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Mine safety rule implementation delayed until Oct. 2
The Mine Safety and Health Administration has extended the effective date for its rule on workplace safety examinations for metal and nonmetal mines to Oct. 2 in order to allow time for compliance training.

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:39 PM
More dynamic Atlantic hurricane season forecast
The 2017 hurricane season in the North Atlantic basin will be more active than originally expected, with an expected total of 14 named storms, The Weather Company said.

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:28 PM
Hotel sued over mannequin fright
A California man is suing a Las Vegas hotel, claiming a life-sized mannequin in his darkened room caused him to flee and suffer injuries, according to the Associated Press.

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:14 PM
Wisconsin bill would limit union reps on workers comp council
Wisconsin has introduced a bill that would limit the number of union members on the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council.

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 3:37 PM
Workplace safety and health update on tap for California oil refineries
Workplace safety at California’s oil refineries could get a reboot after approval of a regulation providing a framework for anticipating, preventing and responding to industry hazards.

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 3:22 PM
XL Catlin appoints captive practice leader
XL Group Ltd. has named Steven Bauman head of global programs and captive practice in North America.

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 2:38 PM
Insurer prevails in nightclub shooting case
A federal court has refused to dismiss a motion by Evanston Insurance seeking a declaratory judgment it is not obligated to defend or indemnify the owner of a property where a fatal nightclub shooting occurred.

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 1:31 PM
Hackers hit Russian bank customers, planned international cyber raids
(Reuters) — Russian cyber criminals used malware planted on Android mobile devices to steal from domestic bank customers and were planning to target European lenders before their arrest.

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 1:06 PM
Supreme Court tightens patent suit rules in blow to ‘patent trolls’
(Reuters) — The Supreme Court has tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for patent trolls to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts.

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 10:49 AM
Private equity firm battles insurers over Moroccan oil losses
(Reuters) — Private equity firm Carlyle Group is suing a group of its insurers over $400 million worth of oil it claims it lost when Morocco's sole refinery went bankrupt two years ago, court documents show.

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 7:18 AM

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North Korea says ready to deploy, mass-produce new missile

North Korea says ready to deploy, mass-produce new missileTOKYO (AP) — North Korea said Monday it is ready to start mass-producing a new medium-range missile after a weekend test-launch confirmed its combat readiness.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 8:15 PM

Teenagers Who Stole Car And Killed 6-Year-Old Boy Charged With Capital Murder

Teenagers Who Stole Car And Killed 6-Year-Old Boy Charged With Capital MurderProsecutors could seek the death penalty in the case.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 11:34 AM

American Doctor, 50, Dies While Trying to Climb Mount Everest

American Doctor, 50, Dies While Trying to Climb Mount EverestTwo years ago, Dr. Roland Yearwood from Alabama, survived an avalanche while climbing Everest.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 8:59 AM

China has 'killed or imprisoned at least a dozen US spies in two years'

China has 'killed or imprisoned at least a dozen US spies in two years'American officials, current and former FBI officials told The New York Times that one operative was allegedly shot and killed in front of his colleagues as a warning against spying. US officials described the losses as “one of the worst” intelligence breaches in decades, comparing it to the number of assets lost in the Soviet Union in the 1980s and 90s, when two prominent US assets worked as double agents for the Soviets. In 2010, American intelligence-gathering in China was said to be the best it had been in years.




POSTED MAY 21, 2017 11:36 AM

The Latest: Plane clips truck at LA airport, 8 injured

The Latest: Plane clips truck at LA airport, 8 injuredLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a collision between a plane and airport utility truck in Los Angeles (all times local):




POSTED MAY 20, 2017 10:53 PM

Scandal-plagued Fox News hit with more lawsuits in U.S. court

Scandal-plagued Fox News hit with more lawsuits in U.S. courtNew York City lawyer Douglas Wigdor filed lawsuits in federal court in Manhattan on behalf of Kathleen Lee, a Fox News Radio shift editor who says she was sexually harassed and subjected to "unceasing retaliation" for complaining, and Naima Farrow, who maintains she was fired from her job as an accounts payable coordinator after telling supervisors she was pregnant. In a third case in the same court, Vidya Mann, a Fox News accounts receivable specialist, said she was taken on as a temporary employee but passed over for permanent jobs in favor of white coworkers.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 3:21 PM

