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Graham: Trump must punish Russia for election interference

Graham: Trump must punish Russia for election interferenceMUNICH (AP) — A senior U.S. Republican senator on Sunday urged President Donald Trump to take action against Russia over allegations that Moscow interfered in the election that brought him to power.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2017 5:44 AM

Norma McCorvey, plaintiff in Roe v. Wade abortion ruling, dies at 69

Norma McCorvey, plaintiff in Roe v. Wade abortion ruling, dies at 69(Reuters) - Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff known as "Jane Roe" in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion, died on Saturday at the age of 69, a journalist close to McCorvey said. McCorvey died on Saturday morning of heart failure at an assisted living home in Katy, Texas, Joshua Prager, a journalist who is writing a book about the ruling, said in an email. McCorvey lent her real name to supporters of the abortion-rights movement in the 1980s.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 7:27 PM

Philippine Church in 'show of force' against drug killings

Philippine Church in 'show of force' against drug killingsThousands of Catholic faithful gathered in the Philippine capital on Saturday for a "show of force" in the biggest rally yet to stop extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war. More than 6,000 people have died since Duterte took office seven months ago and ordered an unprecedented crime war that has drawn global criticism for alleged human rights abuses, but is popular with many in the mainly Catholic country. Members of one of the nation's oldest and most powerful institutions chanted prayers and sang hymns as they marched to condemn a "spreading culture of violence".

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 8:21 AM

Beijing Wants To Discuss North Korea Sanctions

Beijing Wants To Discuss North Korea SanctionsChina said talks with the Kim Jong Un regime would be more successful than sanctions in dealing with Pyongyang’s nuclear threat.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 1:44 AM

Democrat member of FEC to make early exit: NYT

Democrat member of FEC to make early exit: NYTA Democrat who sits on the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) is planning to resign before her term expires amid frustrations about partisan gridlock, the New York Times reported on Sunday. FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel told the Times in an interview she intended to submit her letter of resignation this week, a move that would open the door for President Donald Trump to make his own appointment to the panel. “The ability of the commission to perform its role has deteriorated significantly,” Ravel told the newspaper.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2017 3:05 PM

'War won't stop us' vow Syria child victims Bana, Abdel

'War won't stop us' vow Syria child victims Bana, AbdelTwo Syrian children who have become powerful symbols of their homeland's conflict met Saturday, vowing that "the war will not stop us" despite the horrific violence around them. Seven-year-old Syrian girl Bana al-Abed -- whose Twitter account gave a tragic description of the bombing of Aleppo -- met 10-year-old Abdel Basset who lost his legs after bombardment in Idlib. A video of the young boy screaming for his father spread on social media and images of Abdel were shared by Bana as well.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 2:12 PM

Police Name Mystery Man Caught on Surveillance As Suspect In Murder of Teen Hikers

Police Name Mystery Man Caught on Surveillance As Suspect In Murder of Teen HikersPreliminary evidence led to their decision, according to police.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2017 3:08 PM

Why you should pour a glass and drink up this National Drink Wine Day

Why you should pour a glass and drink up this National Drink Wine DayNational Drink Wine Day has been celebrated across the country every February since 2011. It started as a way to spread the love and health benefits of wine. Happy drinking!

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 8:00 AM

Powerful storm pounds Southern and Central California

Powerful storm pounds Southern and Central CaliforniaA powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains that downed power lines and electrocuted a man, killed a motorist in a submerged car and disrupted hundreds of flights at airports. With the storm feeding on an atmospheric river of moisture stretching far out into the Pacific, precautionary evacuations of homes in some neighborhoods were requested due to the potential for mudslides and debris flows. More than 300 arriving and departing flights were delayed or canceled at Los Angeles International Airport. (AP) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 7:41 AM

AP Exclusive: Hundreds of Texans may have voted improperly

AP Exclusive: Hundreds of Texans may have voted improperlyAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas election officials have acknowledged that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state's toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the November presidential election by signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 3:30 PM

Lincoln, Washington and Roosevelt ranked top three U.S. presidents

Lincoln, Washington and Roosevelt ranked top three U.S. presidents(Reuters) - Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt were ranked as the top three U.S. presidents in history respectively while Barack Obama entered the rankings in the 12th spot, based on a survey of historians released on Friday. Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower rounded out the top five of 43 presidents in U.S. history, a survey of historians' rankings of presidential leadership found. "Once again the big three are Lincoln, Washington and FDR - as it should be.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 2:14 AM

