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Psychosocial issues No. 1 barrier to successful comp claims outcomes
Issues such as emotional distress and fear were highlighted as the top barrier to closing workers compensation claims, according to a study released Thursday.

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 2:49 PM
OSHA fines spike on penalty overhaul
Average fines assessed by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration for serious workplace safety violations rose significantly in 2016 after the agency revamped its penalty structure.

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 2:41 PM
Marsh & McLennan names CFO of risk and insurance division
Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. has named New York-based Keith Walsh chief financial officer of the company’s risk and insurance services segment, which includes Marsh L.L.C. and Guy Carpenter & Co. L.L.C.

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 2:36 PM
Wells Fargo Insurance Services names Tim Prichard as head
Tim Prichard has been named head of Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA Inc. effective April 3, succeeding Laura Schupbach, who has accepted a new position within the company.

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 2:31 PM
Court rules cashier’s back pain not compensable
A cashier who requested medical treatment for back pain almost two years after her initial workplace injury is not entitled to additional workers compensation payments because it is unclear whether her symptoms arose from the injury or an automobile accident.

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 2:22 PM
Court blocks EEOC subpoena attempt, citing irrelevance
Information the EEOC is seeking in investigating a discrimination charge is not relevant, says a U.S. District Court, in rejecting the agency's application for a show cause order as to why a subpoena should not be enforced.

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 2:10 PM
Everest Insurance expands inland marine team
Everest Insurance, a unit of Everest Re Group Ltd., is continuing to expand its inland marine team with the hiring of Tom Warner, Mike Lewis and Timothy Janeway.

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 1:40 PM
Data science to play growing role in claims handling, executives say

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 1:22 PM
Bill seeks regulatory OK on return-to-work, safety programs
An Illinois bill urges employers and insurers to file return-to-work and safety programs with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission for approval.

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 1:17 PM
Hartford names new middle-market lead
The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.has named Morris Tooker as head of its middle-market segment, effective immediately.

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 1:08 PM

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Holocaust survivor to ICE director, California sheriff: ‘History is not on your side’

Holocaust survivor to ICE director, California sheriff: ‘History is not on your side’An Auschwitz survivor confronted one of the nation’s top immigration officials and a local sheriff at a California town hall Tuesday night. Bernard Marks, 87, addressed Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, a supporter of President Trump. Jones had invited Homan to the public forum to discuss address the community’s concerns about ICE’s collaboration with local law enforcement.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 12:25 PM

Pictures of Iraq: Photojournalists bear witness to horror in ISIS-occupied Mosul

Pictures of Iraq: Photojournalists bear witness to horror in ISIS-occupied MosulThe lives of countless Iraqis were upended when ISIS seized Mosul in June 2014. As the Iraqi army fights to liberate this key northern city from the terrorist group, photojournalists are on the ground bearing witness to the waking nightmare.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 4:30 PM

China says 'no such thing' as man-made islands in South China Sea

China says 'no such thing' as man-made islands in South China SeaThere was "no such thing" as man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, and reiterated that any building work was mainly for civilian purposes. China, which claims most of the resource-rich region, has carried out land reclamation and construction on several islands in the Spratly archipelago, parts of which are also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. "Most of the building is for civilian purposes, including necessary defensive facilities." The South China Sea is generally stable at present, but some countries outside the region are anxious about this and want to hype things up and create tensions, Wu said, using terminology that normally refers to the United States.

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 7:16 AM

Sean Spicer knocks critics of his ‘spirited back-and-forth’ with April Ryan

Sean Spicer knocks critics of his ‘spirited back-and-forth’ with April RyanA day after scolding journalist April Ryan during his daily briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said criticism of the now-viral exchange is “demeaning” — to her.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 1:07 PM

13 killed, 2 hurt when church bus and truck crash in Texas

13 killed, 2 hurt when church bus and truck crash in TexasUVALDE, Texas (AP) — A small shuttle bus carrying Texas church members home from a retreat collided head-on with a pickup truck, killing 13 people and injuring two others Wednesday on a two-lane highway in southwestern Texas, officials said.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 11:30 PM

Now I Get It: the Brexit trigger is pulled, now what?

