Reuters: Top News
|Former U.N. chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan dies aged 80
Former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan has died at the age of 80, his foundation said on Saturday.
POSTED AUGUST 18, 2018 6:47 AM
|Qatar accuses Saudis of barring haj pilgrims, Riyadh says untrue
Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its citizens from this year's haj, something Riyadh denies, saying a diplomatic dispute is not stopping Qataris from making the pilgrimage to Mecca.
POSTED AUGUST 18, 2018 6:08 AM
|U.S. senators demand answers from Army after Reuters report on lead poisoning
Four U.S. senators on Friday urged the Army to detail the steps it is taking to safeguard children from lead poisoning, citing a Reuters investigation into hazards on military bases.
POSTED AUGUST 18, 2018 4:48 AM
|Iran says navy mounts new defense system on warship
Iran's navy has mounted a locally built advanced defensive weapons system on one of its warships for the first time, the Iranian navy chief was quoted as saying on Saturday, as tensions mount with the U.S. military in the Gulf.
POSTED AUGUST 18, 2018 4:00 AM
|Former cricketer Imran Khan sworn-in as Pakistan's prime minister
Former cricket star Imran Khan was sworn in as prime minister of Pakistan on Saturday, taking on the challenge of forming a coalition to govern as a currency crisis looms over the turbulent, nuclear-armed South Asian country.
POSTED AUGUST 18, 2018 3:50 AM
|Chinese internet stock sell-off may shake faith in FANGs
A steep downturn in heavyweight Chinese internet stocks and recent weakness in half of the so-called FANG group have some investors worried that a key component of Wall Street's near-decade long rally may be low on fuel.
POSTED AUGUST 18, 2018 2:59 AM
|Marvel Comics mogul Stan Lee wins renewal of protect order
Marvel Comics mogul Stan Lee won renewal of a protective order on Friday against a onetime business manager accused of subjecting the 95-year-old "Spider-Man" co-creator to elder abuse after taking charge of his affairs earlier this year.
POSTED AUGUST 18, 2018 12:18 AM
|Trump doubles down on security clearances; former officials slam move
President Donald Trump faced an unprecedented outcry from former intelligence officials on Friday after stripping the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, but Trump defended his move and said he planned another one soon.
POSTED AUGUST 17, 2018 10:06 PM
|Trump defends ex-aide Manafort as jury ends second day of deliberations
In a break with convention, President Donald Trump weighed in on a criminal trial as the jury considered a verdict on Friday, calling the tax and bank fraud case against Paul Manafort "very sad" and lauding his former campaign chairman as a "very good person."
POSTED AUGUST 17, 2018 9:53 PM
|U.S. special counsel recommends six months in prison for Papadopoulos
Special Counsel Robert Mueller recommended in a court filing on Friday that a judge sentence former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos to up to six months in prison for lying to federal agents investigating whether Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
POSTED AUGUST 17, 2018 9:31 PM
News – Insurance Journal
|After Delay, Louisiana OKs Planting of Medical Marijuana
Louisiana’s first legal crop of medical marijuana can be planted this week. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, whose agency regulates the burgeoning industry, loosened a regulatory logjam that created a months-long delay. The Monroe News-Star reports that Strain’s team met with …
POSTED AUGUST 17, 2018 4:59 PM
|AIR Worldwide Updates Wildfire Model with Event-Based Risk Management Approach
Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide (AIR) has released an updated Wildfire Model for the United States designed to provide a comprehensive view of the risk of wildfire to property within the 13 westernmost conterminous states. The event-based modeling approach …
POSTED AUGUST 17, 2018 4:57 PM
|School System in North Carolina County Accused of Neglect, Discrimination in Suit
A lawsuit filed against a North Carolina school system and its board of education says an elementary school in need of repairs was discriminated against because of race. The Winston-Salem Journal reports the lawsuit, filed Monday against the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County …
POSTED AUGUST 17, 2018 4:46 PM
|SECURA Insurance Adds Switzer as Market Manager in Kentucky
Appleton, Wis.-based SECURA Insurance has added Lisa Switzer as market manager for Kentucky. Switzer brings 28 years of experience in the insurance industry to her new role with a diverse mix of commercial, personal, and specialty lines roles. She was …
POSTED AUGUST 17, 2018 4:38 PM
|ICT to Begin Annual Texas ‘Hurricane Tour’
The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) is set to launch its annual “hurricane tour” aimed at reminding coastal residents to be ready in case a hurricane or tropical storm should make landfall this year. Beginning on Aug. 20, ICT’s Mark …
POSTED AUGUST 17, 2018 4:36 PM
|York Named Chief Underwriting Officer at CM Vantage
Michael York II has been named chief underwriting officer for Madison, Wisconsin-based CM Vantage Specialty Insurance Co., reporting to President Alan Ogilvie. York will oversee CM Vantage’s underwriting operations and work closely with CM Vantage’s distribution partners. Prior to joining …
POSTED AUGUST 17, 2018 4:12 PM
|Hy-Vee Sued by Minnesota Family Sickened by Tainted Pasta Salad
A Minnesota family sickened by eating pasta salad contaminated with salmonella is suing the Iowa-based grocery store chain that distributed the food. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Hy-Vee Inc. The suit alleges a woman, her daughter and her grandson …
POSTED AUGUST 17, 2018 4:07 PM
|Missouri Corrections Officers Awarded $113.7M in Overtime Lawsuit
A jury has awarded Missouri prison guards compensation for work they performed before and after their shifts. A Cole County jury on Aug. 14 awarded $113.7 million to 13,000 current corrections officers or those who worked at the Department of …
POSTED AUGUST 17, 2018 4:06 PM
|Federal Safety Board Links Plugged Drill Pipe to Deadly Oklahoma Well Fire
There were signs that a natural gas well was not fully sealed before it exploded in January, killing five workers, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said in an updated report on the accident on Thursday. The incident, which took place …
POSTED AUGUST 17, 2018 4:04 PM
|Washington Lawsuit Says College Dean Raped Assistant
A woman has filed a lawsuit against Bellevue College claiming the school, and by extension Washington state, fostered a hostile work environment by failing to protect her from a former dean. SeattlePI.com reported the woman’s attorney Julie Kays filed the …
POSTED AUGUST 17, 2018 3:45 PM