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|Michigan Lawmaker’s Proposal Would Allow Auto Insurance Options
Michigan state Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance has introduced legislation that he says would help drivers and families financially saddled by Michigan’s exorbitant automobile insurance rates. House Bill 4488 will allow consumers to choose a level of coverage, up to …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 4:25 PM
|MetLife Asks Court to Delay ‘Too Big to Fail’ Challenge as Trump Vows Review
MetLife Inc. is asking a U.S. court to put on pause a case over how the government deems certain companies “too big to fail,” one of the most significant reforms to come out of the financial crisis, while President Donald …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 4:05 PM
|New Jersey’s York Names Walsh Executive Vice President and Chief Claims Officer
York Risk Services Group (York), a Parsippany, N.J.-based provider of claims management, managed care, specialized loss adjusting, alternative risk programs, pool administration and other insurance services, has named Patrick Walsh as executive vice president and chief claims officer for York …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 3:30 PM
|Colorado City Agrees to Pay $212K in Racial Profiling Suit
A Colorado city has agreed to pay $212,000 to settle a racial profiling lawsuit over the arrest of two black men that was captured on cellphone video and widely viewed on social media. The Colorado Springs Gazette reported the city …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 2:49 PM
|Inspectors Find Continuing Safety Issues at Washington Mental Hospital
Inspectors who visited Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital found that safety problems that thrust the facility into the national spotlight after the escape of two dangerous patients a year ago persist, including neglected patients. And a survey of Western State …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 2:47 PM
|Small Quake Hits California Coast Near Santa Barbara
A small earthquake has rattled parts of the Southern California coast. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the magnitude-3.6 quake hit just before 11 a.m. Sunday about 3 miles east of Santa Barbara. A sheriff’s dispatcher says there are no immediate …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 2:44 PM
|Willis Towers Watson Names 6 to Global FINEX Senior Leadership Team
Insurance broker and consultant Willis Towers Watson has made six senior appointments across its Global FINEX business, the company’s financial, executive and professional risk specialty group. Jeremy Wall has been appointed chairman of Global FINEX and head of FINEX for all …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 1:59 PM
|New York City House Fire Kills 5, Including Children
Investigators are scouring for clues about what sparked a fast-moving New York City house fire that killed five people, including two young boys and two teenage girls. The fire broke out Sunday afternoon, on a street full of single-family homes …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 1:28 PM
|Swiss Re Economists Win Award for Research on Nat Cat Protection Gap
The Geneva Association and the International Insurance Society (IIS) announced the 2017 winner of their collaborative insurance research program, the Shin Research Excellence Awards. Thomas Holzheu and Ginger Turner of Swiss Re received the award for their paper on “The …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 1:28 PM
|Schumer Calls for Better Communication After New York Penn Station Stampede
Sen. Charles Schumer says the stampede that injured 16 people at New York’s Penn Station just over a week ago shows a need for better coordination between law enforcement agencies at transportation hubs. The stampede erupted April 14 following false …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 1:18 PM
|Massachusetts’ Eastern Insurance Hires Gross from Hanover Insurance
Eastern Insurance Group, a Natick, Mass.-headquartered subsidiary of Eastern Bank, has hired William F. Gross as executive vice president of commercial lines. Gross, who works out of the Natick office, brings more than 17 years of insurance and sales experience …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 1:08 PM
|RIMS 2017: Firms Value Cyber Assets Highly Until Time for Insurance
Despite believing that their plant, property and equipment are now less valuable than their cyber assets, most organization spend four times more on insurance protecting their physical plants, properties and equipment than they do their information-based assets. The 2017 Cyber …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 12:59 PM
|Large Claims Becoming More Expensive, Complex & Global: Allianz
Large liability claims are becoming more expensive, complex and international, with activity increasing outside the United States, according a report published by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS). “Although recent years have seen a noticeable rise in large environmental liability …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 12:19 PM
|French Prosecutors Probe Peugeot Parent over Alleged Emissions Fraud
French prosecutors started a preliminary investigation of alleged fraud at PSA Group, the latest car manufacturer to be targeted over potential violations of emissions rules in the aftermath of Volkswagen AG’s diesel-cheating scandal. The stock fell the most in two months. …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 9:55 AM
|Liberty Taps XL Catlin’s McKay for New Distribution & Client Mgmt Role
Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM), part of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, has appointed Kerry McKay to the newly created role of head of Distribution and Client Management for Continental Europe. He will report directly to LSM’s head of Europe, Kadidja Sinz. …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 8:20 AM
|XL Catlin Participates in Consortium Bringing Driverless Cars to UK