Now I Get It: the Brexit trigger is pulled, now what?The day has arrived: Britain has officially said “Cheerio!” to the European Union. Prime Minister Theresa May has invoked Article 50, notifying the European Council that Britain has made its exit, or Brexit. Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga takes a look at what’s next for the U.K. and why Article 50 plays an important role in unwinding its four-decade relationship with the European Union.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 10:16 AM

The Mexico Tourism Board made a cloud that rains tequila and we're booking our flights now

The Mexico Tourism Board made a cloud that rains tequila and we're booking our flights nowGrab your rim-salted margarita glass and your galoshes because there is now a cloud that can answer all of your Happy Hour prayers. The Mexico Tourism Board and the creative agency LAPIZ have partnered to create a manmade cloud that produces raindrops of actual tequila.  The first cloud that rains tequila.  #tequilacloud #visitmexico A post shared by VisitMexico (@visitmexico) on Mar 9, 2017 at 5:41am PST SEE ALSO: Drought drives huge, deadly cobra to calmly drink from a villager's water bottle The boozy puff was developed as a promotional stunt to attract German tourists to Mexico and was put on display at an art gallery in Berlin called Urban Spree.  Unfortunately, the cloud can't float freely and meet you at your favorite bar. It's actually formed by a tequila-based mist held together by a plastic container to help it keep its fluffy cloud shape. According to The Huffington Post, the LAPIZ team used ultrasonic humidifiers to "vibrate" the tequila at a rate that turns the alcohol into a visible mist that is filtered into the container.  #tequilacloud Serving free shots of delicious Silver Tequila since 2016. Come to Urban Spree, Revaler Strasse 99 for a taste #mexico #travel #tequila #art #berlin A post shared by Ernesto Adduci (@eadduci) on Mar 10, 2017 at 7:31am PST The vapor of the tequila then condenses inside of the plastic and drops from the cloud. It was also synched with the local weather patterns so when it rained in Berlin, the tequila poured down, too. Drinkers can hold their glasses under the cloud for an alcoholic rain shower shot. If that seems like too much work to get your buzz, there is a spout beneath the cloud for anyone who doesn't want to wait for the storm. A post shared by pøj pøj (@pojpojberlin) on Mar 8, 2017 at 9:07am PST A post shared by Cristina Zambet (@cristinazambet) on Mar 11, 2017 at 1:17pm PST We predict that we'll see this cool cloud trick tried by amateur bartenders everywhere before your next crawl. It's 5 o'clock somewhere and it might just be in the clouds. [H/T: The Huffington Post ] WATCH: The Raindrop Cake is back and this time it's a bright shade of purple

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 9:14 PM

Prehistoric Prints: 'Unprecedented' Dinosaur Discovery in Australia

Prehistoric Prints: 'Unprecedented' Dinosaur Discovery in AustraliaA team of researchers in Australia just made an incredible discovery – and it involves some seriously massive dinosaur footprints.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 8:31 AM

Amal Clooney Calls For Action Against ISIS

Amal Clooney Calls For Action Against ISISThe human rights lawyer spoke at a discussion Wednesday about international crimes in Iraq and Syria, calling for legal action against the Islamic State group.

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 5:40 AM

I.Coast ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo acquitted of crimes against humanity

I.Coast ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo acquitted of crimes against humanityAn Ivory Coast jury on Tuesday acquitted former first lady Simone Gbagbo of crimes against humanity during the 2010-11 post-election crisis in a stunning verdict after the prosecution had sought to jail her for life. "A majority of the jury declared Simone Gbagbo not guilty of the crimes of which she has been accused, pronounced her acquittal and ordered that she be immediately freed if she is not being held for other reasons," said the head of the country's top criminal court, judge Kouadjo Boiqui. The prosecution in summing up its case against the 67-year-old wife of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday had called on the jury to find her "guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentence her to life imprisonment," said prosecutor Aly Yeo.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 6:18 PM

‘I am a child of refugees’: New Yorkers stage tent protest of Trump travel ban

‘I am a child of refugees’: New Yorkers stage tent protest of Trump travel banTrump’s initial travel ban was met with a swift backlash and stymied by the courts. “We’re spending just one night here and we can always go inside if we get cold, if we get wet, but refugees don’t have that option available to them,” said Amaha Kassa, executive director of African Communities Together, as rain began to beat down on the makeshift tent city. “Trump’s executive orders are going to cut the heart out of these programs,” said Kassa, who came to the U.S. from Ethiopia at age 4 as an asylum seeker.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 12:02 PM

U.S. senator launches probe into five top opioid drugmakers

U.S. senator launches probe into five top opioid drugmakers(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill sought on Tuesday details from the nation's top opioid drugmakers on their sales and marketing practices, as lawmakers step up efforts to tackle the country's deadly opioid crisis. The Missouri senator's investigation comes amid an epidemic of opioid addiction, with 91 Americans dying everyday as a result of overdose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This epidemic is the direct result of a calculated sales and marketing strategy major opioid manufacturers have allegedly pursued over the past 20 years to expand their market share," McCaskill, the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote in a letter to the drugmakers.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 6:11 PM

