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Gianforte wins Montana special House election despite being charged with assault

Gianforte wins Montana special House election despite being charged with assaultRepublican Greg Gianforte claimed a narrow victory in Montana’s special election for the state’s at-large congressional seat, defeating Democrat Rob Quist one day after being charged with misdemeanor assault.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 12:47 AM

Sea Lion Attack: Child Victim’s Father Speaks Out

Sea Lion Attack: Child Victim’s Father Speaks OutThe father told the CBC that his family was not feeding the sea lion when it dragged his daughter underwater, but did confirm that his daughter is being treated for a possible infection.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 11:51 AM

GOP senators urge Trump to make ‘clean exit’ from Paris Agreement

GOP senators urge Trump to make ‘clean exit’ from Paris AgreementA group high-profile Republican senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are calling on President Trump to make a “clean break” from the Paris Agreement on climate change.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 12:30 PM

The Latest: California guards recovering after mass attack

The Latest: California guards recovering after mass attackSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a mass assault on guards at a California state prison (all times local):




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 6:04 PM

Lawsuit: Zillow ‘Zestimates’ Are Wrong, Preventing Homes from Selling

Lawsuit: Zillow ‘Zestimates’ Are Wrong, Preventing Homes from SellingZillow estimates values for 110 million homes across America as “zestimates,” but many have questioned the company’s accuracy, including one homeowner who claims she can’t sell her home because of it.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 11:46 AM

G7 masks, Zuckerberg, volcano and more — it happened today: May 25 in pictures

G7 masks, Zuckerberg, volcano and more — it happened today: May 25 in picturesProtesters wear masks depicting the leaders of the G7 countries, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during Harvard University commencement exercises and more of today’s news from around the world in pictures.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 3:19 PM

Man Charged With Trying to Bite Flight Attendant, Jumping Out of Plane: Cops

Man Charged With Trying to Bite Flight Attendant, Jumping Out of Plane: CopsTun Lon Sein tried to bite a flight attendant's hand to get to the plane's service door.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 1:56 PM

Hamas executes three over commander's murder

Hamas executes three over commander's murderThe Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas executed three people in the Gaza Strip on Thursday over the assassination of one of its military leaders allegedly on behalf of Israel. Two men were hanged to death in Gaza City over the killing of Mazen Faqha in March, while a third was executed by firing squad, said an AFP correspondent who attended the executions.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 12:19 PM

How Do Muslims Fast On Ramadan?

How Do Muslims Fast On Ramadan?Ramadan starts this week, and Muslims across the globe are preparing for the holy month during which they fast from sunrise to sunset.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 10:00 AM

‘Knuckles turning white’: Macron is a match for the Trump power handshake

‘Knuckles turning white’: Macron is a match for the Trump power handshakeOf President Trump’s many idiosyncrasies, one that stands out is his aggressive style of shaking hands, which he has bestowed upon various world leaders since taking office. Trump and the newly elected Macron met in Brussels before a NATO summit and held the customary photo op, complete with an intense handshake.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 12:39 PM

Three New Undisclosed Kushner-Russia Contacts

Three New Undisclosed Kushner-Russia ContactsNed Parker, Reuters reporter, talks about the discovery of yet more undisclosed contacts between Donald Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and Russia officials and the questions this behavior raises.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 2:35 PM

Venezuela military defends protests role, backs Maduro congress

Venezuela military defends protests role, backs Maduro congressBy Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Decried by protesters as "murderers" defending a dictator, Venezuela's military insisted on Thursday it was not taking sides in the national political turmoil, though it did back socialist President Nicolas Maduro's controversial plan for a new congress. The armed forces' National Guard unit has played a pivotal role in two months of unrest rocking Venezuela, often blocking marches and using teargas and water cannons to fight youths hurling stones and Molotov cocktails. At least 57 people have been killed, including one National Guard member and two policemen.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 3:21 PM

'Racially motivated' fight leaves Arizona prison on lockdown

'Racially motivated' fight leaves Arizona prison on lockdownPHOENIX (AP) — A privately run prison in Arizona remained on lockdown Thursday after four inmates were injured in a brawl involving about 80 prisoners that authorities had to use pepper spray to break up.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 8:36 PM

