ABC News - Power was being restored Sunday to tens of thousands of people who lost electricity in Southern California after fierce Santa Ana winds gusting as much as 89 mph toppled trees and power poles. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Saturday’s outages affected more than 54,000 customers — mostly in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. Spokeswoman Terry Schneider said crews worked through the night to restore power, leaving only about 1,500 without power Sunday morning. The Santa Ana winds downed numerous trees and power poles across the region.
Monday, January 26, 2015
 
Reuters - Investigators probing an arson fire that gutted a multi-story apartment complex under construction in Los Angeles have found accelerant in the ruins, and are still trying to identify suspects more than a month after the massive blaze, authorities said on Wednesday. Inspectors have interviewed more than 100 people about the blaze, which caused up to $30 million in damages when it engulfed the scaffolding of a seven-story luxury apartment complex last December in one of the largest structure fires in the city’s recent history.
Friday, January 23, 2015
 
NBC 10 - A Pennsylvania family set fires in their matriarch’s home so they could collect more than $20 million in insurance claims, then used the cash to float their "excessively extravagant lifestyle," according to charges announced Thursday by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Claire Risoldi, four members of her Bucks County family and two alleged co-conspirators were hit with several fraud charges on Thursday after a more than year long statewide investigation. Fire spread through the Risoldis’ New Hope home, named "Clairemont" by the woman, three times between June 2009 and October 2013.
Friday, January 23, 2015
 
Los Angeles Times - A young mother has become the second fatality in a fast-moving fire that consumed a condominium building in San Juan Capistrano, killing her son and injuring seven others. Maricela Sanchez, who turned 20 last week, was pronounced dead at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, according to the Orange County coroner’s office. Sanchez’s 3-year-old son, Jaiden Liborio, died Tuesday night, hours after flames and smoke destroyed the building on La Zanja Street, displacing 80 residents.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
 
ABC News - Hundreds of people were left homeless after a massive fire tore through a luxury apartment complex in New Jersey Wednesday. Flames engulfed The Avalon at Edgewater in the city of Edgewater, located across the Hudson River from Manhattan. Plumes of thick, black smoke issued from the blaze, and New York emergency officials advised residents in Manhattan and the Bronx that they might see or smell smoke. A local state of emergency was issued -- but despite the size of the fire no one died, Edgewater Mayor Michael McPartland said.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
 
Enservio - What’s the difference between a DrillMaster for $20 and a Festool for $600? What are the most common types of power tools adjusters are likely to find in the field? These and other questions will be answered in an upcoming 30-minute webinar on best practices for identifying and valuing portable power tools and related equipment. The event is complimentary and will be held Thursday, January 22nd at 11:30 am EST. Attendees can register by clicking here. Enservio is the leading provider of software and services across the entire value chain of contents claims processing.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
 
Lawrence Journal-World - Kansas officials have been reluctant to link the mysterious earthquakes in south central Kansas to fracking, but last week they said for the first time the temblors are likely caused by disposal of the waste water that is a byproduct of the oil and gas extraction process. “We can say there is a strong correlation between the disposal of saltwater and the earthquakes,” Rick Miller, geophysicist and senior scientist for the Kansas Geological Survey, told the Journal-World. It’s the first time state officials have so clearly stated the likely cause of the earthquakes, which are afflicting a region where fracking is widely used.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
 
Daily Record - About 3,000 Superstorm Sandy victims who were either wrongly given storm recovery aid or who were overpaid would not have to repay the federal government under legislation to be introduced next week by two New Jersey Congressmen. U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone will introduce identical bills that would prohibit the federal Emergency Management Agency from issuing so-called "clawback" letters demanding repayment of aid it wrongly awarded to homeowners. The law would not apply to cases of fraud.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
 
Appeal-Democrat - A Yuba County man pleaded not guility this week to insurance fraud charges. Darrell Donaldson and three other people are accused of conspiring to stage a residential burglary, file a false police report and attempt to collect money through false insurance claims. Donaldson entered his plea on Wednesday. His next court date is Feb. 18. Arrest warrants have been issued for co-defendants Johnathon Studhalter, Haley Studhalter and Jennifer Donaldson. They were named in a four-count insurance fraud criminal complaint in Yuba County Superior Court.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
 
KGO - Police in San Francisco are looking into whether three fires set in the city’s Castro neighborhood Monday morning are connected. The first fire happened just before 4 a.m. at 19th and Castro streets. A truck there was burned and suffered significant damage. About 30 minutes later, arson investigators were called to a fire on Hartford Street, a few blocks away. It started in a garbage can and spread to a home there. According to the Chronicle, a third fire also broke out on Hartford, right across the street.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
 
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