Oxbotica, the Oxford-based artificial intelligence company that is developing driverless cars for the UK, announced it is leading a consortium of companies that plans to trial a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles in urban areas and on motorways, culminating in …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 7:51 AM
|Demand Rises for Political Risk Cover as Buyers Think the Unthinkable
Rocked by a shakeup in the Western political order, companies are buying more insurance to protect themselves against the threat of rising protectionism and upheaval to their operations in emerging markets. Insurers say demand is being driven by uncertainty over the consequences …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 6:48 AM
|Authorities Investigating Cause of 16-Car Pileup on Georgia’s I-75
The Georgia State Patrol says 10 people were injured in a 16-car pileup that shut down southbound Interstate 75 for nearly four hours. WSB-TV reports that the accident happened just before 2 p.m. on Sunday along I-75 at Allatoona Lake …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 5:27 AM
|Bird Flu Restrictions Ended for Georgia Poultry Producers
Officials say they have ended restrictions on poultry producers that were enacted after the first confirmation of avian influenza in commercial birds in Georgia. News outlets report state veterinarian Robert M. Cobb Jr. said in a news release that effective …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 5:22 AM
|Disney Says Man Died From Pre-Existing Condition After Orlando Ride
A 54-year-old man died after riding Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster in February. The man had a pre-existing condition and collapsed and died at a hospital after riding the roller coaster. The Orlando Sentinel said man’s death was …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 5:17 AM
|Bush Beats Trump! And Other Insurance Political Giving News
Monumental views on insurance and risk in the nation’s capital? Surely we jest. Well, we will take an occasional dip into the Potomac waters to poke fun, but overall we hope this reporting on insurance and risk as seen from the nation’s …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 5:00 AM
|RIMS 2017: Risk Managers in Denial Over Disruptive Technologies
The 14th annual Excellence in Risk Management report finds an apparent lack of awareness among many risk professionals on existing and emerging technologies including telematics, sensors, the Internet of Things (IoT), smart buildings and robotics, and their associated risks. According to the survey …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 5:00 AM
|Motorists Mutual, BrickStreet Mutual Finalize Joint Venture
Ohio-based property/casualty insurer Motorists Mutual Insurance Co. and West Virginia-based workers’ compensation insurer BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Co. Inc., have been granted regulatory approvals to affiliate through a joint venture. This affiliation has created a new super regional carrier ranked in …
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 3:03 AM
|Cavignac & Associates in California Names Delmundo Account Administrator
San Diego, Calif.-based Cavignac & Associates has named Doneca Delmundo as an account administrator within the agency’s commercial department. Delmundo will provide support and assistance to the agency’s commercial insurance account managers. Specifically, she is responsible for processing endorsements, policies …
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 7:44 PM
|Feds Grant $5.9M to West Virginia for Drug Addiction Fight
West Virginia will receive $5.9 million from the federal government to help fight drug addiction. U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced the grant Thursday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. …
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:58 PM
|Residents in Southwest Florida Evacuated as Brush Fires Spread
Brush fires are threatening more than 2,000 homes in southwest Florida, and the Florida National Guard is helping to evacuate residents. Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement Friday that he deployed the guard and five UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to …
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:53 PM
|1st Farmer Lawsuit Against Syngenta over China Trade Begins in Minnesota
The first of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits is about to go to trial against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn seed variety to the U.S. market before China had approved it …
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:39 PM
|Tens of Thousands of Turkeys Killed in Iowa, South Dakota Fires
More than 25,000 turkeys have been killed in separate fires at farms in Iowa and South Dakota A fire at a turkey farm south of Wapello, Iowa, killed about 10,700 juvenile turkeys and caused about $300,000 in damages to the …
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:37 PM
|Texas Father, Son Charged in Alleged $16M Insurance Scam
Prosecutors say a Texas father and son have been charged in an alleged $16 million hearing aids insurance scam using American Airlines workers. A federal grand jury in Dallas indicted 66-year-old Terry Lynn Anderson and 36-year-old Rocky Freeland Anderson. They …
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:35 PM
|Sherman Named President of Michigan’s Acrisure
Acrisure LLC, a national retail consulting and insurance broker based in Caledonia, Mich., has named D. Michael Sherman as president. Sherman joined Acrisure in January as a strategic advisor, bringing more than 40 years of experience in the insurance industry …
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:33 PM
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|Trump’s ‘big, beautiful wall’ collides with Congress
President Trump backed off his demand that Congress pay for a wall spanning the entire U.S.-Mexico border in a crucial spending bill that must pass by Friday night to keep the government funded.