Hundreds of Cubans deported after US immigration status end: Cuba

Hundreds of Cubans deported after US immigration status end: CubaMore than 680 Cubans have been deported back to Cuba since the United States ended its decades-old policy giving them preferred immigrant status in January, state media reported Saturday. According to official Cuban reports, 683 people have been sent back to the Caribbean island from the United States, or from Mexico, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands, where they were crossing in a bid to reach the US border. On January 12, then-president Barack Obama scrapped with immediate effect a 1995 policy that had given Cubans near-automatic entry to the United States if they managed to set foot on American soil, regardless of their visa status.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 1:52 PM

Arpaio successor pulls back on immigration holds in jails

Arpaio successor pulls back on immigration holds in jailsPHOENIX (AP) — For years, immigrants being released from jails in Phoenix would routinely be kept locked up an extra couple days to give federal authorities time to check their immigration status and launch deportation proceedings.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 11:02 PM

Trump's team in disarray, U.S. Senator McCain tells Europe

Trump's team in disarray, U.S. Senator McCain tells EuropeBy Phil Stewart and Robin Emmott MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain broke with the reassuring message that U.S. officials visiting Germany have sought to convey on their debut trip to Europe, saying on Friday that the administration of President Donald Trump was in "disarray". McCain, a known Trump critic, told the Munich Security Conference that the resignation of the new president's security adviser Michael Flynn over his contacts with Russia reflected deep problems in Washington. "I think that the Flynn issue obviously is something that shows that in many respects this administration is in disarray and they've got a lot of work to do," said McCain, even as he praised Trump's defense secretary.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 6:53 AM

Impeached Brazil leader Rousseff eyes political return

Impeached Brazil leader Rousseff eyes political returnBrasília (AFP) - Six months after her humiliating departure from Brazil's presidency following an impeachment trial, Dilma Rousseff is contemplating her political future. Lula faces trial over alleged involvement in the Petrobras affair, which he denies.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 2:54 PM

Police Find 75-Year-Old Woman Molded to Chair After Sitting In Same Spot for Almost a Year

Police Find 75-Year-Old Woman Molded to Chair After Sitting In Same Spot for Almost a YearShe is now recovering at a local hospital.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2017 12:41 PM

Blind cleric behind 1990s terror plots dies in US prison

Blind cleric behind 1990s terror plots dies in US prisonOmar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11 and spiritual guide to a generation of Islamic militants, has died in a federal prison. He was 78.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 9:03 PM

US student debt tops $1.31 trillion: Does Betsy DeVos have a plan?

US student debt tops $1.31 trillion: Does Betsy DeVos have a plan?Student loans were the leading cause for a substantial increase in household debt last year, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Thursday. While the high balance of US student debt is not news anymore, the new record-high $1.31 trillion balance, up 2.4 percent in the fourth quarter, is another reminder of the severity of a problem that has cast a shadow over the nation in recent years. During her confirmation hearing, now-Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos suggested a vision for higher education that might not require as much student debt.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 8:03 PM

The Latest: Body of man swept down gully in storm recovered

The Latest: Body of man swept down gully in storm recoveredLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on storms in California (all times local):

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 11:13 PM

Mom-To-Be Shares Photo of 2 Onesies Surrounded by Needles After Struggling to Get Pregnant

Mom-To-Be Shares Photo of 2 Onesies Surrounded by Needles After Struggling to Get PregnantShe is 13 weeks along.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 2:30 PM

Mourning the presidency: A mock funeral for Presidents’ Day

Mourning the presidency: A mock funeral for Presidents’ DayA New Orleans-style funeral in New York’s Washington Square Park hosted by Rise and Resist and GAG Is Watching on Saturday gave young New Yorkers the chance to grieve, march, sing, wail and ultimately “demand the rebirth of a presidency dedicated to the service of all peoples.”

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 11:55 PM

France denounces cyberattacks blamed on Moscow

France denounces cyberattacks blamed on MoscowSuspected Russian cyberattacks on the French presidential campaign are "unacceptable", France's foreign minister said Sunday, adding it was clear that pro-Europe candidate Emmanuel Macron was being targeted. A spokesman for Macron, who is currently riding high in the polls, has accused Moscow of being behind a flurry of cyberattacks on his campaign website and email servers over the past month. "It's enough to see which candidates, Marine Le Pen or Francois Fillon, Russia expresses preference for in the French electoral campaign," Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said in an interview with Journal du Dimanche.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 9:57 PM

U.S. inquiries into Russian election hacking include three FBI probes

U.S. inquiries into Russian election hacking include three FBI probesBy Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is pursuing at least three separate probes relating to alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential elections, according to five current and former government officials with direct knowledge of the situation. While the fact that the FBI is investigating had been reported previously by the New York Times and other media, these officials shed new light on both the precise number of inquires and their focus. The FBI's Pittsburgh field office, which runs many cyber security investigations, is trying to identify the people behind breaches of the Democratic National Committee's computer systems, the officials said.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 4:30 PM

