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The coincidences mount, as another Putin critic is shot dead

The coincidences mount, as another Putin critic is shot deadAn outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin was shot dead in broad daylight in Kiev Thursday, just two days after a lawyer for the family of a slain Russian whistleblower was injured in a mysterious fall from his fourth-story apartment near Moscow. Denis Voronenkov was a former Russian Communist Party member who’d become increasingly critical of Putin’s policies after fleeing to Ukraine in 2016. As it has after similar incidents, the Kremlin swiftly rejected any suggestion it was involved in Voronenkov’s murder.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 6:12 PM

House GOP abruptly scraps health care vote

House GOP abruptly scraps health care voteHouse Speaker Paul Ryan suddenly pulled the President Trump-backed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare in a last-minute admission he was not able to marshal the required 216 votes Friday afternoon. “We were very close,” Trump said from the Oval Office late Friday afternoon. Trump had thrown his full endorsement to the health care bill in recent weeks and has long staked his reputation on being a master negotiator.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 3:37 PM

New arrests as British police release photo of parliament attacker

New arrests as British police release photo of parliament attackerBritish police said Friday they had made further "significant" arrests over the Islamist-inspired terror attack on parliament, as they released the first picture of the homegrown killer who left four people dead. Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old Briton with a history of violent offences but no terrorist convictions, was shot by police on Wednesday after a rampage through Westminster. Two other suspects are in custody following searches at 21 locations, mostly around London, in the central city of Birmingham and in the northwestern city of Manchester.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 8:46 PM

I Survived the Master Cleanse-Then Gained All the Weight Back

I Survived the Master Cleanse-Then Gained All the Weight BackLast summer I voluntarily chose to stop eating for 10 days. I gave up solid foods as part of the Master Cleanse.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 9:27 AM

Noura Jackson adjusts to life outside after being in prison for mom's murder: Part 6

Noura Jackson adjusts to life outside after being in prison for mom's murder: Part 6Noura Jackson earned her GED while incarcerated and is now applying to colleges.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 8:57 PM

Correction: Mother-Daughter Killed story

Correction: Mother-Daughter Killed storyVALLEY HEAD, Ala. (AP) — In a story March 23 about a mother and daughter dying in separate traffic accidents in Alabama, The Associated Press reported erroneously the age of the girl. The child was 8, not 5.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 11:33 AM

Hillary Clinton on GOP health bill breakdown: ‘The fight isn’t over yet’

Hillary Clinton on GOP health bill breakdown: ‘The fight isn’t over yet’Hillary Clinton praised the efforts of “people in every corner of our country” and then posted tweets about people who have benefited from the ACA.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 6:12 PM

Nunes: 'There Was No Wiretapping of Trump Tower'

Nunes: 'There Was No Wiretapping of Trump Tower'House Intel Chair Devin Nunes, R-Calif., tells reporters "there was no wiretapping of Trump Tower. That did not happen."




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 10:37 AM

Philippines leader scolds EU for 'idiotic' drug rehab solution

Philippines leader scolds EU for 'idiotic' drug rehab solution(Advisory: This story contains strong language in paragraph one and four) MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit out at the European Union on Friday for hypocrisy and called the bloc "sons of bitches" after its lawmakers issued a resolution calling for restraint and a rethink in his bloody war on drugs. Duterte castigated the EU for urging him to focus his campaign on drugs rehabilitation and stood by his security-centered approach to a crackdown that has left thousands of people dead since he took office nine months ago. The EU, they communicated to us, and they want a health-based solution for the drugs.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 6:43 AM

Veteran Becomes First Ever Double Amputee Police Officer

Veteran Becomes First Ever Double Amputee Police OfficerMatias Ferreira graduated from a New York police academy.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 4:07 PM

