NBC News - As college students head back to school, cybercriminals are heading back to work. Hackers often target universities during the school year, and campuses are not equipped to handle the cybersecurity threats, according to a new report published Thursday by the security firm BitSight Technology. In fact, colleges and universities fare worse than both the retail and health-care industries when it comes to securing their networks, according to the report.
Friday, August 22, 2014
 
NBC News - Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states. A spokeswoman for UPS says the information includes names, card numbers and postal and email addresses from about 100,000 transactions between Jan. 20 and Aug. 11. United Parcel Service Inc. said Wednesday that it was among U.S. retailers who got a Department of Homeland Security bulletin about the malware on July 31.
Friday, August 22, 2014
 
AP - The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions. A research report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the technology could eventually prevent as many as 592,000 left-turn and intersection crashes a year, saving 1,083 lives. The agency said it will begin drafting rules to require the technology in new vehicles.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
 
WTSP - More than a dozen people were hurt following a crash between a city bus and an SUV on Thursday morning. St. Petersburg Police say the serious accident is between a PSTA Bus and an Acura MDX at 94th Avenue North, just east of Gandy Blvd.It appears the Acura may have crossed over into the oncoming lane and struck the bus head-on. The 57-year-old woman driving the Acura was taken to the hospital in critical condition, while out of the 15 people on board the bus 7 were send the hospital with various injuries.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
 
The Blade - A Toledo woman charged with setting fire to a near-downtown duplex she owned has been indicted on a new charge of insurance fraud for allegedly filing a false claim for damages. Dominique Ballard, 28, of 4313 Walker Ave. is accused of setting a fire Nov. 6, 2013, at a duplex at 626 South Ave. then filing a claim for belongings she reported had been lost in the fire. Prosecutors said firefighters said the two-story structure appeared to be vacant at the time.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
 
Claims Journal - Acknowledging settlement demands in a timely fashion and documenting trial activity are just two ways to avoid bad faith litigation after a trial, said Kevin Quinley, founder and principle of Quinley Risk Associates. During a podcast on the topic, Quinley said that settlement offers made during trial can pose bad faith risks for adjusters. "Let’s look at this classic scenario. You’ve taken a claim to trial. Defense attorney is into day three of the proceedings, and plaintiff’s counsel had given you a new settlement demand.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
 
The Columbian - A fire ripped through a Hazel Dell church early Sunday morning, causing an estimated $1.5 million in damage, and investigators with the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office are asking for any witnesses to come forward with information in the case. Firefighters were dispatched at 12:39 a.m. to Amazing Grace Baptist Church, 6902 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave., where they found flames spreading through the church’s first floor, second floor and attic, said Todd Iremonger, a battalion chief with Clark County Fire District 6.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
 
The Berkshire Eagle - The family of a Sudbury man who died after a rotted tree fell on him as he returned to his car on Richmond Mountain Road following a nighttime Tanglewood concert is seeking $800,000 in a negligence claim against the towns of Lenox and Stockbridge. The road bisects the two communities and at the time of the July 4, 2012, incident, the precise location of the tree, before and after it fell, was believed to include both towns.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
 
Insurance Networking News - Based on expectations that they will increase comfort and convenience, enable remote control of home devices and reduce energy bills, interest in connected-home products and services, including monitoring, control and energy management, is projected to increase to 57 percent from 7 percent over the next five years, according to recent research from Accenture, a management consulting company. Conceptually similar to connected-car technology, which uses connected sensors to report on usage, behavior, location, status and other data points, connected-home technologies offer a range of conveniences to homeowners and could create new opportunities for P&C insurers akin to those of insurance telematics.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
 
FOX Business - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed a lawsuit Tuesday against State Farm, alleging Louisiana’s largest auto insurer is illegally steering customers involved in car accidents to repair shops that use junkyard parts and choose cheap fixes over safety. The lawsuit, filed in state district court in Baton Rouge, accused the insurance company of violating Louisiana’s unfair trade practices act with a systematic effort to lower its costs at the expense of its customers. Caldwell said his office’s investigation started in March after receiving complaints from around the state about shoddy repair work.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
 
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