Gambia celebrates Barrow's inauguration

Gambia celebrates Barrow's inaugurationThousands celebrated Saturday as new Gambian President Adama Barrow retook his oath of office, a month after he was sworn in across the border in neighbouring Senegal during a tense power struggle. February 18 is also the anniversary of The Gambia's independence from Britain, but many are also calling the day the birth of a third republic following the ousting of Yahya Jammeh at the ballot box. Tens of thousands packed the venue, singing and dancing, an AFP correspondent said.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2017 6:41 AM

Lyft Self-Driving Car Fleet May Hit The Roads Soon

Lyft Self-Driving Car Fleet May Hit The Roads SoonAccording to reports, Lyft's test fleet of self-driving cars may be the largest one on U.S. roads.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 7:25 AM

Bus flips over in Argentina's Andes, at least 19 killed

Bus flips over in Argentina's Andes, at least 19 killedBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A passenger bus has flipped over on an Andean highway in Argentina, killing 19 of the 42 people aboard, police said Saturday.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 11:33 AM

On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle ahead

On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle aheadPYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Plug your noses and ready your "Juche fertilizer." It's time to prep the frozen fields in North Korea.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2017 8:38 PM

The United Arab Emirates wants to build a city on Mars

The United Arab Emirates wants to build a city on MarsElon Musk isn't the only person who wants to build a city on Mars. Now the United Arab Emirates has announced that it wants to establish a "mini-city" on the red planet by 2117.  UAE prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum explained the monarchy's Mars plans in a series of tweets on Feb. 14. SEE ALSO: Dubai is bringing the world its first rotating skyscraper "The project, to be named 'Mars 2117,' integrates a vision to create a mini-city and community on Mars involving international cooperation," Sheikh Mohammed said. "Mars 2117" is a seed we are sowing today to reap the fruit of new generations led by a passion for science and advancing human knowledge. — HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 14, 2017 "Mars 2117 includes a major space sciences focus in our universities. We're building a space pioneering passion among our young people."  It makes sense for officials to use this project to inspire young people: They're the ones who will probably do the vast majority of the work.  If the UAE wants to have a fully-functioning city on Mars in 100 years, it will have to be a multi-generational effort that will span many decades, given the incipient state of the nation's space program and current global capabilities as well.  The "Mars 2117" project will develop an Emirati and international team of scientists to push the human exploration of Mars in years to come. — HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 14, 2017 In the time between now and 2117, the UAE, with an international partnership of researchers, will start trying to find a faster mode of transportation to the red planet, and figure out what food and shelter should be on the cold, dry world. "'Mars 2117' is a seed we are sowing today to reap the fruit of new generations led by a passion for science and advancing human knowledge," Sheikh Mohammed said. The UAE has already put the world on notice that the oil-rich nation has aspirations beyond our home planet, having previously announced its plan to send a robotic mission to Mars in 2015. That uncrewed spacecraft, called Hope, would fly to the red planet in 2020 and make it into orbit there in 2021.  The project, to be named "Mars 2117", integrates a vision to create a mini-city and community on Mars involving international cooperation. — HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 14, 2017 Musk's SpaceX is also working toward creating a city on Mars, though the commercial space company's timeline isn't exactly clear.  Musk claims that SpaceX is working toward sending its first people to Mars by 2024, about a decade before NASA is expected to send their first crewed mission to the vicinity of Mars.  That said, the company's plans are still a bit murky when it comes to the timeline for actually creating its city, aiming for sometime in the 2060s. Musk thinks there will be plenty of people who want to leave Earth behind. We aspire in the coming century to develop science, technology and our youth's passion for knowledge. This project is driven by that vision. — HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 14, 2017 "Not everyone will want to go. In fact, I think a relatively small number of people from Earth would want to go, but enough would want to go and who could afford the trip that it would happen," Musk said during a speech in September 2016. Neither SpaceX nor the UAE can get to Mars alone, however.   Both need to have international and private partners that will help make a city on Mars a reality within their timeframes.  It's unclear if the monarchy and the private company will team up on their Mars ambitions, but Musk did say that he's open to public and private partnerships for the mission. BONUS: Obama plans to send humans to Mars by 2030s

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2017 1:00 PM

Father and Son Killed In Head-On Collision With One Another

Father and Son Killed In Head-On Collision With One AnotherPolice said alcohol was a factor in the crash.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2017 1:37 PM

Man dies after breaching security at Honolulu airport

Man dies after breaching security at Honolulu airportHONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that a man is dead after he breached security at Honolulu International Airport and stopped breathing.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 7:28 PM

Can Tony Blair stop Brexit?