Christian school bans 'immoral' pregnant teenager from attending her own graduation

Christian school bans 'immoral' pregnant teenager from attending her own graduationA pregnant teenager - an honour student with straights As - has been branded “immoral” by her school and told she cannot attend its graduation ceremony. Officials at Heritage Academy, a private Christian school in Maryland, said Maddi Runkles, 18, was not welcome at the event because she had to be held “accountable for her immorality”. “Maddi is being disciplined, not because she’s pregnant, but because she was immoral,” David Hobbs, the school administrator, said in a statement.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 5:03 PM

Texas teacher laughs as she hands out ‘most likely to become a terrorist’ award to 7th-grader

Texas teacher laughs as she hands out ‘most likely to become a terrorist’ award to 7th-graderDuring an end-of-the-year awards ceremony at Anthony Aguirre Junior High in Channelview, Tex., a teacher gave Lizeth Villanueva an award for “most likely to become a terrorist.” The seventh-grade student’s mom is going great lengths to make sure the teacher gets fired.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 12:22 PM

Fallen Navy pilot's children hug as remains brought home

Fallen Navy pilot's children hug as remains brought homeSAN DIEGO (AP) — Deborah Crosby touched her father's flag-draped casket as her three brothers hugged her in a tearful embrace on the tarmac at the San Diego airport Friday — ending a more than half century search to find and bring home the remains of Lt. Cmdr. Frederick P. Crosby, shot down as a Navy pilot in the Vietnam War.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 8:16 PM

GM sued over excess emissions in Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel

GM sued over excess emissions in Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra Duramax DieselToday's auto news headlines read like a warped version of Oprah Winfrey's infamous car giveaway: "You're getting sued for excess diesel emissions! And you're getting sued for excess diesel emissions! Everyone's getting sued for excess diesel emissions!" We say that because General Motors is now being sued for excess diesel emissions.  Fenner et al v General Motors LLC et al The suit filed in Detroit's federal court yesterday alleges that GM illegally outfitted 705,000 pickups with defeat devices similar to those deployed by Volkswagen in 11 million cars worldwide, including 565,000 registered in the U.S. The suit covers 2011-2016 models of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel. Unlike the lawsuit filed earlier this week against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, this one comes from consumers, not the U.S. Department of Justice. It alleges that GM employed at least three defeat devices that allowed trucks to emit up to five times the legal limit of pollutants while on the road but to keep emissions within legal limits during regulatory tests.  Fenner et al v General Motors LLC et al alleges that GM broke a number of racketeering and consumer protection laws. Plaintiffs seek a wide range of compensation, including payouts for lost resale value and buybacks of their vehicles. They're also seeking punitive damages against the automaker. Interestingly, the suit also names German supplier Bosch as a defendant. If the case goes to trial, that could be significant, since Bosch was very closely linked to the Volkswagen scandal. If you follow car news, it probably won't surprise you to learn that plaintiffs in the GM case are represented in part by Hagens Berman law firm, which has been a key player in the Dieselgate settlement and many other auto-related suits. GM has issued a brief statement about the lawsuit that reads, in full: "These claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves. The Duramax Diesel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations." It's worth noting that this is one of at least two cases being brought by consumers against GM over its diesel vehicles--the other involving emissions in the Chevrolet Cruze diesel. Our take Who will prevail? We can't say because, much to some of our mothers' chagrin, we're not lawyers. However, we do know that the case puts GM in an awkward position. If the case goes to trial, it might prove GM's innocence, but GM's name would remain in the headlines for months and potentially years. Being associated with a high-profile case related to diesel emissions fraud at this time in history wouldn't do much for GM's diesel sales. That's a real problem, as GM appears to have banked on cornering the diesel market as other automakers retreat. On the other hand, settling this case (and the one involving the Cruze for that matter) out of court wouldn't do anything to exonerate GM. However, in terms of publicity, it might be for the best. Either way, shareholders will want GM to put the case to rest as soon as possible: stock prices took a plunge yesterday after the lawsuit was filed, though some of that value could be regained in trading today.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 10:41 AM

