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Trump complains Republicans ‘never’ tout their health care bill

Trump complains Republicans ‘never’ tout their health care billHours before meeting with GOP senators at the White House, the president made a last-ditch Twitter pitch to save their effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

POSTED JULY 19, 2017 10:06 AM

'Loud sound' preceded US police shooting Australian woman

'Loud sound' preceded US police shooting Australian womanPolice in the US state of Minnesota were startled by a loud sound prior to shooting an Australian woman who had called them to report a possible assault, investigators revealed on Tuesday. The state agency probing the fatal police shooting of Justine Damond, also known by her maiden name Justine Ruszczyk, interviewed one of the two officers who responded to her emergency call on Saturday night in Minneapolis. It was the first time since the shooting that authorities offered more information about the circumstances, as community leaders and Damond's family complained they had received few details.

POSTED JULY 18, 2017 10:20 PM

US senator criticizes Pruitt in Oklahoma ethics probe

US senator criticizes Pruitt in Oklahoma ethics probeOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic member of the U.S. Senate committee that conducted confirmation hearings for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a letter Tuesday that Oklahoma's former attorney general presented "inconsistent and contradictory statements" to the panel.

POSTED JULY 18, 2017 3:57 PM

America’s Not First. It’s Third.

America’s Not First. It’s Third.The United States slips behind France and the U.K. in this year’s soft-power ranking.

POSTED JULY 18, 2017 4:19 PM

All You Need To Know About USS Gerald Ford

All You Need To Know About USS Gerald FordThe supercarrier is set to be commissioned by President Donald Trump on July 22, 2017.

POSTED JULY 19, 2017 6:48 AM

South Korea probes N. Korean celebrity who 'returned home'

South Korea probes N. Korean celebrity who 'returned home'South Korea is investigating the case of a North Korean defector who became a celebrity refugee in Seoul, but recently appeared on Pyongyang television to claim she had returned home from the "hell" of the capitalist South. Lim Ji-Hyun, a female defector in her 20s, arrived in Seoul in 2014 and soon became a public figure after starring in several South Korean TV shows featuring escapees from the North. In the video, posted on the North's Uriminzokkiri website, Lim says she had "returned home" last month and was now living with her family in the western city of Anju.

POSTED JULY 19, 2017 1:21 AM

Tomb Of King Tutankhamun’s Wife’s Likely Discovered, Archaeologists Say

Tomb Of King Tutankhamun’s Wife’s Likely Discovered, Archaeologists SayArchaeologists say that the tomb of King Tutankhamun’s wife, Ankhesenamun, is likely to have been finally discovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

POSTED JULY 19, 2017 8:56 AM

Saudi woman in miniskirt video arrested after public outcry

Saudi woman in miniskirt video arrested after public outcryA Saudi woman has been arrested for defying the kingdom's strict dress code by walking around in a miniskirt and crop top in a video that sparked public outrage.

POSTED JULY 19, 2017 11:04 AM

Turkey's publication of U.S. troop locations poses risk, Pentagon says

Turkey's publication of U.S. troop locations poses risk, Pentagon saysThe publication by Turkey's state-run news agency of the locations of what appeared to be U.S. military posts in Syria puts American forces in danger, and the United States has complained to Turkey, a NATO ally, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. Anadolu news agency published a report on Tuesday naming the location of 10 U.S. military posts in northern Syria, in some cases detailing the number of U.S and French troops present.

POSTED JULY 19, 2017 8:25 PM

Tourists train at Israeli 'counter-terrorism boot camp'

Tourists train at Israeli 'counter-terrorism boot camp'Taking in the scene of a simulated fruit market in an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, a group of tourists ponders whether a poster-size figure of an Arab man holding a cellphone is a threat and should be shot. It is part of a counter-terrorism “boot camp” organized by Caliber 3, a company set up by a colonel in the Israeli army reserves. Admission includes watching former Israeli commandos take down an “attacker” and other means to thwart assaults, including the use of an attack dog.

