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|Americans might face a long wait for the COVID economic relief Trump promised in executive order
Trump's plan to give $300 per week in unemployment benefits faces a number of legal, logistical and funding hurdles.
POSTED AUGUST 12, 2020 5:01 AM
|Three killed in Bangalore clashes over Prophet Muhammad post
Police in the southern city of Bangalore opened fire on protesters angered by the Facebook post.
POSTED AUGUST 12, 2020 6:00 AM
|Appeals court seems wary of ordering dismissal of Flynn case
A federal appeals court in Washington appeared inclined Tuesday to let a judge decide on his own whether to grant the Justice Department's request to dismiss the criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn. Many members of the court expressed repeated skepticism at arguments from the Justice Department and Flynn's attorneys that a judge was not empowered to probe the motives behind the government's decision to abandon the prosecution of Flynn, who pleaded guilty as part of the special counsel's Russia investigation to lying to the FBI. The case will almost certainly persist for months if the court rejects Flynn's efforts to get a speedy dismissal and returns it to U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who refused to immediately grant the department's request to drop the prosecution.
POSTED AUGUST 11, 2020 2:21 PM
|'Terror crocodiles' with teeth the size of bananas once roamed North America preying on dinosaurs
"Terror crocodiles" which had teeth the size of bananas and could reach 33 feet in length once roamed North America preying on dinosaurs, according to a new study. Researchers say the Deinosuchus, which means "terror crocodile", was the largest predator in its ecosystem when it roamed the earth between 75 to 82 million years ago, outweighing the largest predatory dinosaurs which existed at the same time. The new study, published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, revisited fossil specimens of the gigantic creatures and found the Deinosuchus had teeth “the size of bananas”, capable of taking down even the very largest of dinosaurs. It also confirmed that the predators grew to as much as 33ft in length, making them nearly as long as some city buses. Researchers also found that there were at least three species of Deinosuchus, two of which lived along western America from Montana to northern Mexico.
POSTED AUGUST 11, 2020 1:12 PM
|Indian villagers tire of coronavirus rules just as rural cases surge
Harmahan Deka doesn't wear a mask anymore to avoid the novel coronavirus nor does he try to keep a safe distance from others. For the 25 men and women he works with in his construction materials business near the small town of Baihata Chariali in India's Assam state, life is more or less as it used to be, Deka says. In two dozen small towns and villages visited by Reuters reporters in recent weeks, people have largely given up on social distancing and masks after months of sticking to the rules, believing the virus is not such a serious threat.
POSTED AUGUST 12, 2020 4:24 AM
|The coronavirus is proving 'exceptionally difficult to stop' warns the World Health Organisation as global cases surpass 20 million
The US has recorded over 5 million cases of the coronavirus — more than a quarter of the total global caseload.
POSTED AUGUST 11, 2020 9:49 AM
|Pro Poker Player Was Bound, Sexually Assaulted, ‘Lit on Fire’ After Motel Meeting
Susie Zhao, the professional poker player whose charred remains were found in a remote Michigan park in July, was allegedly bound with zip ties and sexually assaulted before she was “lit on fire until she died” after meeting with a convicted sex offender, according to new court documents. Zhao, 33, was last seen around 5:30 p.m. on July 12 by her mother, the White Lake Township Police Department previously told The Daily Beast. The next day, her “badly burned” body was discovered at around 8:05 a.m. in a parking lot near the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, about an hour outside of Detroit. Last week, Jeffrey Bernard Morris, 60, was charged from his hospital bed with first-degree premeditated murder. Authorities discovered the convicted sex offender allegedly met Zhao in a motel room the night before her body was found. Morris, who is homeless and has a “lengthy criminal history” is currently in jail after being denied bail. A Pro Poker Player Was Found ‘Badly Burned.’ Was She Murdered Over Gambling?“This is not the end of the investigation into Susie’s death but the beginning of the pursuit of justice for her and her family,” White Lake Township Detective Chris Hild said in a press conference. “We can only hope that where we are today brings some level of comfort to the healing process.”In new court documents, first obtained by WXYZ, authorities revealed what occurred the night the pro poker player, known on the circuit as “Susie Q,” went missing. Cell phone records indicate Morris and the rising poker star first met on July 12. In an interview with police the night of his arrest on July 31, Morris admitted to picking up Zhao on Watkins Lake Road before they both checked into the Sherwood Motel at around 9:26 p.m. Morris told investigators the pair left the motel at some point to buy some alcohol and that Zhao left the motel at around midnight and took everything with her. Cell phone records, however, show the 33-year-old’s phone didn’t leave the motel until around 5 a.m on July 13, according to the court documents. Surveillance footage near the motel and cell phone records also show Morris left the room at around 5 a.m., before driving to a secluded section of the Pontiac Lake Recreation area—where Zhao was found. Court documents say that evidence suggests Morris was at the 3,745-acre park for about seven minutes. When Zhao was found the following morning, she was identified by fingerprints and was bound with zip ties. She had been sexually assaulted with a large object before being "lit on fire until she died,” the court documents state. A spokesperson for the Oakland County Medical Examiner told The Daily Beast that Zhao’s cause of death is currently unknown, pending an autopsy and toxicology results. When authorities pulled Morris over on a warrant in Ypsilanti weeks later, investigators found several hairs and other evidence with possible bloodstains. They also found duffle bags with a fitted bed sheet that appeared to have blood on it and a wooden baseball bat that also appeared to have a bloodstain. The items were taken to Oakland County Crime Lab for testing. Authorities are now scrambling to understand the motive behind the “mysterious death” that occurred just weeks after Zhao moved back to her home state of Michigan from California on June 9. Two childhood friends of Zhao previously told The Daily Beast that the poker player bounced between several cities—including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Florida—both for her job and because she was “a jet-setter.” According to PokerNews.com, Zhao was successful in the professional worker world, garnering several deep runs in the World Series of Poker Main Event—placing 90th in 2012 to earn $73,805. Over the course of her career, Zhao won $224,671, according to the poker database The Hendon Mob. Despite earlier speculation, authorities have said there is no evidence that Zhao’s death was connected to her gambling.“I don’t think there was ever anything else that she wanted to do. She was playing poker from a very young age,” Meredith Rogowski, a childhood friend, told The Daily Beast. “It was not a surprise. She was very bold and did whatever she wanted to do. Whenever we talked about her job, she was very nonchalant. But I do know it was exhausting to be in that world—it was long hours and some of the people she met weren’t always genuine.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
POSTED AUGUST 12, 2020 12:29 PM
|Air Force's New Search-and Rescue Helicopter Gets 1st Aerial Refueling
The Air Force's newest combat search-and-rescue helicopter, the HH-60W Jolly Green II, hit another milestone.
