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Trump on Parkland shooter: 'A teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened'

Trump on Parkland shooter: 'A teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened'President Trump on Friday castigated the armed resource officer in Parkland, Fla., who resigned from the Broward County Sheriff’s office after surveillance footage showed he waited outside the school during last week’s mass shooting.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 12:17 PM

More Cops In Schools Means More Black Kids In The Criminal Justice System

More Cops In Schools Means More Black Kids In The Criminal Justice SystemWhen President Donald Trump held a listening session with survivors of gun violence, their family members and the parents of murdered students on Wednesday, much of the discussion focused on ways to enhance school security.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 12:19 PM

Florida shooting survivor says we should call AR-15s ‘Marco Rubio’ because 'they are so easy to buy'

Florida shooting survivor says we should call AR-15s ‘Marco Rubio’ because 'they are so easy to buy'A Florida high school student who survived last week's mass shooting took to social media on Friday to slam Senator Marco Rubio for accepting donations from the National Rifle Association (NRA).




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 10:56 AM

First National Bank Of Omaha To Dump NRA-Branded Visa Credit Card

First National Bank Of Omaha To Dump NRA-Branded Visa Credit CardThe First National Bank of Omaha has decided to cut ties with the National Rifle Association in a national moment of reckoning over gun control.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 4:32 PM

This Las Vegas Airport Is Letting People Dump Their Marijuana Before Flying

This Las Vegas Airport Is Letting People Dump Their Marijuana Before FlyingCannabis is legal in Nevada but still banned by the U.S. government




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 12:39 AM

Boko Haram girls were not freed in heroic mission after all, Nigerian officials admit

Boko Haram girls were not freed in heroic mission after all, Nigerian officials admitNigerian officials have apologised after falsely claiming to have staged a dramatic rescue of a group of schoolgirls taken in a mass abduction by Boko Haram on Monday night. Officials in northern Yobe State had claimed on Wednesday to have rescued at least 50 of the girls, in what they described as a "gallant" mission by the Nigerian army. But late on Thursday night, they told families of the missing girls that there had in fact been no rescue at all, saying that the claims had been based on "unreliable" information from the security forces. "We have now established that the information we relied on to make the statement was not credible," said Yobi state spokesman Abdullahi Bego. "The Yobe State government apologises for that." The admission came amid claims from parents that four days after the initial kidnapping in the town of Dapchi, more than 100 girls remain unaccounted for.  At least five parents who were present fainted with the shock upon being told at an official briefing that their daughters were still missing after all. Boko Haram oppression in Nigeria, in pictures One parent, Kundiri Alhaji Bukar, told BBC Hausa language service: ''[The governor] said soldiers were dispatched but the military commander told him they could not locate the girls with the Boko Haram militants. He said no-one is really sure whether the girls were taken away by Boko Haram. But we on our part, we believe Boko Haram abducted the children." The backtracking by the Yobe state officials comes amid growing concerns about the government's handling of the incident. When reports of the attack on the school first surfaced earlier this week, officials initially claimed there had been no abductions at all, and that the missing girls had simply fled to surrounding villages. Critics have drawn comparisons with the government's handling of the notorious Chibok school abduction case in 2014, where officials likewise made a series of denials and contradictory statements before admitting that some 276 children had gone missing. As of Friday morning there was still no solid information on the number of girls believed to be missing. While some are thought to have been abducted, others may have fled to safety in surrounding villages and simply not yet contacted their parents. Mobile phone reception is limited in much of Nigeria's remote rural north. Sandals are strewn in the yard of the Government Girls Science and Technical College staff quarters in Dapchi, Nigeria, on February 22, 2018  Credit: AMINU ABUBAKAR/AFP/Getty Images On Wednesday, government officials told the Reuters news agency that around 50 girls were still missing. But one parent, Bashir Manzo, told the Associated Press news agency that parents had presented the state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, with a list of 101 missing children at Thursday's official briefing. “[Mr Gaidam] told us the girls have not been found and we should continue to pray for their safe return,” another parent, Rabiu Sani, told the AP.   The flow of official misinformation over the case is likely anger President Muhamamdu Buhari, who was critical of his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan's handling of the Chibok case. Earlier this week, he despatched a team of ministers to the area in an attempt to demonstrate that he was responding quickly to the situation. “I share the anguish of all the parents and guardians of the girls that remain unaccounted for,” Mr Buhari tweeted on Wednesday evening. “I would like to assure them that we are doing all in our power to ensure the safe return of all the girls.”




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 8:44 AM

Late pastor Billy Graham to lie in honor in US Capitol

Late pastor Billy Graham to lie in honor in US CapitolThe body of Reverend Billy Graham, a spiritual advisor to several presidents, will lie in the US Capitol Rotunda next week so Americans can pay respect to the globally influential preacher, lawmakers said Thursday. The rare honor of placing an American's remains in the Capitol is usually reserved for US presidents, military officials and politicians. Graham, who died Wednesday at age 99, would be only the fourth private citizen so honored, and the first person since US senator Daniel Inouye in 2012.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 12:54 PM

Suspect in Filipina's death in Kuwait arrested, wife sought

Suspect in Filipina's death in Kuwait arrested, wife soughtMANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Lebanese man suspected in the death of a Filipina maid whose body was found stuffed in a freezer in Kuwait has been arrested, the Philippine foreign secretary said Friday.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 9:17 PM

Why Schools Are Flooded With Threats After Mass Shootings

Why Schools Are Flooded With Threats After Mass ShootingsIn the days since last week’s mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, schools across the country have been receiving an onslaught of copycat threats.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 3:00 PM

Trump: Active shooter drills 'a very negative thing'

Trump: Active shooter drills 'a very negative thing'President Trump signaled Thursday that he does not believe that active shooter drills at the nation's schools are a good way to address the rash of gun violence plaguing them. 