White House offers muddled message to states considering Medicaid expansion

White House offers muddled message to states considering Medicaid expansionThe White House didn’t have a clear message for states looking to potentially expand Medicaid in the wake of the American Health Care Act’s (AHCA) failure, implying that the bill would have saved the program for low-income and disabled Americans by cutting nearly a trillion dollars from its funding. Press secretary Sean Spicer was asked during Tuesday’s briefing about possible expansions of Medicaid coverage in Kansas, Georgia and Virginia. The three states are in varying stages of moving toward joining the 31 states that have already opted in to Obamacare’s expansion of  the decades-old program, which covers 74 million Americans.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 5:03 PM

John McCain is not sorry for calling Kim Jong Un ‘fat’

John McCain is not sorry for calling Kim Jong Un ‘fat’“What, did they want me to call him a crazy skinny kid?” Sen. John McCain quipped via Twitter on Wednesday in response to a report by the Korean Central News Agency that the dignity of North Korea’s supreme leadership was hurt by McCain’s recent description of Kim Jong Un as the “crazy fat kid that’s running North Korea.” What, did they want me to call him a crazy skinny kid? https://t.co/Ym3juRfBev

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 4:16 PM

3 Iraqis living in US accused of hiding ties to kidnapper

3 Iraqis living in US accused of hiding ties to kidnapperALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Adil Hasan and his wife, Enas Ibrahim, came to the U.S. in 2008 as refugees from Iraq, and have been living peacefully in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., ever since.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 5:06 PM

‘I’m a strong black woman’: Maxine Waters says she’s not responding to Bill O’Reilly jab

‘I’m a strong black woman’: Maxine Waters says she’s not responding to Bill O’Reilly jabRep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., responded Tuesday after Fox News host Bill O’Reilly ridiculed her appearance, saying he was unable to focus during a recent speech she gave on the House floor because he was distracted by her “James Brown wig.”

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 11:52 AM

Boeing airliner catches fire in Peru, no serious injuries reported

Boeing airliner catches fire in Peru, no serious injuries reportedA Boeing jet operated by Peruvian Airlines caught fire on Tuesday while landing at an airport near the Andean town of Jauja in central Peru after it swerved on the runway, but there were no serious injuries, a government minister said. Peruvian Airlines said in a statement that the Boeing 737-300 jet drove off the runway for unspecified reasons during the scheduled landing, after swerving to the right. Authorities are investigating the incident, which occurred about 4:30 p.m., involving the Boeing 737-300 jet at the high-altitude airport in an agricultural valley some 265 kilometers from Lima, the capital.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 9:05 PM

Family of Chinese man killed by Paris police calls for calm

Family of Chinese man killed by Paris police calls for calmThe family of a Chinese man shot dead by French police called for calm Wednesday following two nights of violent protests over his killing. Liu Shaoyo was shot on Sunday by a police team that was called to his apartment in northeast Paris over a suspected domestic dispute. The police said the officer who fired the shots acted in self-defence after the 56-year-old father of five attacked another officer with a knife.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 11:27 AM

DNC Chairman Tom Perez Asks For Staff Resignations

DNC Chairman Tom Perez Asks For Staff ResignationsPerez is in the midst of trying to rebuild the party in the wake of November's stunning election defeat.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 5:58 PM

Elon Musk explains why drivers won’t care about the Model 3’s bizarre dashboard design

Elon Musk explains why drivers won’t care about the Model 3’s bizarre dashboard designWhen Tesla unveiled the Model 3 last year, tech and auto observers couldn't help but notice that the car lacked an instrument cluster. Instead, Tesla representatives suggested that drivers would be able to ascertain all the information they needed right from the car's 15-inch tablet located on the center console. Because the design Tesla showed off was so outside the norm, many Tesla enthusiasts began speculating that Tesla must have a cool and advanced design it was planning to show us later on down the line. This speculation was only fueled by coy remarks from Tesla CEO Elon Musk who said via Twitter that everything would all make sense soon enough. Responding to a question about the lack of a dashboard/HUD, Musk last April said that "it will make sense after part 2 of the Model 3 unveil." Of course, part 2 of the Model 3 unveil came and went and we still didn't hear anything about Tesla's plans for the dashboard area. Meanwhile, speculation surrounding Tesla's plans to incorporate a futuristic HUD on the Model 3 began to grow wildly. Looking to keep expectations grounded, Musk over the past few days has come out and said that the Model 3 will not have a HUD and that users won't really care. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/846768171486855169 https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/846768497904369664 Musk later added that drivers don't need an instrument cluster on the dash because "the more autonomous a car is, the less dash info you need." Driving the point home, Musk asked the following question: "How often do you look at the instrument panel when being driven in a taxi?" All that said, the Model 3 dashboard will more or less look like this. While such a design may make sense in a world where cars are fully autonomous, the reality is that many drivers today not only want, but need quick and easy access to pertinent information like range, speed and more. Addressing this, Musk took to Twitter once again where he explained that the final Model 3 design will display such information on the center console. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/847178475970547712  

