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Here's How To Stop The Next Nikolas Cruz

Here's How To Stop The Next Nikolas CruzSomeone close to him called the FBI to report his “desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.”

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2018 2:11 PM

GOP Doing All It Can To Keep Pennsylvania's Gerrymandered Congressional Map

GOP Doing All It Can To Keep Pennsylvania's Gerrymandered Congressional MapPennsylvania Republicans took another stab at blocking a court-ordered congressional map on Thursday by filing a new lawsuit that asks a three-judge federal panel to step in.

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 5:19 PM

Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bulls

Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bullsAn autopsy has confirmed that a Virginia woman believed to have been mauled to death by her own pit bulls in December did indeed die from "trauma due to mauling by animals."

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 10:42 AM

New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History Month

New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History MonthNew York University has issued a public apology and fired their director of food service after students pointed out the watermelon-flavoured water and collard greens the school was serving during Black History Month were racially insensitive. College of Arts and Science sophomore Nia Harris noticed the offensive meal when she walked into Weinstein Passport Dining Hall - before alerting the deans of the school and NYU’s President Hamilton of the insensitive and “stereotypical” meal. “Not only was this racially insensitive, this was just ignorant.

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 10:40 AM

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Hit By Anthrax Scare

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Hit By Anthrax ScareMeghan Markle and Prince Harry have been targeted by an anthrax hoax, reports London’s Evening Standard.

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 7:34 AM

Redemption time for Romney?

Redemption time for Romney?Too often, Mitt Romney has treated principled rhetoric like a stretchy suit he can change into in a phone booth, then throw into a trash can when no one's looking. But if he wins a Utah Senate seat, he could become something he's never managed to be: the most influential figure in the GOP outside of the White House.

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 5:00 AM

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: ‘Elites’ don’t care about school safety

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: ‘Elites’ don’t care about school safetyOn Thursday, Feb. 22, the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference amid the nation’s heated debate about gun control following the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. During his speech, LaPierre said “elites” don’t care about school safety, and he called for more guns in schools.

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 10:54 AM

Secular and religious leaders pay tribute to Billy Graham

Secular and religious leaders pay tribute to Billy GrahamLeaders expressed admiration and respect for evangelist Billy Graham, who died at his North Carolina home Wednesday morning.

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2018 2:45 PM

Fourth fortune hunter dies looking for Fenn's Treasure

Fourth fortune hunter dies looking for Fenn's TreasureA fourth fortune hunter has died in the pursuit of a treasure chest containing more than $1 million worth of gold coins and jewels which is reputedly hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Jeff Murphy, 53, perished in June but the details of his death were only revealed eight months later. He was looking for Fenn's Treasure and died after going hiking up a trail within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park, and falling 500ft down a rocky slope. Fenn's Treasure is said to have been deposited in 2010 by Forrest Fenn, an eccentric, octogenarian millionaire art dealer and former Vietnam fighter pilot. Mr Fenn, who is still alive, has said he set the task of finding it in order to encourage people to "get off the couch" and see nature. According to him the bounty is inside a 22lb Romanesque bronze chest and includes 265 gold coins, diamonds, emeralds and ancient Chinese figurines. He published a 24-line poem which contains the clues to locating it. Jeff Murphy, 53, perished in June but the details of his death were only revealed eight months later. Over the last eight years tens of thousands of people are believed to have searched for the loot, mostly in New Mexico where clues have pointed. However, Mr Murphy, a vice president of the International Housewares Association, had headed for the Wyoming-Montana border area. When he went missing a huge search operation was launched including rescuers on horseback, others with dogs, and a helicopter. Erica Murphy, his widow, said he had first read about Fenn's Treasure in an airplane magazine. He then read Mr Fenn’s book The Thrill of the Chase, which contains the full 24-line poem. The poem includes lines like "Begin it where warm waters halt. And take it in the canyon down". Mrs Murphy told the Albuquerque Journal: "It was his pastime. He loved anything that caused him to use his brain, and he loved being out in nature." The death was expected to lead to renewed calls to end the controversial treasure hunt. But Mrs Murphy said she did not blame Mr Fenn, and her husband knew the risks. She said he "would not have wanted to hinder" others from searching. As rescuers looked for her husband Mrs Murphy emailed Mr Fenn to say: "I hope your quest won't be adversely affected by these current events." According to a report by Yellowstone National Park into his death Mr Murphy had also emailed Mr Fenn before setting out. When he went missing Mr Fenn then offered to pay for a helicopter to look for him. Mr Fenn also said he had never been to the area where Mr Murphy was searching, so he was looking in the wrong place. Last summer, fortune hunter Paris Wallace, 52, a pastor from Colorado was found dead north of Santa Fe, New Mexico after trying to traverse a river. Separately, Eric Ashby, 31 died after his raft overturned on the Arkansas River. In 2016, Randy Bilyeu, 54, died on the Rio Grande while looking for the treasure. His former wife Linda Bilyeu has called the hunt "madness". Mr Fenn has previously indicated the treasure is hidden somewhere not hard to reach and that, even at his advanced age, he could himself go back to the spot. Supporters of the treasure hunt have argued that it has achieved its aim of getting Americans into the Great Outdoors, and has led to people meeting spouses and parents bonding with their children.