The Mud Day in Israel

The Mud Day in IsraelThe Mud Day, an international sports event is produced by a leading French sports organization, A.S.O., that is well known for its top productions: Le Tour de France and the Dakar Rally. More than 150,000 people have participated in Mud Days in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Spain. Now it’s Israel’s turn to host the 13-kilometer race, with 22 mud-filled obstacles to overcome. (The Mud Day Israel)




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 10:16 AM

Missing D.C. Girls Could Be Human Trafficking Victims

Missing D.C. Girls Could Be Human Trafficking VictimsSome officials are calling for an investigation into the disappearances, while police maintain there is nothing unusual about them.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 10:22 AM

Top Democrats claim ‘victory’ as GOP health bill fails

Top Democrats claim ‘victory’ as GOP health bill failsAfter the GOP replacement for Obamacare was dramatically pulled at the last minute, Democrats took a victory lap, mocking President Trump and claiming a win for their party and the American public.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 5:33 PM

Cuba's secret negotiator with US was president's son: cardinal

Cuba's secret negotiator with US was president's son: cardinalCuban President Raul Castro's son, Alejandro, was the communist island's envoy for secret negotiations with the United States that led to the countries' historic rapprochement, a cardinal close to the talks said. Speculation had long swirled that Alejandro Castro Espin, the president's 51-year-old son, headed up the secret talks.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 5:27 PM

The Latest: Lawsuit challenges Arkansas execution secrecy

The Latest: Lawsuit challenges Arkansas execution secrecyVARNER, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' efforts to conduct four double-executions next month (all times local):




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 3:53 PM

Who Will Republican Voters Blame for the Failure of the GOP Health-Care Bill?

Who Will Republican Voters Blame for the Failure of the GOP Health-Care Bill?After House Speaker Paul Ryan reportedly told President Trump that Republicans lacked enough votes to pass the GOP health care bill, Republicans canceled a vote on the American Health Care Act on Friday, putting the president’s promise to repeal and replace Obamacare in jeopardy.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 4:57 PM

Police investigate Indian lawmaker over airline sandal fracas

Police investigate Indian lawmaker over airline sandal fracasIndian police said on Friday they were launching an investigation into a Hindu-nationalist lawmaker a day after he acknowledged hitting an Air India official 25 times with his sandals in a row over a business class seat. The state carrier and other airlines said they would bar Ravindra Gaikwad from flying after the fracas which has triggered a debate on the behavior of members of the political elite, and calls for a no-fly list for unruly passengers. Gaikwad, from the Shiv Sena party, allies of India's ruling BJP, did not apologize for Thursday's confrontation and told reporters he had been badly treated.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 12:17 PM

Rail accident at N.Y.'s Penn Station snarls travel; minor injuries

Rail accident at N.Y.'s Penn Station snarls travel; minor injuriesA slow-moving Amtrak Acela train derailed and sideswiped a New Jersey commuter train on Friday, causing minor injuries and snarling morning rush-hour rail traffic at New York's Penn Station, a major transportation hub, officials said. The accident happened at about 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT), with passengers aboard the New Jersey Transit train describing hearing screeching metal as the Washington-bound Acela hit the commuter train while departing the station. "There was a loud sound of mangling metal and you felt the reverberations of another train raking the side of our train and I just heard screams from behind me as it traveled back," said Jordan Geary, who was traveling on the train with his wife from the New York suburb of Montclair, New Jersey.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 3:22 PM

ISPs Can Now Sell Your Private Data: How to Protect Yourself

ISPs Can Now Sell Your Private Data: How to Protect YourselfThe 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 implemented under the Obama administration. Your ISP may soon 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 24, 2017 11:20 AM

Plan to dig up President Polk's body _ again _ stirs trouble

Plan to dig up President Polk's body _ again _ stirs troubleNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President James K. Polk did big things for America, dramatically expanding its borders by annexing Texas and seizing California and the Southwest in a war with Mexico. Achieving undisturbed eternal rest has proved more difficult.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 5:23 PM

