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Zurich North America Names PCI’s Manna as Head of Government Relations

Zurich North America has brought Deirdre Manna on board as the new head of Government and Industry Affairs. Manna leads Zurich’s engagement with elected officials at the state and federal level on public policy issues that may impact the insurer’s …

How Distancing Oneself May Lead to Better Decisions for All

Employees who can distance themselves from decisions may be more inclined to make choices that produce the most benefit for themselves and others, suggests new research. Sometimes this may result in what others may think is selfish behavior but that’s …

It’s Too Soon to Regulate Self-Driving Cars, Says U.S. Safety Official

It’s premature to regulate the self-driving vehicles being tested by companies such as General Motors Co. and Waymo LLC, the U.S. government’s top auto safety official said. “At this point the technology is so nascent I don’t think it is …

What’s Next for Major Blockchain Firm R3? IPO or Sale?

R3, a blockchain-software company that works with more than 200 heavyweights such as Intel Corp., Microsoft Corp., US Bancorp and Wells Fargo & Co., is considering going public, according to people familiar with the matter. The company is speaking with …

Half of Parents Use Cell Phones While Driving with Kids in Car

About half of parents talk on a cell phone while driving when their children between the ages of 4 and 10 are in the car, while one in three read text messages and one in seven use social media. A …

Jury Says J&J Should Pay Record $4.7 Billion in Talc Cancer Case

A Missouri jury on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $4.69 billion to 22 women who alleged the company’s talc-based products, including its baby powder, contain asbestos and caused them to develop ovarian cancer. The verdict is …

Willis Towers Watson Launches Cyber Coverage for Construction Industry

Willis Towers Watson has launched tailored cyber insurance coverage for the construction industry. CyCon was developed in close cooperation with specialty cyber insurance provider NAS Insurance Services and is available nationwide. The coverage includes a blend of first- and third-party …

Survey Shows More Americans Believe There is ‘Solid Evidence’ of Global Warming

There’s a surefire way to get more people to believe in global warming. Just crank up the heat. A larger percentage of Americans say there is “solid evidence” of global warming than at any time since 2008, when the University …

New Pass-Through Tax Guidance Now Expected by End of July

U.S. Treasury Department rules outlining which businesses structured as S corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies can claim a 20 percent tax deduction are likely to be delayed until the end of July, according to a senior administration official. The …

Court Rules Airport Screeners Shielded From Passenger Abuse Claims

Fliers may have a tough time recovering damages for invasive screenings at U.S. airport security checkpoints, after a federal appeals court on Wednesday said screeners are immune from claims under a federal law governing assaults, false arrests and other abuses. …

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