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 10:30 PM

Argentinian Immigrant Blasted After Shaming Trump in Facebook Post That Shows She Pays Her Taxes

Argentinian Immigrant Blasted After Shaming Trump in Facebook Post That Shows She Pays Her TaxesShe received several hate messages afterward.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 4:55 PM

How to Stop ISPs from Selling Your Private Data

How to Stop ISPs from Selling Your Private DataThe Internet may seem like an apolitical entity, but the fact is, the United States government has a great deal of influence over it. On Thursday (Mar. 23), the U.S. Senate voted to overturn an important broadband privacy rule instituted under the Obama administration. Your ISP will continue to be able to collect and sell your online data with reckless abandon, and frankly, unless you’re willing to kneecap your own Internet access, you can’t do much about it.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 8:15 AM

'Angel of Death' serial killer dies after attack in prison

'Angel of Death' serial killer dies after attack in prisonTOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A serial killer known as the "Angel of Death" after he admitted killing three dozen hospital patients in Ohio and Kentucky died Thursday, two days after investigators said he was attacked in prison, Ohio's prisons department said.

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 11:37 AM

DeVos says her predecessor wasted money on school reform

DeVos says her predecessor wasted money on school reformWASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday accused her predecessor of wasting billions of dollars trying to fix traditional public schools and said that school choice was the way to reform the system.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 1:58 PM

This Homemade Cleaning Solution is the Easiest Way to Clean Shower Doors

This Homemade Cleaning Solution is the Easiest Way to Clean Shower DoorsYou only need two ingredients!

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 2:32 PM

Wells Fargo to pay $110 million to settle lawsuit over account abuses

Wells Fargo to pay $110 million to settle lawsuit over account abuses(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co said it agreed in principle to pay $110 million to settle a lawsuit by customers challenging its opening of accounts without their permission, a practice that led to a scandal that cost the bank's chief executive his job. Customers said this saddled them with accounts they did not need or want, and fees they knew nothing about. The lawsuit dates from May 2015, sixteen months before Wells Fargo agreed to pay $185 million in penalties to settle regulatory charges over the sham accounts, estimated to number as many as 2 million.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 5:38 PM

‘Carlos the Jackal’ Receives Third Sentence to Life in Prison

‘Carlos the Jackal’ Receives Third Sentence to Life in PrisonThe final chapter in a legal battle against the man who was once the world’s most wanted fugitive.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 5:39 PM

Trump's debt collector: Tillerson heads to NATO

Trump's debt collector: Tillerson heads to NATOUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will present a meeting of the NATO allies on Friday with a demand from President Donald Trump that they increase defense spending. The annual NATO foreign ministers talks in Brussels were brought forward at the last minute after Tillerson warned he would not be able to attend on the long-planned date. Washington's top diplomat is reportedly keeping time free in early April to take part in a possible golf resort summit between Trump and China's leader Xi Jinping.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 2:13 AM

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's daily briefing on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's daily briefing on Wednesday, March 29, 2017On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds his daily press briefing with the White House press corp.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 1:07 PM

Austria Refuses To Accept Refugees

Austria Refuses To Accept RefugeesAustria delivered another blow to the EU's refugee resettlement program.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 3:47 PM

Completely insane architects are planning to hang a skyscraper from an asteroid

Completely insane architects are planning to hang a skyscraper from an asteroidWords like "insane," "crazy," and "nuts" get thrown around a lot — I use them more than my fair share, if I'm being honest — but a New York design group just revealed plans for a new type of skyscraper that really can't be described any other way. Their plan is to construct a huge structure on the surface of an asteroid and, believe it or not, that's probably the most rational part of the proposal. Clouds Architecture Office is the firm that wants to build the massive skyscraper, which it calls Analemma Tower. The structure, which at this point is completely conceptual and likely completely impossible, would require that an asteroid be captured and brought into near-Earth orbit. With anchor points on the asteroid, the building is designed to — this is the part where things go completely off the rails — hang completely upside down, using the asteroid like a gravitational balloon to hold the structure in place above the Earth's surface. The tower would be in eccentric geosynchronous orbit, and would "travel" between hemispheres on a regular daily schedule, and in a figure eight pattern. The architects say the tower would spend much of its time over New York City thanks to its planned trajectory. The building could remain completely disconnected from the surface indefinitely by drawing power from solar panels situated above cloud level. Water would be filtered within the structure in a semi-closed loop, but the tower could also capture its own water while in-flight. As far as traveling to and from the tower, the concept suggests that people could just parachute down to Earth whenever they needed to leave. As for getting back home, the company doesn't seem to have nailed down exactly how that will work, but by the time the tower is actually built we'll probably have teleportation pads, too.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 6:00 PM

