was driving a 2019 Volvo tractor-trailer east on Interstate …

Carr, Mendocino Complex Fire Insurance Claims Top $845M

Two recent California wildfires are now counted among the most destructive wildfires in the state’s history, according to Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Insured residential and commercial losses from the Carr and Mendocino Complex fires top $845 million. The insurance commissioner …

MGM Donation Offer Part of Legal Strategy After Mass Shooting

An unprecedented legal move by MGM Resorts International to sue surviving victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting took another unusual turn Tuesday when the casino-operator offered to make $500 charitable donations in the name of each person who waives …

California Marijuana Products Failing Safety Tests

Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards …

Arizona City’s Cell Phone Ban Highlights Varied Laws Across State

A new law banning the use of cellphones while driving went into effect in a Phoenix, Ariz., suburb this month, making it the latest city to attempt regulation rather than wait for a state effort. Surprise officials put an ordinance …

California Wildfires Drain Firefighting Budget

California is taking a financial wallop from unrelenting wildfires that have drained its firefighting budget and prompted nearly $1 billion in property claims even before the start of the dangerous fall fire season, officials said Thursday. The disclosures came as …

Utah Driver Sues Tesla After Crash in Autopilot Mode

A Utah driver who slammed her Tesla into a stopped firetruck at a red light earlier this year while using the vehicle’s semi-autonomous function has sued the company, saying salespeople told her the car would stop on its own in …

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