Rescue drill turns real as US Coast Guard finds missing Tongans

Rescue drill turns real as US Coast Guard finds missing TongansA search and rescue exercise turned real for a US Coast Guard crew who found six Tongan fishermen missing at sea for a week, New Zealand officials said Friday. New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre officer Greg Johnston said Tongan police raised the alarm as the US Coast Guard C-130 Hercules was preparing to return to Honolulu following a multi-national rescue drill in Auckland. "The Coast Guard crew spotted the six men in their 12-metre (39-foot) vessel shortly after entering the search area, about 90 kilometres (55 miles) offshore from Tongatapu Island," Johnston said.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 2:40 AM

NATO attempts to contain Russia, raising conflict risk: Moscow

NATO attempts to contain Russia, raising conflict risk: MoscowRussia on Friday accused NATO of increasing the threat of conflict, insisting attempts by the US-led alliance to curb Moscow have left ties at their lowest ebb since the USSR collapsed. "At present NATO-Russian relations are at their worst since the end of the Cold War," the foreign ministry in Moscow said in a statement. The ministry said NATO was pursuing a policy of "containment" towards Russia that has seen it bolster its forces along the country's border in eastern Europe.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 6:49 AM

Trump Is Playing the International Strategy Game Like a Novice Among Experts

Trump Is Playing the International Strategy Game Like a Novice Among ExpertsAn “America first” policy risks leaving America alone.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 11:07 AM

Chinese jets intercept U.S surveillance plane: U.S. officials

Chinese jets intercept U.S surveillance plane: U.S. officialsTwo Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday, with one coming within 200 yards (180 meters) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials told Reuters. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed that the U.S. P-3 Orion surveillance plane was 150 miles (240 km) southeast of Hong Kong in international airspace when the Chinese aircraft carried out the unsafe intercept. One Chinese aircraft flew in front of the American plane, restricting its ability to maneuver.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 3:28 PM

Day Care Worker Arrested After Death of 8-Month-Old Girl

Day Care Worker Arrested After Death of 8-Month-Old GirlLeah Walden faces multiple charges related to the death of Reese Bowman.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 4:46 PM

Woman jumps onto the hood of moving car to prevent carjacking at petrol station

Woman jumps onto the hood of moving car to prevent carjacking at petrol stationA Wisconsin woman has become a viral sensation after she jumped on the hood of her own moving car to prevent a carjacking. Melissa Smith, 27, was printing her receipt at a petrol station in Milwaukee when a stranger jumped into her car and began driving away. “I had my, ‘Oh no this isn’t happening to me today moment,’” Ms Smith told local news station WISN 12.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 6:02 PM

Police: Man hurling racial slurs kills 2, injures 1 on train

Police: Man hurling racial slurs kills 2, injures 1 on trainPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two people died Friday and another was hurt in a stabbing on a Portland light-rail train after a man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, one of whom was wearing a hijab, police said.




POSTED MAY 27, 2017 12:31 AM

Chris Cornell Had Fresh Track Marks On His Arm: Report

Chris Cornell Had Fresh Track Marks On His Arm: ReportWhile authorities ruled the Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman took his own life last week Thursday, his family raised doubts over the findings.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 1:41 AM

The Latest: Greg Gianforte keeps low profile, Montana votes

The Latest: Greg Gianforte keeps low profile, Montana votesBOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the assault case against Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for a Montana congressional seat in a Thursday special election. (all times local):




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 2:06 PM

Jesse Ventura's Fight to Legalize Marijuana

Jesse Ventura's Fight to Legalize MarijuanaThe following material contains mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 5:50 PM

US-led Syria strikes kills scores of relatives of IS fighters

US-led Syria strikes kills scores of relatives of IS fightersDozens of relatives of Islamic State group fighters were killed Friday in Syria in US-led strikes, regime or Russian raids, after the UN urged nations striking the jihadists to protect civilians. Raids by the US-led coalition have pounded IS positions across Iraq and Syria since the jihadist group claimed responsibility for the devastating bombing of a concert in Manchester on Monday. Scores of civilians, many of them families of IS members, have been killed in bombing raids in recent days on the eastern Syrian town of Mayadeen, held by IS since 2014.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 3:22 PM

BMW Concept 8-series: Eight Is Greater than Six

BMW Concept 8-series: Eight Is Greater than SixThis shapely coupe concept previews the replacement for the 6-series.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 1:20 PM

