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Arizona Becomes 48th State with Cellphone-Driving Law
Arizona ended a decade of resistance to restrictions on using a cellphone while driving when Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law this week outlawing holding a phone behind the wheel. It is now the 48th state to ban texting and …

POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 2:04 PM
Bayer Seeks Dismissal of $78M Roundup Glyphosate Verdict or New Trial
Bayer AG on Wednesday asked a California appellate court to throw out a $78 million judgment it was ordered to pay to a school groundskeeper who claimed the company’s weed killers gave him cancer. In a filing in California’s Court …

POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 1:14 PM
Direct-to-Consumer Auto Insurers Grabbing Market Share
Direct-to-consumer auto insurers appear to be gaining serious market traction, according to a report from J.D. Power. The firm reports that auto insurance revenue hit $245 billion in 2018, reflecting industrywide growth of 6.2 percent. But 54 percent of those …

POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 1:03 PM
Upstate New York Prepares as Lake Ontario Water Rises Again
Emergency officials in upstate New York are again preparing for possible flooding along Lake Ontario. Niagara County’s director of emergency services, Jonathan Schultz, says lake levels have risen about five inches in 10 days. Recent heavy rains, seasonal thaw and …

POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 12:57 PM
Indictment Alleges Ex-CEO Ignored Red Flags as Opioid Crisis Raged
The pharmaceutical industry executive hit Tuesday with criminal charges stemming from the opioid crisis doesn’t have his name on a museum wing, and his company isn’t within earshot of Apple or anyone else on the Fortune 500. Even his $1.5 …

POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 12:54 PM
NTSB Cites Poor Planning for Toy Run Crash That Killed Two in Maine
The National Transportation Safety Board faults law enforcement planning in a report on a double fatal crash during the United Bikers of Maine Toy Run in September 2017. The report, released Tuesday, said an unsafe maneuver by a motorcycle rider …

POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 12:43 PM
Board Faults Utility’s Equipment in Fatal 2016 Explosion in Maryland
A gas company’s faulty equipment is the most likely cause of an explosion at a suburban Maryland apartment complex that killed seven people in 2016, according to federal report issued Tuesday. The explosion and fire at the Flower Branch apartments …

POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 12:39 PM
W.R. Berkley Q1 Shows Rate Increases Working
W.R. Berkley Corp. enjoyed solid premium growth in the 2019 first quarter and its reinsurance arm booked encouraging results, with the carrier crediting “further rate improvement” for the positive trend. The insurer said its rate increases appear to be outpacing …

POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 12:11 PM
Cyclone Kenneth Grows Stronger as It Barrels Towards Mozambique
Tropical Cyclone Kenneth continued to grow stronger as it swirled toward the coast of Mozambique, where Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has halted all flights to and from its liquefied natural gas site. Mozambican authorities declared a “red alert” in Cabo Delgado …

POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 11:35 AM
China’s Swine Virus Epidemic Should Be a Global Concern: Opinion
It’s a familiar and ominous story. A deadly pathogen with no known cure begins spreading in China. Rather than acknowledge the problem, officials throughout the Chinese government shut down media coverage, while underreporting infection and mortality rates for fear of …

POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 11:13 AM

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