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Study Shows Arkansas Auto Insurance Rates Lowest in South Central Region
Auto insurance rates are the lowest in the South Central region and 17th lowest in the nation, a study by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) shows. The Arkansas Insurance Department reported that in its Auto Insurance Database Report, …

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 5:34 PM
Second Earthquake in 4 Days Shakes Eastern Tennessee
An earthquake centered in eastern Tennessee also was felt in three other states. The U.S. Geological Survey website says the epicenter of the magnitude 3.0 earthquake early Sunday was about two miles (four kilometers) southeast of Mascot, near Knoxville. It …

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 5:20 PM
Indiana Gets $521K Federal Grant for Statewide Smoke Detector Installations
Indiana has received more than a half-million dollars in federal funding to kick off a campaign to install 10,000 smoke detectors in homes around the state. The State Fire Marshal’s office will use the $521,000 to install smoke detectors in …

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 5:13 PM
Not all Texas Coastal Residents on Board with Proposed Storm Barrier
A proposed Texas coastal barrier is drawing backlash from some Gulf Coast residents and the state’s land commissioner wants more time for property owners to voice concerns. The plan is designed to protect the Texas coast from hurricanes with a …

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 5:10 PM
Clymer Appointed Chief Information Officer at Lockton
Kansas City, Missouri-based Lockton has named Byron Clymer chief information officer. Clymer will oversee strategic information technology initiatives to meet the future needs of associates and clients. He will report to Said Taiym, chief digital officer. Clymer is an IT …

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 5:06 PM
American Financial Group Names Pater Asst. VP – Internal Audit
American Financial Group Inc. (AFG) appointed Jerome (Jerry) P. Pater as assistant vice president – Internal Audit for the Cincinnati, Ohio-based company and its subsidiaries. Pater joined AFG in 2003 as audit director within Great American Insurance Group’s annuity business …

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 5:02 PM
Texas Lawmaker: Build Casinos on Coast to Subsidize Wind Insurance
A Texas lawmaker has proposed subsidizing the state’s underfunded windstorm insurance and flooding assistance by building casinos in coastal counties. State Rep. Joe Deshotel filed the bill on Dec. 7 to cover the cost of subsidizing the Texas Windstorm Insurance …

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 5:00 PM
Los Alamos Lab Research Findings Could Lead to Earthquake Early Warning System
Machine-learning research published in two related papers today in Nature Geosciences reports the detection of seismic signals accurately predicting the Cascadia fault’s slow slippage, a type of failure observed to precede large earthquakes in other subduction zones. The researchers at …

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 4:22 PM
Harris to Head Argo International Operations; Hernandez Takes on Strategic Initiatives Role
Global specialty insurer and reinsurer Argo Group International Holdings, has appointed Matt Harris to be group head of the company’s international insurance operations, including the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Bermuda. Jose A. Hernandez, who is currently …

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 4:04 PM
Global Insured Losses From Disasters at $79 Billion in 2018: Swiss Re Sigma Estimate
According to preliminary sigma estimates from Swiss Re, total economic losses from natural and man-made catastrophes in 2018 declined to USD $155 billion from USD $350 billion in 2017. Global insured losses are estimated to be around USD $79 billion, …

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 3:46 PM

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Michael Flynn Is Owed an Apology

Michael Flynn Is Owed an ApologyDemocrats were still stinging from their defeat at the hands of Donald Trump. Every day, it seemed, brought news of another contact between Trumpworld and Russia. Flynn, a retired three-star general, was forced to resign after serving less than a month as Trump’s national security adviser.

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 6:00 AM

Jesuits release list of 89 US priests accused of sex abuse

Jesuits release list of 89 US priests accused of sex abuseJesuit authorities for 20 US states on Monday released the names of 89 priests with credible allegations of child sexual abuse dating as far back as 1950. The disclosures by the Jesuit provinces of Maryland and USA Midwest are the latest chapter in the ongoing sexual abuse scandal roiling the Catholic Church and come after 153 Jesuits were publicly identified by two other provinces earlier this month. "On behalf of the Midwest Jesuits, I apologize to victim-survivors and their families for the harm and suffering you have endured.

POSTED DECEMBER 17, 2018 4:05 PM

Camp Fire Cleanup Workers Fired After Posting Disgraceful Photos

Camp Fire Cleanup Workers Fired After Posting Disgraceful PhotosThree contractors working to clear the devastation left in the wake of the

POSTED DECEMBER 16, 2018 9:06 PM

Giant ships, new destinations: The biggest cruise stories of 2018

Giant ships, new destinations: The biggest cruise stories of 2018From the debut of the biggest cruise ship ever built to the unveiling of innovative new ship features and itineraries, it was a year of milestones in the cruise world.

