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Software Qualifies as a Driver, Says U.S. Safety Agency on Google Self-Driving Car

U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the ...

Obama Budget Calls for Increased Cybersecurity Funding, New High-Level Post

The Obama administration is creating a new high-level federal official to coordinate cybersecurity across civilian agencies and to work ...

U.S. Victims of Mexican Drug Gangs Sue HSBC Bank Under Anti-Terrorism Act

Families of U.S. citizens murdered by drug gangs in Mexico sued HSBC Holdings Plc, claiming the bank can be held responsible for the ...

U.S. Again Warns Airlines Against Carrying Lithium Battery Cargo

U.S. aviation safety officials are raising new warnings about the dangers of carrying bulk shipments of lithium-based batteries on ...
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Can Analytics Bring Actuaries and Underwriters Together?

It's bad enough that property/casualty insurance companies are trying to fend off competitors in their own industry--and...
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East

Smokers Ask Jury to Award Them Cancer Screening in Trial Over Marlboros

Philip Morris USA should pay for annual chest scans for thousands of longtime Marlboro smokers in Massachusetts because the company sold a ...

IIABNY Voices Opposition to Expanding Wrap-Ups for Public Works Projects

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2016-17 fiscal year budget plan includes a proposal to expand the ability of certain governmental entities to ...

The Hilb Group Acquires Dowling & O'Neil in Massachusetts

The Hilb Group, a middle market insurance agency based in Richmond, Virginia, announced Tuesday that it has acquired Dowling & O'Neil, an ...

Drug Price Transparency Bill Stalls in Virginia General Assembly

Legislation to make drug makers reveal how much they spend marketing high-priced drugs has stalled in the Virginia General Assembly, at ...

Holborn Taps Gould Rabin as Senior VP in New York City

Holborn, an independent reinsurance broker based in New York City, has hired Stephanie Gould Rabin as senior vice president. In this role, ...
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Midwest

764 Citations for Seat Belt, Restraint Violations Issued in North Dakota

The North Dakota Department of Transportation says law enforcement officers in the state issued 764 citations for seat belt and child ...

Multiple Lawsuits Filed over Flint Water Contamination, Legionnaires' Disease

One lawsuit seeks to replace lead-leaching water lines at no cost to customers. Another seeks money for thousands of Flint, Mich., ...

Donald Gaddis Co. Adds Cale as Senior P/C Broker

Chicago-based independent regional wholesale insurance brokerage and general agent, Donald Gaddis Co. Inc., has hired Angela Cale as a ...
Southeast

South Carolina Jury Awards $1M to Victim of Drunk Driver

A Richland County jury has awarded about $1 million in punitive damages to a woman injured in a car crash involving a repeat drunken ...

West Virginia House Approves Bill Waiving Permits for Concealed Guns

After the bill was vetoed last year, a proposal to allow carrying a concealed gun without a permit in West Virginia passed its first major ...
South Central

Veolia, New Orleans Discussing Flood Prevention System

French water and waste group Veolia said it is talks to install a flood prevention system in the city of New Orleans that was devastated by ...

25 Texas Counties Declared Federal Disaster Areas

More than two dozen Texas counties are now eligible for federal help following deadly end-of-December blizzards and tornadoes. President ...

Texas Seeks Applicants for Medical Liability Insurance Underwriting Assoc. Board

The Texas Department of Insurance is accepting applications through March 11 for two public member positions on the Texas Medical Liability ...

Arkansas Insurance Department Helped Consumers Recover $3.8M in 2015

The Arkansas Insurance Department reported that its Consumer Services Division (CSD) recovered $3,843,969 for Arkansas insurance consumers ...

Arkansas Aims to Cut Wrong-Way Crashes with $2.8M in Improvements

Arkansas highway officials have initiated $2.8 million in improvements with a focus on reducing wrong-way crashes on the state freeway ...
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West

Los Angeles Residents Displaced by Gas Leak Get More Time to Return Home

Los Angeles residents displaced by a massive, 15-week natural gas leak will have more time to return to their homes once the well is ...

Rural Oregon Fire Service Suspended Due to Insurance Lapse

The Lakeside Rural Fire Protection District in Oregon has suspended emergency operations because of a lapse in its insurance policy. Acting ...

Hess Named Interim Director of Arizona Department of Insurance

Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed Leslie Hess as the interim director of the Arizona Department of Insurance. Hess has worked in the insurance ...

