Reuters: Top News
|U.S.-backed Syrian forces call for 1,500 coalition troops to stay
The commander of U.S.-backed forces in Syria called on Monday for about 1,000 to 1,500 international forces to remain in Syria to help fight Islamic State and expressed hope that the United States, in particular, would halt plans for a total pullout.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 1:40 PM
|U.S. agency submits auto tariff probe report to White House
The U.S. Commerce Department sent a report on Sunday to U.S. President Donald Trump that could unleash steep tariffs on imported cars and auto parts, provoking a sharp backlash from the industry even before it is unveiled, the agency confirmed.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 1:36 PM
|Germany bans Wirecard 'shorting' as prosecutors probe FT journalist
Germany's financial watchdog has banned "short" selling of Wirecard shares due to volatility in the payments firm's stock following reports in the Financial Times which are now the subject of an investigation by German authorities.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 1:05 PM
|Exclusive: Glencore to take 200,000 T of aluminum from ISTIM Port Klang warehouses
Mining giant Glencore has bought 200,000 tons of aluminum on the London Metal Exchange and will take delivery of the metal from warehouses owned by ISTIM UK in Port Klang, Malaysia, five sources familiar with the matter said.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 12:57 PM
|U.S.-backed Syria force seeks help with Islamic State prisoner 'time bomb'
Hundreds of foreign jihadist fighters held in Syria represent a "time bomb" and could escape and threaten the West unless countries do more to take them back, the Kurdish-led, U.S.-backed authorities holding them said on Monday.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 12:55 PM
|N.C. congressional contest marred by absentee ballot scheme: official
An investigation of a disputed 2018 congressional contest in North Carolina has uncovered a "coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme," the state's elections board executive director said on Monday.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 12:36 PM
|EU's Juncker expects Trump to refrain from imposing higher tariffs on cars
U.S. President Donald Trump has promised European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that he will not impose additional import tariffs on European cars for the time being, Juncker was quoted in a published interview as saying on Monday.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 12:32 PM
|Army to be 'ruthless' against tampering in Nigeria's postponed vote: Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday warned that anyone trying to tamper with Nigeria's postponed vote risked their lives and accused the electoral commission of incompetence.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 11:43 AM
|Chicago police seek follow-up interview with 'Empire' actor
Chicago police have shifted the direction of their investigation into actor Jussie Smollett's report of a hate-crime assault and are seeking to interview him again, after releasing two men detained for questioning in the probe, a police spokesman said on Saturday.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 11:37 AM
|No need for Shinzo Abe: Trump already nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is not saying whether or not he nominated Donald Trump for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, but the question may be moot: the U.S. president has been put forward by others for the prestigious award.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 11:31 AM
News – Insurance Journal
|NSAIDs Overtake Opioids as Top Workers’ Comp Drug in California
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, or NSAIDs, have supplanted opioids as the most common therapeutic drug group prescribed to injured workers in California, according to a new California Workers’ Compensation Institute study. The study also finds that payment data show that both dermatological …
POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 9:18 PM
|Texas Bill Would Protect First Responders’ Work Comp Claims from Illegal Denials
A bill recently filed in the Texas House of Representatives would penalize insurers that illegally deny Texas first responders access to medical treatment for line-of-duty injuries covered under state workers’ compensation laws. According to one of the authors of House …
POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 5:08 PM
|Wyoming Avalanche Causes Damages, No Injuries
Heavy snowfall caused an avalanche in Wyoming. Snow tumbled onto a highway in northwest Wyoming, damaging one car but not injuring anyone. The Wyoming Department of Transportation says an avalanche occurred around noon Wednesday and sent snow onto U.S. 89 …
POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 4:17 PM
|Lockheed Martin Sued for Fraud over Washington Nuclear Site
The U.S. Justice Department is accusing Lockheed Martin Corp. of using false records and making false statements to bill the Energy Department for tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized profits and fees at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington. …
POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 4:14 PM
|Ryan Specialty Group to Acquire Texas’ Myron F. Steves & Co.
Chicago-based Ryan Specialty Group LLC has reached an agreement to acquire the assets and operations of Myron F. Steves & Co. (Myron Steves), an independently owned wholesale insurance brokerage headquartered in Houston, Texas, with additional offices in Austin, Dallas and …
POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 3:49 PM
|Washington Business Owner And Mom Charged with Insurance Fraud
Two Yakima County, Wash. residents were charged in Superior Court this week in connection with separate auto insurance fraud claims. The charges followed investigations by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit. William Gaethle, of Yakima, was charged with first-degree …
POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 3:44 PM
|Mudslides Carry Away Homes, Water Rescues Needed in California Storm
Motorists swam for their lives and residents were rescued from homes sliding downhill as the wettest winter storm of the year triggered floods and mudslides across California on Thursday. In Sausalito, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, …
POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 3:35 PM
|Asia-Pacific SMEs Are Over-Confident About Their Cyber Preparedness: Chubb
A significant perception gap exists between the cyber awareness and cyber preparedness at small and medium enterprises in some Asia-Pacific countries, according to a Chubb survey titled “Too Small to Fail?” The Chubb survey of 1,000 SMEs across Singapore, Hong …
POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 3:32 PM
|State Farm Announces 4.9% Auto Insurance Rate Decrease in Virginia
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company will cut its rates in Virginia for the second time in two years. As a result, its overall personal auto rate will drop by 4.9 percent. The total state-wide expected impact for State Farm …
POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 2:54 PM
|N.Y. Construction Worker Injured by Steel Plate
Police in Long Island, N.Y., say a construction worker has his legs severed below the knee when a steel plate knocked him into a hole and landed on him. Officials say the unidentified 39-year-old man was working to install a …
POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 2:47 PM