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‘The most horrible feeling’: Mother of missing Manchester concertgoer describes chaos of attack

‘The most horrible feeling’: Mother of missing Manchester concertgoer describes chaos of attackMany attendees at the concert that was hit by a bomb on Monday were young people. One distraught parent described her feelings as she waited for news.




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 10:02 AM

Comey friend: Here’s what the fired FBI director will — and won’t — reveal in Senate hearing

Comey friend: Here’s what the fired FBI director will — and won’t — reveal in Senate hearingJames Comey’s friend Benjamin Wittes, who made headlines last week when he talked and wrote about Comey, made further comments in an interview today.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 3:50 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

Father of Times Square car crash victim thanks New York in emotional letter

Father of Times Square car crash victim thanks New York in emotional letterAt an impromptu memorial in Times Square, the father of the young woman who was killed there last week has placed a letter of thanks to the city.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 2:24 PM

$400 billion price tag for California single-payer bill

$400 billion price tag for California single-payer billSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill that would eliminate health insurance companies and provide government-funded health coverage for everyone in the state would cost $400 billion and require significant tax increases, legislative analysts said Monday.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 7:05 PM

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

Jakarta governor dropping appeal 'for sake of nation'

Jakarta governor dropping appeal 'for sake of nation'The wife of Jakarta's Christian governor told a tearful press conference Tuesday her husband had withdrawn his appeal against a blasphemy conviction and two-year jail term for the good of Indonesia. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was jailed this month for insulting the Koran while campaigning for re-election, a shock decision that stoked concern about rising religious intolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. The blasphemy allegations against Purnama, Jakarta's first non-Muslim governor for half a century and first ethnic Chinese leader, sparked mass protests spearheaded by radicals.




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 3:38 AM

Big Game Hunter Dies After Being Crushed To Death By Elephant

Big Game Hunter Dies After Being Crushed To Death By ElephantA well-known South African big game hunter was reportedly crushed to death Friday after his friends fatally shot an elephant.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 5:25 PM

Killer whales charge toward blue whale off California coast

Killer whales charge toward blue whale off California coastA pod of killer whales appears to charge at blue whale off the coast of Monterey, California, in a rare encounter captured by a drone camera on May 18.




POSTED MAY 24, 2017 2:06 AM

Manchester in Mourning: Bombing Victims Remembered

Manchester in Mourning: Bombing Victims RememberedAn 8-year-old and a college student are among the 22 people who were killed in the terror attack at Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert.




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 12:32 PM

Turkey summons U.S. envoy over Washington street brawl

Turkey summons U.S. envoy over Washington street brawlTurkey summoned the U.S ambassador on Monday to protest the treatment of Turkish security officials in the United States during a visit by President Tayyip Erdogan last week, the foreign ministry said. A brawl erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel outside the Turkish ambassador's residence during Erdogan's visit to Washington to meet U.S. President Donald Trump. Turkey blamed the violence on demonstrators linked to the militant Kurdistan Workers Party while Washington's police chief described the incident as a "brutal attack" on peaceful protesters.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 2:50 PM

Venezuela protest: Pro-government supporter set on fire as death toll hits 48

Venezuela protest: Pro-government supporter set on fire as death toll hits 48Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused opposition protesters of setting a pro-government supporter on fire on the 50th day of the wave of protests, which has gripped the country. Footage of the man being set alight was broadcasted on state television and the man, identified as Orlando Figuera, 21, has been treated in hospital for severe burns and several stab wounds. According to reports, about 100 people, who were participating in anti-Maduro protests in Caracas, surrounded Mr Figuera, doused him in gasoline and set him alight in Plaza Altamira in the east of the country’s capital.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 7:45 AM

Deadly blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England

Deadly blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, EnglandPhotos of the British response to the deadly bombing at a concert arena in Manchester, England, on Monday night.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 10:31 PM

The Latest: Leaders attack lawsuit over schools for blacks

The Latest: Leaders attack lawsuit over schools for blacksJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit alleging that Mississippi is breaking federal law by providing unequal schooling to black students (all times local):




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 1:48 PM

Suicidal Man 'Unintentionally' Kills Girlfriend With Bullet That First Went Through His Own Head: Cops

Suicidal Man 'Unintentionally' Kills Girlfriend With Bullet That First Went Through His Own Head: CopsVictor Sibson survived the suicide attempt and was charged with second degree murder on Friday.




