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Group Sues California Commissioner over Public Records of Dealings with Insurance Executives
A non-profit consumer group announced on Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit to compel California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the California Department of Insurance to hand over records of Lara’s meetings and communications with insurance companies. The lawsuit was …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 11:44 PM
California Commissioner, Lawmakers Intro ‘Hardened Homes’ Wildfire Bill Requiring Admitted Market to Offer Coverage
A newly proposed bill would clarify under California law the concept of “hardened homes” that are safer or more resistant to wildfires and then require admitted carriers to cover those homes. California’s insurance commissioner and several lawmakers on Tuesday introduced …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 11:26 PM
RIMS Workshop at University of Southern California Drawing Broader Insurance Professional Audience
A risk professional is no longer merely someone who just focuses on protecting assets, according to Ward Ching, a managing director of the Western region at Aon. Ching not only sees a growing need for risk professionals to realize this …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 7:11 PM
Surplus Line Association of California Elects 2020 Board
The members of the Surplus Line Association of California have elected Terri Moran of Paul Hanson Partners as chair of the SLA board of directors. Moran’s election became official at the SLA annual meetings on Feb. 4 and Feb. 6 …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 6:15 PM
Trial Over Arkema Chemical Plant Fire During Harvey Set to Begin
Hurricane Harvey’s historic flooding in 2017 overwhelmed power systems at Arkema Inc.’s chemical plant in suburban Houston, eventually causing organic peroxides made at the facility to catch fire and explode, sending noxious black smoke into the air. The blaze forced …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 4:24 PM
Arizona Senate Passes Bill Boosting Firefighter Cancer Workers’ Comp Coverage
The Arizona Senate has passed a bill designed to boost protections for firefighters and other first responders who are diagnosed with cancers linked to the workplace. The proposal from Republican Sen. Heather Carter ensures that listed cancers contracted by firefighters …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 3:18 PM
Washington Senate Advances Data Privacy Rules
The Washington Senate has passed a data privacy measure that would give consumers the right to manage how information held by private companies is used. The measure, called the Washington Privacy Act, passed on a bipartisan 46-1 vote and now …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 3:16 PM
Insurance Office of America Merges with New Jersey’s RDA Benefit Services
Insurance Office of America (IOA) has merged with New Jersey-based RDA Benefit Services, owned by Bob and Nancy Damato. The merger became effective Jan. 1, 2020, and further adds to IOA’s growing team in the Northeast region. RDA has served …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 1:35 PM
Massachusetts Chemical Plant Re-Opens a Day After a Series of Explosions
A Massachusetts chemical manufacturing plant re-opened Friday, a day after at least six explosions at the facility forced workers to evacuate and blew a hole in the roof. Seqens North America, formerly PCI Synthesis, in Newburyport, in a statement Friday …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 1:28 PM
Suit Alleges Ex-Pharmacist in Pennsylvania Fired for Not Trying Medical Marijuana
A former Pennsylvania pharmacist is suing the medical marijuana dispensary where she worked on allegations she was fired after refusing to illegally sample the shop’s products. Carol Kopiak, of Wilkes-Barre, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against her former employer Justice Grown, …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 1:25 PM

Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines

Trump grants clemency to 11 convicts, including Rod Blagojevich

Trump grants clemency to 11 convicts, including Rod BlagojevichBlagojevich was convicted of trying to sell former President Barack Obama's Senate seat, and Kerik served time for tax fraud.




POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 9:03 PM

Secession in the Pacific Northwest? Some Oregon residents petition to join Idaho

Secession in the Pacific Northwest? Some Oregon residents petition to join IdahoFrustrated by liberal policies, some Oregon residents petition to leave the state by moving the border with Idaho.




POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 1:58 PM

Michael Bloomberg Makes it to the Debate Stage. He May Regret It

Michael Bloomberg Makes it to the Debate Stage. He May Regret ItFormer New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg faces the first test of his bid for the presidency as he takes the stage with his Democratic rivals




POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 10:08 PM

Warren: Sanders 'has a lot of questions to answer' about supporters' attacks

Warren: Sanders 'has a lot of questions to answer' about supporters' attacks"That is not how we build an inclusive Democratic Party. ... We do not build on a foundation of hate," Warren says after threats were made to a union that criticized Sanders' health care plan.




POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 1:26 AM

Who Makes the Finest Weapons: America, China, or Russia?

Who Makes the Finest Weapons: America, China, or Russia?Let's take a look.




POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 9:35 AM

Huge locust outbreak in East Africa reaches South Sudan

Huge locust outbreak in East Africa reaches South SudanThe worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years has reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half the population already faces hunger after years of civil war, officials announced Tuesday. Around 2,000 locusts were spotted inside the country, Agriculture Minister Onyoti Adigo told reporters. The locusts have been seen in Eastern Equatoria state near the borders with Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.




POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 11:39 AM

Coronavirus: Self-quarantined family shunned as neighbour calls 911 on them

Coronavirus: Self-quarantined family shunned as neighbour calls 911 on themA California family in self-quarantine over the coronavirus after a visit to China have found themselves shunned, and even had the police called on them.Amy Deng and her eight-year-old daughter, Daisy, have no symptoms, but following a trip to visit family in Guangzhou over Chinese New Year, they are in self-quarantine monitored by local officials in Santa Rosa, The East Bay Times reports.




POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 6:15 PM

Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapons ban

Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapons banVirginia Gov. Ralph Northam's push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday after some of his fellow Democrats balked at the proposal.




POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2020 11:51 AM

Hunter Biden Served on Board of Trade Group That Lobbied Obama Admin for Increased Ukraine Aid: Report

Hunter Biden Served on Board of Trade Group That Lobbied Obama Admin for Increased Ukraine Aid: ReportHunter Biden, son of former vice president Joe Biden, was on the board of a trade group that lobbied the Obama administration for increased U.S. aid to Ukraine, according to a report Tuesday.From 2012 through 2018, the younger Biden served as a director for the Center for U.S. Global Leadership and was connected as well with its affiliate, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, The Daily Caller reported. The two groups, which include about 400 larger corporations and non-government organizations, lobbied for increased spending abroad by the State Department’s International Affairs Budget, including a special focus on Ukraine.At the time, Joe Biden was also advocating for increased U.S. spending in Ukraine.Hunter Biden's small private equity firm, Rosemont Seneca, featured other well-connected politicos as well, including his partner Devon Archer, who was a former adviser on Obama Secretary of State John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, and another partner, Kerry’s son-in-law Christopher Heinz.“Hunter Biden works for [Archer]. So we’ve got the top level politicos with us. All of my guys, is as top tier as it gets,” a businessman named Bevan Cooney wrote in text messages released in connection with an unrelated criminal case against Archer. “You don’t get more politically connected and make people more comfortable than that.”In 2013, the groups held an event honoring Joe Biden for his work supporting increased spending abroad, an event Hunter Biden was also introduced as having a "very special relationship with our honoree."Biden's separate lucrative position on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings while his father was vice president and in charge of addressing corruption in Ukraine has also drawn scrutiny and featured prominently in the impeachment proceedings against President Trump. That position earned Biden at least $50,000 a month for his advice on “transparency, corporate governance and responsibility, international expansion and other priorities.”During a July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump asked Zelensky to help his administration investigate allegations that Joe Biden used his position as vice president to help the Ukrainian gas company avoid a corruption probe soon after Hunter Biden was appointed to its board of directors. That phone call led to an Intelligence Community whistleblower complaint that ultimately sparked a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump’s actions.Biden has said that in the spring of 2016, during his tenure as vice president, he called on Ukraine to fire the top prosecutor investigating the energy company paying his son. Biden suggested he would withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine if the country did not fire the prosecutor, who was accused by the State Department and U.S. allies in Europe of being soft on corruption.




POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 11:28 AM

Judge in Roger Stone case says sentencing will move forward

Judge in Roger Stone case says sentencing will move forwardJudge Amy Berman Jackson said she will still hand down Stone's sentence on Thursday, but indicated she plans to defer the execution of the sentence.




POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 2:57 AM

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