Shelby unveils Super Snake F-150 Pickup with $96,880 price tag

Shelby unveils Super Snake F-150 Pickup with $96,880 price tagAfter all, Shelby is wholly synonymous with the legendary Mustang. Not only has the F-Series been America's favorite truck range for four decades now, the full-size, light-duty F-150 is the biggest-selling vehicle in the United States.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 8:35 AM

Fresh Venezuela clashes after man set alight

Fresh Venezuela clashes after man set alightDoctors rallied in Venezuela Monday in the latest street protests against President Nicolas Maduro, as a young man lay in hospital after being set on fire by an angry crowd. Three people were killed in violent riots in late president Hugo Chavez's home state of Barinas, bringing the death toll to 51 as the unrest entered its eighth week, the public prosecution service said. An AFP reporter saw demonstrators burn a government office and a police car in the western town of Barinas in the state of the same name.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 9:59 PM

Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Carving Found in Looting Hole

Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Carving Found in Looting HoleEgyptian authorities say they caught looters digging up an ancient stone block carved with an image of a pharaoh. In the city of Abydos, antiquities authorities say they were inspecting an old two-story, mud-brick house when they found that the owner had excavated a hole in the floor. The block was at the bottom of the hole, about 13 feet (4 meters) below the floor, according to an announcement from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 7:41 AM

Big game hunter crushed to death by falling elephant that was fatally shot

Big game hunter crushed to death by falling elephant that was fatally shotTheunis Botha, a trophy hunter, died Friday in Zimbabwe.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 12:26 PM

Neo-Nazi Connected To Double Murder Arrested After FBI Finds Explosive Materials

Neo-Nazi Connected To Double Murder Arrested After FBI Finds Explosive MaterialsFBI agents found chemicals used to make explosives, Nazi propaganda and a framed picture of the Oklahoma City bomber.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 2:51 PM

4 climbers die near top of Mount Everest in tragic weekend

4 climbers die near top of Mount Everest in tragic weekendKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The body of an Indian climber was spotted on Mount Everest on Monday, the fourth fatality during a busy and tragic weekend on the world's highest peak.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 11:01 AM

Trump seems to accidentally confirm Israel was source of intelligence he gave to Russians

Trump seems to accidentally confirm Israel was source of intelligence he gave to RussiansDonald Trump appears to have confirmed that Israel was the source of highly sensitive intelligence he gave to Russian officials. During a press conference in Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr Trump said he never mentioned “the word or the name ‘Israel’” during a White House meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 3:59 PM

Lockheed Martin, Raytheon And The Future Of Arms Deals In The Middle East

Lockheed Martin, Raytheon And The Future Of Arms Deals In The Middle EastThe United Arab Emirates is making a $2 billion investment to upgrade its arsenal.




POSTED MAY 21, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court leaves key campaign finance restriction in place

U.S. Supreme Court leaves key campaign finance restriction in placeBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a Republican challenge to a federal campaign finance restriction that prevents political parties from raising unlimited amounts of cash to spend on supporting candidates. The Republican Party of Louisiana had argued that a provision of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act violates free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution. The brief order noted that conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch favored hearing the case.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 9:58 AM

Deadly blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England

Deadly blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, EnglandAt least 19 people were killed and more than 50 injured in an explosion at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday and two U.S. officials said a suicide bomber was suspected.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 10:31 PM

China, Russia launch long-haul challenge to Boeing, Airbus

China, Russia launch long-haul challenge to Boeing, AirbusChina and Russia on Monday launched an ambitious project to jointly develop a long-haul jet to challenge Boeing and Airbus, just two weeks after the successful test flight of the first made-in-China large passenger plane. State-run Chinese manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said they formally established the previously announced joint venture in Shanghai on Monday.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 5:37 AM

Texas bathroom bill could expose secrets of transgender kids

Texas bathroom bill could expose secrets of transgender kidsAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Each morning, Joanna Smith's 7-year-old son pulls on a T-shirt and shorts, boasts how fast he can tie his sneakers and heads to school. An honor-roll student who loves science and spelling, he often stays after class to run on the playground with his large group of friends.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 6:49 PM

Babysitter Charged After Children, 9 and 6 Years Old, Take Her Car And Crash It

Babysitter Charged After Children, 9 and 6 Years Old, Take Her Car And Crash ItThey also found drugs in the car.