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 4:07 PM

China gasps at airy speech by grad student in US

China gasps at airy speech by grad student in USA young Chinese woman has drawn criticism on social media after unfavourably comparing her homeland's air and politics to those in the US during her graduation speech at an American university. Speaking at the University of Maryland, Yang Shuping said that coming to the United States had been a breath of "fresh air" after growing up in China. "The moment I inhaled and exhaled outside the airport, I felt free," she continued, drawing a parallel between China's notorious air pollution and its similarly choking restrictions on political speech.




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 3:55 AM

12-Year-Old Girl Abducted by Teen Boys In 'Imminent Danger'

12-Year-Old Girl Abducted by Teen Boys In 'Imminent Danger'McKenzie Wilson went missing from her upstate New York home early in the morning.




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 1:50 PM

Iran's president criticizes US after Trump's sharp words

Iran's president criticizes US after Trump's sharp wordsTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani took barbed swipes at the U.S. and its ally Saudi Arabia on Monday, hitting back at both a day after President Donald Trump used his first foreign trip to the kingdom to call for further isolation of Iran.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 3:19 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

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

Chinese Fighters Intercept Nuke-Detecting Plane Over East China Sea

Chinese Fighters Intercept Nuke-Detecting Plane Over East China SeaThe U.S. military is describing the interaction as "unprofessional."




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 1:30 PM

At Least 19 Dead, 50 Injured in Blast After Ariana Grande Concert in Great Britain: Cops

At Least 19 Dead, 50 Injured in Blast After Ariana Grande Concert in Great Britain: CopsThe suicide bomber was identified as Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Manchester native.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 8:45 PM

Mom who went to classes with quadriplegic son gets MBA

Mom who went to classes with quadriplegic son gets MBAORANGE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California university has awarded an honorary degree to the mother of a quadriplegic student after she attended every class with him and took his notes while he pursued his Master of Business Administration.




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 6:16 PM

'Controlled chaos' aboard SFO-bound plane engine catches fire at NJ airport

'Controlled chaos' aboard SFO-bound plane engine catches fire at NJ airportNewark Airport closed after a reported engine fire on an SFO-bound plane Tuesday night. The plane was still on the tarmac and all passengers were evacuated safely.




POSTED MAY 24, 2017 2:14 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

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

Trump's Saudi embrace, Iran disdain upend Obama's vision: analysts

Trump's Saudi embrace, Iran disdain upend Obama's vision: analystsUS President Donald Trump's emphatic embrace of Sunni Arab regimes and his vilification of Iran mark a stark departure from the vision of his predecessor Barack Obama in the volatile region, analysts say. Pointedly delivering his first foreign speech in Riyadh on Sunday, Trump praised the six-state Gulf Cooperation Council, specifically Saudi Arabia, for efforts to cut off funding to extremists while lambasting Iran as the "spearhead of terrorism". While the unpredictable Trump completed the visit to the region without committing a major gaffe, his approach "swept away the entire Obama legacy with the wave of a hand," said Thierry Coville, an Iran expert at the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs.