Photos of the day - March 25, 2017

Photos of the day - March 25, 2017A woman dressed as “Europa" performs during a rally in Berlin marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome; a woman, pushed to the ground by police, tries to defends herself as the police detain an activist during an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus; Pope Francis waves to the faithful from the Popemobile in Milan, Italy, as Cardinal Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan, looks on, after the Angelus in Duomo Square. These are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters)




POSTED MARCH 25, 2017 4:55 PM

Dozens Break Out Of Mexico Prison

Dozens Break Out Of Mexico PrisonAt least 10 of the 29 inmates who escaped Thursday were re-captured, but the others remained at large.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 9:12 AM

Russian troops killed in IS-claimed attack on Chechen base

Russian troops killed in IS-claimed attack on Chechen baseSix Russian soldiers were killed in Chechnya Friday when gunmen tried to storm their base in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. The base belongs to Russia's National Guard, a branch established last year to defend borders and counter extremism. It is subordinate directly to President Vladimir Putin and has bases in the country's volatile North Caucasus regions, including Chechnya.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 2:59 PM

North Dakota oil spill 3 times larger than first estimated

North Dakota oil spill 3 times larger than first estimatedBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A December oil pipeline spill in western North Dakota might have been three times larger than first estimated and among the biggest in state history, a state environmental expert said Friday.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 11:05 AM

UN Report Calls For Donations To North Korea As Sanctions Dry Up Aid

UN Report Calls For Donations To North Korea As Sanctions Dry Up Aid"Chronic food insecurity, early childhood malnutrition and nutrition insecurity" continue to plague North Korea, which has been ranked 98 out of 118 countries in the 2016 Global Hunger Index.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 8:35 AM

Woman Tasered After Calling Cop 'Honey' Settles For $20,000, Police Deny Wrongdoing

Woman Tasered After Calling Cop 'Honey' Settles For $20,000, Police Deny WrongdoingAranda Wendell sued Stuart Police Department for excessive use of force.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 9:13 AM

Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commission

Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commissionGambia said on Thursday it would set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and offer reparations to victims of former President Yahya Jammeh's government, which is accused of the torture and killing of perceived opponents. Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou said in a statement the government will also probe the finances of Jammeh, who fled into exile in January to Equatorial Guinea after a rule that began in 1994 when he seized power in a coup. Jammeh lost an election in December to the now President Adama Barrow but refused to accept the result.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 2:26 AM

All of America's Fighter Planes in One GIF

All of America's Fighter Planes in One GIFFrom the F-1 Fury to the F-35 Lightning II.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 12:03 PM

Rachel Dolezal struggles after racial identity scandal

Rachel Dolezal struggles after racial identity scandalSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A white civil rights leader, fired because she led others to believe she was black, said she struggles to make a living these days because she was portrayed as a fraud.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 3:51 PM

This is the secret to unclogging sinks and drains anywhere in your house

This is the secret to unclogging sinks and drains anywhere in your house

Okay, first things first: there is no miracle product that instantly clears any and every clogged drain. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Do you really think you pour some liquid down the drain in your sink and miraculously clear a fist-sized ball of hair in a matter of minutes? Newsflash... there's not. If you have a very bad clog, you need to snake your drain. It's the only way to handle it. To clear normal clogs and gross odors that happen during the course of normal wear and tear though, these is a secret to unclogging drains and keeping things smelling fresh: Sani Sticks.

Drop one of these sticks down your drain to take care of average clogs and embarrassing odors in a matter of hours. Then, drop a new stick down each drain once every month to prevent clogs and odors in the future. Each stick includes enzymes and other ingredients found in a septic tank to break down waste and keep things clear. $17 gets you a pack of 48 Sani Sticks, and it'll be the best $17 you've ever spent.