POSTED MAY 21, 2017 4:09 PM

Member of online hate group accused of knifing young black soldier to death on campus

Member of online hate group accused of knifing young black soldier to death on campusThe “totally unprovoked” murder of a young black soldier was committed by a white man who was a member of a “despicable” Facebook group, police have said. Richard W Collins III, a newly commissioned Army officer, was allegedly stabbed to death by Sean Christopher Urbanski. Mr Collins, 23, was black and a student at Bowie State University in Maryland, due to graduate tomorrow.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:10 AM

What will New Orleans do with the Confederate statues?

What will New Orleans do with the Confederate statues?NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Now that New Orleans has removed three prominent Confederate statues and a monument heralding white supremacy, what should it do with them?




POSTED MAY 21, 2017 11:16 AM

President Mike Pence? Dems should be 'careful what they wish for', experts say

President Mike Pence? Dems should be 'careful what they wish for', experts say‘Mike Pence actually walks the walk’ when it comes to social conservatism, says an analyst. Visitors to officialmikepence.com discover an elaborate spoof website for “Mike Pence: the 46th president of the United States”. If yes, click here.” (It links to hell.com.) A campaign logo refers to Pence and his running mate Christ with crosses and stars.




POSTED MAY 21, 2017 7:00 AM

Man dies after contracting botulism from Northern California gas station's nacho cheese

Man dies after contracting botulism from Northern California gas station's nacho cheeseThe family of a man battling a severe case of botulism after eating food at a Sacramento-area gas station says he has passed away. Martin Galindo was one of five confirmed cases of the rare disease, which officials say appears to have come from nacho cheese sauce.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 3:38 PM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mocks Trump's Saudi Arabia Speech

Iranian Foreign Minister Mocks Trump's Saudi Arabia SpeechTrump isolated Iran during his speech on "Islamic terrorism" in Saudi Arabia and it has not gone down well with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 7:46 AM

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: The final performance

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: The final performanceWith laughter, hugs and tears — and the requisite death-defying stunts — the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus received its final standing ovation Sunday night as it performed its last show. “We are, forevermore, the Greatest Show on Earth,” boomed Johnathan Lee Iverson, who has been the ringmaster since 1999. It was an emotional 2 1/2 hours for those who worked on the circus.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 10:03 AM

What It’s Like to Test Drive the Tesla Model X P100D

What It’s Like to Test Drive the Tesla Model X P100DThe Tesla Model X P100D is an all-electric vehicle that zooms from zero to sixty m.p.h. in a shocking 2.9 seconds




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 12:08 PM

Mother from Peru granted stay from deportation

Mother from Peru granted stay from deportationDENVER (AP) — A mother of two children who sought sanctuary at a Quaker meeting house in Denver to avoid U.S. immigration authorities has been granted a temporary stay from deportation.




POSTED MAY 21, 2017 3:48 PM

UN vows to tighten sanctions on North Korea

UN vows to tighten sanctions on North KoreaThe UN Security Council on Monday vowed to push all countries to tighten sanctions against North Korea as it prepared for a closed-door meeting called in response to the latest missile launch. In a unanimous statement backed by China, Pyongyang's ally, the council strongly condemned the test-firing on Sunday and instructed the UN sanctions committee to redouble efforts to implement a raft of tough measures adopted last year. The council also agreed to "take further significant measures including sanctions" to force North Korea to change course and end its "highly destabilizing behavior".




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 5:09 PM

Parents Arrested After Allegedly Forcing 5-Year-Old To Drink Mouthwash Because He Was Thirsty

Parents Arrested After Allegedly Forcing 5-Year-Old To Drink Mouthwash Because He Was ThirstyTheir kids were reportedly abused all the time.




POSTED MAY 21, 2017 1:02 PM

'Alt-right' leader loses gym membership after confrontation

'Alt-right' leader loses gym membership after confrontationA leading figure in the "alt-right" movement had his gym membership revoked after a Georgetown University professor confronted him during a workout and called him a neo-Nazi.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 1:16 PM

Trump budget poised to slash healthcare for poor, other programs

Trump budget poised to slash healthcare for poor, other programsBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is set to release President Donald Trump's first full budget on Tuesday, a plan that will include a cut of more than $800 billion from the Medicaid program for the poor and reductions in other social spending. The Medicaid cuts were part of a Republican healthcare bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in early May, which aims to gut the Obama administration's 2010 law that expanded insurance coverage and the government-run Medicaid program. Trump's initial budget outline for discretionary spending received a tepid response from Congress, which controls the purse strings, and, ultimately, government spending.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 2:38 PM

Mike Pence hit by student walk-out at Notre Dame graduation

Mike Pence hit by student walk-out at Notre Dame graduationMore than 100 students and their family members have walked out of Vice President Mike Pence’s commencement speech at Notre Dame University in protest over his stance on LGBTQ issues and refugees. Mr Pence, who was born not far from the northern Indiana campus, addressed the graduating class on Sunday. Brian Ricketts, one of the group’s leaders and a former Notre Dame student body president, told IndyStar that many students were “upset and hurt” by the decision to invite Mr Pence because his “policies have impacted the humanity of certain graduates”.




