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Hey, Alexa, Defrost My Peas
Amazon announced more than a dozen devices and tools for its Alexa voice assistant, including a microwave.

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 10:56 PM
Sloan Kettering’s Cozy Deal With Start-Up Ignites a New Uproar
A for-profit venture with exclusive rights to use the center’s vast archive of tissue slides has generated concerns at the nonprofit cancer center.

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 10:04 PM
Common Sense: Why Les Moonves Might Still Get $120 Million From CBS
New details about Mr. Moonves’s interactions with an actress’s manager and the unusual role played by an outside lawyer have thrust CBS’s board into an agonizing dilemma.

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 8:37 PM
New Pressure on Google and YouTube Over Children’s Data
Two members of Congress asked for details of practices concerning the personal data of viewers younger than 13.

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 10:58 PM
Parts of a ‘Virtual’ Border Wall, Built With the Tech Behind Driverless Cars
In a rural Texas county, lidar sensor technology is being tested as a way to spot illegal intruders from Mexico. That use could divide workers in Silicon Valley.

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 5:28 AM
Airlines Are Raising the Cost of Checked Bags
As carriers face higher fuel and labor costs, some are increasing their fee to $30 from $25.

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 8:07 PM
Wheels: The Auto Industry’s VHS-or-Betamax Moment
After nearly 20 years, the language that cars will speak when they talk to one another is still undecided. Critics say the delay is endangering lives.

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 9:55 PM
Millions of Carolina Homes Are at Risk of Flooding. Only 335,000 Have Flood Insurance.
Here’s why the federal flood insurance program won’t pick up the slack.

POSTED SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 10:07 PM
Bloody Nosed Passengers Gasp for Air on Indian Flight After Crew Fails to Pressurize Cabin
The Jet Airways blunder is just the latest sign of trouble in the country’s airline industry.

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 5:54 PM
Wealth Matters: Life Insurance Offering More Incentive to Live Longer
Applying behavioral economics, John Hancock is offering a discount on life insurance and other incentives to customers with healthy lifestyles.

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 8:25 PM

News – Insurance Journal

Washington Employers May See Big Drop in 2019 Workers’ Comp Rates
The price of workers’ compensation insurance in Washington could drop significantly in 2019. The Washington Department of Labor & Industries this week proposed a 5 percent decrease in the average premium employers pay for the coverage. If approved, the rate …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 10:12 PM
Willis Towers Watson Launches Property Loss Modeling Platform
Willis Towers Watson has launched a new technology platform to help organizations analyze potential property losses across a global portfolio with the aim of optimizing risk transfer and insurance strategies. The new Property Quantified product models multiple perils in a …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 4:49 PM
Jacobs Named Next CEO at Illinois’ COUNTRY Financial
Insurer COUNTRY Financial, headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, has named Jim Jacobs as its next chief executive officer (CEO), effective early next year. He succeeds Kurt Bock, who is retiring Jan. 31, 2019, after serving as CEO for seven years. Jacobs …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 4:36 PM
Florence Death Toll Climbs to 37; Trump Visits Stricken Area
The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two mental health patients who drowned when a sheriff’s van was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina’s governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 4:29 PM
Former Insurance Company Exec Named Chief Actuary at Oklahoma Insurance Dept.
Andrew Schallhorn has been appointed as chief actuary at the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID), effective Sept. 24. Schallhorn formerly was president of Reserve National Insurance Co. In a departmental press announcement, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak called the position …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 4:28 PM
North Dakota Regulators Mull Relaxing Oil Train Shipment Rules
North Dakota regulators are considering relaxing rules that require shippers to remove the most volatile gases from oil before it’s loaded onto train cars. The rules, which were fought by the energy industry, took effect in 2015 and are aimed …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 4:21 PM
Donelon: Louisiana Auto Insurance Rate Hikes Lower This Year
Louisiana’s insurance commissioner says the state’s auto insurance market may be stabilizing, with a smaller rise in premiums expected this year compared with prior years. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says Louisiana’s auto market has seen a 2.1 percent average increase …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 3:26 PM
Parents Appealing Rulings in Colorado Ski Resort Death Case
The parents of a teenager who was killed in a 2012 avalanche at a Vail Resort property are appealing a judge and jury’s decision in their son’s death case. Dr. Louise Ingalls and Dr. Steve Conlin, the parents of Taft …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 2:37 PM
Arizona Uber Driver Suing NFL Quarterback in Groping Incident
A female Uber driver in Arizona is suing Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, accusing him of sexual assault. Court documents say the woman filed the suit in Arizona this week and is seeking more than $75,000 in damages. She …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 2:28 PM
Cavignac & Associates in California Names Carrillo Account Executive
San Diego, Calif.-based Cavignac & Associates has named Fauntelle Carrillo an account executive within its personal lines department. Carrillo is charged with maintaining existing client relationships, educating clients on preventative risk measures and recommending appropriate levels of insurance coverage. She …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 2:18 PM

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