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 12:52 PM

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

Philippines' Duterte warns of harsh measures as civilians flee fighting

Philippines' Duterte warns of harsh measures as civilians flee fightingBy Romeo Ranoco PANTAR, Philippines (Reuters) - Thousands of civilians fled fighting in the Philippines on Wednesday as troops sought to contain Islamic State-linked militants who took over large parts of a city, set building ablaze and took hostage a Catholic priest and other Christians. President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law on his native island of Mindanao following a failed raid by soldiers on Tuesday on a hideout of the Maute militant group, which triggered clashes and chaos across the largely Muslim city of Marawi. Duterte has long threatened martial law to destroy the Maute group and the allied Abu Sayyaf, which he warns are trying to create an Islamic State presence in the Christian-majority Philippines.




POSTED MAY 24, 2017 5:51 AM

California Democratic party chairman says 'F*** Donald Trump' in speech

California Democratic party chairman says 'F*** Donald Trump' in speechOutgoing boss John Burton, described by the Los Angeles Times as “a fixture in state Democratic politics for half a century”, grinned as supporters on stage at the party's convention joined him in the gesture. The party's leaders blasted alleged ties to Russia among Mr Trump's associates and presented California as the epicentre of liberal resistance to the President. “The world, literally the world, is counting on all of you, counting on California to reject Trump's deception and destructiveness,” said Lt Gov Gavin Newsom, who is among a crowded field of Democrats running for governor next year.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 8:55 AM

Husky Caught on Surveillance Shoplifting a Loaf of Bread, Then Returning With an Accomplice

Husky Caught on Surveillance Shoplifting a Loaf of Bread, Then Returning With an AccompliceCops said the dog will not be facing any charges.




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 12:06 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

India Could Dominate The World Of Blockchain

India Could Dominate The World Of BlockchainCould the blossoming fintech scene in Andhra Pradesh turn this coastal state in southern India into the next Silicon Valley?




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 5:23 PM

Ethiopia's Tedros wins WHO race, first African to get top job

Ethiopia's Tedros wins WHO race, first African to get top jobBy Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus won the race to be the next head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday, becoming the first African to lead the Geneva-based United Nations agency. "It's a victory day for Ethiopia and for Africa," Ethiopia's ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva Negash Kebret Botora said. Tedros, as he is widely known, told health ministers at the WHO's annual assembly after his election: "All roads lead to universal coverage.




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 3:20 PM

Christina El Moussa Got the Sweetest Tattoo Honoring Her Kids

Christina El Moussa Got the Sweetest Tattoo Honoring Her KidsCheck out her new ink.




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 2:43 PM

58,000 Haitians facing deportation get US extension

58,000 Haitians facing deportation get US extensionMore than 58,000 Haitians who stayed in the United States with a special protected status since a catastrophic 2010 earthquake will be allowed to stay another six months, the Department of Homeland Security said Monday. The Haitians were facing orders to return home from July 23 if the department did not renew their so-called Temporary Protected Status, granted after a magnitude 7 earthquake destroyed much of the capital Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010. Activists had been hoping for a longer extension -- as much as 18 months -- and warned that six months is not long enough for destitute Haiti to prepare for an influx of more than 50,000 people.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 2:14 PM

Student Loan Program Faces Major Cuts in Trump Budget

Student Loan Program Faces Major Cuts in Trump BudgetConsumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. President Donald Trump's budget outline for fiscal 2018 calls for a major restructuring of the student loan program, inc...




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 5:49 PM

World reaction to the deadly attack in Manchester, England

World reaction to the deadly attack in Manchester, EnglandAt least 22 people have died and more than 100 injured after what Theresa May described as an “appalling terror attack” at the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande pop concert. World reaction grows as ISIS claims responsibility.




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 12:04 PM

Bahrain police fire on Shiite protest, one reported dead

Bahrain police fire on Shiite protest, one reported deadBahraini police opened fire Tuesday on a protest by supporters of a top Shiite cleric, with at least one demonstrator reported dead in the latest unrest to hit the Sunni-ruled Gulf state. The Britain-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) announced the "tragic death of a peaceful protester in the crackdown" in Diraz, the scene of a long-running sit-in outside the home of cleric Isa Qassim. Eyewitnesses told AFP multiple civilians were wounded when police opened fire at demonstrators throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at security forces.