POSTED MAY 21, 2017 3:11 PM

Ford Motors' CEO Mark Fields Ousted

Ford Motors' CEO Mark Fields OustedFormer Steelcase chief Jim Hackett, head of Ford Smart Mobility LLC Subsidiary, will replace Fields.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:33 AM

Everything points to Apple launching new MacBooks next month

Everything points to Apple launching new MacBooks next monthApple will unveil the next big thing for its various software operating systems at WWDC 2017, including iOS 11 and the next macOS major update. But the iPhone maker is also tipped to launch a variety of new products at the show, including the Siri speaker, a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and new MacBooks. A new report says that Apple is indeed expected to launch new laptops this quarter, and there’s reason to be excited. In a new research note to customers, TrendForce said that notebooks are having a little moment, again. Shipments for the first quarter of the year grew by 6.1% compared to last year, totaling around 37.81 million. That’s a 15.6% decline from the Christmas quarter, but still an impressive result for the period. Apple placed fifth in TrendForce's top, with 3.4 million MacBook laptops shipped during the period — that marks a 15.8% decline compared to the December quarter, but a 15.4% increase compared to last year. TrendForce quotes the MacBook Pro with TouchBar as the device that contributed significantly to the overall shipments. Similarly, the researchers believe the 12-inch MacBook will help Apple ship 10% more laptops in the second quarter of this year than last year. That’s because Apple reportedly plans to launch a new version of the 12-inch MacBook that will feature a new processor. The report notes that promotional pricing for some older models might also be in order. A previous report said that Apple will update the MacBook Pro as well, even if it only launched a new model in late 2016. TrendForce makes no mention of other MacBook updates for the quarter.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:09 PM

First US customer gets keys to Lamborghini Centenario

First US customer gets keys to Lamborghini CentenarioOn a sliding scale, collecting a new minivan is probably towards the lower end of excitement levels, while something like a new luxury SUV is probably a lot higher up the scale. The manufacturer has promised all the Centenario's other US buyers will get their cars before the end of this year. The Lamborghini Centenario is a special model produced by the legendary Italian supercar builder to celebrate the 100th birthday of its founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 6:11 AM

Turkey's ruling party elects President Erdogan as leader

Turkey's ruling party elects President Erdogan as leaderISTANBUL (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned as leader of Turkey's ruling party Sunday, pushing back criticism that his tenure has curtailed freedoms and polarized the country as he vowed to serve the nation and combat terror.




POSTED MAY 21, 2017 2:07 PM

Philippines' Duterte heads to Russia in blow to US

Philippines' Duterte heads to Russia in blow to USPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte flew to Russia on Monday to meet his hero, seek arms and steer his nation's foreign policy further away from longtime ally the United States. The five-day trip will cement a dramatic improvement in relations with Russia since Duterte came to power last year and began unravelling his country's decades-long alliances with the United States, which he accuses of hypocrisy and bullying. "Russia must cease to be at the margins of Philippine diplomacy.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 5:16 AM

Breathtaking photography series showcases beauty of night sky in areas with no light pollution

Breathtaking photography series showcases beauty of night sky in areas with no light pollutionTwo photographers have made a set of images exploring the magnificent night skies still found in North American and the grave threat of light pollution.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 1:26 PM

Woman Arrested After Allegedly Macing Employees At Fast-Food Chain Over Stale French Fries

Woman Arrested After Allegedly Macing Employees At Fast-Food Chain Over Stale French FriesA manager was also hit in the face.