Two Miami police officers shot in ambush-style attack

Two Miami police officers shot in ambush-style attackTwo plainclothes police detectives in Miami were wounded when a group of men fired dozens of shots into their unmarked car Monday night in an ambush, the Miami-Dade Police Department said. Police apprehended several suspects early Tuesday and charges were pending, police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said by phone. The attack on the detectives occurred as they conducted surveillance for gang activity outside an apartment complex in northwestern Miami, police said in a news release.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 6:40 PM

Photos of the day - March 28, 2017

Photos of the day - March 28, 2017An Indian girl wearing a traditional clothe takes part in the procession to celebrate the Gudi Padwa, Maharashtrian’s New Year in Mumbai, India; Dust and smoke billows out from a residential house which was blown up during a gunfight between militants and Indian soldiers in Durbagh village of Chadoora, 15 km from Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir; and, Tourists view cherry blossoms at Yuyuantan Park in Beijing, China.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 5:42 PM

College campus free-speech zones face new scrutiny, lawsuit

College campus free-speech zones face new scrutiny, lawsuitOn some college campuses, students and outsiders are allowed to protest and distribute flyers only in free-speech zones. Supporters say it's a way to protect against disruptions to school operations, but opponents call it censorship.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 8:46 PM

14-Year-Old Dies After Being Pinned Under Log at Beach While Snapping Pictures With Friends

14-Year-Old Dies After Being Pinned Under Log at Beach While Snapping Pictures With FriendsHer family believes she broke her neck.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 5:18 PM

Mysterious carving found at church where John F. Kennedy wed

Mysterious carving found at church where John F. Kennedy wedNEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A mysterious carving of a woman's face has been discovered at the church where John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier married in 1953, the church announced Wednesday.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 4:44 PM

Exxon Mobil urges Trump to stay in Paris climate accord

Exxon Mobil urges Trump to stay in Paris climate accordEnergy giant Exxon Mobil has asked the Trump administration not to scrap US participation in the landmark Paris climate agreement, running counter to White House moves on carbon emissions. The news came as President Donald Trump on Tuesday unveiled a new executive order that could roll back some of the previous Democratic administration's policies aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. In a March 22 letter to Trump energy advisor G David Banks, Exxon's head of environmental policy and planning, Peter Trelenberg, praised the 2015 Paris Agreement as the first to tackle emissions by both the developed world and developing countries such as China and India.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 9:07 PM

Hong Kong-style waffles make their way to American weddings

Hong Kong-style waffles make their way to American weddingsABC News' Charli James discovers a new sweet treat taking weddings and social media by storm.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 6:26 AM

US-led coalition 'probably' had role in Mosul civilian casualties

US-led coalition 'probably' had role in Mosul civilian casualtiesThe US-led anti-jihadist coalition said Tuesday it "probably" played a role in civilian casualties in west Mosul, as the UN and Amnesty International called for greater efforts to protect civilians. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are still inside west Mosul, caught up in deadly fighting between the Islamic State group and Iraqi forces who are backed by coalition air strikes in the battle to retake the area from the jihadists. West Mosul is both smaller and more densely populated than the city's east, meaning that this stage of the battle poses a greater danger to civilians than those that came before.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 11:09 PM

iOS 11’s big feature could be a massive Siri upgrade

iOS 11’s big feature could be a massive Siri upgrade

While there’s an abundance of iPhone 8 rumors to check out on a regular basis, we don’t see that many iOS 11 leaks. It's surprising, given that iOS represents one of the most important features of the iPhone and a reason why many people would not leave Apple’s platform for any competing mobile operating system. A new report out of Israel brings says that Siri will get a massive upgrade in iOS 11, revealing some of the new purported features of Apple’s smarter virtual assistant.

According to The Verifier, Siri will gain more powers on all of Apple’s devices, including iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. The most important features, if the report is accurate, seem to be Siri integration in iMessage and iCloud.

Siri in iMessage would probably work very similarly to what Google’s Assistant inside Google Allo. The assistant would be ready to offer context-based suggestions, like where to go to dinner and how to get there. Apple already has a patent detailing such a feature.

The iCloud integration would allow Siri to identify the user’s various devices that might be associated with an Apple ID, and offer actions and responses across operating systems, including Mac and iPhone.

Siri would reportedly learn more details about the user’s habits, and offer different actions based on the context, not just in iMessage, the report indicates. The report says Siri will be comparable to Bixby when it comes to feature, which is Samsung’s recently introduced voice-based assistant. Bixby, however, is yet to prove itself as it'll only launch in limited form with the Galaxy S8.

