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Cyclone Evacuation Helps Bangladesh Avoid High Death Toll

Tens of thousands of Bangladeshis returned Monday to wind-battered villages and rain-soaked fields after a strong storm pummeled the coast and killed at least 26 people over the weekend. Authorities had ordered about 2 million people to be evacuated from …

Air Safety Continues to Improve Despite High-Profile Disasters

Since the start of 2014, more than 1,600 people have died in commercial aviation disasters. That rate is up from the preceding three years and results in part from some shocking incidents, including a pilot suicide and the downing of …

Sudden Acceleration in Hyundai Cars is Focus of Singapore Probe

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority said Tuesday it is investigating Hyundai vehicles following reports of accidents involving sudden acceleration while reversing. In a statement, the authority said it was looking into cases of Hyundai vehicles having “unintended acceleration in reverse gear.” …

PwC: World Drone Market Seen Nearing $127B in 2020

Drones will soon be boosting crop yields, verifying insurance claims, and assisting in future Hollywood blockbusters in a business that’s due to boom by more than 6,000 percent by the end of the decade. The global market for commercial applications …

Alberta Fires Worse on Canada Economy Than Katrina Was for U.S.

Intact Financial Corp. may post insured losses of as much as C$1.1 billion ($850 million) from the wildfires in Alberta, which could dent the Canadian economy harder than Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Intact, Canada’s biggest property and casualty insurer, …

Massive Alberta Wildfire Will Likely Burn for Months

The images are ones of devastation – scorched homes, virtually whole neighborhoods burned to the ground. It rained a little Sunday morning in Fort McMurray, but Canadian officials say they expect to fight the massive wildfire that has destroyed large …

Canada Town Evacuated, Wildfire Destroys 80% of Homes

A fire that forced the evacuation of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, destroyed 80 percent of the homes in one neighborhood and extensively damaged property in a number of others, and officials warned it could get …

Researchers Say Repeat Drunk Drivers, Speeders Share Distinct Behaviors

Road crashes are the world’s leading cause of preventable death and injury in people under 35, accounting for around 5 million casualties every year. Repeat offenders make a disproportionate contribution to these statistics – and are known for their poor …

Allianz: A Lot of Home Theft Occurs in the Garden

Nearly 1 in 10 homeowners reported that they had fallen victim to a theft from their garden with the average value of the items stolen hitting £176.00 (roughly $258), according to Allianz Insurance. The insurer polled 2000 homeowners during a …

Japan Plans $4.5B in Quake-Relief Spending

Japan is preparing an extra budget of more than $4.5 billion for reconstruction of areas hit by this month’s deadly earthquakes, sources said, but the central bank is unlikely to grant any relief to banks in the stricken region. The …

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