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 8:19 AM

E-cigarette usage nearly doubles in U.S. high-schools: survey

E-cigarette usage nearly doubles in U.S. high-schools: surveyThe percentage of high school seniors who used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days nearly doubled to 20.9 percent from last year, results of a survey released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse showed on Monday. The increase in vaping by 10th and 12th graders was the largest year-over-year jump for any substance ever measured by the survey, which started 44 years ago.

POSTED DECEMBER 17, 2018 8:35 AM

French city honors victims of Christmas market attack

French city honors victims of Christmas market attackPARIS (AP) — People filled a square in the French city of Strasbourg on Sunday to show respect and sympathy for the victims of last week's shooting attack near a famous Christmas market as the death toll rose to five.

POSTED DECEMBER 16, 2018 6:43 PM

Dogs Thrown From Vehicle On New York Highway, Police Say

Dogs Thrown From Vehicle On New York Highway, Police SayTwo beagle mixes are recovering after authorities said they were tossed from a

POSTED DECEMBER 16, 2018 7:28 PM

Saudi Arabia condemns US Senate 'interference' over Jamal Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia condemns US Senate 'interference' over Jamal Khashoggi murderSaudi Arabia has strongly denounced US Senate resolutions which called for an end to American support for Saudi forces in Yemen and blamed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.    The kingdom released an unusually forceful statement after both Democrat and Republican senators defied the White House and voted through the largely symbolic resolutions criticising Saudi Arabia.   "The Kingdom categorically rejects any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership... and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature,” the Saudi foreign ministry said. While Donald Trump has said he plans to stand by Saudi Arabia, the US-Saudi relationship is under increasing scrutiny from Congress and the American public after the death of Mr Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist.   The Senate resolutions have no legal weight but will add to pressure on Mr Trump over his administration’s close ties to the kingdom’s leaders.  How the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi unfolded Saudi Arabia insists Crown Prince Mohammed was not aware of the plan to kill Mr Khashoggi, even though one of his closest aides and several members of his security entourage were allegedly involved.  The kingdom argues that its bombing campaign in Yemen is in self-defence against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who have fired ballistic missiles into Saudi territory. Human rights groups say indiscriminate Saudi bombing and a harsh blockade have killed thousands of civilians.  A UN-brokered ceasefire deal is due to go into effect Tuesday in the key port city of Hodeidah after peace talks between the Houthis and the Yemeni government in Sweden last week.  The agreement was looking shaky after intense fighting in Hodeidah over the weekend but UN officials said they were optimistic that the truce would go ahead. Residents reported sporadic fighting around the city on Monday.  A sustained ceasefire could be a major step towards a larger peace deal to end the three-year war, which is believed to have killed tens of thousands of people and brought millions of Yemenis to the brink of starvation.  Aid groups have warned that a full-on Saudi offensive in Hodeidah could destroy port facilities and stop badly-needed humanitarian supplies from reaching civilians. Mr Khashoggi, a Saudi contributor to the Washington Post, was killed on October 2 shortly after entering the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul in what Riyadh called a "rogue" operation. The murder has tarnished Riyadh's international reputation, and Western countries including the United States, France and Canada have placed sanctions on nearly 20 Saudi nationals. UN chief Antonio Guterres on Sunday called for a "credible" probe into the murder. Anger at the human cost of the war in Yemen has also prompted a harder line in Congress about the US military's role in backing Saudi-led coalition strikes against Huthi rebels. Since the coalition launched its campaign in 2015, the conflict has killed nearly 10,000 people, according to the World Health Organisation. But some rights groups believe the toll to be far higher.

POSTED DECEMBER 16, 2018 8:30 PM

Britain, Switzerland reach post-Brexit aviation deal

Britain, Switzerland reach post-Brexit aviation dealSwitzerland and Britain signed an agreement Monday guaranteeing that flights between the two countries can continue uninterrupted even if London opts to leave the European Union without a deal with Brussels. "We have managed to ensure a flawless transition, which is in the interest of both of our countries," Swiss Transportation Minister Doris Leuthard said in a statement after signing the deal in Zurich with her British counterpart Chris Grayling. Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but its relations with Britain are based on a long line of bilateral agreements between Bern and the bloc.

POSTED DECEMBER 17, 2018 8:21 AM

Every Photo You Need to See of the $100,000 Lincoln Continental Coach

Every Photo You Need to See of the $100,000 Lincoln Continental Coach

POSTED DECEMBER 17, 2018 5:50 AM

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