Considering that everyone is beefing up their virtual assistants, it’s likely Apple will upgrade Siri in iOS 11, even though there’s no way of verifying The Verifier's interesting claims at this point.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 5:44 PM

Arizona high school athletes arrested in hazing case

Arizona high school athletes arrested in hazing caseSix Arizona high school football players were arrested on Wednesday and accused of sexual assault, kidnapping and aggravated assault in connection with a hazing case, police said. Police said the students were current or former members of the team at Hamilton High School in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler. “This is an on-going investigation and there may be other victims out there,” said Detective Seth Tyler, a Chandler police spokesman.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 7:17 PM

A window into the plight of America’s railways: Are Amtrak’s long-distance routes coming to an end?

A window into the plight of America’s railways: Are Amtrak’s long-distance routes coming to an end?Earlier this month, President Trump proposed $16.2 billion for the Department of Transportation’s discretionary budget for fiscal year 2018, a reduction of 13 percent. The budget proposal would affect the California Zephyr and other long-distance rail lines run by national rail operator Amtrak.

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 12:49 PM

2017 Ford Transit Connect Wagon LWB

2017 Ford Transit Connect Wagon LWBIt's a van called a wagon that drives like a car.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 6:10 PM

Lawmakers in Republican-led Kansas vote to expand Medicaid

Lawmakers in Republican-led Kansas vote to expand MedicaidTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican-controlled Legislature approved an expansion Tuesday of state health coverage to thousands of poor adults under former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, days after the collapse of GOP leaders' repeal effort in Washington.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 4:21 PM

Man kills 3 home burglars; woman who aided robbers arrested

Man kills 3 home burglars; woman who aided robbers arrestedA woman believed to have driven three burglars to an Oklahoma home where they were shot to death during a suspected home invasion has been arrested on murder and robbery warrants but the homeowner's son who shot them has not been arrested while police investigate whether he acted in self-defense under the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.

POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 5:45 PM

Houthi rebels in Yemen threatening strategic strait: US official

Houthi rebels in Yemen threatening strategic strait: US officialHouthi rebels in Yemen are threatening free movement into and out of the Red Sea with missiles, mines and other sophisticated defenses on a key strait, a top US general said Wednesday. The Bab el-Mandeb Strait connects the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean, a strategic passage for world trade. Bordering it to the east, Yemen is locked in a deadly civil war between government forces backed by an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the Iran-supported Houthis.

POSTED MARCH 29, 2017 2:37 PM

This Is the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, Can You Spot the Changes?

This Is the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, Can You Spot the Changes?JL Wrangler Forums seems to have gotten images of the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler in production form. It looks, well, familiar.

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 1:14 PM

At least 14 dead in IS truck bomb at Baghdad checkpoint

At least 14 dead in IS truck bomb at Baghdad checkpointAt least 14 people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at an entrance to Baghdad, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, officials said Thursday. The blast, which hit the checkpoint at the main southern entrance to the city on Wednesday night, also wounded at least 36 people, the officials said. The jihadist group overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes have since regained much of the territory they lost.

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 6:12 AM

Warning: Don’t believe phone scammers who say your iCloud account was hacked

Warning: Don’t believe phone scammers who say your iCloud account was hacked

There’s a group of hackers out there that claims it can reset hundreds of millions of iPhones by using stolen iCloud credentials. The attack should occur on April 7th unless Apple pays a ransom, but the iPhone maker denied having its servers breached. If the threat is real, it uses data taken from previous breaches. Information gained from previous hacks might be used to reset iPhones, a report showed, but it’s not clear what the scope of the attack would be. So far, the hackers seem to be interested in getting as much publicity as possible.

But other scammers have developed a different iCloud con, one that's getting more traction thanks to all the news detailing the potential attack on April 7th. The scammers call unsuspecting iPhone users to tell them their iCloud accounts have been hacked. Whatever you may think, don't believe them — your iCloud account is probably safe.

The scammers pretend to call you from Apple’s support department, Business Insider explains, and many people posted on Twitter to detail their experiences with this new iCloud con.


The callers, who seem to be targeting users at random, will tell you that your iCloud account was hacked, and they will ask for your credentials to verify your identity. The log-in information can then be used by an attacker to sign into the victim’s iCloud account, make purchases, access protected messages and backups, and more.

Furthermore, Macworld points out that scammers may insist on installing antivirus software on your computer, which is likely malware ready to steal more data from unsuspecting victims.


If you believe that your iCloud account was hacked, change the password yourself on a machine you know to be secure, and consider enabling two-factor authentication. You can even contact Apple yourself, but don’t fall for this scam.

