CBS News - Southern California is seeing the kind of epic surf usually associated with Hawaii or Tahiti. Beaches are thronged with wave riders and crowds are coming to watch the action, even as seaside communities try to stave off damage from the ocean onslaught. The waves caused at least one death, a surfer in his 40s who died Tuesday at a hospital after he was rescued by Los Angeles County Lifeguards at nearby Surfrider Beach, reports CBS Los Angeles. And a well-known lifeguard cottage known as Cove House crumbed into the water, the station says.
Friday, August 29, 2014
 
CBS New York - An extra-alarm fire Wednesday night destroyed a church in Paterson, New Jersey. The fire broke out Wednesday night at the Central Baptist Church, or Iglesia Bautista Central, at 6 E. 20th St., officials said. The blaze was later raised to four alarms. The fire was already burning out of control when firefighters arrived, officials said. CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported the fire started in the upper level the church. At the time, there were about 40 people inside for Bible study, including children. All were successfully evacuated.
Friday, August 29, 2014
 
NJ.com - Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano announces that Sharon Fisher, 54, of Kingsberry Drive, Franklin Township, was indicted today by the Somerset County Grand Jury on charges of Insurance Fraud, Third Degree, (Two Counts); Forgery, Fourth Degree, (Two Counts); and Uttering a Forged Instrument, Fourth Degree, (Two Counts). This indictment stems from an investigation conducted by the Special Investigations Units in the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey Manufacturer’s Insurance Company.
Friday, August 29, 2014
 
CBS San Francisco - There is a 25 percent chance of a strong and potentially damaging aftershock in the next seven days following Sunday’s 6.0-magnitude earthquake near American Canyon, U.S. Geological Survey officials said Monday. The estimate comes a day after state geologists estimated the probability of strong aftershocks from the “South Napa earthquake” at more than 50 percent. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. Sunday northwest of American Canyon about seven miles below the earth’s surface, USGS officials said.
Friday, August 29, 2014
 
FOX Carolina - Clinton Public Safety Director Robin Morse said eight people were transported to the hospital after a car crashed into Bailey Manor on Wednesday afternoon. Morse said the car crashed through the front doors of the assisted living facility off Jacobs Highway before driving into the lobby and down a hallway. After the car came to rest, it caught fire, according to Morse. Morse said no one was hit by the vehicle as it drove through the facility.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
 
Insurance Journal - The Massachusetts Division of Insurance (DOI) said the state’s insurers have so far received more than 1,300 claims from a rare tornado that ripped through the coastal city of Revere on July 28. The DOI said regulators have been collecting data from Massachusetts insurers since mid-August on claims related to the July 28 tornado. “This data is being updated — and therefore refined — every other week,” a DOI spokesperson said on Wednesday. “We have some totals from the first data report, which suggests that a large number of smaller claims related to tree and debris damage have been filed.”
Thursday, August 28, 2014
 
KCTV - A natural gas leak sparked an explosion that leveled a house in Independence and rocked the surrounding homes. Independence police said Tuesday night that detectives and officials determined that a leak inside the home caused the explosion. The source of the leak hasn’t been determined. Jim Dorsey and his wife had just left their home to take their adult son to an appointment when they received a devastated telephone call from their neighbor. "We were pretty shook up," he said. "To see this mess, it was terrible."
Thursday, August 28, 2014
 
Insurance Journal - North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced this week charges stemming from two alleged insurance fraud schemes. Authorities said Eric Delano Smith was arrested on Aug. 20 and charged with five counts of insurance fraud, four counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense. He was placed under a $10,000 bond. In addition, investigators have charged Robert Thomas White with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
 
MSN - Early estimates suggest the economic losses from Sunday’s 6.0-magnitude earthquake in Northern California, the largest quake to hit the Golden State in 25 years, could hit $1 billion. When it comes to rebuilding, much of the cost will come out of people’s own pockets. The percentage of homeowners with earthquake insurance in California and across the U.S. has declined, despite rising estimates of the risk of an earthquake. A survey by the Insurance Information Institute, a nonprofit that’s funded by the insurance industry, found that 7 percent of U.S. homeowners have earthquake insurance, down from 13 percent just two years ago.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
 
SF Gate - Blue-collar Vallejo may not get as much love as swanky, wine-sniffing Napa, but Sunday’s magnitude 6.0 earthquake played no favorites, shaking at least $5.2 million worth of damage out of the largest city in Solano County. Forty-nine people there were injured, and two remained hospitalized. The old downtown section of Vallejo and new and old neighborhoods on Mare Island got throttled by the big shaker. Walls tumbled down, bricks rattled loose from scores of chimneys, hundreds of storefront windows shattered, and the brick parapet of one building crashed through two floors to the ground.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
 
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