Defiant Congress Sparks Showdown With Trump Over Saudi Arms Deal

Defiant Congress Sparks Showdown With Trump Over Saudi Arms DealThough the opposition may be largely symbolic, lawmakers are clearly growing tired of unconditional support for the Gulf kingdom.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 2:40 PM

'What you need to know': Jared Kushner

'What you need to know': Jared KushnerJared Kushner now a focus of FBI Russian investigation.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 2:06 PM

Billy Cosby Breaks His Silence as Final Juror Picked in His Sexual Assault Trial

Billy Cosby Breaks His Silence as Final Juror Picked in His Sexual Assault TrialOpening arguments are set to begin June 5.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 12:31 PM

Cat visits every national park

Cat visits every national parkThis adventurous feline really is an outdoors cat — as he is currently making his way around every national park in the United States.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 10:53 AM

Joy Duggar Wedding Details

Joy Duggar Wedding DetailsHere is everything we know about Joy Duggar and Austin Forsyth’s wedding day so far.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 9:10 AM

The Latest: Alabama executes man for 1982 murder-for-hire

The Latest: Alabama executes man for 1982 murder-for-hireMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the execution of Alabama prisoner Tommy Arthur (all times local):




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 1:22 AM

The Latest: Coroner's office IDs skydiver as California man

The Latest: Coroner's office IDs skydiver as California manLODI, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a skydiving death in Northern California (all times local):




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 4:36 PM

Up to 600,000 immigrants in U.S. South may have path to legal status: analysis

Up to 600,000 immigrants in U.S. South may have path to legal status: analysisA statistical review of immigrant screenings done by Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) determined that around 15 percent of the 4 million illegal immigrants in seven southern U.S. states had grounds to apply for legal status based on fears of persecution in their homeland, family ties or other factors. The percentage of the 11 million illegal immigrants across the country who might be eligible to stay in the United States could be even higher, according to University of California at San Diego political scientist Tom Wong, who conducted the analysis for CLINIC. "As we ramp up immigration enforcement in the United States, we should take this figure and remind ourselves that we shouldn't deport first and then ask questions," Wong said in a telephone interview.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 9:19 PM

2 toddlers found dead in hot car in North Texas

2 toddlers found dead in hot car in North TexasTwo toddlers were found dead in a hot car in a rural North Texas neighborhood.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 11:39 PM

Donald Trump links mass immigration to Manchester terror attack despite bomber being British-born

Donald Trump links mass immigration to Manchester terror attack despite bomber being British-bornDonald Trump appeared to link large-scale immigration to the terror attack in Manchester, even though bomber Salman Abedi was born in Britain. “My travels and meetings have given me renewed hope that nations of many faiths can unite to defeat terrorism, a common threat to all of humanity,” he said in a speech during which he also berated those Nato members who had failed to contribute their fair share of the alliance’s costs. During his election campaign, Mr Trump repeatedly called for tougher screening of immigrants to the US, even though the process for refugees from countries such as Syria or Somalia can take up to five years.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 2:33 PM

Credit Myths That Cost You Money

Credit Myths That Cost You MoneyCredit scores are confusing. You can pay off your student loans and see your credit score drop. You can add significant credit card debt and see your score soar. It's no wonder there are so many misconceptions about how to build or improve credit.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 10:10 AM

El Salvador captures escaped female killer "Boss"

El Salvador captures escaped female killer "Boss"Security forces in El Salvador on Thursday captured the female leader of a hit-squad-for-hire two weeks after she escaped from a Guatemalan prison where she was serving a 94-year sentence, officials said. Marixa Lemus, a 45-year-old Guatemalan who went by the nickname "The Boss," was arrested in the west of El Salvador near the Guatemalan border. Lemus had escaped her military-run prison north of Guatemala City on May 11.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 6:30 PM

Verizon may have just made the world’s most pointless thing

Verizon may have just made the world’s most pointless thing

Someone, somewhere, deep in the bowels of Verizon's marketing department, has apparently read a study saying that the Internet of Things is going to be the next iPhone. This noble Brand Crusader decided that Verizon should be a Thought Leader in this category, and directed the captive team of engineers to make a Product that demonstrates Verizon's commitment to the IoT.