Can Tony Blair stop Brexit?Earlier this month, British members of Parliament (MPs) overwhelmingly voted to back Brexit, citing deference to the will of the people. Speaking at an event for Open Britain, which wants Britain to maintain access to the single market, Tony Blair declared that the Brexit discussion was far from over. The task for voters who want to remain in the EU, Mr. Blair said, is to persuade Leave voters to change their minds, thus forcing a reversal on Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 3:41 PM

Syrian rebels say army attacks wrecking ceasefire efforts

Syrian rebels say army attacks wrecking ceasefire effortsSyrian rebel groups who have participated in peace talks said on Sunday that an upsurge in Syrian army shelling and bombing was wrecking the prospects of maintaining a ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey. The rebel groups, mostly backed by Turkey, have attended two rounds of talks in the Kazakh capital Astana. Mohammad Alloush, the head of the Astana talks delegation, said the rebel groups who signed a shaky ceasefire deal late last year that was meant to end bombing of civilians were ready to go back to "all out war".

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2017 5:05 PM

Lewandowski and Mook weigh in on President Trump's relationship with media

Lewandowski and Mook weigh in on President Trump's relationship with mediaFormer Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook discuss President Donald Trump's relationship with the media.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2017 11:38 AM

Fantasy league aims to lure US students to economics

Fantasy league aims to lure US students to economicsHave you needed to use your high school chemistry recently? The St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, part of the US central bank system, is on the forefront of trying to make economic and personal finance information accessible to the general public, and especially to students.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 10:03 PM

One dead, 27 hurt in Belgium train derailment

One dead, 27 hurt in Belgium train derailmentOne person died and 27 others were injured -- three of them seriously -- when a train derailed Saturday shortly after leaving a station east of Brussels, officials said. The train carrying 85 passengers derailed four minutes after leaving Louvain bound for the North Sea coast via the Belgian capital, the SNCB railway authority said. "Rescue workers confirm the death of one person, three seriously injured and 24 others hurt," a Belgian official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 6:07 PM

Hunters charged in Texas shooting had blamed immigrants

Hunters charged in Texas shooting had blamed immigrantsPRESIDIO, Texas (AP) — Two hunters accused in a shooting on a remote Texas ranch near the Mexican border had told authorities that they were attacked by immigrants who had entered the country illegally.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2017 11:05 AM

NASA’s Juno To Stay In 53-Day Jupiter Orbit

NASA’s Juno To Stay In 53-Day Jupiter OrbitThe space agency dropped its plan to fire the spacecraft’s main engine, a risky maneuver that would have reduced the orbital period to 14 days for its fifth flyby of Jupiter.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 2:57 AM

Police Build Kitty Condo for Stray Cat That Has Been Visiting Department For Years

Police Build Kitty Condo for Stray Cat That Has Been Visiting Department For YearsOne officer spent several nights working on the condo.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2017 3:57 PM

AstroBot Kit Teaches Kids the Joys of Coding

AstroBot Kit Teaches Kids the Joys of CodingOne of the most intriguing robot kits at this year's show, UBTech's AstroBot kit can be built into one of three different characters and programmed using a simple mobile app. Available this spring for $199, AstroBot can be built as either a treaded robot that looks a bit like Walle, a humanoid-style robot or a wheeled vehicle. An infrared sensor keeps AstroBot from bumping into objects as it moves around.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2017 6:00 PM

Protesters in Barcelona urge Spain to take in more refugees

Protesters in Barcelona urge Spain to take in more refugeesBARCELONA, Spain (AP) — At least 160,000 protesters marched Saturday in Barcelona to demand that Spain's conservative-led government increase its efforts to take in refugees from war-torn countries like Syria.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 2:21 PM

Libya's Seraj sees Russia as possible intermediary with eastern commander

Libya's Seraj sees Russia as possible intermediary with eastern commanderBy Shadia Nasralla and Andreas Rinke MUNICH (Reuters) - Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Seraj of the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli said on Sunday he would like Russia to help overcome deadlock in the country, which is struggling with divisions among militias and an Islamist militant threat. In an interview with Reuters, Seraj expressed hope that Moscow might act as an intermediary between him and Khalifa Haftar, a military commander who is supported by factions based in the east of Libya. Seraj's Government of National Accord has been trying to formulate plans for unified Libyan security forces since arriving in Tripoli in March, but has made little progress.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2017 12:03 PM

