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Wildfires Have Burned 3 Times More of California to Date Than in 2017

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California’s wildfires are now burning through land at a pace more than three times faster than last year’s blazes. About 4,200 fires have charred 726,000 acres (294,000 hectares) in the state so far this year, according to figures from the … Source: Claims Journal

Western States Politicians Focus on Wildfire Risks at Lake Tahoe Summit

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The large and deadly wildfires burning in California post a stark reminder of the risk that fires pose to the Lake Tahoe Basin, Nevada and California politicians said at a recent summit. Officials at the annual Tahoe Summit described their … Source: Claims Journal

FEMA Denies Treating Puerto Rico Residents Differently

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it didn’t handle housing vouchers for displaced residents of Puerto Rico any differently from those of displaced Texas and Florida residents after last year’s hurricanes. FEMA said in court papers filed Friday that it’s … Source: Claims Journal

Dog Bite Leads Southwest Air to Limit Emotional Support Animals to Dogs, Cats

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Southwest Airlines Co. will limit customers to only one dog or cat as an emotional support animal, changing its policy after a biting incident on a flight. The carrier follows larger rivals that had altered policies for animals on board … Source: Claims Journal

Distracted Drivers Put Lives in Jeopardy and Cost Consumers

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Operating a motor vehicle is an essential part of our daily activities. But anything distracting a driver’s attention—phones, food, friends, or control dials—becomes deadly. It takes focus, practice and skill to safely operate a vehicle moving 80 feet per second … Source: Claims Journal

California High Court Sides With Police in Fight Over Chases

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The California Supreme Court on Monday rejected a lawsuit that could have made it easier to hold police in the state liable for crashes during pursuits. A state law that gives law enforcement agencies broad protection from lawsuits arising from … Source: Claims Journal

FBI Finds Data Recorder From Washington Plane Taken for Fatal Joyride

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He cracked jokes, complimented the professional demeanor of an air traffic controller and apologized for making a fuss. But the friendly tone of a 29-year-old airport worker who stole a commercial plane Friday night, performing acrobatic stunts before the fatal … Source: Claims Journal

South Texas Town, Residents Recovering Nearly a Year After Harvey

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Armonie Brown pauses for a second when asked about Hurricane Harvey. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Brown saw friends and teammates lose their homes and all their belongings, while the school he went to was heavily damaged in the storm … Source: Claims Journal

Virginia Governor Establishes Task Force to Study Worker Misclassification

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed an Executive Order establishing an interagency task force on worker misclassification and payroll fraud. The misclassification of employees as “independent contractors” undermines businesses that follow the law, deprives the Commonwealth of millions of dollars in … Source: Claims Journal

Kentucky High Court Hears Arguments Over Med Mal Review Panels

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After Ezra Claycomb was born with severe brain damage and cerebral palsy, his mother considered filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. But in 2017, Kentucky’s Republican-controlled legislature passed a law requiring all such lawsuits first be reviewed by a panel of … Source: Claims Journal