But unfortunately, no one stopped along the way to think about whether this is a thing that anyone will want to buy.

It's called the SmartHub, and it's a 4G LTE modem that turns Verizon's wireless network into a local Wi-Fi network. Verizon positions it as a router for the "smart home," which means it's supposed to connect all your Nests and your Hue bulbs and smart salt shakers to the internet so they can send you endless push notifications.

The SmartHub will do that. But you know what else will do that just fine? Your home Wi-Fi network, which comes in over a cable and is probably faster, more reliable, and far cheaper per gigabyte than Verizon's LTE solution.

Sure, there are definitely people out there who don't have a fixed-line broadband connection. Depending on the year, about 65-70% of all homes have a broadband connection. But I'm willing to make a purely speculative bet that 99.9% of people who have a $200 Wi-Fi connected thermostat also have a home broadband connection. Statistically speaking, most people who don't have home broadband are either poor (in which case they can't afford smart home gadgets), renters who are moving frequently (who aren't allowed to install smart home gadgets), or old (in which case they won't understand why their thermostat now needs an app).

There will be a time in the future, after millimeter-wave 5G becomes common and wireless internet becomes cheap, when you might want to replace your fixed-line broadband with a wireless service. But that day is not today, and no person with a smart home setup is going to run it off an expensive, capacity-limited wireless connection.

Verizon did not return a request to explain who the hell the SmartHub is for.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 8:00 PM

Here's Why Bitcoin Prices Are Skyrocketing

Here's Why Bitcoin Prices Are SkyrocketingCryptocurrency... so hot right now. Bitcoin surges above $2,700. Economic shifts in China are one of many factors propelling cryptocurrency to record-breaking prices.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 1:28 PM

Duterte warns of 'contamination' by Islamic State group

Duterte warns of 'contamination' by Islamic State groupILIGAN, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered his troops to crush militants who are fighting street battles with government forces in the south, warning Friday that the country is at a grave risk of "contamination" by the Islamic State group.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 8:00 AM

Report yields new details in 2014 Yosemite air tanker crash

Report yields new details in 2014 Yosemite air tanker crashLOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2014 fatal crash of an air tanker fighting a forest fire in Yosemite National Park came just after the pilot was warned to avoid a tree to the right but then struck trees to the left, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 9:16 PM

Modi, marking three years in power, opens India's longest bridge

Modi, marking three years in power, opens India's longest bridgeIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, marking three years in power, on Friday inaugurated the country's longest bridge that spans the vast Brahmaputra River in the northeastern state of Assam. The 9.15 km (5.7 mile) Dhola-Sadiya bridge, strong enough to carry a 60-tonne battle tank, will reduce travel times from Assam to the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh whose territory is partly claimed by China. "The inauguration of the bridge marks the end of a long wait for the people of this area," Modi's office quoted him as saying in a speech, adding the bridge "opens the door for economic development on a big scale".




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:01 AM

How to Maintain and Repair Your Gas Grill

How to Maintain and Repair Your Gas GrillConsumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. Whether you’ve been using it all year or haven’t touched it in months, you should give your grill the once-over before t...




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 9:25 AM

Donald Trump vows to find and punish source of 'deeply troubling' Manchester attack leaks

Donald Trump vows to find and punish source of 'deeply troubling' Manchester attack leaksDonald Trump has called the US leaks of evidence relating to the Manchester attack investigation “deeply troubling” and has vowed “to get to the bottom” of them. Mr Trump appeared to be trying to halt an escalating diplomatic spat with the UK, with Theresa May having made clear that the “trust” between the two nations was at stake as a number of senior political and police figures expressed their dismay at the release of such sensitive information. Mr Trump said he had instructed the Department of Justice to launch a full investigation into the leaks and “if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 10:38 AM

Smooth waves bursting with color give inside view of surfer’s paradise

Smooth waves bursting with color give inside view of surfer’s paradiseEver wondered what Hawaii’s famous waves look like from the inside? Photographer and non- commissioned officer in the United States Army, Marco Mitre shares the beauty of the shore on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.




