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Venice Suffers 2nd High Tide in a Week as Italy Declares State of Emergency
Venice suffered its second exceptionally high tide in a week, with waters rising 154 centimeters (61 inches) above their benchmark late morning Friday, the Ansa news agency reported. The historic city is still reeling from the 187-centimeter tide it recorded …

POSTED NOVEMBER 15, 2019 6:17 PM
Michigan Recreational Pot Sales to Begin in December
The state of Michigan is opening the door to the sale of marijuana for recreational use starting in December, which is earlier than expected. The Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued an advisory bulletin on Nov. 13. It says businesses that are …

POSTED NOVEMBER 15, 2019 5:42 PM
U.S. Attorney: Oklahoma Man Sentenced for Stealing Almost $370K from Employer
A Tulsa, Oklahoma, man was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to repay nearly $370,000 after being found guilty of stealing from his employer. Ernest Everette Howard, 49, of Tulsa, must $368,329.61 in restitution, according to the U.S. …

POSTED NOVEMBER 15, 2019 5:27 PM
Robotaxi Tech Proving Difficult to Perfect: Daimler CEO
Daimler has taken a “reality check” on self-driving “robotaxis,” acknowledging that making them safe is proving harder than first thought amid questions over their future earnings potential. Chief Executive Ola Kaellenius told journalists on Thursday Daimler would “rightsize” its spending …

POSTED NOVEMBER 15, 2019 5:25 PM
Public Consultation Launched to Help Set Global Standards for Tailings Dams
A six-week public consultation launched [in London] on Friday will help set global standards to improve mining safety, aiming to prevent any repeat of the Vale tailings dam disaster in Brazil that killed 300 people in January. Tailings dams are …

POSTED NOVEMBER 15, 2019 5:11 PM
Attorney: Oklahoma’s Tulsa County to Pay $10M to Settle Jail Death Suit
Officials have agreed to settle a lawsuit over the death of a 37-year-old man, who died in 2011 after lying naked in a Tulsa County, Oklahoma, jail cell for five days with a broken neck. Documents filed in federal court …

POSTED NOVEMBER 15, 2019 5:09 PM
Mier Named President of Texas Surplus Lines Association
Jennifer Mier, executive vice president with AmWINS Group in Dallas, has been elected president of the Texas Surplus Lines Association. Other officers elected at the group’s 64th Annual Meeting on Nov. 11 in Austin are: Vice President Amicia Hine, executive …

POSTED NOVEMBER 15, 2019 5:07 PM
Beer Dissing California Utility PG&E Brewing Backlash
Anger over devastating California wildfires sparked by Pacific Gas & Electric power lines is coming to a head – in a beer. And an outcry is brewing. Steve Doty, owner of Shady Oak brewery in Santa Rosa, announced a new …

POSTED NOVEMBER 15, 2019 5:00 PM
Müller Succeeds Fischer Hirs as CEO of AGCS; Allianz Germany Appoints Executives
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS) and Allianz Deutschland AG announced leadership changes that will take effect from Dec. 1, 2019, subject to regulatory approval. Joachim Müller, currently CEO of Allianz Versicherungs-AG (the property & casualty insurer of Allianz …

POSTED NOVEMBER 15, 2019 4:51 PM
Pemex Oil Firm ‘Unaffected’ by Cyber Attack, Says Mexican Minister; Workers Disagree
A cyber attack on computer networks of the Mexican national oil company Pemex is “totally under control” and did not have any negative consequences, Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said on Thursday. The attack was first detected on Sunday and over …

POSTED NOVEMBER 15, 2019 3:28 PM

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Beer Dissing California Utility PG&E Brewing Backlash
Anger over devastating California wildfires sparked by Pacific Gas & Electric power lines is coming to a head – in a beer. And an outcry is brewing. Steve Doty, owner of Shady Oak brewery in Santa Rosa, announced a new …

POSTED NOVEMBER 15, 2019 5:00 PM
USI Acquires Alfred J. Davis Company in Oregon
USI Insurance Services has acquired Portland, Ore.-based insurance agency Alfred J. Davis Co. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The agency’s employees and business operations will be integrated with USI’s existing office in Portland. Alfred J. Davis Company has …

POSTED NOVEMBER 15, 2019 6:00 AM
Inszone Insurance Services Acquires Jones Wilson Insurance in Arizona
Inszone Insurance Services has acquired Jones Wilson Insurance in Benson, Ariz. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Jones Wilson Insurance becomes the third acquisition for Inszone Insurance in Arizona this year. Jones Wilson Insurance has provided insurance services to both …

POSTED NOVEMBER 15, 2019 6:00 AM
California Insurance Commissioner OKs Workers’ Comp Pure Premium Reduction
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has adopted and issued a revised average advisory pure premium rate, lowering the benchmark to $1.52 per $100 of payroll for workers’ compensation insurance, effective Jan. 1, 2020. This is the ninth consecutive reduction to …

POSTED NOVEMBER 15, 2019 12:15 AM
California Commissioner Orders FAIR Plan to Increase Homeowners Coverage Options
California’s property insurer of last resort will soon be offering more homeowners coverage options as directed by the state’s insurance commissioner in response to the pressure put on the property insurance market by wildfire risks. California Commissioner Ricardo Lara has …

POSTED NOVEMBER 14, 2019 8:36 PM
California Trucking Association Suing over New Independent Contractor Law
The California Trucking Association and two California independent owner-operator truck drivers have filed an amended complaint with the U.S. Southern District Court seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against California’s new independent contractor law. The law codified the employment test set …

POSTED NOVEMBER 14, 2019 3:36 PM
CAC Specialty Names Schaper in Colorado to Lead Real Estate Practice
CAC Specialty has named Chelley Schaper senior vice president in Denver Colo. Schaper has more than 20 years of experience, including 16 years at Lockton working with complex risk accounts, with a specialization in the real estate industry. Most recently, …

POSTED NOVEMBER 14, 2019 6:00 AM
Golden Bear in California Names Shreve Vice President
Golden Bear Insurance Co. in California has named Gary Shreve vice president and primary casualty manager. Shreve has more than 30 years of experience. He began his career with the Aetna Casualty & Surety Co. as a multi-line underwriter. He’s …

POSTED NOVEMBER 14, 2019 6:00 AM
Mercury Adds Landlord Insurance in California
Mercury Insurance has introduced landlord insurance in California designed to help protect people with rental properties. Landlord insurance covers the costs to repair rental properties if they’re damaged by fires, lightning, wind, hail and other covered losses, lost rental income …

POSTED NOVEMBER 14, 2019 5:49 AM
Ringleader of Family Arson Crew in California Pleads Guilty in $4M Operation
Tyler Chen, 48, pleaded guilty this week in the Santa Clara County Superior Court in California following his arrest on multiple felony counts of insurance fraud and arson for his role in setting fires in a $4 million fraud scheme. …

POSTED NOVEMBER 13, 2019 8:37 PM

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