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 11:43 AM

News – Insurance Journal

Personal Auto Rate Hikes Not Keeping Up with Losses: Fitch
U.S. personal auto underwriters increased premium rates “significantly” in 2016. But here’s the thing: it wasn’t enough. Loss trends are still outpacing rate changes. Also, the U.S. P/C industry statutory combined ratio will likely hit 108 in the coming months, …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 6:00 PM
3 Storm Chasers Die in West Texas Crash
Storms that bore down on Southern Plains states brought powerful winds that upended a tractor-trailer on an Oklahoma interstate, killing the driver, while three storm chasers died in a collision as they raced toward a tornado-warned storm in West Texas, …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 4:21 PM
Insurance Trade Group: Illinois Workers’ Comp Bill Unnecessary, ‘Burdensome’
A national trade association representing property/casualty insurers has come out against a proposed bill in Illinois that will create what group says are “burdensome and duplicative workers’ compensation regulations.” The synopsis of Illinois House Bill 2645 states that the bill …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 4:04 PM
Texas Businesses Divided on High-Priority Insurance Bill
This article originally appeared in the Texas Tribune. Weeks after major business interests blasted legislation that would make it harder for property owners to sue insurance companies over weather-related damages, other high-profile business interests are lining up in support of …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 3:49 PM
Credit Card ‘Skimming’ Devices Found at Louisiana Gas Stations
Fifteen credit card “skimming” devices have been found on gasoline pumps in different parts of Louisiana in the past month, state Secretary of Agriculture Mike Strain said. The devices are used by thieves to steal credit card information from motorists. …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 3:46 PM
Michigan Senate OKs Bill Authorizing Theft Fees on Commercial Trucks
Michigan state senators have approved legislation that could allow the Automobile Theft Prevention Authority to assess small fees on commercial vehicles, not just private passenger vehicles. Under current law, auto insurers pay $1 a year per insured car. State Attorney …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 3:44 PM
RLI Promotes McLaughlin to VP, Chief Claim Counsel; Casey to Retire
Peoria, Ill.-based specialty insurer RLI Corp. is promoting Betsy McLaughlin to vice president, chief claim counsel, effective April 1. McLaughlin is assuming the responsibilities of Brian J. Casey, retires on March 31. Casey will continue to serve in an advisory …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 3:42 PM
Volkswagen Reaches Another Diesel Claims Settlement with 10 States for $157 Million
Volkswagen AG said Thursday it has agreed to settle environmental claims from 10 U.S. states over its excess diesel emissions for $157.45 million as the world’s largest automaker looks to move past the scandal. The German automaker settlement covers states …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 2:42 PM
Lack of Markings Caused 2016 Fatal California Bus Crash, Report Shows
Federal investigators say inadequate highway markings caused a fatal Greyhound bus crash in California last year that killed two people and injured 13 others, including the driver. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a report Tuesday that the lack …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 2:27 PM
The Similarities Between 2 Deadly Oakland Fires Are Striking
The similarities between two deadly Oakland, Calif. fires that occurred nearly four months apart are striking: Each involved a dangerously dilapidated building with an absentee landlord and renters desperate for affordable housing in the expensive San Francisco Bay Area. The …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 2:20 PM
The Hartford Names Tooker as Head of Middle Market Segment
The Hartford has named A. Morris “Mo” Tooker, currently chief underwriting officer, as head of its Middle Market segment. Tooker remains chief underwriting officer for the company’s property/casualty businesses and continues to report to Doug Elliot, president of The Hartford. …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 2:19 PM
California City Was Warned About Flood But Failed To Act, Officials Say
Water officials say authorities in San Jose, Calif.  received several warnings that flooding was imminent but failed to evacuate thousands of residents who were trapped in their homes after a creek broke its banks. John Varela, board chairman of the …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 2:16 PM
XL Catlin Adds Marlane to Its Environmental Business in California
XL Catlin’s environmental insurance business has appointed Denali Marlane as its Western regional underwriting manager in San Francisco. Marlane will manage XL Catlin’s environmental underwriting operations. She comes from AIG, where she most recently was a claims sales leader. XL …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 2:08 PM
Delmarva Petroleum Worker in Delaware Seriously Hurt in Explosion
A worker at Delmarva Petroleum in Lincoln, Del., nearly died after fire from a chop saw ignited an explosion. The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office tells local media that the explosion happened shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday as the 21-year-old …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 1:33 PM
First Domestic Run-Off Insurance Carrier Granted License by Rhode Island
ProTucket Insurance Company has become the first Rhode Island domestic insurer to be formed specifically for providing run-off portfolio transfer solutions. The move has been made possible under new state legislation which will allow companies to transfer their insurance business …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 1:15 PM