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POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 8:46 PM

You've Been Cleaning Your Microwave All Wrong

You've Been Cleaning Your Microwave All WrongTry this time-saving routine instead.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 12:06 PM

Burkina links Ivory Coast jihadist with hotel attack in capital

Burkina links Ivory Coast jihadist with hotel attack in capitalA jihadist accused of masterminding a deadly attack in Ivory Coast is also suspected of having planned a major assault in Burkina Faso's capital last year, a senior official said Friday. Ivorian officials believe Mimi Ould Baba Ould Cheikh organised the gun and grenade attack that left 19 people dead last March at the beach resort of Grand-Bassam, which is popular with foreigners. Now he is also believed to have been "head of operations" for the attack on a hotel and cafe in Ouagadougou in January 2016 that killed 30 people, said Colonel Serge Alain Ouedraogo of the Burkinabe gendarmerie.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 3:40 PM

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's daily briefing on March 24,2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's daily briefing on March 24,2017On Friday, March 24, 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hosts the daily press briefing with the White House press corp.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 2:35 PM

North Korea Threatens US Over Preemptive Strike

North Korea Threatens US Over Preemptive StrikeKim Jong Un's regime said the U.S. should be prepared for “catastrophic consequences” if it attempts to engage Pyongyang.




POSTED MARCH 25, 2017 8:00 AM

Kentucky lawyer pleads guilty in massive disability scheme

Kentucky lawyer pleads guilty in massive disability schemeLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A flamboyant Kentucky lawyer who billed himself as "Mr. Social Security" pleaded guilty Friday for his role in what prosecutors portrayed as a long-running scheme to defraud the government of nearly $600 million in federal disability payments.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 7:45 PM

North Dakota governor approves concealed guns without a permit

North Dakota governor approves concealed guns without a permitThe law, which takes effect on Aug. 1, mandates that gun owners only need a North Dakota driver's license or state identification card for at least a year before they can carry a concealed firearm in public. Under current regulations, applicants must take a test to obtain a permit which entails fees of more than $100.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 4:08 PM

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ConvertibleAn American bad-ass goes topless.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 6:14 PM

Husband Accidentally Donates Wife's Wedding Dress to Goodwill

Husband Accidentally Donates Wife's Wedding Dress to GoodwillAfter Natalie Gelbert discovered her husband had accidentally donated her wedding dress to Goodwill, she posted a plea on Facebook to have it returned, which has been shared over 21,000 times.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 12:15 PM

Speaker Ryan falls short in first test of Trump presidency

Speaker Ryan falls short in first test of Trump presidencyWASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan guaranteed a win on the Republican plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law. Instead, he suffered a brutal defeat, cancelling a vote and admitting "we're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future."




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 6:01 PM

4-Year-Old Boy Saves Unconscious Mom By Unlocking Her Phone With Touch ID, Asking Siri For Help

4-Year-Old Boy Saves Unconscious Mom By Unlocking Her Phone With Touch ID, Asking Siri For HelpA four-year-old boy used his unconscious mother's iPhone to call emergency responders by using Touch ID and Siri, U.K. police say.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 12:02 PM

Walking on frozen bubbles

Walking on frozen bubblesPaul Zizka, from Alberta, Canada, visits this lake every year — but this is the first time he photographed the magical bubbles at sunrise. The 37-year-old Zizka said there were thousands of bubbles trapped under the ice and he was lucky to see them.




POSTED MARCH 25, 2017 12:15 PM

What happened today in France's presidential race

What happened today in France's presidential raceWith 30 days to go before the first round of France's two-stage presidential election, the incumbent Francois Hollande made a rare sortie into the campaign after conservative candidate Francois Fillon accused him of orchestrating a smear campaign. President Hollande lashed out at Fillon, saying the 63-year-old rightwinger had exceeded the bounds of "dignity and responsibility" with his claims. On Thursday, Fillon charged that Hollande had headed a "secret cell" that was responsible for revelations that have led to criminal charges against the candidate.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 2:01 PM

Firefighter Rescues Motionless Dog From Apartment Fire Using Mouth-To-Snout Resuscitation