POSTED MAY 21, 2017 10:54 AM

Trump meets the Pope: from trading barbs to seeking common ground

Trump meets the Pope: from trading barbs to seeking common groundBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Several days after Pope Francis was elected four years ago, he was criticised by Donald Trump for returning to the Church-run residence he was staying at in Rome to pay his bill in person. It's not Pope-like!" Trump tweeted on March 19, 2013. On Wednesday, Trump will see for himself if the pontiff is papal enough when he walks down the frescoed halls of the Apostolic Palace.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 12:08 PM

Police say bomb at Thai hospital wounds more than 20 people

Police say bomb at Thai hospital wounds more than 20 peopleBANGKOK (AP) — A bomb exploded at an army-run hospital in Bangkok on Monday, the third anniversary of a military coup, and authorities said more than 20 people were wounded.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 9:16 AM

New Details About Aaron Hernandez's Prison Time Emerge

New Details About Aaron Hernandez's Prison Time EmergeHernandez was found dead in his prison cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, April 19.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 2:31 AM

Newfound ‘alien megastructure’ star leaves scientists baffled

Newfound ‘alien megastructure’ star leaves scientists baffled

You're forgiven if the name KIC 8462852 doesn't ring a bell. It's a far-off object, thought to be a star, which was only just discovered in late 2015, but it's already managed to totally confuse researchers in its extremely brief stint on the scientific stage. The star has continually exhibited extremely odd behavior, and has been repeatedly observed experiencing huge dips in brightness that don't seem to have any readily available explanation. Now, the star has been spotted performing the same dimming trick as it has in the past, and scientists are throwing out some extremely wild theories. 

KIC 8462852, otherwise known as "Tabby's Star" or "Boyajian's Star" depending on where you look, was caught in the act this past weekend, dimming in brightness by about three percent, which is a large enough change to be easily detected. Normally, the dimming of a star at regular intervals would indicate the presence of a planet in orbit, but there doesn't seem to be any pattern to the of dimming exhibited by KIC 8462852.

Researchers have thrown forth many possible explanations, including other, non-planetary celestial bodies passing in front of the star which are obscuring our line of sight, such as comets, and even the possibility that whatever is floating around the star isn't a naturally-occurring object at all, but instead a massive alien structure. As the research and observations continue, scientists around the globe are hoping that spectral readings will give them a clue as to what, if anything, passed in front of the star. Whatever the object happens to be, it's an exciting time for sky-gazers.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 8:00 PM

Towering Rock Once Hidden Beneath Earth Seen from Space

Towering Rock Once Hidden Beneath Earth Seen from SpaceIt's no wonder this abrupt landform is the center of a Navajo legend involving a giant bird that turned to stone — it's impossible to look at the sheer cliffs without wondering what created them. A new view of Shiprock from space offers a few hints. Leading toward the rugged rock formation in San Juan County is a dark dike, a part of the volcano that created the 1,969-foot-tall (600 meters) cliff formation.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 9:11 AM

iPhone 8's Worst Rumored Feature Pops Back Up

iPhone 8's Worst Rumored Feature Pops Back UpThe iPhone 7 featured one of my least favorite trends in smartphones (killing the headphone jack), so I've wondered how Apple would irk me next. This image suggests the iPhone 8's fingerprint scanner will be found under the Apple log on its back. A recent post on rumor aggregation site Slashleaks shows a schematic of the forthcoming iPhone 8 with its fingerprint sensor below the Apple logo on the phone's back.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 8:04 AM

EU warns France and Spain on deficits, clears Portugal

EU warns France and Spain on deficits, clears PortugalThe EU on Monday kept France and Spain on notice for excessive public spending, but absolved bailed-out Portugal after it stayed within the bloc's deficit limit for the first time since 2007. The European Commission, giving its opinions as part of its annual assessment of EU national budgets, also singled out Italy for running a worryingly high public debt. It said Portugal had left the commission's so-called excessive deficit procedure, becoming the first bailed-out nation from the eurozone debt crisis to fall back into the bloc's economic good graces.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 6:19 AM

How To Spot A Psychopath

How To Spot A PsychopathPsychopathy is a psychological disorder in which seemingly charming, normal people actually have no conscience or empathy.




POSTED MAY 21, 2017 7:30 PM

Biden: It's time for America to regain unity and purpose

Biden: It's time for America to regain unity and purposeWATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden gave assurances Sunday that the country's current divisiveness brought on by a presidential election that "churned up some of the ugliest realities" of society will be temporary.




