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Cleanup for Last Month’s Wildfires in California Could Top $3BOpen in a New Window

Insurance claims and cleanup costs associated with California wildfires last month are expected to exceed the record-breaking amounts paid out last year after blazes ripped through Northern California wine country. The insurance industry is bracing for payouts exceeding last year’s …

 

Washington Finishes Work on Bridge to Keep Wildlife Off HighwayOpen in a New Window

Before descending the Cascade Mountains on its final stretch to Seattle, Interstate 90 cuts through a mountain pass of old growth forests and wetlands. For countless wildlife species, the busy highway is a border, constraining their movements and posing a …

 

Valve Hole Set Off Wisconsin Refinery Blast, FireOpen in a New Window

A hole in a valve was the source of an April explosion at a Husky Energy refinery in northwestern Wisconsin that injured 36 people and required the evacuation of a large part of the city of Superior, according to findings …

 

More Than 100 Anchorage Buildings Deemed Unsafe to Enter After QuakeOpen in a New Window

More than 100 homes and buildings in the Anchorage, Alaska, area have been found unsafe to enter because of damage caused by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake, according to city data. At least another 182 buildings received some kind of damage …

 

California Firefighter Says State Should Consider Home Ban in Fire-Prone AreasOpen in a New Window

California’s increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state’s top firefighter says. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott will leave his job Friday …

 

Cuba Mysterious Health Ailment Caused Inner Ear Damage in American DiplomatsOpen in a New Window

American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations, according to their earliest medical exams, publicized Wednesday. The detailed findings were published in a medical …

 

Travelers: Nearly Half of Philadelphia Area Drivers Distracted by Texts, EmailsOpen in a New Window

Mobile devices continue to distract drivers in the greater Philadelphia area. Travelers recently commissioned a survey of 435 of them and found that 75 percent use a mobile device while driving, with 91 percent of millennials, 79 percent of Gen …

 

About $9B in Insured Losses After Three California WildfiresOpen in a New Window

Three of last month’s California wildfires will cost insurers about $9.05 billion, according to preliminary information from state regulators. That figure is based on initial claims that insurers have received from the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires, California Insurance Commissioner …

 

J&J Begins Settling Pinnacle Hip Defect LawsuitsOpen in a New Window

Johnson & Johnson has begun settling consumers’ claims that it sold artificial hips knowing they were defective, marking the first settlements in the seven-year-old litigation. A federal judge in Texas overseeing the cases said about 3,300 of 10,000 “have settled …

 

Earth’s Warming Occurring During Odd Times and in Strange PlacesOpen in a New Window

Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth’s polar regions at times they don’t expect, like winter, and in places they don’t expect, like eastern Antarctica. New studies and reports issued this week at a major Earth sciences conference paint one …

 

Massachusetts Lawmakers Say Gas Firms Are Compromising SafetyOpen in a New Window

Natural gas companies in Massachusetts are compromising safety by increasingly turning to outside contractors for pipeline work while cutting back on staff that would oversee these projects, state lawmakers said Tuesday at a hearing following September’s natural gas explosions in …

 

Los Angeles-Area Development Approved in Wildfire-Prone ZoneOpen in a New Window

The conflict between the need for more housing in California and the danger of building in fire-prone mountains was decided in favor of homes Tuesday as Los Angeles County supervisors approved a massive rural housing development. The supervisors voted 4-1 …

 

Attorneys for Wrong-Way Driver Blame Arizona DPS for Crash, InjuriesOpen in a New Window

Attorneys for a wrong-way driver say an Arizona Department of Public Safety sergeant who used his vehicle as a traffic break is to blame for a crash on Interstate 40 that sent both of them to the hospital. The driver, …

 

Lawsuit Alleges PG&E Spent Money on Advertising Instead of Fire SafetyOpen in a New Window

PG&E Corp. was accused of putting its “reputation above public safety” in a lawsuit that says the power company spends too much on advertising and not enough on preventing devastating Northern California wildfires like the blaze that destroyed the town …

 

NTSB: Driver Fatigue Contributed to Deadly 2016 Texas Bus CrashOpen in a New Window

A bus driver with “acute sleep deficit” failed to stay in his lane and caused his vehicle to careen out of control, resulting in a wreck that killed nine people and injured nearly 40 others in 2016, federal safety investigators …

 

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