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March 5, 2015
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National

Google Compare for Car Insurance Has Arrived

Google Compare for car insurance was introduced on Thursday in California, "with more states to follow," the tech giant said. "Google ...

XL Launches Primary Auto Product Line, Taps Miller to Lead

XL Group's excess & surplus (E&S) insurance is adding primary auto capabilities to its product line and has added Andrew Miller as ...

A Closer Look at Berkshire Hathaway's Insurance Operations

Carrier Management Special Report Warren Buffett's insurance beginnings and predictions; breaking out the insurance and reinsurance ...

Trucking Safety Chief Defends Driver Rest Regulations

The trucking industry's overseer is giving little ground to critics who asked Congress to loosen U.S. regulations and revise a rating ...

Might 'Constitutional Avoidance' Rescue Obamacare?

The Supreme Court sometimes surprises. In oral arguments Wednesday about the latest conservative attempt to undermine President Obama's ...

Supreme Court Transcript in King v. Burwell on Obamacare Subsidies

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments over Obamacare's tax subsidies yesterday. The justices appeared divided along ideological ...

State Farm Reports 2014 Underwriting Loss, Operating Profit

State Farm reported an underwriting loss in 2014, though investment and other income still helped leave it with an operating profit. The ...

From MyNewMarkets.com 10 Things to Know About Boats & Marinas

Recreational boating in 2013 accounted for 4,062 accidents that involved 560 deaths; 2,620 injuries; and approximately $39 million dollars...
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Where Insurers Rank Among World's Top Brands

Only two insurance organizations rank among the top 50 most valuable brands in the world, according to a ranking...
East

Senator: FEMA Will Re-examine More Claims, Ban Firms That Acted in Bad Faith

A top Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official has committed to taking aggressive steps to make sure victims of Superstorm Sandy ...

Section of Roof at Vacant Boston Expo Center Collapses

Authorities say no one was injured when a portion of the roof of Boston's vacant Bayside Expo Center collapsed. The Boston Fire Department ...

Failure to Remove Snow From Sidewalks Results in Fines

New York City has issued more than 10,000 tickets this winter to property owners for failing to clear snow and ice from sidewalks. Under ...

Philadelphia Cab Owners Lose Bid to Ban Uber Service

Philadelphia cab companies, threatened by the expansion of Uber Technologies Inc., lost a court bid to block the on-demand car service from ...
Midwest

Insurance Department: Missouri FAIR Plan Now Offers Sinkhole Coverage

Missourians can now purchase sinkhole coverage through the FAIR Plan, the Missouri Department of Insurance reported. The plan started ...

5 Members of Alleged Ohio Auto Insurance Fraud Ring Indicted

Five Cincinnati-area residents have been indicted on multiple counts of alleged insurance fraud for filing a significant number of false ...

Lockton Names Linden as Sr. Claims Consultant in St. Louis

Lockton's St. Louis office named Jim Linden as assistant vice president-senior claims consultant in its mining risk management ...
Southeast

Georgia House Passes Ridesharing Regulation Bill

The first of a slew of bills that would regulate popular car-hailing companies such as Uber overwhelmingly passed the Georgia House on ...

Kentucky City Warns Homeowners Not to Rent to Travelers

Metro Louisville, Ky. officials have sent letters to some homeowners that rent space to travelers through online home-sharing sites telling ...

Armed Robbers Nab $4.8M in Gold Bars off Armored Truck on North Carolina Highway

Shortly after dusk on Sunday along a lonely stretch of Interstate 95, armed robbers hijacked an armored truck, tied up the two guards and ...

Alliant Adds Staff to Florida-Based Construction Services Group

Alliant Insurance Services, a nationwide specialty insurance brokerage firm, has added Charlotte Smith-Wilkes to its Construction Services ...
South Central

Anthem Breach Hits Louisiana's Office of Group Benefits

A state office that provides insurance plans for Louisiana's state employees says personal information of some of its members was obtained ...

Lake Charles, Louisiana to Keep Class 2 Fire Protection Rating

The Property Insurance Association of Louisiana says Lake Charles will maintain its Class 2 fire protection rating for the next few years. ...

San Antonio Fire Crew Unaware Senior Facility Was a High-Rise

An analysis by the San Antonio Fire Department says the arrival of specialized resources to a December fire that killed five residents of a ...
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Idaho Lawmakers Take Up Guidelines For Driverless Cars

Idaho citizens could soon be sharing the road with driverless cars. A Senate panel considered a bill earlier this week that would allow ...

Lawsuit Says Oregon Woman's Brain Tumor Sample For Biopsy Lost

An Oregon woman has sued a Portland hospital for $900,000, alleging that a brain tumor sample set aside for biopsy has been lost, leaving ...

Settlement Reached in Deadly California Lexus Crash

Parents of a family that died when their Lexus sped up and crashed on a San Diego County, Calif. freeway have settled a lawsuit against the ...
International

Brokerslink Chairman Says Brokers and Broker Networks Must Adapt or Decline

Speaking at the 3rd Asia Insurance Brokers' Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Jose Manuel Fonseca, chairman of Brokerslink, told delegates that, in ...

India Tops List of Countries at Risk From River Flooding, Analysis Shows

Gross domestic product at risk of flooding in India, the world's second-most populous nation, may surge 10-fold by 2030 as cities expand ...

Totten Insurance Group Acquires Quebec-Based Wholesaler NBS

Totten Insurance Group, the Toronto-based insurance managing general agency, announced it has acquired the shares of National Brokerage ...

U.K.'s Aviva Reports 6% Increase in Operating Profit for 2014

Aviva plc, in the midst of buying Friends Life Group Ltd. for $8.6 billion, increased its shareholder payout for 2014 by 30 percent as the ...
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Specialized Property Broker Tracy Anderson Joins Breckenridge Insurance Services

KENNESAW, GA, March 5, 2015 -- Breckenridge Insurance Services, a leading specialty wholesale commercial brokerage firm, has hired Tracy ...

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Reader Comments

Climate Change Modeling on Cusp of Paradigm Shift
Posted: Fri Feb 27 -- I wonder if they are doing research on the Easter Bunny or ghosts as well? Benjamin Dover
3 GOP Senators' OpEd: Keep Obamacare Subsidies Temporarily
Posted: Mon Mar 2 -- Riiight. They don't have a replacement. They've never had a replacement. ComradeAnon
Supreme Court to Weigh Rejection of Muslim Applicant Over Head Scarf
Posted: Thu Feb 26 -- Ron: "Nobody KNOWS if there is a God or not. I personally believe that there is one" Agent's reply: "Ron...Please tell me, do you believe... Rosenblatt
High Stakes in Today's Supreme Court Case on Obamacare Subsidies
Posted: Wed Mar 4 -- Obamacare healthcare subsidies for low income Americans bad. Farm subsidiesfor rich American farmers good. Makes complete sense.... Celtica
States Have No Plans If Health Insurance Subsidies End
Posted: Fri Feb 27 -- What a mess. Always Amazed

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