Los Angeles Times - California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for two Northern California counties overwhelmed by wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and hundreds of homes. The emergency declarations cover El Dorado and Siskiyou counties, which have been ravaged by the King and Boles fires, respectively. The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday granted a request for aid that can cover up to 75% of the state’s costs to fight the King fire; federal aid already had been approved for the Boles fire, as well as the Courtney fire in Madera County.
Friday, September 19, 2014
 
KTVU - A man with a lengthy criminal history has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday. Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, was arrested late Wednesday in Placerville and booked into El Dorado County Jail, where he was being held on $10 million bail.
Friday, September 19, 2014
 
Insurance Journal - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 2064, a bill aimed at changing the way Californians learn about earthquake insurance for their homes. Under California law, insurers that sell residential property insurance also must offer earthquake coverage to their policyholders. The current notice is the only required offer of earthquake insurance that policyholders ever get and hasn’t changed for 30 years.
Friday, September 19, 2014
 
Reuters - Toyota Motor Corp said on Thursday it will recall about 20,000 vehicles worldwide for possible fuel leaks. Most of the affected vehicles are in the United States but were also shipped to other countries, Toyota said. Toyota Motor Sales USA said the recall involves vehicles with its 2GR-FE engine. The recall includes the 2015 model year Lexus RX, and four 2014 model year Toyota vehicles: Avalon, Camry, Highlander and Sienna. Lexus is Toyota’s luxury brand.
Friday, September 19, 2014
 
ABC 11 - State officials say nearly 2,800 people were arrested for drunken driving during North Carolina’s "Booze It & Lose It" Labor Day campaign. A statement from the N.C. Department of Transportation says the arrests were made between Aug. 15 and Sept. 1. Of the 2,757 arrests for driving while impaired, Wake County had the most with 316, followed by Guilford County with 192 and Mecklenburg County with 150. Next was Robeson County at 113 and Forsyth County with 112.
Friday, September 19, 2014
 
KXAN - In a remarkable and unusual turn of events, the heaviest rainfall from the remnants of Pacific Hurricane Odile has fallen in the Austin metro area—not in Arizona, New Mexico, or west Texas where it would typically occur. At least,not yet. The remaining circulation from the former major hurricane has moved into southwest New Mexico, and flood-producing rainfall is still possible there.
Friday, September 19, 2014
 
Reuters - California Governor Jerry Brown signed new insurance requirements on ridesharing companies into law on Wednesday, but the regulations come at a far lower cost to the industry than previously written into the bill, officials said. Companies such as Lyft, Sidecar and UberX, which is a part of black-car service Uber, allow passengers to summon paid rides using apps on their smartphones and have gained in popularity in dozens of U.S. cities over the past few years. But they face opposition from taxi companies that argue the upstarts do not face the same stringent regulations as do traditional cabs, and insurance companies want ridesharing drivers to carry more expensive insurance policies.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
 
The Louisiana Record - The son of a man who died due to asbestos exposure is suing the companies he claims are responsible for the exposure. Scott Laurent filed suit against the City of New Orleans, Gentilly Racing Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Toyota Motor Sales USA, Daimler North America Corporation, Volkswagen of America, BMW of North America, American Honda Motor Company, General Electric Company, Anco Insulations, The McCarty Corporation, Taylor-Seidenbach, CBS Corporation and Foster-Wheeler in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on July 24.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
 
The Louisiana Record - A corporate grocery store is being sued by a customer who claims she was injured in a fall after slipping in a clear substance. Michelle Gardner filed suit against Winn Dixie Montgomery LLC, Bi Lo LLC, John Doe and their insurer in the 24th Judicial District Court on July 24. Gardner contends she was a customer at the Winn Dixie located at 5902 Airline Drive in Metairie on Aug. 1, 2013 when she slipped on a clear liquid in the spice aisle and fell to the floor.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
 
Post-Tribune - A Valparaiso woman will plead guilty to her role in an automobile insurance fraud ring that was run out of Michigan City, according to plea agreement. According to the agreement, filed last week in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, Roberta Butler, 31, will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, a charge that comes with up to five years in prison. Butler admits in the deal that she started taking part in the conspiracy in December 2005.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
 
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