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Flood Watches Issued in Northwest as Some Urged to Evacuate

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Residents in Washington state were preparing for possible flooding as “atmospheric rivers” once again threatened parts of the Northwest, which saw heavy damage from extreme weather earlier this month. People in the small communities of Sumas and Everson in northwest … Source: Claims Journal

Lessons Learned From the Fire That Almost Destroyed Tahoe

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The devastation starts on the western slope. Many of the cabins that once lined the highway between here and Sacramento are now gone. Instead, brick and stone chimneys stand sentinel, visible through blackened toothpick … Source: Claims Journal

Ship’s Master Said He Spent 50 Hours Sleepless Before Crash

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An oil tanker hit an offshore oil platform at night off Louisiana because its Turkish operating company didn’t give the ship’s master time to recover from days of sleepless travel, federal investigators have found. The master, … Source: Claims Journal

Police Investigate Black Friday Mall Shooting in Washington

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Police in Washington state on Saturday were investigating a shooting at a shopping mall that left one person seriously wounded and sent hundreds of Black Friday shoppers fleeing for exits or hiding in stores. As of … Source: Claims Journal

Montana Foundation Capping Abandoned Oil Wells

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OILMONT, Mont. (AP) — Curtis Shuck remembers a rush of emotions a few years ago when he came across his first “orphaned well” while walking through a field in the Kevin-Sunburst Oilfield. Shuck, who was no stranger to oilfields, said … Source: Claims Journal

Montana Court Upholds Most Points in Ruling That Cost Insurer $98M for Libby Mine Claims

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The Montana Supreme Court upheld all but one point in a ruling that requires Berkshire Hathaway’s National Indemnity Co. to reimburse the state nearly $98 million for the cost of asbestos litigation tied to the Libby Mine. In a 6-1 … Source: Claims Journal

Walmart, Major Pharmacy Chains Fueled Opioid Crisis, Jury Finds

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A Cleveland jury concluded Walmart Inc., CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. helped create a public-health crisis by failing to properly monitor opioid prescriptions, the drug industry’s latest loss in the expanding litigation over the painkillers. The federal-court … Source: Claims Journal

Philips Investigates Number of Complaints in FDA Ventilator Report

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AMSTERDAM — Dutch medical equipment maker Philips on Wednesday said U.S. regulators might have overestimated the number of safety issues raised by customers related to its recall of ventilators in which a potentially hazardous foam was used. The U.S. Food … Source: Claims Journal

Florida’s Hurricane Hunter Team Getting New Aircraft

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The Florida-based hurricane hunter team is getting a new aircraft to help chase fierce storms. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s team will add a Gulfstream 550 to the three other aircraft at its home base … Source: Claims Journal

Bus Crashes, Catches Fire in Bulgaria; at Least 45 Dead

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SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A bus carrying tourists back to North Macedonia crashed and caught fire in western Bulgaria early Tuesday, killing at least 45 people, including a dozen children, authorities said. The bus apparently ripped through a guardrail on … Source: Claims Journal