POSTED MAY 25, 2017 11:32 AM

Judge: No Confederate flag T-shirt in officer's retrial

Judge: No Confederate flag T-shirt in officer's retrialCINCINNATI (AP) — The jury in the murder retrial of a white Ohio police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist will not see the officer's undershirt depicting a Confederate battle flag, because a judge ruled Friday that the garment is too prejudicial.




POSTED MAY 26, 2017 3:39 PM

News – Insurance Journal

Texas Bill Affirming Workers’ Comp Division Fraud Unit Advances
The Texas Senate has passed legislation that affirms the authority of Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation fraud unit to conduct criminal investigations. The Senate passed HB 2053 on May 24; it was previously approved in the House. According to the legislative …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:45 PM
Storms Bring Tornadoes, Flash Floods, Evacuations in Midwest
Heavy rainfall that sparked flash flooding in Fort Wayne, Ind., forced motorists to flee submerged cars and prompted the evacuation of about 20 homes in the northeastern Indiana city. And in Ohio, authorities say tornadoes that touched down in three …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:38 PM
A.M. Best Assigns Ratings to Wisconsin’s Integrity Select Insurance
A.M. Best has assigned a financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and a long-term issuer credit rating of “a+” to Integrity Select Insurance Co. (Integrity Select) in Appleton, Wis. The outlook assigned to these credit ratings is stable. Integrity Select is a …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:35 PM
Report: St. Louis Tank in Deadly Explosion Needed Emergency Repairs
A giant steam-filled tank weighing nearly 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) that exploded at a St. Louis box plant, flew a quarter-mile into the air and smashed into a neighboring building, was being used despite needing emergency repairs, federal investigators said …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:30 PM
OSHA, Mid Continent Recommit to Oklahoma Oil and Gas Worker Safety Alliance
U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mid Continent Exploration and Production Safety Network have renewed an alliance to promote safety at oil and gas operations in Oklahoma. OSHA reported that the alliance is committed to providing information …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:26 PM
Tribune: Governor Appears Undecided on Signing Texas Texting-While-Driving Ban
Note: This article originally appeared in the Texas Tribune. Gov. Greg Abbott appears to be undecided on whether he will sign a proposed statewide ban on texting while driving that is now on his desk. Abbott’s predecessor, Rick Perry, vetoed …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:21 PM
A.M. Best Lifts AIG’s Ratings ‘Under Review’ Status Following Duperreault’s Arrival
A.M. Best this week released American International Group from “under review” special scrutiny following the insurer’s bringing on industry veteran Brian Duperreault as president and chief executive officer and after reviewing recent financial data and meeting with AIG management. “AIG maintains …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:14 PM
AmWINS and Networked Deal Plays to Strengths of Both Firms, Execs Say
The acquisition by AmWINS Group Inc. at the end of last month of Networked Insurance Agents will achieve a number of objectives for both the Charlotte, N.C.-based global distributor of specialty insurance products and services and the California-based aggregator. Namely, …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 3:42 PM
Pacific Hurricane Season Depends on El Niño: NOAA
Forecasters say the central Pacific region around Hawaii can expect a normal or slightly above-average hurricane season, depending largely on the presence of El Niño conditions. Chris Brenchley, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center, …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 3:37 PM
Southern California Neighborhood Flooded Due to Seawall Damage
A Southern California coastal community was flooded with two feet of ocean water after a seawall was damaged by a construction crew. The Orange County Register reported workers were doing demolition work in Newport Beach and accidentally damaged the wall …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 3:33 PM
Small Undersea Quake Jostles California Coast West of Malibu
A minor undersea earthquake has jiggled a small stretch of the Southern California coast in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The USGS says the magnitude-3.3 temblor occurred just before 7:20 a.m. Thursday. The epicenter was …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 3:25 PM
Rising Seas May Wipe Out Jersey Towns and Millions in AAA Bonds
Few parts of the U.S. are as exposed to the threats from climate change as Ocean County, New Jersey. It was here in Seaside Heights that Hurricane Sandy flooded an oceanfront amusement park, leaving an inundated roller coaster as an …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 2:56 PM
UK’s Legal & General Chooses Dublin as Post-Brexit Base for Some Operations
British insurer Legal & General said it will move some of its investment management operations to Ireland to ensure it can continue to serve its customers after Brexit. In a win for Dublin’s campaign to attract financial services firms in …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 2:32 PM
The Hartford Names Firstenberg P/C Insurance Chief Underwriting Officer
The Hartford has named David Firstenberg as chief underwriting officer for the company’s property/ casualty insurance businesses, replacing Mo Tooker, who was recently named head of The Hartford’s Middle Market segment. Firstenberg will oversee the common underwriting framework across The Hartford’s Small Commercial, Middle Market, Specialty Commercial and Personal Lines segments, …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 2:27 PM
Cyber Insurance Market Growing Slower Than Expected: Allianz