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 6:28 AM
|Dao attorney: Client was dragged like ‘sack of potatoes,’ apology from CEO wouldn’t help
Thomas Demetrio, the lawyer for injured United passenger David Dao, said the airline’s CEO had a chance to apologize but instead called Dao belligerent.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 11:23 AM
|Pres. Trump's Threat to Congress Fails
President Trump lost his first fight over health care and Monday night he appeared to back off threats to force Democrats and Republicans to pay for the border wall. Fmr. GOP Congressman David Jolly and MNSBC's Joy Reid join Lawrence O'Donnell.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 3:40 PM
|Arkansas kills inmate in latest of several planned executions
The southern US state of Arkansas, rushing to execute several inmates before a lethal drug expires at the end of the month, has carried out the first of two executions scheduled for Monday, the attorney general said. Jack Jones was executed after the US Supreme Court rejected an 11th-hour request from his attorneys asking the justices to reconsider a procedural issue from his trial. Arkansas had planned to put eight convicted murderers to death in 11 days -- a record, had it been carried out -- but four have won reprieves.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 9:33 PM
|Ann Coulter's backers at UC Berkeley file lawsuit
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Ann Coulter is now at the center of a civil rights lawsuit filed Monday against the University of California, Berkeley by students who say the school is violating their right to free speech by canceling the conservative pundit's speaking event on campus this week.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 6:44 PM
|Obama makes first public remarks since leaving office
Leading a panel discussion at the University of Chicago, the former president said that he is hoping to inspire young leaders and “help them take a crack at changing the world.”
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 1:26 PM
|Dowd: New poll is 'good news, bad news, really bad news' for Trump
The Powerhouse Roundtable debates President Trump's progress as we approach 100 days in office.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 12:40 PM
|Lawyer for Philippines hit-man files complaint against Duterte at ICC
By Clare Baldwin and Stephanie van den Berg HONG KONG/THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A Philippines lawyer filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday against President Rodrigo Duterte and senior officials, accusing them of mass murder in a nationwide anti-drugs crackdown. Attorney Jude Sabio said in the 77-page complaint that Duterte "repeatedly, unchangingly and continuously" committed crimes against humanity and that under him, killing drug suspects and other criminals has become "best practice". Sabio is the lawyer for Edgar Matobato, a man who has testified in the Philippines Senate that he was part of a hit squad that operated on Duterte's orders.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 8:51 AM
|Chelsea Clinton Responds To SNL Cast Member’s Joke
Chelsea Clinton responded to a joke made by ‘Saturday Night Live’ star Vanessa Bayer at the expense of former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 5:16 PM
|Trump fumes about supposedly ‘fake’ polls giving him a dismal approval rating
The president continues to rant about a pair of new surveys that show he is approaching his 100th day in office with the lowest approval rating of any president in more than 70 years.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 9:18 AM
|Erdogan accuses French researcher of inciting assassination
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's lawyer has lodged a complaint against a former French diplomat accusing him of inciting the assassination of Turkey's leader, his spokesman confirmed Monday. The move follows comments by Philippe Moreau Defarges about the outcome of the April 16 referendum on controversial constitutional changes that will tighten the president's grip on power. Defarges, now a senior fellow at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), said all legal paths to challenge Erdogan had been shut off and that the only two options left were civil war or assassination.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 10:03 AM
|Remembering ‘Happy Days’ Star Erin Moran, an Icon from the 70s Generation
For nearly a decade, millions watched little Joanie Cunningham grow up on “Happy Days.” She died Saturday afternoon at just 56 years old.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 12:21 PM
|Death Penalty Countdown: One Family Waits for Execution Day in Arkansas
Just miles away from death row in Arkansas, Genie Boren waits for the scheduled execution date of her husband’s killer, Kenneth Williams. Williams is one of the previously eight scheduled executions in a 10 day span in Arkansas.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 6:09 AM
|Aviation officer gives his version of United flight removal
