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Insurance Networking News - After several high-profile hacks in 2015, the insurance industry and its regulators still find themselves learning about the hackers aggressively hunting customer’s personally identifiable information (PII) data, financial records and medical histories. Roughly 112 million health records were illegally accessed last year, according to the Office of Civil Rights, a sub-agency of Human and Health services. Attacks on Anthem in February and Premera Blue Cross in March were the low points. Combined, the two reported nearly 90 million files were compromised.
Friday, April 01, 2016
 
KXAN - There are two things most people do every day — drive and text. TxDOT is making sure you understand, the two don’t mix and can become deadly. The department’s annual “Talk, Text, Crash” campaign is warning drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. The campaign reminds drivers, particularly college students, to put away their phones and refrain from other distractions while driving. Statewide, approximately one in five traffic crashes involves driver distraction. In Austin, 4,148 traffic crashes were related to distracted driving in 2015. Furthermore, distracted driving crashes killed 463 people, seriously injured more than 3,000 in Texas last year.
Friday, April 01, 2016
 
FOX 5 - Several people were injured when a Hornblower bay-cruiser slammed into a dock along the San Diego Embarcadero Thursday afternoon. The Adventure Hornblower hit a concrete wall while docking near North Harbor Drive around 1 p.m., the San Diego Harbor Police told KSWB. Three of the 140 passengers aboard the ship complained of back pain and were taken to a hospital. Four other people were evaluated by medical staff, but didn’t need further care. A mechanical malfunction was to blame for the crash, officials said.
Friday, April 01, 2016
 
ABC 7 - Dozens of people were hurt near Kirbyville, Texas after a school bus with a high school track team on board flipped over Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The bus was carrying at least 30 students and two coaches as well as a driver from the Woodville Independent School District when it crashed, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The bus did not have seat belts. The bus was traveling east on FM 2013 when its right tires went off the roadway. In an attempt to drive the bus back on the road, the driver over-corrected, which sent it into a skid.
Friday, April 01, 2016
 
New York Post - The Big Apple’s annual auto show was “lit” on Thursday — thanks to a smokin’ hot Porsche 911 Turbo that burst into flames in the middle of the Javits Center. The pricey sports car caught fire as workers were setting up a show room for DUB Magazine, which is holding it’s popular DUB Show event from April 1-3.Videos of the fiery scene have been sweeping across social media, leaving car fanatics stunned. Facebook user Vlad Shurigin posted a 30 second clip showing the rear of the Porsche in flames just before crews snuffed the blaze out with fire extinguishers.
Friday, April 01, 2016
 
Insurance Business America - Just in the last six weeks, David Dybdahl has been called to testify as an expert witness six times for environmental claims. His agency, American Risk Management Resources Network, LLC (ARMR), where he serves as president, is one in a small group of insurance agencies that can be called on for the duty of testifying as an expert in their respective field. Previously, Dybdahl would only receive about one request every two years. This sudden uptick in expert witness requests is unlike anything he has experienced before in his over 35-year career in the environmental insurance industry.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
 
WOIO - A 28-year-old man was killed when a trench collapsed Tuesday on Heisley Road in Mentor. The accident occurred as a water line was being relocated by Aqua Ohio. "Aqua Ohio announces with deep sorrow that one of our employees was killed this afternoon while working to repair a water main in Mentor, Ohio today," the company said in a statement Tuesday evening. "The accident occurred while the employee was working in an excavated trench. The company will conduct an investigation, and work with OSHA on their investigation as well.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
 
WMTW - A patient at Maine Medical Center was killed after falling from the sixth-floor window at the hospital Tuesday evening. Police identified the patient as Paul Cady, 43, of Hollis. Police said Cady fell or jumped from a sixth floor window of the Richards Tower at 5:10 p.m. The circumstances around the death are still under investigation, but are not considered suspicious, police said. The state medical examiner’s office and the Department of Health and Human Service’s Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services is involved in the investigation.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
 
USA Today - At least seven people were injured and homes and businesses were damaged in northeastern Oklahoma after severe storms spawned a number of tornado touchdowns. The storms, which produced severe weather in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and western Mississippi and western Tennessee on Wednesday night, continued pushing eastward Thursday. Ongoing severe weather is forecast for the day on Thursday, with northern Mississippi, northern Alabama and western Tennessee in the highest risk area. There were six reports of tornadoes late Wednesday in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas, the Storm Prediction Center reported.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
 
The Bismarck Tribune - Sewer backups in as many as six basements at Sturgis Loop in Lincoln last week resulted in an outcry from the affected residents claiming the city should reimburse them for damages. However, Mayor Gerarld Wise said the city didn’t cause the blockage and the city’s insurance adjuster is looking into the situation. Homeowners complained of the sewage backup sometime after 11:15 a.m. March 22 in the 100 block of Sturgis Loop. Wise said Roto-Rooter was called to fix the problem, which was caused by a buildup of grease.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
 
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