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 3:45 PM

Aaron Hernandez Calls Fellow Inmate 'My Heart' In Letter To Prison Officials

Aaron Hernandez Calls Fellow Inmate 'My Heart' In Letter To Prison OfficialsHernandez requested to be transferred to a different part of the prison with a friend.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 10:09 AM

iPhone 8 Doesn't Look Much Bigger Than iPhone 7

iPhone 8 Doesn't Look Much Bigger Than iPhone 7A new leak gives us a better look at how the iPhone 8 could fit into Apple's smartphone lineup when it arrives later this year. Credit: SlashLeaksMost of the chatter around Apple's iPhone plans foresees the company releasing three new iPhones in the fall. Apple is expected to make modest updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but also to unveil the iPhone 8, which will include substantive changes to iPhone design, such as an edge-to-edge display.




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 11:30 AM

2018 Volvo XC60: First Drive

2018 Volvo XC60: First DriveThe first member of Volvo's new 60 series has some big shoes to fill, but having the latest semi-autonomous technologies might just make it the safest and most comfortable family car you can buy.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 1:33 PM

Mississippi lawmaker 'sorry' he urged lynching for statue removal

Mississippi lawmaker 'sorry' he urged lynching for statue removalA Mississippi state lawmaker who called for the lynching of Louisiana officials for removing pro-slavery era monuments apologized on Monday after his comments sparked a firestorm of criticism. Republican Representative Karl Oliver had taken to Facebook on Saturday to criticize the removal of monuments in New Orleans that city leaders deemed racially offensive. The last of the four statues, of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, was taken down on Friday.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:19 PM

5 accessories you really need now that you have a Nintendo Switch

5 accessories you really need now that you have a Nintendo Switch

It has now been nearly three months since Nintendo first released its hot new video game console, the Nintendo Switch. It's still impossible to walk into a store in your area and buy a Switch, which means your only option if you want one right now is to pay a premium on Amazon. Of course, if you've been following our coverage then you've had plenty of opportunities to pick up a Switch console or a Switch bundle, since we let you know the instant they're in stock anywhere, like Toys"R"Us this past Friday and Best Buy just yesterday.

Now that you've got your Switch — as well as Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart, of course — there are a few accessories you'll absolutely need if you want to get the most out of your new Nintendo console. Below, you'll find five of our top picks for must-have Switch accessories.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

  • Take your game sessions up a notch with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
  • Includes motion controls, HD rumble, built-in amiibo functionality, and more.
  • Comes with charging cable (USB-C to USB-A)

Joy-Con Charging Grip

  • Combine the left and right Joy-Con into one larger controller with this handy grip.
  • It also lets you keep playing while you're charging your Joy-Con, so you don't have to miss a minute.
  • Joy-Con Charging Grip

amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch (2-pack)

  • Specifically designed for Nintendo Switch
  • Ultra-clear High Definition with 99.9% transparency to allow an optimal, natural viewing experience
  • Ultra thin-0.3mm thickness is reliable and resilient, and promises full compatibility with touchscreen sensitivity
  • Highly durable, and scratch resistant - surface hardness 9H and topped with oleophobic coating to reduce fingerprints.
  • Includes: 2x GLASS Screen Protector, Wet/Dry Wipes, Squeeze Card, Easy Installation Use Guide, Dust Removal Stickers

Kungber Anti-Scratch Hard Back Case Cover for Nintendo Switch

  • Specifically designed for Nintendo Switch Ultra-Thin Protective Hard Back Cover Case.
  • Protect your device from everyday bumps, scratches, dust and fingerprints.
  • Ergonomic Case Can give you a comfortable experience, easy to grip and light.
  • Cut out for controllable buttons for the easy access without taking your Nintendo Switch out of the case.
  • The case is divided into three parts easy disassembly, compact and portable.