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2018 3:34 PM

Students Emotional at Florida Capitol as Lawmakers Refuse to Debate Assault Weapons Ban

Students Emotional at Florida Capitol as Lawmakers Refuse to Debate Assault Weapons BanFlorida House members in Tallahassee declined to take up gun legislation as Stoneman Douglas students in the gallery looked on.

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2018 8:32 AM

News – Insurance Journal

Medical Marijuana Gaining Favor as Treatment in Workers’ Compensation
Though states and the federal government remain at odds on marijuana legalization, the drug is gaining traction as a viable treatment in workers’ compensation claims. In a recent discussion with Claims Journal, Brian Allen, vice president of government affairs for …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 6:00 AM
Takata, 44 States Reach Settlement Over Defective Air Bags
Takata Corp.’s U.S. unit agreed Thursday to settle a probe by 44 state attorneys general into claims it concealed a deadly safety defect with air bag inflators. TK Holdings Inc., which is in bankruptcy reorganization proceedings, agreed in the settlement …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 6:00 AM
Travelers Releases Enhanced Homeowners Insurance Product in Select States
The Travelers Companies, Inc. has released an enhanced homeowners insurance product with tailored pricing and flexible coverage options called Quantum Home 2.0 (QH2.0). The new product includes “simpler” policy documents designed to help customers better understand their insurance. The new …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 5:42 AM
Parents of Fraternity Pledge Killed at Florida State University File Civil Suit
The parents of a Florida State University fraternity pledge who died of alcohol poisoning after a party have filed a civil suit against those who have a connection in their son’s death. Thomas and Sandra Coffey are suing Pi Kappa …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 5:35 AM
Arson Caused Georgia Fire That Destroyed 5 Homes, Damaged 14
Investigators ruled arson was to blame for a fire that started in a Georgia home and rapidly spread throughout a subdivision, destroying five houses and damaging at least 14 others before firefighters could extinguish all the flames. Police arrived quickly …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 5:28 AM
Former Swett Exec Vogle Joins Worldwide Facilities as SVP in Atlanta
National wholesale insurance brokerage and managing general agent Worldwide Facilities has added George Vogle to its Atlanta office as a senior vice president specializing in professional liability. Vogle began his career in 1977 with General Reinsurance in Chicago as a …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2018 5:22 AM
Drone Segment Will be Biggest Growth in Aviation Insurance in 50 Years, Experts Say
Now’s the time to get in on the ground floor of the business of insuring drones. That’s according to panel of experts speaking recently in a drone insurance webinar hosted by Insurance Journal. The consensus from the panelists was that …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 11:19 PM
Dallas Mavericks Investigating Allegations of Hostile Workplace, Harrassment
The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women. Ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 5:51 PM
HDI Adds to U.S. Engineering, Construction Divisions
HDI Global SE has appointed John Schossler has been appointed assistant vice president, Casualty Construction manager, based in Chicago. Schossler will lead all efforts in the development of this segment by cultivating deeper relationships with producers and accelerating HDI’s market …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 5:41 PM
Huck Named VP of Fidelis Group Holdings’ Marine Division in Houston
Fidelis Group Holdings LLC (FGH), with its subsidiary Continental Underwriters Ltd., has hired Darrin Huck as vice president of its Marine Division. He is based in Houston. Huck serves as a senior underwriter within the group’s Brown Water Hull, Liabilities …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 5:30 PM

Agent & Broker

Agent Study 2018: Which carriers appear most on agents' 'approved' lists?
Independent agents reveal which commercial P&C carriers are on their agency's list.

First surety bond program for cannabis industry approved in California
California requires a surety bond in the amount of $5,000 for most licensing categories. Surety bonds are required by licensing agencies to guarantee the behavior of licensees.

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 2:37 PM
Here's how one incumbent insurer became an InsurTech startup
Together, insurance startups and incumbents can learn from and complement each other.

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 9:30 AM
5 strategic changes for closing more sales
Maybe you know, without any doubt, that something has to change. But what?

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 7:45 AM
Marsh's updated political risk map sees tensions and turbulence for 2018
Global political risks appear to be increasing in 2018, not decreasing, according to the latest Political Risk Map from Marsh and BMI research.

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 7:39 AM
Motor vehicle deaths dipped slightly in 2017
Approximately 4.57 million people were seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2017, and costs to society totaled $413.8 billion.

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2018 6:30 AM
Around the P&C insurance industry: Feb. 21, 2018
News from Kemper Corporation, Coalition, HackerOne and more.

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2018 7:30 AM
The flexible insurance industry workplace
Older employees may be ready to cut back on hours but not retire completely. With a little flexibility, they can help employers fill the talent gap.

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2018 6:30 AM
Will business income insurance cover these 7 losses?
In order to trigger business income coverage, there must be direct, physical loss or damage to the property caused by a covered cause of loss.

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2018 6:15 AM
2018 Agent Study: Which carriers do agents say they don't use, but would consider using? (VIDEO)
Additional data from the 2018 Independent Agent Study looks at which commercial providers agents say they would consider using.

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2018 6:00 AM

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