The tiny market for cyber insurance has been slower to develop than generally anticipated, a member of Allianz’s board said in an interview. The European market for cyber insurance currently has a premium volume of around 200 million euros ($224 million), Axel Theis, Allianz …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 2:07 PM
NOAA Updates Forecast for Atlantic Hurricane Season, Pacific’s El NIno
The Atlantic hurricane season will likely churn out an above-average 11 to 17 named storms, in part due to fading odds than an El Nino will form in the Pacific. Of storms that emerge during the six-month season that begins …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 1:35 PM
Vermont Governor Vetoes Marijuana Bill, Wants Changes Made
Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have made Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana but indicated that he was willing to work with the Legislature on a compromise. Scott said he was …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 1:29 PM
Connecticut’s Smith Brothers Hires Peruccio from Cigna Healthcare
Smith Brothers, a Glastonbury, Conn.-based insurance broker, has added Chelsea Peruccio as an employee benefits advisor. Her responsibilities include new business development, account management and creating employee benefit strategies to help clients achieve positive results. She has experience working with clients in …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 1:20 PM
Executive Changes Announced at Massachusetts’ Hospitality Insurance Group
After 32 years as a member of Hospitality Insurance Group’s Board of Directors, E. Thomas McCabe Jr. of Westborough, Mass., will be stepping down as chairman. Before joining Hospitality Insurance Group, McCabe was a past president of Massachusetts Restaurant Association …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 1:06 PM
Hanover Insurance Names Zurich’s Salvatore as President of Specialty
The Hanover Insurance Group Inc., a Worcester, Mass.-based holding company for several property and casualty insurance companies, has appointed Bryan J. Salvatore as executive vice president and president of specialty, effective June 12. In this role, Salvatore will lead the …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 12:47 PM
States Move to Ban Asking Job Applicants About Past Salary
An awkward job interview question — how much did you make at your last job? — is getting banned in some parts of the country. Massachusetts, New York City and Philadelphia have passed laws that bar employers from asking applicants …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 12:01 PM
A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of PartnerRe & Subsidiaries
A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a+” of Bermuda-based Partner Reinsurance Co. Ltd. and its affiliates (collectively referred to as PartnerRe). A.M. Best has also affirmed the …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 11:47 AM
AGCS Promotes Hansen as Head of Aviation, Succeeding Haagen
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) announced that Mike Hansen has been named global head of Aviation. He takes over this responsibility from Henning Haagen who was appointed Northeast Zone Executive for North America earlier this year and has been …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 11:21 AM
QBE Taps Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Ford as Group CFO
QBE Insurance Group Ltd. has appointed Michael Ford as group chief financial officer. Ford is currently the deputy CFO for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). He joined the bank in 2005 and held a number of senior finance roles …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 9:21 AM
AmWins and Networked Deal Plays to Each Firm’s Strengths, Execs Say
The acquisition by AmWINS Group Inc. late last month of Networked Insurance Agents will achieve a number of objectives for both the Charlotte, N.C.-based distributor of specialty insurance products and the California-based aggregator. Namely, the deal plays to each firm’s …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 9:00 AM
Here’s What the House Has in Mind for Revamping Flood Insurance Program
A much-anticipated House subcommittee proposal on flood insurance promises to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years beyond its September 30 expiration date. The proposal would introduce reforms to put the NFIP on stronger financial footing; provide aid …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 5:00 AM
Report: Florida Resident Sparked Wildfire With Lawn Mower
A lawn mower is being blamed for sparking a wildfire that destroyed five structures in Florida. The Naples Daily News reports that the state’s Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement concluded its investigation into the fire that started April 20 in …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:50 AM
Zenefits to Pay North Carolina $104K to Settle Licensing Violations
The North Carolina Department of Insurance has reached a settlement agreement with YourPeople, Inc., dba Zenefits FTW Insurance Services (Zenefits) resulting in a $104,500 penalty, according to a statement from Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey. Department of Insurance Agent Services Division …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:43 AM
West Virginia Gov Orders State to Step-Up Cybersecurity Efforts
Gov. Jim Justice has directed the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management to take steps to protect personally identifiable information collected and kept by state agencies, including health information required by law to be kept private. In an …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:28 AM
1 Dead After Florida Driver Crashes Into Gas Pump, Causing Fire
A fire at a gas station ignited by a car slamming into a pump has killed one person in Florida. Local news organizations report the fire erupted at a BP station in Dania Beach on Tuesday night after a driver …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:00 AM