Firefighter Rescues Motionless Dog From Apartment Fire Using Mouth-To-Snout Resuscitation"As a nurse, I knew he was probably dead, but the firefighters wouldn't give up," said the dog's owner, Crystal Lamirande.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 3:57 PM

Louisiana officer convicted of manslaughter in boy's death

Louisiana officer convicted of manslaughter in boy's deathMARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana law enforcement officer was convicted Friday on a lesser charge of manslaughter in a shooting that killed a 6-year-old autistic boy, a gruesome encounter captured on tape by another officer's body camera.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 10:58 PM

Link seen between Russia and Libyan commander Haftar: U.S. general

Link seen between Russia and Libyan commander Haftar: U.S. generalBy Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of U.S. forces in Africa told reporters on Friday there was an "undeniable" link between Russia and powerful Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, underscoring U.S. concerns about Moscow's deepening role in Libya. Earlier this month Reuters reported that Russia appeared to have deployed special forces to an air base in western Egypt near the border with Libya.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 5:31 PM

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Goes Small and High-Tech

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Goes Small and High-TechThe new, tidier proportioned 2018 Chevrolet Equinox aims straight at the white-hot small-SUV segment. To stand out, the redesigned Equinox brings high-tech features and sound driving dynamics to ...




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 1:21 PM

Why Canada's the No. 2 Best Country, Again

Why Canada's the No. 2 Best Country, Again1. Canada took the top spot in five attributes in the 2017 Best Countries survey, more than any other country: respects property rights, trustworthy, religious freedom, politically stable and well-developed public education system. 3. In a time when nearly 90 percent of global survey respondents agree that there is a global leadership crisis, the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the end of 2015 only helped improve global perceptions of Canada. A quarter of global survey respondents said that the event improved their view of the country to some extent, while another 62 percent were neutral.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 9:37 AM

Arkansas inmates make longshot bid to avoid double execution

Arkansas inmates make longshot bid to avoid double executionVARNER, Ark. (AP) — Two Arkansas inmates scheduled for back-to-back lethal injections next month asked the parole board Friday to spare their lives, a longshot bid as the state prepares for an unprecedented four nights of double executions over a 10-day period.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 7:44 PM

ICE Reportedly Detaining Suspects In Raids On 'Sanctuary Cities'

ICE Reportedly Detaining Suspects In Raids On 'Sanctuary Cities'A source reportedly revealed to CNN that senior Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have discussed carrying out more operations in these areas during internal meetings.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 8:58 AM

Only 8% of Women Know What Age To Start Getting Heart Screenings

Only 8% of Women Know What Age To Start Getting Heart ScreeningsHint: It's before you can legally drink.




POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 12:06 PM

News – Insurance Journal

EPIC Acquires The Capacity Group in New Jersey
EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants has acquired the Capacity Group of Companies in Mahwah, N.J. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of EPIC, the firm will now operate as The Capacity Group – an EPIC Company, and …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 8:25 PM
Robots Could Steal 32% of Jobs in UK Financial Services by 2030: PwC
Approximately 32 percent of existing UK jobs in financial services and insurance could be automated by robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) over the next 15 years, according to a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers. And other industries are even more at …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 4:48 PM
Florida Homes Threatened by Fast-Moving Brush Fire
Florida Forest Service officials say a 400-acre brush fire has forced the evacuation of a neighborhood and threatened or burned up to 15 homes. Nassau County Emergency Management Director Billy Estop ordered residents of the neighborhood near the Georgia line …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 4:43 PM
Ohio’s Norman-Spencer Agency Adds Nonprofit Division
Norman-Spencer Agency Inc., based in Dayton, Ohio, has launched a new Nonprofit Division. This division offers three unique insurance programs — food distribution and thrift stores, foundations and grant making, and housing and shelters. Honoring its commitment to communities and …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 4:39 PM
Amended Iowa Workers’ Comp Overhaul Advanced to Senate
Republicans in the Iowa House passed a bill to overhaul how workers in the state are compensated for on-the-job injuries, though they backed off some key proposals amid internal concern over the extent of the changes. The GOP-majority chamber voted …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 4:17 PM
Oregon’s 1st Recreational Marijuana Recall Issued after High Pesticide Level
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission issued its first recall of recreational marijuana after samples of a type of pot were found to contain a level of pesticide residue above the state limit. The Blue Magoo marijuana was sold at Buds …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 3:03 PM
Writer Sues Disney in California over Animated Film ‘Zootopia’
A screenwriter and producer has sued Walt Disney Pictures on claiming the studio copied his ideas to create the Oscar-winning animated film “Zootopia.” Gary L. Goldman, whose credits include work on film adaptations of “Total Recall,” “Minority Report” and “Big …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 3:00 PM
$14M Suit Filed by Former Oregon Boy Scouts Claiming Sex Abuse
Two men have filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and its local branch for $7 million each, claiming they were sexually abused by a former scout leader in Milwaukie in the 1970s. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported the lawsuit …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 2:57 PM
Experts Warn of ‘Significant Risk’ from California Dam
California is not just fighting nature as it attempts to repair the nation’s tallest dam, badly damaged last month by surging storm waters. It’s also racing the clock. Safety experts say there is no time for delay in a state …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 2:53 PM
XL Catlin and Startupbootcamp InsurTech Form Partnership
Startupbootcamp InsurTech, the business accelerator that promotes insurance technology startups and corporate innovation, has formed a partnership with XL Catlin. The announcement comes as Startupbootcamp InsurTech’s second accelerator program enters its final weeks in London, with 10 teams drawn from …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 2:21 PM
Trump Ends Negotiations, Demands Vote on Republican Healthcare Bill
The Trump administration doubled down on its demand that House Republican leaders hold a vote Friday on their embattled healthcare bill without any changes and with lingering uncertainty about whether they have enough support to pass the measure. “After seven …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 1:39 PM
Congress Nullifies Obama Workplace Injury Reporting Rule
The U.S. Senate (50-48) joined the House (231-191) in passing a resolution blocking a federal workplace injury and accident reporting rule put in place by the Obama Administration last December. The Department of Labor rule issued by the Occupational Safety …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 1:21 PM
Massachusetts Worker Dies After Being Electrocuted by Live Wires
Authorities in Massachusetts say a contractor painting windows at a fire station has died after he was electrocuted by live wires. Salem Police Capt. Fred Ryan says the man was using a lift bucket on Tuesday when he became entangled …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 1:16 PM
Delaware Officials Eye Substance Abuse Insurance Coverage
State officials are proposing revisions to Delaware’s insurance code to ensure that people struggling with opioid addiction get the treatment they need. Attorney General Matt Denn on Wednesday also called for the creation of a new oversight committee to help …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 1:08 PM
Anbang Insurance Reportedly in Talks to Provide Equity for Kushner Tower Project
The family-owned company that until recently was headed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law hopes to turn an aging New York office tower into a signature development that could be worth up to $12 billion, a report said on Wednesday. …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 12:55 PM
How Insurance Markets Could Be Affected If GOP Reduces Essential Benefits