POSTED MAY 21, 2017 5:30 PM

VIDEO: Sea lion yanks girl off dock, pulls her into water in British Columbia

VIDEO: Sea lion yanks girl off dock, pulls her into water in British ColumbiaA sea lion yanked a little girl seated on the edge of a British Columbia dock and pulled her into the water. The terrifying incident was all captured on video, which has since gone viral.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 5:52 PM

News – Insurance Journal

California Commissioner Lowers Workers’ Comp Pure Premium
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued a revised advisory pure premium rate, lowering the benchmark to $2.02 per $100 of payroll for workers’ compensation insurance effective July 1. This is 16.5 percent less than the average pure premium rate of …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 11:10 PM
California’s Comp Insurers Had 5.1% More in Direct Written Premium in 2016
California workers’ compensation insurers wrote $12.96 billion in direct written premium last year, an increase of $628 million, or 5.1 percent, from the prior year, according to new data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners released by the California …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 7:11 PM
Louisiana Getting Another $51M in Federal Flood Aid
Louisiana’s getting another $51 million in federal dollars to help with recovery from last year’s floods. U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy announced the latest figure Thursday. He says the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released information about how it …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:56 PM
Ohio Bill Would Limit Access to Workers’ Comp for Workers Here Illegally
The Ohio House has approved a workers’ compensation budget that blocks workers living in the country illegally who get hurt on the job from accessing compensation benefits. The Columbus Dispatch reports the bill was approved after a strong debate. Democratic …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:49 PM
Ohio Steel Plant Faces $280K Fine for Safety Violations
A federal safety group says it has proposed a $280,000 fine against an Ohio steel plant for violations over lead exposure and hazards caused by unsafe machinery. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the proposed fine Friday against Republic …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:46 PM
Cyberattack Cost Michigan Utility $2M, 14 Employees
A utility company in Lansing, Mich., is still transitioning back to stability after a cyberattack temporarily disabled the company’s internal network and required it to pay a $25,000 ransom. Dick Peffley, general manager for the Board of Water & Light, …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:44 PM
Texas Senate Passes Texting While Driving Ban
The Texas Senate on May 19 passed a measure banning texting while driving statewide. HB 62 by Midland Rep. Tom Craddick previously was approved by the House. While more than 100 cities in the state have texting and driving bans …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:40 PM
Insurance to Pay for up to $57M in Damage to Washington Waste Treatment Plant
An analysis says equipment failures caused between $49 million and $57 million of damage at the Washington’s largest sewage treatment plant. KING-TV reported  the analysis was released related to damage at the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Seattle. The …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 3:10 PM
$173K Settlement Revealed in Utah State Student ‘Slack Line’ Death
Utah State University has agreed to pay $172,500 to the parents of a student killed four years ago when he hit a slack line rope tied between two trees while he was biking on campus, according to documents released by …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 3:06 PM
Tourist Suing Planet Hollywood in Vegas for Mannequin Scare Injury
A tourist is suing a Las Vegas Strip hotel, claiming a life-sized mannequin in his darkened room caused him to flee and suffer injuries. Kent Jacobs Boutwell, of Southern California, filed the lawsuit against the Planet Hollywood casino-hotel in Clark …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 3:03 PM
Uber May Fire Key Executive in California in Self-Driving Car Dispute
Uber is threatening to fire a key executive accused of stealing self-driving car technology from a Google spin-off unless he waives his constitutional right against self-incrimination so the ridesharing service can comply with a court order. The development raises the …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 3:01 PM
In Defeat for Patent Trolls, Supreme Court Limits Venue for Lawsuits
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent “trolls” to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 2:36 PM
Connecticut Lawmakers Urged to Help Crumbling Foundation Homeowners
Regional officials are reminding state lawmakers it’s urgent this session to provide assistance to eastern and central Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations. Both the executive director of the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) and chairman of a CRCOG committee …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 1:20 PM
Kaloudis Joins JLT Specialty USA Team for Restructuring Clients
JLT Specialty USA announced the appointment of attorney Denise Kaloudis as senior vice president. Based in New York, Kaloudis will work with JLT’s Special Situations Group (SSG) to assist the restructuring community in solving complex insurance issues. JLT’s SSG is …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 1:00 PM
Weather Co. Updates Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast
In its second seasonal tropical forecast for the North Atlantic basin for the 2017 season, IBM’s The Weather Co. said it now expects a total of 14 named storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes, a slight increase in activity …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 12:51 PM
