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  • Unrepaired Takata Airbags Remain in Two-Thirds of U.S. Vehicles November 20, 2017 3:26 pm
    Nearly two-thirds of the U.S. vehicles containing defective airbag inflators made by Takata Corp. remain unrepaired as automakers have made varying degrees of progress addressing the largest auto recall in U.S. history. As of mid-September, 20 million vehicles containing defective …
    Ryan Beene
  • Some Massachusetts Towns Still Plan to Embrace Pot November 20, 2017 3:09 pm
    They may not be mad about reefer, but a growing number of Massachusetts communities are leaving their borders open to commercial marijuana businesses, bucking a wave of bans and moratoriums that followed voter approval of legal recreational pot. Recent votes …
    BOB SALSBERG
  • Insurer Says it Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Mississippi Building Collapse November 20, 2017 2:39 pm
    An insurer says it shouldn’t have to pay for the collapse of a building in a southwest Mississippi city. Hudson Specialty Insurance has sued in federal court in Natchez to nullify its policy, saying the policy was voided after the …
  • Texas Governor Says Federal Disaster Aid Bill is Inadequate November 20, 2017 2:29 pm
    Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday criticized as “completely inadequate” the Trump administration’s $44 billion request to Congress for disaster relief in his hurricane-ravaged state and other areas hammered by storms. The White House shot back that Texas may …
    WILL WEISSERT
  • Federal Utility Says $900M to Move Power Plant Ash to Landfill November 20, 2017 10:36 am
    A federal utility’s top executive estimated Thursday that it would cost $900 million and take 24 years to comply with a court order to move coal ash from unlined and leaking pits and ponds to a lined landfill on the …
  • Retired Coal Boss to Oversee Mine Safety November 20, 2017 10:17 am
    The Senate on Wednesday narrowly approved President Donald Trump’s selection of a retired coal company executive to oversee U.S. mining safety. David Zatezalo was confirmed as assistant labor secretary for mine safety and health by a 52-46 vote. Zatezalo, of …
  • Las Vegas Shooting Lawsuits Stack Up as 14 More Filed November 20, 2017 9:26 am
    Legal action following the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert is picking up with lawsuits filed on behalf of 14 concertgoers, including some who were shot or injured trying to escape and one woman who is so traumatized that …
    MICHAEL TARM
  • Report Questions Whether Police Should View Bodycam Footage Immediately November 20, 2017 9:09 am
    The use of body cameras by police has become more widespread, but there remain inconsistencies in how law enforcement agencies around the country deal with the footage, raising concerns among community activists who look to the videos to bring greater …
    LISA MARIE PANE
  • Investigators Say Texas Chemical Plant Unprepared for Hurricane Harvey November 17, 2017 3:40 pm
    Federal investigators said Wednesday they’ve seen no signs that a Houston-area chemical plant that flooded and partially exploded during Hurricane Harvey considered moving its highly unstable compounds offsite as a precaution. Much of Arkema Inc.’s facility in Crosby, just outside …
    REESE DUNKLIN
  • Survey: Policyholders Want Digital Tools, Omni-Channel Experience From Workers’ Comp Insurers November 17, 2017 3:03 pm
    Technology is changing how small business owners interact with their insurance carriers, according to a new study from EMPLOYERS, a national small business insurance specialist. Nearly one in four (23 percent) small business owners believe more online or self-service tools …
  • California Considers Limiting Liability of Self-Driving Carmakers November 17, 2017 2:27 pm
    California regulators are embracing a General Motors recommendation that would help makers of self-driving cars avoid paying for accidents and other trouble, raising concerns that the proposal will put an unfair burden on vehicle owners. If adopted, the regulations drafted …
    MICHAEL LIEDTKE
  • Court to Decide Who Created Game of Life November 17, 2017 2:06 pm
    Who will win The Game of Life? Testimony is scheduled to begin Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles in a lawsuit over who owns the rights to one of the most popular board games of all time. The widow …
    MICHELLE R. SMITH
  • Texas Coastal Cities Conduct Post-Harvey Dune Restoration November 17, 2017 10:21 am
    The relaxation of state regulations after Hurricane Harvey has allowed Texas coastal communities to undertake nearly a dozen dune reconstruction projects. Galveston can authorize emergency beachfront repairs until at least Jan. 3, including for dunes damaged by the storm, the …
  • Crosswalk Art Poses Safety Hazard November 17, 2017 10:12 am
    A rainbow-colored crosswalk honoring the LGBT community in Lexington, Kentucky, is a distracting safety hazard and should be removed, a federal official says. Officials painted the crosswalk at a busy intersection across from the county courthouse earlier this year to …
    ADAM BEAM
  • How to Improve the Format of Policy Language in Denial Letters November 17, 2017 9:04 am
    One of the most cumbersome aspects of a denial letter is the often-abrupt transition from letter to legalistic policy language to establish what the policy says regarding a particular type of incident. Claims people refer claimants to the policy in …
    Gary Blake
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