Agent & Broker

Draft legislation to overhaul National Flood Insurance Program released
Democrats and Republicans have found common ground on plans to give private insurers greater access to the $5 billion flood insurance program.

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 12:36 PM
People on the move in the P&C insurance industry: May 26, 2017
News from NJM Insurance Group, JLT Specialty USA, EMPLOYERS and more.

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 12:10 PM
3 ways to turbocharge the sale of your insurance business
The market for independent agencies is hot, and buyers will continue to seek profitable insurance agencies as we move through 2017.

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 7:30 AM
No insurance coverage for largest credit union failure in U.S. history
In a recent case, insurance coverage for employee fraud depended on what the board of directors knew and when. Read what the court ruled and why.

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 6:15 AM
WannaCry and the dawn of large-scale business interruption
The WannaCry attack is evidence of a meaningful evolution in ransomware, which has strategic implications on cyber attack patterns, insurance coverages and aggregation risk.

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 6:00 AM
5 strategies to reduce property vandalism
Simple steps can make a property less enticing to vandals.

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 12:01 AM
Atlantic hurricane season may bring more storms than normal, according to NOAA
There's a potential for a lot of Atlantic storm activity this year. We can't stop hurricanes but we can prepare for them.

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 1:36 PM
Rising seas may wipe out Jersey towns
Few parts of the U.S. are as exposed to the threats from climate change as Ocean County, New Jersey.

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 12:50 PM
Homeowners' insurance, liability issues and 'dangerous' dogs
The larger the dog, the more damage it can inflict. But are certain breeds inherently more dangerous than others?

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 12:45 PM
The Hartford names Firstenberg chief underwriting officer
Firstenberg will oversee underwriting across The Hartford's P&C segments.

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 12:03 PM
Insuring autonomous vehicles
Insurers are grappling with what kind of insurance will be required for self-driving cars.

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 7:00 AM
Ransomware’s good, bad and ugly impact on insurers
The recent rise in ransomware attacks appears to be a mixed blessing for the insurance industry, according to Aon Benfield's recent 'Cyber Update.'

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 7:00 AM
'Risk management director' named as one of the best jobs in America
When you consider if you have a 'good job,' what comes to mind?

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 6:00 AM
W.R. Berkley reaches $12M settlement with California Department of Insurance
Allegations of unlawfully transacting surplus line insurance result in one of the largest penalties for licensing violations ever assessed in CDI’s history.

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 5:30 AM
10 things your clients need to know about dust storms and ‘haboobs’
Sand storms don't just happen in the Sahara Desert. They can be a byproduct of severe thunderstorms anywhere. Here's what you and your clients need to know.

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 12:01 AM
Millennials: The riskiest generation of drivers? [infographic]
TransUnion’s study finds millennials pose greater insurance risk than previous generations at the same age, but they may be worth it as customers in the long run.

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 12:40 PM
Swiss Re issues $925M earthquake catastrophe bond for California
The transaction is one of the largest annual catastrophe bonds.

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 11:00 AM
How to handle property sale, transfer claim disputes
Determining liability to damaged property during or immediately after its sale can be complicated.

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 6:45 AM
Insurance doesn't cover restaurant's refusal to serve customer with service dog
A federal court ruled that an insurance company didn't have to defend a restaurant that was sued for allegedly refusing to serve a person with a service dog.

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 6:15 AM

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