Petplan Australasia Announces Affiliation with MS Amlin
Petplan Australasia announced that MS Amlin Syndicate 2001 of Lloyd’s will become the new underwriter of its pet insurance plans in Australia – a move that is designed to enhance policyholder benefits with broader coverage and more plan choices. Petplan …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 11:50 AM
Private Equity Firm Carlyle Sues Insurers Over Oil Losses
Julia Payne U.S. private equity firm Carlyle Group is suing a group of its insurers over $400 million worth of oil it claims it lost when Morocco’s sole refinery went bankrupt two years ago, court documents show. Carlyle claims in …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 10:49 AM
Underwriting Agency, CFC, Partners with Kidnap Response Expert EOS Risk
Lloyd’s managing general agency CFC announced it has formed a partnership with risk management and security consultant, EOS Risk. EOS Risk joins red24 and S-RM on CFC’s panel of security companies that specialize in global kidnap and extortion incidents. “Highly …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 10:45 AM
New Hampshire Governor Requests Disaster Assistance for March Storm
New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has requested that President Donald Trump issue a major disaster declaration and provide federal emergency assistance for the blizzard and severe winter storm that happened in mid-March. Sununu said that eight of the state’s …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 10:45 AM
New Jersey’s NJM Promotes Livingston, Elects New Board Chairman
NJM Insurance Group, a West Trenton, N.J.-based property and casualty insurer, has promoted Mitchell A. Livingston, Esq., to chief operating officer (COO), making him the first in the company’s 104-year history to hold the position. Livingston will also assume the …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 10:42 AM
New York Construction Company Owner Indicted for Manslaughter
The owner of a Bedford-Stuyvesant construction company and his businesses have been indicted on manslaughter and other charges after a wall collapsed at an excavation site, killing one construction worker and injuring two others. “Construction site deaths such as his …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 10:01 AM
Pennsylvania’s IA&B Announces New CEO Following Russell’s Retirement
Insurance Agents & Brokers (IA&B), a Mechanicsburg, Penn.-based professional trade association, will have a new president and CEO at the helm beginning in January 2018. Deputy CEO and Counsel Jason Ernest will take the reins from Rick Russell, who will …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 10:00 AM
UK Firms Choosing Luxembourg as Brexit HQ May Find Lifestyle Differences
Little Luxembourg is luring firms on the lookout for a post-Brexit foothold in the European Union, from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to insurance giant American International Group Inc. While many find the Grand Duchy a multilingual paradise, would-be expats are being warned …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 9:59 AM
Crewless Ships: Safer, Faster, Cleaner, Cheaper Future of Shipping – Opinion
It sounds like a ghost story: A huge cargo vessel sails up and down the Norwegian coast, silently going about its business, without a captain or crew in sight. But if all goes as planned, it’s actually the future of …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 9:02 AM
Amazon’s Delivery Drone Project Focuses on Birds (and How to Avoid Them)
Amazon.com Inc.’s development of package-delivery drones is progressing to the point where the company is now thinking a lot about geese. The e-commerce company said Thursday it has started development of an air-traffic control system to manage its fleet as …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 8:38 AM
China Eyeing Cyber Rule Delay After Outcry from Foreign Firms: Sources
China may delay full implementation of controversial new cyber security rules, giving companies more time to prepare, two people who attended a meeting on Friday between the country’s internet regulator, businesses and diplomats told Reuters. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) called …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 7:59 AM
RSG Underwriting Managers Forms Marine Consultancy, Claims Firm
RSG Underwriting Managers (RSGUM) has formed Smooth Waters, LLC, an independent marine insurance consultancy and claims adjusting company and part of RSGUM’s growing marine practice. Smooth Waters, LLC, serves as a consulting and claims adjusting company for the energy and …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 5:08 AM
States Getting More Active on Autonomous Vehicle Rules, Says PCI Director
Thinking about the rules of the road for a time when autonomous vehicles dominate the landscape is probably like envisioning a horseless carriage on the plains of the Old West. But that won’t stop Bob Passmore, senior director of personal …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 5:00 AM
U.S. Court Voids Recreational Drone User Registry
The government’s authority to oversee burgeoning recreational drone use was dealt a setback when a federal appeals court barred the Federal Aviation Administration from forcing hobbyists to register the millions of unmanned aircraft taking flight. While Friday’s decision by the …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 5:00 AM
Update: Insurers Sound Alarm Over Liability Law Restatement; Vote Delayed
Liability insurers, their lawyers and their regulators are holding their collective breath that a scheduled vote this week on a proposed restatement of law regarding liability insurance will not happen. If approved, the controversial restatement would give policyholders more clout …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 5:00 AM

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