Surge Nintendo Switch Grip Kit

  • Grab control and elevate your game with the Surge Grip Kit (Joy-Con Grips & Thumb Grips)
  • Precision fit thumb grips and ergonomically designed Joy-Con grips protect your Joy-Con controllers from everyday wear and tear, bumps and scrapes
  • Designed to provide superior grip and enhanced comfort; perfect for those extended, high-stress gaming sessions
  • Specifically designed to provide access to all buttons, including the L, R, ZL, ZR, SL, SR buttons, without restricting game play or movement
  • Convenient pack includes two Joy-Con controller grips and two thumb stick grips




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 12:32 PM

Explosions strike Syria's Damascus and Homs, 4 killed

Explosions strike Syria's  Damascus and Homs, 4 killedBEIRUT (AP) — An explosion claimed by the Islamic State group in the central Syrian city of Homs on Tuesday killed at least four people and wounded more than two dozen, Syria's state media and the militant group reported.




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 11:05 AM

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

VIDEO: Man with cerebral palsy mocked, punched in West Chester

VIDEO: Man with cerebral palsy mocked, punched in West ChesterA man has been arrested for the assault of a disabled man in Chester County that was caught on video.




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 2:26 PM

WHO meet refuses to admit Taiwan amid China pressure

WHO meet refuses to admit Taiwan amid China pressureDespite impassioned pleas from several countries, the World Health Organization's annual assembly refused Monday to even discuss admitting Taiwan to the meeting, under pressure from China. Self-governing Taiwan, which China sees as a renegade province awaiting reunification, has been invited to attend the WHO's main annual meeting as an observer every year since 2009, but this year it did not receive an invitation. Relations with China have become increasingly frosty since Taiwan's Beijing-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen took power almost a year ago and China has sought to block the island from a string of international events.




POSTED MAY 22, 2017 7:58 AM

Teen Girl Throws Herself In River For 'Blue Whale' Suicide Challenge

Teen Girl Throws Herself In River For 'Blue Whale' Suicide ChallengeThe girl reportedly jumped into a turbulent river to complete a suicide challenge referred to “Blue Whale.”




POSTED MAY 23, 2017 4:04 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

News – Insurance Journal

tKg Wholesale Brokerage Hires Wischnowsky as an Account Executive
tKg Wholesale Brokerage has hired Matt Wischnowsky as an account executive focused on professional liability. Wischnowsky brings more than ten years of experience to the position. Most recently, Wischnowsky served as the managing director of GT Pro, a division of …

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 10:52 AM
Former Vermont Homeowners Hope to Recover $4M After Evictions
A group of former homeowners from a Vermont lakeside neighborhood hopes to recover some of the nearly $4 million they lost after they were forced to vacate. The Burlington Free Press reports the Mallets Bay Homeowner’s Association says the 24 …

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 10:43 AM
Companies May Soon Be Required to Disclose Financial Impact of Climate Risk
Companies’ disclosure of risks to their business from climate change could become mandatory in a few years as investor pressure gathers pace, climate finance experts said on Tuesday. Investors have urged companies, particularly those operating in the oil, gas and coal sectors, to …

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 10:15 AM
Cyber Security Expert Leonardo to Offer Anti-Ransomware Weapon
When a wave of ransom-requesting cyber attacks hit computers across the globe earlier this month, Leonardo SpA cyber-security experts had already warned clients that a larger-than-usual strike was about to hit. Now, the company is set to roll out a …

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 9:44 AM
Bermuda Can Withstand Trump’s U.S. Tax Plans, Says Premier Dunkley
Bermuda Premier Michael Dunkley said the nation will be able to attract businesses even as U.S. President Donald Trump plans to reduce tax rates to help keep companies onshore. “One of the things that I find very comforting about Bermuda …

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 9:20 AM
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Taps Kleiterp as CEO EMEA, Replacing Buckle
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has appointed Fred Kleiterp as CEO Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA), effective July 1, 2017. In this role, Kleiterp will be responsible for managing the strategy, development and performance of the company’s presence in the EMEA …