Washington Apple Grower Settles Harassment, Retaliation Suits for $272K

One of the largest apple producers in the United States will pay $272,000 to 20 claimants as part of a settlement resolving sexual ...

Suspension of Insurance Carrier Lifted in Alaska, Oregon

Insurance regulators in Alaska and Oregon announced that a company that had been suspended from offering health insurance policies in the ...
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International

Top Generali Investors Making Their Influence Felt in Hunt for New CEO

French corporate raider Vincent Bollore is making his influence felt in corporate Italy by defying the country's old guard in choosing a ...

Self-Driving Vehicles Meet Their Match When Snow Creates Sensor Blindness

In Jokkmokk, a tiny hamlet just north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, where temperatures can dip to 50 below, Volvo Cars' self-driving XC90 ...

North Korean Shipping Company Evades UN Sanctions, Obtains Marine Insurance

A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping company continues to evade sanctions through its use of foreign-flagged ships, name changes and ...

January Weather Cost Global Economy $4 Billion-Plus: Impact Forecasting

January winter weather cost more than $4.0 billion of economic impact in the United States and Asia, according to Impact Forecasting, Aon ...

London-Based Brit Opens Singapore Office, Operating via Lloyd's Platform

Brit Ltd., the London-based specialty insurer, has opened an office in Singapore, which will begin operations on March 1 via the Lloyd's ...

Generali Names Galateri as Interim CEO After Greco Departs for Zurich Insurance

Assicurazioni Generali SpA appointed its Chairman Gabriele Galateri, as acting chief executive officer after CEO Mario Greco decided to ...
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Insurance Services Office (ISO) recently released a "matched set" of drone-related endorsements for use with the commercial general ...

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DMV filing and 30 day notice of cancellation
Posted: Thu Feb 4 -- Most DMV's do not require advanced filings for cancellation. The length of time varies from "immediately" about 20 after the cancellation... Chatterbox31
Banks - Unfair Trade Practices
Posted: Tue Feb 2 -- Its time to kick the GOP and DNC out of insurance, and re-implement Glass-Steagall. The Glass-Steagall Act, also known as the Banking Act of... OldIndyAgent
Hired/Non-Owned in CA for a Motorcycle Tour Company
Posted: Tue Feb 2 -- Hired/Non-Owned in CA for a Motorcycle Tour Company: email me an app if you have place one in the past or if you are confident you can place... InsureTime
Social Media and its potential
Posted: Fri Jan 29 -- Social Media is what the millennials use. They do not have landlines or know what a phonebook is. Social media is what agents have to use... mccluney
Workers comp ghost policy
Posted: Mon Jan 25 -- I just went through this in PA. My customer is an LLC and not covered on a Work Comp policy by default. He signed a contract that required a... etracy010
Car insurance in SF for non-citizens
Posted: Fri Jan 22 -- Non-citizen is not an issue. Many carriers, Progressive, Kemper specialty, Infinity, Foremost, will write drivers w/o a U.S. license. Most... wariline
Is Google going to run the independent agent out of business
Posted: Wed Jan 20 -- I do think that it is a possibility - Google has the captive audience! You either are gonna join them or get beaten. As mentioned in... LouisS

Reader Comments

Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven' Leads Rock Legends to Courthouse
Posted: Thu Feb 4 -- There's a lawyer who's sure all that glitters is gold and he's suing a stairway to heaven. When he gets there he knows if the wallets are... Wayne2
How Automation Will Whack Up to 25% of Insurance Jobs: McKinsey
Posted: Wed Feb 3 -- Predictive modeling is a principle of insurance; while not always referred to as such, the basis of insurance pricing is predicting what... Michael
Franchises Ask Supreme Court to Hear Seattle Minimum Wage
Posted: Wed Feb 3 -- I stopped paying attention to politics. Whom ever is going to wipe Obama Care off the books gets my vote whether they have a replacement... FFA
12.7 Million Sign Up for Coverage on Health Insurance Exchanges: HHS
Posted: Fri Feb 5 -- "surpassing its expectations" "and charges a penalty to Americans who do not have health insurance" Liberalism is a mental disorder. Lean... Jack
'Cadillac' Tax Opponents Unimpressed with Obama Budget Fix
Posted: Mon Feb 8 -- Modifying the Cadillac Tax = re-arranging the deck chairs. Yogi Polar Berra

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