Zimbabwe's Mugabe says he is people's choice for 2018 election

Zimbabwe's Mugabe says he is people's choice for 2018 electionBy Cris Chinaka HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's people and the ruling ZANU-PF party see no viable alternative candidate to President Robert Mugabe for general elections in 2018, state media quoted him as saying on Sunday. "The people, you know, would want to judge everyone else on the basis of President Mugabe as the criteria," Mugabe, who is Africa's oldest leader, said. Mugabe has been in power in the southern African country since 1980 and in December his party confirmed him as its candidate for the next presidential election expected in mid-2018, when he will be 94.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2017 9:02 AM

Explosive blog post details ‘abhorrent’ sexism at Uber

Explosive blog post details ‘abhorrent’ sexism at Uber

In a blog post published Sunday, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler Riggetti details her experiences working for the company. Sadly, given she's a female engineer working at a thrusting, big-name Silicon Valley startup, the experiences are exactly what you'd expect.

In the post, Riggetti details numerous instances of overt sexist behaviour. She reportedly sent evidence, including email and chat logs to HR, but ran into a brick wall multiple times. In the end, she says that her attempts to quietly report sexist behaviour were turned against her:

I forwarded this absurd chain of emails to HR, and they requested to meet with me shortly after. I don't know what I expected after all of my earlier encounters with them, but this one was more ridiculous than I could have ever imagined. The HR rep began the meeting by asking me if I had noticed that *I* was the common theme in all of the reports I had been making, and that if I had ever considered that I might be the problem. I pointed out that everything I had reported came with extensive documentation and I clearly wasn't the instigator (or even a main character) in the majority of them - she countered by saying that there was absolutely no record in HR of any of the incidents I was claiming I had reported (which, of course, was a lie, and I reminded her I had email and chat records to prove it was a lie). She then asked me if women engineers at Uber were friends and talked a lot, and then asked me how often we communicated, what we talked about, what email addresses we used to communicate, which chat rooms we frequented, etc. -  an absurd and insulting request that I refused to comply with. When I pointed out how few women were in SRE, she recounted with a story about how sometimes certain people of certain genders and ethnic backgrounds were better suited for some jobs than others, so I shouldn't be surprised by the gender ratios in engineering. Our meeting ended with her berating me about keeping email records of things, and told me it was unprofessional to report things via email to HR.

Beyond the reports to HR, Riggetti also details a company overrun with internal politics and management problems:

In the background, there was a game-of-thrones political war raging within the ranks of upper management in the infrastructure engineering organization. It seemed like every manager was fighting their peers and attempting to undermine their direct supervisor so that they could have their direct supervisor's job. No attempts were made by these managers to hide what they were doing: they boasted about it in meetings, told their direct reports about it, and the like.

Shortly after the blog post was published, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick issued a statement promising a (secret, internal) investigation into the matter, and reaffirmed Uber's committment to a equitable workplace where everyone isn't trying to stab each other in the back:

"I have just read Susan Fowler's blog. What she describes is abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in. It's the first time this has come to my attention so I have instructed Liane Hornsey our new Chief Human Resources Officer to conduct an urgent investigation into these allegations. We seek to make Uber a just workplace and there can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber -- and anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired."

This isn't the first time that Uber has run into human resources problems within its internal teams and management. In 2014, an Uber exec famously suggested digging up dirt on journalists to discredit them. That statement came in response to a journalist who had accused Uber of sexism once again.

More recently, #DeleteUber trended on Twitter after Uber removed surge pricing at JFK airport during a taxi strike -- a strike that was in protest of President Trump's Muslim travel ban. The same hashtag is trending again tonight following Riggetti's blog post.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2017 7:46 PM

Rally coordinator talks organizing Florida Trump event

Rally coordinator talks organizing Florida Trump eventTony Ledbetter weighs in how the president may benefit from speaking directly to Americans

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 2:31 PM

Red Cross urges release of two staff abducted in Afghanistan

Red Cross urges release of two staff abducted in AfghanistanThe Red Cross on Saturday called for the unconditional release of two staff members who were abducted when their convoy was ambushed in northern Afghanistan last week, leaving six other workers dead. The aid workers came under insurgent fire in Jowzjan province on February 8 while they were en route to a remote snowbound area to deliver much-needed relief supplies. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had earlier said the two employees were missing, in what was one of the worst attacks on the international charity in the country for years.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 3:19 AM

Yahoo Reportedly Isn't Deleting Customer Email Accounts

Yahoo Reportedly Isn't Deleting Customer Email AccountsYahoo takes 90 days to delete accounts after a user requests it, but some users are reporting the company isn't removing the accounts even after the waiting period.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 11:44 AM