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 9:05 AM
Paul Hanson’s Pedisich Heads to EPIC as Producer in California
EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants has added Nick Pedisich as an insurance broker/producer. Pedisich will be based in EPIC’s Concord, Calif. office and report to Curt Perata, president of EPIC’s Pacific North region. He is focused on the transportation industry …

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 9:00 AM
There’s No ‘Typical’ Day in the Work Cycle for Whirlpool’s Risk Manager
How does a company incorporate a sustainable and cohesive risk management system for an enterprise with nearly 100,000 employees, 70 manufacturing and technology research centers located in 170 countries around the world, and $21 billion in annual sales? It’s a …

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 5:00 AM
Florida CFO: $8M Recovered in Q1 Through Insurance Consumer Helpline
Insurance specialists working to assist Floridians through Florida’s insurance consumer helpline recovered nearly $8.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, according to a statement from Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. Recoveries included insurance claim payments and premium refunds …

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 4:44 AM
4-Foot Sinkhole Opens Outside Trump’s Florida Resort
A small sinkhole has opened on the road just outside President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The Palm Beach Post reports that the 4-foot-by-4-foot (1-meter-by-1-meter) hole was discovered Monday in Palm Beach County just west of one the resort’s …

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 4:30 AM
Driver of Tanker Truck Killed in Fiery North Carolina Crash
The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a tanker truck overturned and caught fire, killing the driver. The patrol told local media outlets that the truck apparently veered off the road in the town of Clayton and hit two culverts, causing …