CHICAGO (AP) — The physician who was dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago this month was verbally and physically abusive, and flailing his arms before he lost his balance and struck his mouth on an armrest, according to the aviation officer who pulled the man out of his seat.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 11:25 PM
|‘Better you than me’: Trump commends astronauts for converting urine into drinking water
In a video call with space station astronaut Peggy Whitson, President Trump congratulated her on her record-setting 535th day in space.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 11:31 AM
|Pulse-Pounding Video Shows Girl Falling Out of Church Bus
The 4-year-old suffered a broken jaw and is the process of recovering.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 5:18 PM
|Police search for missing boy in California; father arrested
SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Police in Southern California on Sunday finished their search of a park where the passed-out father of a missing 5-year-old boy was found over the weekend and are asking for anyone with information to come forward.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 9:43 PM
|The 56 Most Delish Burritos
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 3:08 PM
|Donald Trump attacks UN officials over North Korea and Syria 'failures' as they sit beside him
Donald Trump has called the Security Council’s inaction against Syria's President Bashar al Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons as a “failure” while they were sitting next to him after a White House luncheon. The president said he is “disappointed” because the “UN doesn’t like to take on problems and said the 15 member countries of the Security Council have remained “blindfolded” for decades to taking action on threats like North Korea. Sources told The Independent that the Security Council also met with members of Congress for coffee and discussed North Korea, Syria, and what Mr Trump called "big reforms" to the UN that certain US legislators and Mr Trump would like to see.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 8:03 PM
|Macron, Le Pen leading French vote: initial projections
Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen will contest the second round of the French presidential election, initial projections suggested Sunday, after a nailbiting vote seen as vital for the future of the EU. Macron was projected to win between 23 and 24 percent in Sunday's first round, slightly ahead of National Front leader Le Pen with between 21.6 and 23 percent, according to estimates on public television. The outcome capped an extraordinary few months for a deeply divided France, which saw a campaign full of twists and turns and a movement away from traditional parties.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 2:12 PM
|How Exercise Can Benefit Your Brain
Aerobic exercise, resistance training (such as weight lifting), and tai chi can all boost brain function in people older than 50, concludes a review published today in the British Journal of Spor...
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 6:33 PM
|Off-Duty NYPD Officer Critically Injures 2 Women While Drunk Behind the Wheel: Cops
Neville Smith, 32, rear-ended a Honda as he merged onto a highway before dawn Sunday.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 2:24 PM
|Ten of the Quickest New Cars You Can Buy for Less Than $25,000
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 3:19 PM
|The Latest: Group decries the way statues are being removed
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans. (all times local):
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 12:08 PM
|Venezuela death toll rises as unrest enters fourth week
By Brian Ellsworth and Diego Oré CARACAS (Reuters) - At least one person was killed in political unrest in Venezuela on Monday as anti-government protests entered a fourth week with mass "sit-ins" to press demands for early elections. A local government worker was shot dead in the Andean state of Merida at a counter-protest rally in favor of the socialist government, while another man there was wounded by a bullet and left fighting "between life and death", state ombudsman Tarek Saab said. There was also an unconfirmed report on Monday, from a regional opposition party official, of two more fatalities during protests in the western agricultural state of Barinas.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 6:34 PM
|The Latest: Mistrial declared for 4 in Cliven Bundy standoff
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the trial of six men charged in an armed standoff with federal agents (all times local):
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:13 PM
|Tesla is doubling the size of its charging network
The biggest complaint about electric cars has always been that there's nowhere to juice up. Well, that excuse just died if you own a Tesla. The company just announced plans to double the size of its charging network by the end of the year, promising more chargers at current locations, and new Supercharger sites for all those Model 3s that should be hitting the road.
