Concerned about the threat of major mudslides in Oso, Washington, officials considered buying out property owners. But homebuilding was allowed to continue, raising questions of liability.
Rescue crews and community members searching a square mile of muck for the 20 people still missing are contending with treacherous, and nearly impossible, conditions.
NerdWallet profiles a 32-year-old writer from Seattle who carries nearly $16,000 in credit card debt from a past career in music. Climbing out of this financial hole means curbing expenses and being disciplined in paying down the debt, she says.
Just this January, the National Transportation Safety Board outlined helicopter safety as a major advocacy priority, citing 'an unacceptably high number of helicopter accidents.'