10 years in jail and still no trial for murder suspect

10 years in jail and still no trial for murder suspectDOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Kharon Davis has spent nearly 10 years in jail. He's had four sets of attorneys, with two judges on the bench. His co-defendants' cases have wrapped up. Davis has appeared in court for several hearings, and a new prosecutor is assigned.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 2:12 AM

Boy, 5, Left In Critical Condition After Being Mauled by Pit Bull

Boy, 5, Left In Critical Condition After Being Mauled by Pit BullThe family reportedly owned the dogs.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 3:13 PM

No sanctuary for immigrants living illegally in Miami-Dade

No sanctuary for immigrants living illegally in Miami-DadeMIAMI (AP) — County commissioners in immigrant-rich Miami-Dade voted Friday to uphold their Cuban-born mayor's order to cooperate with federal immigration officials, drawing shouts of "shame on you" from those hoping to make their community a sanctuary city.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 2:02 AM

Expect more fake news from Russia, top NATO general says

Expect more fake news from Russia, top NATO general saysBy Robin Emmott MUNICH (Reuters) - Russia was behind a false report of a rape by German soldiers in Lithuania that was intended to undermine support for NATO's new eastern force, a senior NATO general said on Saturday, warning Europe to expect more such "fake news". Petr Pavel, who heads NATO's military committee, said he also hoped to hold the first telephone call in more than two years with Russia's military chiefs in coming weeks.