According to Tesla's plans, the number of Superchargers available globally will double by the end of the year, from 5,000 currently to a total of 10,000. In the US, there's a planned Supercharger increase of 150 percent. The upgrades will be spread out between new sites along highways, capacity increases to existing sites, and more Supercharger locations in urban areas.
Currently, the Supercharger network exists to facilitate long road trips. Superchargers are Tesla-branded chargers that only work with Tesla vehicles, and are capable of charging Teslas much faster than any other kind of charger. Tesla has a network of charging stations along most major US highways, which allows owners to travel distances well in excess of the car's 200-mile range, without needing to stop overnight to charge.
With a flood of new vehicles expected to hit the roads when the Model 3 starts being delivered, the capacity improvements will be necessary to keep congestion down at Superchargers. Already, Tesla has begun seeing congestion at some stations, and it's had to start charging new Tesla owners for charging. Previously, charging at a Supercharger was free for Tesla owners.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 12:58 PM
|Barack Obama to 'make $400k' for his Wall Street speech
Barack Obama has reportedly agreed to speak at a Wall Street conference for almost half a million dollars. The former President, who left the White House almost 100 days ago, is said to be appearing at Cantor Fitzgeralds LP’s healthcare conference as a keynote speaker in September. Mr Obama’s reported speech fee is nearly twice as much as Hillary Clinton has charged private companies for similar style events.
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 5:55 AM
|Brooklyn moves to help minor offenders avoid deportation
The public prosecutor's office in the New York borough of Brooklyn will change the way it deals with minor infractions by undocumented immigrants to lessen their risk of expulsion under the Trump administration, it said Monday.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 12:35 PM
|How to Know If You're Underfunded in Your Retirement Account
Reports of American workers being short on their retirement funds are rampant. The National Institute on Retirement Security frames the "underfunded" issue in real dollar terms, noting that retirement savings are "dangerously low", and the U.S. retirement savings deficit is between $6.8 and $14 trillion. Yes, too many Americans are underfunded in the retirement accounts -- but how do you know exactly how much you're underfunded?
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 9:30 AM
|Wooden Figurines 'Weave' at Tiny Looms Placed in Ancient Grave
Tiny wooden figurines have stood upright "weaving" at appropriately sized looms for more than 2,100 years in a Chinese tomb containing the remains of a middle-age woman, a new study finds. The discovery of the miniature scene astonished archaeologists, who were surveying an area slated for subway construction in Chengdu, a city in China's southwestern Sichuan province, in 2013. The looms may be small — the largest is about the size of a child's toy piano — but they're the earliest evidence on record of looms that could be used to weave patterns, the researchers said.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 9:01 AM
|The Latest: Spokesman says inmate apologized to director
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' attempt to carry out the nation's first double execution since 2000 (all times local):
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 1:26 AM
|Al Qaeda chief urges jihadists to use guerrilla tactics in Syria
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on Syrian Sunni jihadists to wage guerrilla war against enemies ranging from Syrian President Bashar al Assad and his Iranian-backed allies to Western powers. In an audio recording posted online on Sunday, Zawahri called for the rebels to be patient, saying they should be prepared for a long battle with the Western-led coalition in Iraq and Syria and Iranian-backed Shi'ites fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar al Assad's government. "Our people in Sham (Syria) prepare yourselves for a long battle with the Crusaders and their allies the Shi'ites and Alawites," the successor to Osama bin Laden said.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 4:51 PM
|The Latest: Teacher to return to Tennessee to face charges
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a Tennessee teacher charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old student (all times local):
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 6:14 PM
|China's quota threat charges up electric car market