MassMutual Southern and Northern New England Merge with CFG
MassMutual Southern New England in Warwick, R.I., and MassMutual Northern New England in Bedford, N.H., have merged with Commonwealth Financial Group (CFG), a Boston, Mass.-based comprehensive financial planning firm. CFG, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, was …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 1:07 PM
Exxon Dealt a Blow as Texas Judge Sends Climate Suit to New York
Exxon Mobil Corp.’s attempt to derail a multistate fraud probe into whether the company fully disclosed to investors the financial risks of climate change was dealt a major blow after a Texas judge moved the case from its home turf …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 12:51 PM
XL Catlin Taps SCOR’s Ennadifi as Senior U/W, Structured Risk Solutions
XL Catlin’s insurance operations announced the appointment of Isa Ennadifi as senior underwriter, Structured Risk Solutions (SRS). She is based in London. The SRS team is a global underwriting unit that provides XL Catlin’s clients with customized solutions for large …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 11:53 AM
Heist of $81M from Bangladesh Bank Blamed on ‘State-Sponsored Attack’
The heist of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank’s account at the New York Federal Reserve last year was “state-sponsored,” an FBI officer in the Philippines, who has been involved in the investigations, said on Wednesday. Lamont Siller, the …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 11:45 AM
Bedbugs, Peacocks Among Animal Insurance Claims by Businesses
Bedbugs in hotel rooms and aggressive peacocks are some of the creatures behind an uptick in animal-related insurance claims filed by U.S. businesses, according to a study published on Thursday by insurer Allianz SE . U.S. claims involving bedbugs increased 50 percent …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 10:51 AM
AIG Enhances Motor Fleet Claims Service, Harnessing Cloud-Based Technology 
AIG UK announced it has entered into a partnership with VUEcloud Ltd., a UK software technology provider to the commercial motor industry, to provide an enhanced claims service to motor fleet customers by harnessing cloud-based technology. The new service, powered …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 10:46 AM
Superyacht Specialist Yachtpod to Underwrite on Castel’s MGA Platform
Yachtpod Risk Partners has launched as an underwriting cell on the Castel Underwriting Agencies Ltd.’s MGA formation platform to offer dedicated superyacht insurance on a worldwide basis. Yachtpod specializes in providing a “one-stop” shop for superyacht owners, captains and managers …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 10:04 AM
Brussels Hopes to Lure Other Finance Firms After Its Success with Lloyd’s
Brussels expects to lure other financial players after convincing Lloyd’s of London, the world’s largest specialty insurance market, to make the city its post-Brexit European hub. While Lloyd’s choice on Thursday surprised some, lower rental prices and its proximity to …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 9:48 AM
Lloyd’s Reports £2.1B ($2.6B) Profit for 2016, Unchanged from 2015
Lloyd’s reported 2016 pretax profit of £2.1 billion pounds ($2.6 billion), level with 2015, despite a worsening of the market’s combined ratio at 97.9 percent, compared with 90.0 percent in 2015. Return on capital was 8.1 percent in 2016 compared with …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 9:19 AM
Lloyd’s to Open EU Insurer in Brussels in Preparation for Brexit
Lloyd’s, the specialist insurance and reinsurance market, announced it will set up a European insurance company in Brussels in preparation for the UK’s exit from the European Union. The Brussels’ subsidiary will aim to be ready to write business for …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 8:05 AM
Bird Flu Found in Georgia Farm Chicken Flock
About 18,000 chickens were destroyed at a northwest Georgia poultry farm after tests confirmed avian influenza in the flock, the first time the disease has been detected in commercial birds in the state, authorities said Monday. The infected chickens were …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 5:11 AM
Dissel to Open First Brightway Insurance Agency in South Carolina
Brightway Insurance is scheduled to open its first agency in South Carolina next week. Veteran insurance agent and now Brightway Agency owner, Gregory Dissel, will open the doors to Brightway, The Dissel Agency on Monday, April 3. While new to …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 5:06 AM
Judge to Hear Objection to Trump University’s $25 Million Settlement
A U.S. judge will hear arguments on Thursday over whether to grant final approval to a $25 million settlement of fraud lawsuits against President Donald Trump over his Trump University real estate investment seminars, with at least one former student …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 5:00 AM
Chipotle Blocks One Class Action On Overtime Pay as Another Advances
A federal judge on Wednesday granted a bid by Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. to undo a class action lawsuit by manager trainees in six states who say they were unlawfully denied overtime pay. U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter in Manhattan said the …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 5:00 AM
Police Report on Uber Self-Driving Car Crash Tells Complex Tale
A recent crash involving an Uber Technologies Inc. driverless car suggests autonomous software sometimes takes the same risks as the humans it may one day replace. The accident on Friday in Tempe, Arizona, caused no major injuries. Another human-driven car turning left …

POSTED MARCH 30, 2017 5:00 AM

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