California to Require Smartphone Anti-Theft ’Kill Switches’

Smartphones in California will be required to come with a "kill switch" to render them useless if lost or stolen under a bill signed Monday by Governor Jerry Brown, the latest effort to stem an epidemic of phone theft in the most populous U.S. …

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Former County Clerk Sentenced for Insurance Fraud

A former San Mateo County files clerk caught on video working at restaurants she owned while collecting disability for a supposed back injury was sentenced Thursday to 120 days in jail, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. But Superior Court…

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Cyberattack Risks Increasing for Maritime Sector

he International Maritime Bureau said the threat of cyberattacks in the maritime sector has intensified in the past few months, as shipping and supply chains become the “next playground for hackers.” Cyber-security experts and media are war…

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Napa Quake Seen Costing Up to $4 Billion as Wineries Shut

The earthquake that struck northern California yesterday will lead to economic losses of as much as $4 billion, fueled by damaged wineries and shuttered businesses that rely on tourists. Insurers will probably cover about $2.1 billion, according to an …

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Insurance Coverage Likely to Increase After the California Earthquake

One of the most predictable aftereffects of a hurricane or earthquake, such as the weekend’s California earthquake, is a spike in interest by homeowners in getting, or improving, their existing insurance coverage.And there is a lot of room for imp…

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Mortar Round Explodes at Illinois Metal Recycling Plant

Two people were killed and one was injured on Monday in an explosion at a metal recycling plant in southern Illinois possibly caused by a mortar round, according to police and the coroner’s office. The blast occurred at about 6:30 a.m. local time…

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Rainstorms Cause Massive Sinkhole in Indiana

Letitia and Frank Casto have been fighting for years to get what used to be a small sinkhole fixed in their northwest Indiana backyard. Because of where the hole sits, it was never clear which of three towns was responsible for the repairs. Different t…

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Hurricane Marie Strengthens in Mexican Pacific

Powerful Hurricane Marie kicked high swells along Mexico’s northern Pacific coast on Monday, even as it weakened to a Category 3 storm. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it would likely raise dangerous waves along the Southern California coa…

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Damage from California Earthquake Could Reach $1 Billion

Northern California is cleaning up today, a day after suffering its strongest earthquake in 25 years. A state of emergency remained in effect following the South Napa Earthquake, which struck about 3:20 a.m. local time Sunday, according to the U.S. Geo…

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Napa Quake is Area’s Strongest in 25 Years

The strongest earthquake in 25 years in Northern California struck early Sunday, injuring dozens of people, damaging historic buildings in downtown Napa and turning fireplaces into rubble. The 6.0-magnitude quake struck just six miles southwest of Napa…

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