China's electric-car market is already the world's biggest, but a government proposal to introduce "new energy" vehicle quotas for automakers is further charging it up. With the threat of the measure looming, major manufacturers at the annual auto show in Shanghai are announcing big plans to boost their electric vehicle (EV) offerings in China. Volvo has confirmed it will introduce its first 100-percent electric car in China in 2019, while Ford will market its first hybrid vehicle in early 2018 and envisions 70 percent of all Ford cars available in China will have electric options by 2025.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 11:08 AM
|Iran nuclear deal reviewed as uncertainty grows
Iran and major powers met Tuesday in Vienna to review adherence to their 2015 nuclear deal as uncertainty grows about the landmark accord's future under US President Donald Trump. The regular quarterly meeting was expected to hear, as Washington confirmed last week, that Iran is sticking to its side of the deal with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. The accord saw Tehran drastically curb its nuclear activities in order to ease concerns that Iran wanted to build an atomic bomb.
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 7:53 AM
|Nature throws humanity a softball, provides bugs that digest plastic
Mother Earth is one seriously gracious host. Humanity has done little else to the planet that produced us than completely destroy it at every turn. We dump toxic oil into oceans, irreversibly alter the climate, drive species into extinction, and pile heaps of trash everywhere we can find space for it. Nature owes us nothing, but it still finds a way to help us save our own hides on a regular basis. The latest example? How about a caterpillar that eats and breaks down the one thing humans have created that pollutes for centuries before decomposing on its own: plastic.
Plastic is everywhere, and as far as the Earth is concerned it absolutely sucks. Scientists believe it can take anywhere from 400 to 1,000 for common disposable plastic products like bags, bottles, and containers to break down after being thrown into a landfill — or flying out of your car window and into a ditch. That's a long, long time, and it makes plastic a particularly bad pollutant. Now, researchers believe they've stumbled upon a natural plastic decomposition tool that has been crawling around right under our feet, in the form of Galleria mellonella, the greater wax moth.
Scientists from Cambridge University just discovered that the moth's larva can actually eat and break down plastic in a similar way to beeswax, which the moth regularly consumes. Its digestive system breaks up the chemical bonds of polyethylene and makes the insects a powerful tool against the seemingly unending flood of plastic waste around the globe.
Unfortunately, solving the problems of plastic pollution isn't as simple as dumping a bunch of moth larva into landfills; scientists first have to fully study and detail the unique process in the bug's gut that is giving it its remarkable power. Once researchers know exactly how the moth is performing its trick they could apply that knowledge to large-scale efforts to biodegrade junk plastic in places where it causes the most problems, such as the ocean and other pollution hot spots.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 10:04 PM
|Scots don't want another independence vote: Kantar poll
Most Scottish voters do not want another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom and support for secession itself appears to have weakened, according to a Kantar survey. Scots voted by a wide margin to stick with the European Union in last June's referendum, clashing with the UK as a whole which voted to leave. Scotland's devolved government, run by the Scottish National Party (SNP), says this means the country should be given a new chance to decide whether it wants to split from the UK.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 7:04 PM
|ESPN Is an Albatross For Walt Disney Co (DIS) Stock
Published reports indicate that cable channel ESPN is preparing another round of cuts to its on-air talent, as parent company Walt Disney Co (ticker: DIS) continues to try to right the ship at the popular network. Traditional cable TV viewers have flocked to cheaper alternatives, and Disney is still trying to solve its ESPN problem. ESPN is expected to cut 40 jobs starting on May 1, including radio hosts, on-air personalities and writers.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 11:04 AM
|Tomb Full of Mummies Unearthed at Luxor
Several mummies and more than 1,000 figurines have been discovered at an ancient cemetery located at Luxor in Egypt, archaeologists reported. A team of archaeologists with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities uncovered the funerary complex during the ministry's ongoing excavations at the site. The funerary complex contains multiple tombs that were originally built for a man named Userhat, who was a judge in Luxor sometime during what modern-day archaeologists call Egypt's New Kingdom (1550–1070 B.C.) period, the ministry said in a statement.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 9:01 AM