POSTED AUGUST 12, 2020 10:22 AM
|Andrew Yang on Democratic National Convention: 'I kind of expected to speak'
Yang voiced his apparent disappointment in not being on the list of speakers at the upcoming Democratic National Convention.
POSTED AUGUST 11, 2020 6:21 PM
|Trump says ‘suburban housewife’ will vote for him. What do polls, 2018 election show?
He tweeted they are “thrilled” he did away with an Obama-era fair housing regulation.
POSTED AUGUST 12, 2020 2:15 PM
News – Insurance Journal
|Roper to Acquire Insurance Software Firm Vertafore for $5.35 Billion
Florida-based Roper Technologies has agreed to acquire insurance software maker Vertafore in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $5.35 billion. Roper said the Vertafore management team led by CEO Amy Zupon will continue to lead the business from its Denver, …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 11:40 AM
|WTW Names Shaw as Global Head of Data, Analytics & Innovation, Global Facultative
Willis Towers Watson announced the appointment of Fiona Shaw as its new head of data, analytics and innovation for its Global Fac division. Shaw has extensive insurance, reinsurance and analytics experience having spent 30-plus years at Willis Towers Watson, initially …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 11:07 AM
|Major Reinsurers Brace for Large Losses from Beirut Port Blast
Some of the world’s biggest reinsurers are bracing for potential losses running into tens of millions of euros after last week’s explosion that ravaged much of downtown Beirut. Property damage alone from the blast, which killed more than 150 people …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 9:58 AM
|2.9 Magnitude Aftershock Rattles North Carolina
A magnitude 2.9 aftershock on Tuesday rattled the North Carolina town where a 5.1 earthquake on Sunday shook items from grocery store shelves and caused damage to homes and businesses, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The USGS website showed the …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 6:46 AM
|More Than 900 Students, Staff Quarantined by Georgia School District
A Georgia school district has quarantined more than 900 students and staff members because of possible exposure to the coronavirus and will temporarily shut down one of its hardest-hit high schools, officials said Tuesday. The quarantine figures from the Cherokee …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 6:40 AM
|17 Georgia Residents Settle Federal Lawsuit Over Wrongful Arrests for $375K
A Georgia county’s commissioners have approved a settlement for a lawsuit that alleged residents were wrongfully arrested due to erroneous information that was given to state officials regarding their driver’s licenses. The $775,000 settlement approved last week by DeKalb County …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 6:34 AM
|Sterling New Age Cyber, Elpha Secure Launch ES-1000 Cybersecurity Package
Cybersecurity insurance company Elpha Secure and partner Sterling New Age Cyber have introduced ES-1000, a service bundle package that focuses on mitigating risk and cyber threat to clients through cyber software, educational resources and professional consultation. SterlingRisk Programs, a division …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 6:25 AM
|Michigan’s Accident Fund Insurance Grants $3.5M in Early Workers’ Comp Dividends
Lansing, Michigan-based Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, a national provider of workers’ compensation insurance, has granted $3.5 million in early dividend payments to policyholder groups that achieved targeted safety results in 2020. The group dividend payments reached more than …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 5:45 AM
|Louisiana’s LUBA Workers’ Comp Adds Tucker as VP, Sales Manager
Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based workers’ compensation insurance company, LUBA Workers’ Comp, has hired David Tucker as vice president and sales manager. Tucker has more than 10 years of service in the insurance industry, with experience in agency relations, risk mitigation, operations, …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 5:38 AM
|P/C Insurance Software Firm Duck Creek Hikes IPO Price Range
Duck Creek Technologies Inc., a software company that serves the property and casualty insurance market, on Wednesday raised the price range for its initial public offering (IPO) and expects to raise about $375 million. Boston-based Duck Creek, which is backed …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 5:00 AM