POSTED JULY 18, 2017 12:12 PM

News – Insurance Journal

Rhode Island State Police Issue $57K Fine for Overweight Truck
The Rhode Island State Police has issued a $57,000 fine against the company that owns the flatbed truck that was ruled too heavy for state bridges. Police announced the fine against Bay Crane Northeast Tuesday. The company’s truck was stuck …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 12:30 PM
Philadelphia Fire Captain Facing Charges for Insurance Fraud
A Philadelphia Fire Department captain has been arrested and charged with insurance fraud. Court records show 43-year-old Yolanda Stallings, of Philadelphia, Penn., was arrested June 27 and charged with various offenses including forgery and false reports. A department spokeswoman says …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 12:26 PM
Talanx Acquires Generali’s Latin American Business for €30M (US$34.6M)
Talanx has acquired Generali Colombia Seguros Generales S.A. and its life insurance subsidiary, Generali Colombia Vida Compañia de Seguros S.A., for approximately €30 million (US$34.6 million) Generali explained that Talanx is acquiring 91.3 percent of Generali Seguros and 93.3 percent …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 12:22 PM
Ban on Consumer Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Faces Challenges
A U.S. rule years in the making that was intended to restore consumers’ ability to band together to sue financial companies could unravel in just a few months as the heads of two federal agencies clash over it and critics …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 12:07 PM
Catastrophes Cost Insurers $22B in 1H 2017; Economic Losses Totaled $53B: Aon
Global insured losses from natural disasters during the first half of 2017 are estimated at US$22 billion with 76 percent of these losses generated by U.S. events, according to a report issued by Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 11:02 AM
Jury Clears GM of Liability in First Trial Over Updated Ignition Switch
A federal jury in New York on Wednesday found General Motors was not to blame for a crash of an Arizona man who alleged that his accident was caused by an updated version of the carmaker’s ignition switch that did …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 10:43 AM
Chubb Names Farrow Practice Leader for Life Sciences Industry in North America 
Chubb has named Lee Farrow  as executive vice president and Life Sciences Industry practice leader for North America. In his new role, effective immediately, he will oversee the strategy, operations and underwriting of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, supplement, and medical device customers. Farrow will …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 10:40 AM
Daimler Recalls More Than 3 Million Mercedes-Benz Diesel Vehicles
Daimler AG moved to head off a growing crisis over emissions concerns by voluntarily recalling more than 3 million Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles in Europe, marking the latest blow to the technology since Volkswagen AG’s cheating scandal erupted nearly two years ago. …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 10:21 AM
Sullivan Brokers Enhances Healthcare Provider Program, Adds Cybersecurity Coverage
Sullivan Brokers has launched an enhanced program that offers first party protection specifically tailored to address the exposures healthcare providers face when presenting claims to public or private insurers. The enhanced Practice Shield program now includes an expanded list of …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 5:21 AM
CSX Ordered to Pay $3.9M in Georgia Train Death of Allman Film Crew Member
A railroad owner plans to appeal a jury’s decision that it must pay $3.9 million to the family of a movie worker killed on a Georgia railroad trestle in 2014, a spokesman for the company said. The jury in Savannah …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 4:28 AM

Agent & Broker

Defining the ‘Insurance Agency MVP’: Who is it?
Who is the most valuable person in your agency?

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 5:30 AM
How to be the insurance agent customers want
The big issue today for motivated producers is how to market themselves so they will be viewed by prospects as the insurance agent of choice.

POSTED JULY 20, 2017
Self-driving cars get boost with unanimous vote by House panel
Congress took the first step toward setting rules for self-driving cars.

POSTED JULY 19, 2017 4:30 PM
Around the P&C insurance industry: July 19, 2017
News from LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Willis Towers Watson, Travelers and more.

POSTED JULY 19, 2017 1:00 PM
Hailstorms and tornadoes plague U.S. throughout first half of 2017
By the end of June 2017, Munich Re's NatCatSERVICE database had recorded 350 loss-relevant natural catastrophes.

POSTED JULY 19, 2017 11:04 AM
Covering additional living expenses: luxury or necessity?
Here's help for insurance agents managing homeowners' claims that may try to include coverage for unusual additional living expenses (ALE).

POSTED JULY 19, 2017 9:50 AM
5 cautionary insurance tales for all home-based entrepreneurs
Operating a home-based business doesn't mean that your homeowners' insurance will cover you in case of mishaps. Read what happens to these five business owners who thought otherwise.

POSTED JULY 19, 2017 6:30 AM
The 10 safest-driving cities, according to 2017 Allstate report
July and August are the deadliest months on the road, with each averaging 116 traffic deaths a day. Encourage all your auto insurance clients to make safety their number one priority.

POSTED JULY 19, 2017 6:15 AM
How to protect drivers without killing Uber
A look at possible ways to address auto insurance, workers' comp and benefits concerns surrounding gig economy businesses and employees.

POSTED JULY 19, 2017 5:30 AM
Directors & Officers market update: Something's gotta give
Where is the D&O market now and where is it going? Is the current market sustainable?

POSTED JULY 19, 2017

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