|Police pick up adorable intruders: A pair of pygmy goats
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine have picked up some adorable intruders after two miniature goats escaped from their home and wandered the streets.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 3:49 PM
|Ukraine opens terror probe after OSCE medic killed
Ukraine opened a terror investigation Monday into a mine blast that killed an American medic from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's monitoring team in the country's rebel-held east. The OSCE suffered its first casualty in the three-year war in Europe's backyard after an armoured vehicle hit a landmine Sunday in the Russian-backed separatist fiefdom of Lugansk.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 9:17 AM
|Tennessee teacher planned to take 15-year-old girl to Mexico
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Tennessee teacher charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old student and driving her to California had planned to take the girl to Mexico and took a boat from San Diego on a test run, according to federal court documents filed Monday.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 6:51 PM
|Watch the 2017 Honda Civic Type R Set a New FWD Nurburgring Lap Record
With a 7:43.80 lap time, the 306-horsepower turbocharged Type R snatches front-drive victory from the hottest VW GTI.
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 11:57 AM
|Khamenei urges presidential hopefuls to focus on Iran
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Tuesday on candidates for next month's presidential election not to look to other countries as examples for progress. The May 19 election will see incumbent moderate Hassan Rouhani face off against two highly-touted conservative rivals. Speaking at a meeting of ambassadors from Muslim nations in Tehran, Khamenei encouraged candidates "not to look abroad (but) to pin hope on the capabilities of the nation for progress".
POSTED APRIL 25, 2017 6:02 AM
|Comcast knows you’ll pay anything for good Wi-Fi
A new survey commissioned by Comcast has ranked apartment-dweller's need for good internet, relative to other niceties like basic hygiene. The conclusion seems to be that good Wi-Fi and high-speed internet are viewed as being the most critical.
Comcast probably commissioned this survey to show how relevant its brand is to millennials or something, but the only actual truth to be found is this: Comcast knows that you will put up with basically anything to get good internet, so it's going to squeeze you for every last penny.
The survey polled 2015 building managers and developers in the US about what features are the most important for prospective renters. A majority (59%) had either Wi-Fi access or fast internet as the most important feature, comfortably beating out a washer-dryer in unit as the must-have.
This isn't so much a statement on the value of technology as it is a stunning indictment of broadband technology in the US. In a supposedly technology-literate, competitive, first-world country, access to the internet should be a given. But thanks to the oligopoly of cable companies that control access to the internet with very little regional competition, you're often left with little or no choice of cable providers. That means that if Verizon or Comcast only choose to supply your building with a 10Mbps, you're out of luck.
So really, this survey just confirms to Comcast an important fact about its customers: it doesn't matter how bad the customer service is or if it flat-out calls its customers idiots: you don't have any choice and you need internet, so pucker up, lucky consumers.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 5:44 PM
|Up in Smoke: Marijuana activists cuffed after lighting up at U.S. Capitol
Two dozen red-hatted protesters gathered on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Monday to call for easing federal marijuana laws, but police snuffed out the party by arresting four of them after they lit up joints. The activists, who carried marijuana-leaf flags and a sign saying "Let DC Tax and Regulate Marijuana," were calling for coast-to-coast legalization of the recreational use of marijuana and protections for those who use cannabis for medical reasons. The protest included the recitation of Buddhist, Jewish, Christian and Rastafarian prayers on the lawn outside the domed national landmark.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 5:00 PM
|Wheaton College mourns freshman killed during track event
Wheaton College is in mourning after a 19-year-old student was killed in a bizarre accident at a track meet.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 10:16 AM
|The Best Pocket Knife for Every Situation
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 3:18 PM