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 4:00 AM
Indiana Couple Awarded $744K for Son’s Unnecessary Shoulder Surgery
A northern Indiana jury has awarded $744,000 to a couple who claimed a now-deceased doctor performed unnecessary surgery on their teenage son. Dean and Tracy Dixon’s medical malpractice suit alleged that Dr. Willard G. Yergler performed unneeded shoulder surgery in …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 10:54 PM
State Auto’s Clark Named CEO of GuideOne Insurance
West Des Moines, Iowa-based GuideOne Insurance has named Jessica E. Clark as the company’s new chief executive officer (CEO). Bringing nearly 20 years of leadership experience in property and casualty insurance, Clark assumes her new role on June 12. She succeeds …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 10:52 PM
Colorado Hailstorm on Pace to be Most Expensive in State History
More than 150,000 auto insurance claims and 50,000 homeowners claims are estimated to be filed in the wake of a monster hailstorm that pounded Colorado’s Front Range on May 8, putting it on pace to be the state’s most expensive …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 7:03 PM
California’s Enforcement against W.R. Berkley Ends in $12M Settlement
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced that the enforcement action taken against W.R. Berkley Corp. entities and operating units has resulted in a $12 million settlement. Admiral Insurance Co., Admiral Risk Insurance Services Inc. nka BXM Insurance Services Inc., …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 6:52 PM
Toyota, MIT Lab Eye Using Blockchain in Insurance Rating of Driverless and Shared Vehicles
The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technology (BC/DL) for use in the development of driverless cars. TRI is collaborating with the MIT Media Lab and other industry partners on ways that both businesses and consumers may share driving …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 6:00 PM
Vanessa Kinney, Hylant VP in Columbus, Ohio, Among ’40 Under 40′
Insurance brokerage firm, Hylant, announced that Vanessa Kinney, vice president, employee benefits team leader, is a Columbus Business First “40 Under 40” recipient. Now in its 25th year, the 40 Under 40 award program honors the best and brightest leaders in Central …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 4:58 PM
Storm Triggered Sensor Halts Texas Roller Coaster, Strands Riders
Six Flags Over Texas says stormy weather including high winds triggered a safety sensor that halted a new roller coaster and left eight riders stranded for hours in its Arlington, Texas, theme park. The 120-foot-tall (36-meter-tall) Joker ride shut down …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 4:52 PM
Texas Workers’ Comp Research Group Lays Out 2017 Agenda
The Texas Workers’ Compensation Research and Evaluation Group has released its 2017 research agenda, a blueprint for its efforts to provide critical data for decision-makers in the Texas workers’ compensation system, the Texas Department of Insurance reported. The research group requests suggestions …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 4:50 PM
BenefitMall in Dallas Names Gomes Executive VP, Benefits Sales
Dallas-based BenefitMall, a provider of employee benefits, human resources and payroll products and services, has reappointed Michael Gomes as executive vice president, Benefits Sales Division. Gomes will be responsible for all benefits sales and services, including group, self-funded, senior and individual in …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 4:45 PM
Top Iowa Court Upholds $85K Award in Workplace Discrimination Case
The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld an $85,000 discrimination judgment against a company whose owner repeatedly called a black worker “chocolate” and other racial epithets. Justices upheld the Dubuque Human Rights Commission’s order that Simon Seeding pay Jermaine Stapleton $49,500 …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 4:42 PM
Oklahoma’s Insurance Commissioner: Phone Scams Targeting Storm Victims
Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak is urging storm victims to be on the lookout for scam artists. The Oklahoma Insurance Department’s Anti-Fraud Division has received complaints about suspicious phone calls to storm victims in Elk City and Perkins. The …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 4:38 PM
O’Brien Promoted to Controller at Wisconsin’s SECURA Insurance
Appleton, Wisconsin-based SECURA Insurance recently promoted Tim O’Brien to controller from assistant controller. O’Brien has been with the company for 15 years. He joined SECURA in 2002 as the accounting manager. He has held various roles within the Finance Division including …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 4:35 PM
University of Iowa to Settle Sports Bias Lawsuits for $6.5M
The University of Iowa will pay $6.5 million to settle high-profile discrimination lawsuits filed by former athletic administrator Jane Meyer and her partner, former women’s field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, according to settlements released on May 19. Iowa will pay …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 4:30 PM
Florida Woman Caught Faking Workers’ Comp Injury Gets Probation
A South Florida woman was convicted of fraud May 3 and must serve 18 months of probation after she was caught hitting herself in the head with a ceiling sprinkler at work. The incident happened in October 2015 at CinqueáTerre …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 4:22 PM
AXA to Add 550 Positions to North Carolina Location
Insurance company AXA plans to add 550 jobs in Charlotte, N.C., over the next five years, nearly doubling its local workforce. North Carolina officials announced the move May 9 after approving state tax breaks that could be worth nearly $12 …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 4:08 PM
Labor Chief Will Let Fiduciary Rule Go Into Effect in June While Seeking Further Review
The U.S. Labor Department will implement its fiduciary rule on June 9 with no further delays, U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said on Tuesday. The department’s rule, which requires brokers offering retirement investment advice to act in the best interest of their …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 3:52 PM
Swiss Re Places $925M Cat Bond for California Earthquake Authority
Swiss Re Capital Markets Corp. has successfully structured and placed the issuance of $925 million of insurance-linked securities for the California Earthquake Authority. Swiss Re Capital Markets underwrote the transaction through two classes of principal-at-risk variable rate notes issued by …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 2:33 PM
EPB&B in Oregon Partners with ISU Insurance Network
Portland, Ore.-based Elliott, Powell, Baden & Baker has partnered with ISU Insurance Agency Network. EPB&B offers business and personal insurance. San Francisco, Calif.-based ISU Network is a organization with 180 mid-sized agencies in 30 states. Member agencies maintain local ownership.

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 2:13 PM
Zurich’s Bauman Joins XL Catlin to Head Global Programs, Captives
XL Catlin said it is expanding its global insurance programs and captive business with the appointment of Steven Bauman as head of its global programs and captive practice in North America. Bauman will provide technical support across business lines in structuring global captive programs, ensure …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 1:32 PM

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