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Reuters - A major brush fire burned on Wednesday in central Arizona forcing roughly 250 residents to evacuate a small town near the site where 19 firefighters died in another blaze roughly three years ago, authorities said. Residents were forced from their homes on the east and west side of Yarnell by the so-called Tenderfoot Fire that broke out about 3:15 p.m. local time, said Dwight D’Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. The fire, consuming about 600 acres, threatened an undetermined number of structures in the area and has claimed three buildings, D’Evelyn said. No injuries have been reported.
Thursday, June 09, 2016
Reuters - Two days after the Fort McMurray wildfire turned Bruce Thompson’s mobile home into a pile of ash and rubble, he called his insurer to report the damage, despondent as he discussed a life’s worth of possessions gone in seconds. The broker made the situation worse. Insurance would only pay him roughly C$60,000 ($46,959) for his possessions, about a third of the appraised value. As if to console him, the broker said there were "numerous people" like him - all under-insured. Thompson’s mobile home is among more than 2,400 properties destroyed or damaged by flames, smoke, ash, mold or chemicals in Fort McMurray area in May.
Thursday, June 09, 2016 - As two criminal cases became public this week, the Justice Department today announced three cases in which additional defendants have pleaded guilty to federal charges for participating in a long-running health care fraud scheme that illegally referred thousands of patients for spinal surgeries and generated nearly $600 million in fraudulent billings over an eight-year period.The three new defendants join six others who were previously charged in relation to the government’s ongoing investigation into kickbacks for patient referrals and fraudulent bills for spinal surgeries performed at Pacific Hospital in Long Beach.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Claims Management - A day in the life of a workers’ compensation claims professional can be hectic to say the least. New losses that demand immediate attention come in continually. Each claim brings in calls and correspondences from applicant attorneys, doctors, employers, case managers, investigators, defense attorneys, lien claimants, and injured workers. With every request for treatment and report that comes in, there are rules and hidden deadlines around every corner. Supervisors require diary reviews, updates, and plans of action, and clients seek account audits. On top of all that, the claims professional also is responsible for identifying subrogation recovery potential for each claim.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Slate - Imagine the beginning of what promises to be an awesome afternoon: You’re cruising along in your car and the sun is shining. The windows are down, and your favorite song is playing on the radio. Suddenly, the truck in front of you stops without warning. As a result, you are faced with three, and only three, zero-sum options. In your first option, you can rear-end the truck. You’re driving a big car with high safety ratings so you’ll only be slightly injured, and the truck’s driver will be fine. Alternatively, you can swerve to your left, striking a motorcyclist wearing a helmet. Or you can swerve to your right, again striking a motorcyclist who isn’t wearing a helmet.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
FOX News - A man has died after being crushed by pallets of mushrooms at a plant in central Florida. The Orlando Sentinel reports Orange County sheriff’s spokeswoman Rose Silva says 45-year-old Bruce Edward Stephenson Jr. of Tavares was moving the pallets Monday with a forklift at the Monterey Mushrooms Inc. plant in Zellwood when the pallets began swaying. Silva says Stephenson jumped off the forklift, but the pallets fell on him before he could get away. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. Deputies and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
WBTV - A trailer carrying bees was involved in an accident with three tractor trailers on I-85 Tuesday, blocking three lanes of traffic and causing major delays. The crash happened just after 3 p.m. on northbound I-85 on the Catawba River bridge, which is just north of Exit 27. Officials confirmed one of the vehicles involved was loaded with honey bees and yellow jackets. NC Department of Transportation officials said the three lanes were expected to be closed for several hours, and urged drivers to seek alternate routes. All lanes were back open around 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Reuters - Five cyclists were killed and four injured on Tuesday evening when a pickup truck collided with a cycling group along a road in southwest Michigan, officials said. The cyclists were struck at about 6:30 p.m. local time along the shoulder of a rural road north of Kalamazoo, Michigan, by a pickup truck driven by a 50-year-old man, Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Getting told a news conference. The man, who was not identified, was taken into custody. Charges against the driver could be filed on Thursday, Getting said. Five bike riders were pronounced dead at the scene while four riders were taken to hospital.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Crime Voice - 48-year-old Elizabeth Louise Brown of Canyon County, a former claims adjuster, has pleaded guilty to two counts of insurance fraud with white collar crime enhancement for her scheme to defraud her employer out of more than $289,000. Brown is a former claims adjuster with Explorer Insurance. According to Department of Insurance Detectives, Brown embezzled from the company between January 2013 and September 2015 by adding friends and family members to claims, resulting in the insurer issuing fraudulent payments to Brown’s co-conspirators.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
NBC Washington - More than a dozen bus passengers were taken to a hospital Monday afternoon after a Metrobus crashed with another vehicle and then slammed into a tree in Silver Spring, Maryland, officials said. The crash of the J2 bus headed to Montgomery Westfield mall occurred Monday afternoon on East-West Highway at Grubb Road. The sound of the collision could be heard for blocks, people in the area at the time said." The driver of the bus was trapped for about 15 minutes. There’s not much of a front of a bus," Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer said. The bus driver was severely injured and taken to the hospital.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
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