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2017 8:21 AM

News – Insurance Journal

California DIR Suspends 7 Workers’ Comp Medical Providers for Fraud
California’s Department of Industrial Relations and its Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended seven medical providers from participating in the state’s workers’ comp system. The providers were convicted of workers’ comp fraud or have been suspended from the Medicare or …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 7:50 PM
California Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Allow Later Last Call Times
Closing times at bars in California could go later if proposed legislation there gets passed. The bill proposed by state Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat who represents San Francisco, would let municipalities set their own last call times. The Los …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 7:47 PM
Texas Mutual Insurance, VFIS of Texas, Distribute $228K in Grants to First Responders
Workers’ compensation insurance provider, Texas Mutual Insurance Co., and VFIS of Texas have distributed $228,000 in grant money to 90 volunteer fire departments and nonprofit emergency medical service (EMS) organizations across the state of Texas. VFIS of Texas is the …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 5:39 PM
Phillips Appointed Chair of Texas House Insurance Committee
Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus has appointed Rep. Larry Phillips, District 62, as chair of the Texas House of Representatives Insurance Committee for the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. This position was previously held by Rep. John …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 5:33 PM
USI Insurance Services Adds 3 in Independence, Ohio, Office
USI Insurance Services (USI) has added Tammi Barker, Bridget Day and Dave Petno in the USI Independence, Ohio, office. Barker, who joins the firm as account manager, has more than 17 years of insurance experience, including 11 years focused on …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 5:25 PM
New York State Finalizes First-in-Nation Cyber Security Regulation
New York state announced a final cyber security regulation on Thursday with mandatory standards for banks and insurers to combat the ever-increasing risk of cyber attacks. The regulation, which takes effect March 1, follows a series of high-profile data breaches …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 5:24 PM
Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty to $116K Insurance Fraud
A Monroe, La., woman has pleaded guilty to mail fraud, admitting that she filed a $116,000 insurance claim for $1,000 in assets. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says 54-year-old Lasandra Edwards filed for bankruptcy in October 2013, saying her furniture and …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 5:23 PM
Wisconsin Farmer Sentenced for Federal Crop Insurance Fraud
John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Mark E. Johnson, 50, a farmer in Dresser, Wis., was sentenced on Feb. 13, 2017, in a federal crop insurance fraud case. During a plea hearing …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 5:23 PM
XS Brokers Insurance Agency Inc. Opens Second Massachusetts Office
XS Brokers Insurance Agency Inc., a Northeast wholesale and managing general agent (MGA) brokerage headquartered in Quincy, Mass., has announced the opening of a new office in Worcester, Mass. The firm now has four East Coast offices, including locations in …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 4:27 PM
Pennsylvania’s HB Retirement Hires Ryan
HB Retirement, an independent financial services firm specializing in the design and function of retirement programs from  corporations, small businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the Pittsburgh, Penn., region, has hired Jack Ryan as a client service associate. In this role, Ryan will use his …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 4:20 PM
CNA Appoints Ex-Endurance, AIG Executive Worman as Chief Underwriting Officer
CNA has named Douglas Worman to fill the newly created position of executive vice president and chief underwriting officer. He reports to Dino E. Robusto, CNA chairman and chief executive officer. In this role, Worman will work jointly with the …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 4:13 PM
How Tattoo Artists Are Like Dentists
Getting a tattoo may hurt, but giving one is no picnic, either. That’s the finding of what its authors say is the first study ever to directly measure the physical stresses that lead to aches and pains in tattoo artists—workers …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 2:37 PM
Driver Deaths Rose 6% in 2016, Topping 40,000
U.S. motor vehicle accident deaths last year topped 40,000 for the first time since 2007 as cheap gasoline and a healthy economy encouraged motorists to drive more, according to new estimates released by the National Safety Council. Roadside fatalities last …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 1:47 PM
Global Insurance Rate Decreases in Q4 Slowed for 4th Consecutive Quarter: Marsh
Global insurance rate decreases moderated on average for the fourth consecutive quarter, down 3.1 percent (compared to the previous quarter’s decrease of 3.2 percent), according to Marsh’s Global Insurance Market Index – Q4 2016. * “The last quarter of 2016 marked …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 1:34 PM
The Concord Group Insurance Companies in New Hampshire Hires McCabe
The Concord Group Insurance Companies, a Concord, N.H.-based insurance carrier, has announced that Daniel L. McCabe has joined the senior leadership team as a vice president. “Dan will play an important role on our management team as we transition through …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 1:00 PM
Beazley Taps Markel’s Tewfik as Underwriter for UK Tech & Data Breach Team
Beazley, a specialist in cyber and data breach response insurance, has appointed Michael Tewfik as a technology, media and business services underwriter focused on addressing the data breach and cyber security risks of organizations in the United Kingdom. He will …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 12:22 PM
Ratings Agencies Uphold Their Ratings on AIG
Despite American International Group’s poor 2016 fourth quarter earnings performance, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s both have affirmed the insurer’s ratings, with a few qualifiers slipped in. The struggling insurance giant lost $3.0 billion, or $2.96 per share, compared …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 11:45 AM
Verisk Buys Healix Risk Rating, UK-Based Medical Risk Assessment Firm
Verisk Analytics has snatched up Healix Risk Rating, a company focused on automated medical risk assessment for the travel insurance ratings.Financial terms were not disclosed, although the deal is designed to expand Verisk’s risk assessment offerings for the global insurance …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 11:44 AM
Zurich Insurance in APAC Creates New Commercial Insurance Structure
Zurich Insurance has created a new structure for its Commercial Insurance business in Asia Pacific (APAC), following the combination of its Global Corporate and Commercial units into a single division. “This simplified structure provides a single point of entry for …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 11:19 AM
Carnegie-Brown to Become Chairman of Lloyd’s, Succeeding Nelson: Sources
Bruce Carnegie-Brown, former CEO of Marsh Europe and non-executive chairman of Aon UK, will shortly be named the new chairman of Lloyd’s, succeeding John Nelson who had announced in 2015 that he would retire this year at the age of …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 10:41 AM
Woodruff-Sawyer in California Names Cartwright Practice Leader
San Francisco, Calif.-based Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. has named Darren Cartwright claims auditing and consulting practice leader. Cartwright will be responsible for the direction of the claims group, which provides claims management and advice across the areas of property/casualty, management liability …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 10:00 AM
Allianz Posts Higher than Expected Q4 Profit; Plans $3.2B Share Buyback
Allianz, Europe’s largest insurer, proposed spending 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) on buying back its own shares on Thursday after the Munich-based firm posted higher than expected profits and said it was adjusting its policy on budgeting for possible takeovers. …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 8:35 AM
Argo Pro, BlueChip Underwriting Services Launch Transactional Risk Program
Argo Pro, a member of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd., has partnered with BlueChip Underwriting Services LLC to provide transactional risk insurance to facilitate mergers and acquisitions. BlueChip will sell and underwrite this suite of products, including Representation & Warranties, …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 6:18 AM
Lockton Promotes Ruback to Sr. VP in Chicago
Insurance broker Lockton has named Amanda Ruback to the newly created position of senior vice president and major client strategist in the firm’s Chicago operation. In her new role, Ruback assists in strategy development and solutions for the needs and challenges of Fortune 1000 …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 6:11 AM
New West Virginia Town Files Suit Against Drug Wholesalers Over Opioid Abuse
A southern West Virginia town has joined other communities in seeking to recoup the costs of dealing with opioid abuse. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the McDowell County town of Welch filed a lawsuit Monday against several out-of-state drug distributors. The …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 6:07 AM
Patient Complaints Can Identify Surgeons Who Are Higher Claims Risks
Recording and analyzing patient and family reports about rude and disrespectful behavior can identify surgeons with higher rates of surgical site infections and other avoidable adverse outcomes, according to a study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) investigators in …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 6:00 AM
NEBCO Insurance Services Expands into Florida, Opens First Office in Naples
NEBCO Insurance Services has opened an office in Naples, Fla. The Greenwich, Conn.-based independent insurance agency provides asset and lifestyle protection for high-net-worth individuals nationwide. The recently opened office in Naples is the firm’s first expansion outside the Greenwich area. …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 5:59 AM
Florida-Based Main Street America Appoints Bastian as National Account Executive
The Main Street America Group, a super-regional property/casualty insurance company, has announced the appointment of Anne Bastian to national account executive, a newly established role within the company’s field operations division. In this capacity, Bastian, who has served as a …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 5:22 AM
Former Alabama Scrap Metal Executive Accused of Embezzling $11.2M
A former executive for a Birmingham-area scrap metal brokerage company has been accused of embezzling $11.2 million from the company and using the funds to live a lavish lifestyle. Acting U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey said in a news release …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 5:11 AM
LA County Supervisors Order Inspection of Dams in Wake of Oroville Emergency
Supervisors have ordered inspections of all Los Angeles County dams in the wake of flooding concerns at Northern California’s Oroville Dam. The Los Angeles Times wrote that supervisors unanimously approved the order Tuesday. The Department of Public Works has 30 …

POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2017 10:47 PM

Agent & Broker

People on the move in the P&C Insurance industry: Feb. 17, 2017
News from AIG, Neon, Philadelphia Insurance Companies and more.

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 12:00 PM
Allianz plans $3.2 billion share buyback as profit climbs
Allianz SE reported a 23 percent increase in fourth-quarter net income and announced its first-ever share buyback.

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 11:55 AM
4 ways to safeguard your clients’ Valentine’s Day jewelry purchases
Insurance agents and brokers can help clients protect their new Valentine's jewelry with these four tips.

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 9:37 AM
If you’re not scared, you’re not growing
Let me give you a few quick examples to illustrate how a recent trip challenged my conception of what 'personal growth' means.

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 6:00 AM
Navigating email minefields
Email continues to be among the most effective marketing tools available to insurance agents to grow their business. But it continues to evolve. It's not your older brother's email anymore.

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 6:00 AM
7 ways to get even more referrals
Use these steps to get some very important people to contribute to your business.

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 5:30 AM
9 factors impacting claims in 2017
Digital technology will be a major change agent for insurers.

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 12:01 AM
Auto insurance rose over 7 percent in January's consumer price index
Over the last 12 months, the all items index rose 2.5 percent before seasonal adjustment. The January increase was the largest seasonally adjusted all items increase since February 2013.

POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2017 6:30 AM
5 trust builders for smarter insurance claim settlements
When it comes to establishing trust, first impressions count.

POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2017 6:00 AM
Why goal-setting is essential to success
The ability to set and achieve a goal through systematic focus and accomplishment is the most powerful way to turn your dreams and visions into reality.

POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2017 5:30 AM
The 10 most costly U.S. riots
When protests, riots or civil disorders break out, business, home and vehicle owners can suffer and property damage can result in large losses for insurers.

POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2017 12:01 AM
Deaths on U.S. roads reach highest since 2007 amid more driving
U.S. motor vehicle deaths last year topped 40,000 for the first time since 2007 as cheap gasoline and a healthy economy encouraged motorists to drive more.

POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2017 1:11 PM
Independent adjusters handle billions in claims annually
Survey measures size and scope of independent adjusting industry.

POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2017 1:00 PM
What’s the effect of government activity on insurance coverage?
When a civil authority orders an evacuation when is coverage triggered? If the zoning use changes for your commercial property do you have to replace it with the same kind of building? See the answers from our coverage experts.

POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2017 12:30 PM
AIG posts Q4 $3.04 billion loss — burned by claims costs
AIG posted its fourth loss in six quarters.

POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2017 11:06 AM
Data breaches in 2017: No relief in sight
What's the likelihood of a serious data breach in 2017? Are hackers getting more creative?

POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2017 6:15 AM
6 steps to accelerate the sales cycle
People lose sales for a lot of reasons.

POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2017 6:00 AM
Adjuster ethics require accurate information
Bad intelligence gets people killed or insurers sued.

POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2017 5:30 AM
Corporate governance in 2017
During 2017, a significant number of states across the U.S. will see the introduction and enactment of laws requiring insurers to make an annual filing describing their corporate governance structure.

POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2017 5:00 AM

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