Rules on what benefits health insurance plans must cover have become a major negotiating point as Republicans wrangle votes to repeal Obamacare, even though removing the regulations is likely to upset U.S. insurance markets. The requirements, called Essential Health Benefits, …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 12:20 PM
UK Finance Firms ‘Not Crying Wolf’ in Concerns About Loss of EU Passports
One afternoon in mid-January, Prime Minister Theresa May walked into a meeting room in the Swiss resort of Davos to face Wall Street’s most powerful bankers. May had delivered her vision two days earlier for pulling Britain out of the …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 11:42 AM
Ironshore Expands Global M&A Unit with Appointments, Capacity Hike
Ironshore has expanded its mergers & acquisitions capabilities with a team of new hires in the Americas and broadened office presence to serve Canada and Latin America. In addition, to support heightened transaction volume throughout the Americas region, Ironshore increased …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 11:09 AM
PwC Settles Negligence Claim Over MF Global Collapse
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP has settled a $3 billion negligence lawsuit over the October 2011 collapse of MF Global Holdings Ltd, the futures and commodities brokerage once run by former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine. Terms were not disclosed, but the malpractice case was …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 10:40 AM
Appeals Court Rules Florida Dairy OK to Label Skim Milk as ‘Skim Milk’
A small, all-natural dairy isn’t being deceptive when it calls its skim milk “skim milk,” a federal appeals court has ruled – a victory for a Florida creamery that fought the state’s demand to label the product “imitation” because vitamins …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 4:49 AM
Mississippi City to Close 6 Train Crossings After Deadly Collision
The city council in Biloxi, Miss., has approved a plan to close six railroad crossings in the city. Biloxi had already been planning to close a half-dozen of its 29 railroad crossings before a CSX freight train hit a tour …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 4:39 AM
Tennessee Lawmakers Reject Bill Shielding Drivers Who Hit Protesters
A Tennessee committee has voted down a bill to protect drivers from lawsuits if they hit protesters who are blocking traffic. On Wednesday, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee voted against the legislation by Republican Rep. Matthew Hill of Jonesborough. The …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 4:35 AM
Argo Pro Enhances E&O Coverage for Professional Services Firms
Argo Pro, a member of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd., has launched a new Argo PROtect line of products and enhanced errors & omissions (E&O) forms for four different classes of professional services. The following E&O PROtect forms are currently …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 4:00 AM
Data Breach May Affect More than 430K in Oklahoma
Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services says more than 430,000 people in the state may have had their personal information compromised by a data breach. The agency said that the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and the Office of Workforce …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 1:24 AM
New Arkansas Law Expands Where Concealed Guns Allowed
Arkansas’ governor has signed a sweeping gun rights measure into law that will allow concealed handguns at state colleges, some bars, government buildings and even the state Capitol. The measure approved by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson allows someone with a …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 1:19 AM
Texas Senate OKs Ban on Abortion Coverage in Some Insurance Plans
The Texas Senate on March 22 preliminarily approved a bill prohibiting coverage of abortion by some health insurance plans in Texas — despite similar efforts stalling previously. The 19-10 vote leaves Sen. Larry Taylor’s bill a final, largely ceremonial vote …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 1:18 AM
Texas-Based ProAg to Acquire Iowa’s International Ag Insurance Solutions
Producers Ag Insurance Group Inc. (ProAg), a member of the Tokio Marine HCC group of companies, has agreed to acquire crop managing general agent, West Des Moines, Iowa-based International Ag Insurance Solutions LLC (International Ag). The transaction, which is subject …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 1:16 AM
Oswald Cos. Names Sandusky Global Casualty Practice Leader
Oswald Companies, based in Cleveland, Ohio, has appointed Suzanne Sandusky as global casualty practice leader for property/casualty. Sandusky will lead the independent insurance brokerage firm’s national and international casualty strategy. Sandusky has 25 years of experience in designing unique casualty …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 1:13 AM
Flintstones vs. Jetsons, a Broker Success Story, and How Agencies Can Survive Insuretech
“If we survive the next five to 10 years and improve the way we do things, we can be well-positioned into the future.” James Keating, founder, chairman and CEO of The Keating Group, offered those positive words amid the din …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2017 11:19 PM
Magnitude 4.0 Quake and 2 Smaller Temblors Reported in Oklahoma
The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4.0 earthquake and two smaller temblors struck Oklahoma on March 22. The larger quake was recorded near Stroud, located about 60 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. Two smaller quakes were also recorded. A …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2017 4:34 PM

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