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PG&E Officials Reach $117M Settlement over California Wildfires

A $117 million settlement has been reached with former PG&E Corp PCG.N executives and directors who were accused in alawsuit of lax oversight of the utility’s safety measures prior to the 2017 North Bay and 2018 Camp fires, two of …

Louisiana Establishes New Rules For Oil Field Tank Batteries

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana regulators have established new rules for oil field tank batteries after an explosion killed a 14-year-old girl, and plan to identify all such storage tanks across the state to encourage compliance. The state Department …

Astroworld Deaths Spur Calls For Independent Review

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston police and fire departments were deeply involved in safety measures for the music festival where a surging crowd killed eight people, playing key roles in crowd control measures, on-site security staffing and the emergency response. …

Edison Raises California Fires Loss Estimate to $7.5 Billion

Edison International’s Southern California Edison raised its estimated losses from 2017 and 2018 wildfires to $7.5 billion after reaching a settlement over the blazes with state regulators. The owner of the largest electric utility in Southern California said it agreed …

Iowa State Suspends Crew Club After Inquiry Into Drownings

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University has announced that its student crew club must stay off the water at least for now after an inquiry faulted the university and the club’s leaders in the drowning deaths of two members. …

Kia Recalls 295,000 US Vehicles for Fire Risks

WASHINGTON — Kia Motors Corp said on Saturday it is recalling 295,000 U.S. vehicles for engine fire risks. The Korean automaker said the recall covers some 2012-2013 model year Sorento, 2012-2015 Forte and Forte Koup, 2011-2013 Optima Hybrid, 2014-2015 Soul, …

Outdoor Dining Tents Raise Questions of Virus Safety as Winter Nears

As temperatures cool, many of the outside dining options that have sprung up across the U.S. in reaction to pandemic restrictions have become a little less open-air. The new structures come in varying forms, from clear plastic tents that allow …

Courts Get Creative to Restart Jury Trials Amid Pandemic

It was New Mexico’s first jury trial since the pandemic crippled the U.S. criminal justice system, and defense attorney Roberta Yurcic was nervous. The court had erected a plexiglass panel on the defense table as a shield against the coronavirus, …

U.S. Airlines Step Up Safety Measures in Preparation for Recovery

May 20 — U.S. carriers JetBlue Airways Corp and United Airlines Holdings Inc announced fresh safety measures on Wednesday aimed at restoring confidence in travel as several executives pointed to signs domestic demand is improving. U.S. states are starting to …

Companies Bet On AI Cameras to Track Social Distancing, Limit Liability

Stores and workplaces eager to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus are equipping existing security cameras with artificial intelligence software that can track compliance with health guidelines including social distancing and mask-wearing. Several companies told Reuters the software will be crucial …