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 4:20 PM

News – Insurance Journal

PEMCO in Washington Names Simonson Learning and Development Manager
PEMCO Insurance in Washington has added Curt Simonson to the carrier’s people and brand team as the department’s learning and development manager. Simonson’s responsibilities include managing employee training programs and leadership development strategies, with a focus on creating opportunities for …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 7:58 PM
Chubb Decided to Quit NRA Insurance Program 3 Months Ago
Giant insurer Chubb has joined a list of companies that are halting business deals with the National Rifle Association (NRA). However, the insurer confirmed to Insurance Journal that the decision was made several months ago, before the latest mass shooting …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 6:23 PM
Rivers Still Rising in Midwest; Evacuations Continue
Shelters have been opened to assist people forced from their homes by flooding in the Midwest, as rivers swollen by heavy rain and melting snow continue to rise in Indiana, Michigan and other states. Flood warnings were in effect across …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 5:50 PM
Records: Corps Failed to Release Harvey Flood Prediction to Public
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicted ahead of Hurricane Harvey’s arrival that reservoirs in Houston would fill to record levels, flooding adjacent neighborhoods, but never shared the concern with the public, government records reveal. A Corps forecast on Aug. …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 5:43 PM
Texas’ Combined Agents of America Adds 3 New Agencies
Austin, Texas-based Combined Agents of America LLC, has added three new partner agencies to its network. The latest additions are: Patterson & Associates Insurance in Richardson, Texas; NP Dodge Insurance in Omaha, Nebraska; and Ryder Rosacker McCue & Huston Insurance …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 5:41 PM
Visa’s Kereere Joins Board of Grange Mutual Casualty
Suzan Kereere has joined the board of directors at Columbus, Ohio-based Grange Mutual Casualty Co. Kereere heads both the European Merchant Sales & Solutions team and the Global Merchant Accounts team at Visa. There, she leads a group that helps …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 5:32 PM
Fareway Chicken Salad Produced at Iowa Processing Plant Recalled
The federal government issued a recall of chicken salad made by an Iowa processing company and distributed by Fareway Stores which has now sickened more than 100 people in five states and prompted lawsuits in Illinois, Iowa and South Dakota. …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 5:27 PM
Texas Appeals Court Upholds $351M Award Against Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said it would fight on after a Texas appeals court upheld a $351 million award against the Swiss bank over its role in a Las Vegas resort project whose finances collapsed a decade ago. The Texas Court of …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 5:13 PM
Private School System in Hawaii Schools Agrees to Pay $80M to Abuse Victims
A private school system in Honolulu, Hawaii has agreed to pay $80 million to the victims of a doctor accused of sexually abusing students and other patients for decades. Kamehameha Schools has also agreed to create new safeguards and methods …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 3:57 PM
Hershey’s in Trademark Battles with California Marijuana Businesses
Cannabis businesses, beware: The Hershey Co. is on the warpath. Perhaps the most famous confectionery peddler in the world has a well-documented history of actively protecting its trademarks, and the marijuana industry is no exception. Although Hershey’s has been relatively …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 3:53 PM

Agent & Broker

Stepping back in time helps with insurance claims too
Insurance archaeology helps insurers unearth which entity is responsible for covering long-tail environmental claims.

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 8:00 AM
People on the move in the P&C insurance industry: Feb. 23, 2018
News from HUB International of California, Brokerslink, Ed and more.

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 7:30 AM
10 states with the worst drivers
Results from the nationwide CarInsuranceComparison.com annual study identify the worst drivers by state.

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 7:00 AM
Pyeongchang Olympics present myriad risks for insurers
The 2018 Winter Olympics bring in the usual risks associated with international sporting events, and then some.

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 6:15 AM
Insurers with EU clients face workflow challenges under GDPR
European homebuyers who insure their properties through U.S. companies could require those businesses to upgrade their data protection efforts beginning in May of this year.

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 6:15 AM
Study signals hope for the insurance industry labor market
Recruiting is less difficult in most disciplines than it was one year ago, just in time for Insurance Careers Month, study finds.

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 6:00 AM
Agent Study 2018: Which carriers appear most on agents' 'approved' lists?
Independent agents reveal which commercial P&C carriers are on their agency's list.

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018
First surety bond program for cannabis industry approved in California
California requires a surety bond in the amount of $5,000 for most licensing categories. Surety bonds are required by licensing agencies to guarantee the behavior of licensees.

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 2:37 PM
Here's how one incumbent insurer became an InsurTech startup
Together, insurance startups and incumbents can learn from and complement each other.

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 9:30 AM
5 strategic changes for closing more sales
Maybe you know, without any doubt, that something has to change. But what?

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 7:45 AM

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