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China May Allow New Drivers to Take Tests Without Formal Lessons

China may stop requiring motorists enroll in driver’s education classes before they can take a license test, as the government seeks to make the qualification process more transparent. The government is looking to streamline the licensing process and may grant …

FAA Revamps Systems After Chicago Air Traffic Control Fire

The Federal Aviation Administration is revamping its systems following the September sabotage and fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center that disrupted travel nationwide. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said Monday the agency is working to reduce its response …

Canada Insurance Market Intends to Invest in Technology in 2015

A majority of property/casualty insurers in Canada expect to invest in technology in 2015, according to a joint survey conducted by Xchanging plc, a business process, procurement and technology services provider,  and Insurance-Canada.ca. The survey, which found that 65 percent of …

Japan Orders Airbag Maker to Conduct Probe

Japan’s transport ministry has told airbag maker Takata to conduct an internal investigation after cases of its airbags exploding triggered safety concerns in the U.S. and other countries. Transport Minister Akihiro Ohta said Friday that the ministry ordered Takata Corp. …

Latest Japan Earthquake Damage More Severe Than Expected

The damage from an overnight earthquake in a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics proved more extensive than initially thought. A daylight assessment Sunday found at least 50 homes destroyed in two villages, and 41 …

Gallagher Bassett New South Wales Workers’ Comp Contract at Run-Off Status by Year End

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced that a contract for the administration of workers’ compensation claims between its subsidiary, Gallagher Bassett Services, and the New South Wales Workers Compensation Scheme in Australia will move to run-off status on December 31, …

Airbag System Approved for World Cup Ski Races

Perhaps if Lindsey Vonn had a big cushy airbag to fall on when she tore two ligaments in her right knee she wouldn’t have missed the Sochi Olympics. And maybe Aksel Lund Svindal wouldn’t have broken bones in his face …

KANETIX Sponsors Distracted Driving Program in Ontario

KANETIX announced the launch of an anti-distracted driving training program in Ontario. Brought forth by non-profit organization Teens Learn to Drive, the Impact Teen Drivers program speaks directly to the people responsible for educating teenagers on matters of safe and …

Landslide Danger Remains High in Switzerland

Swiss authorities say the risk of landslides remains a danger in drenched areas with two lakes near flood levels and abundant snowfall expected in southern Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment is warning that water levels are climbing …

Spain Meat Plant Destroyed by Fire

An official says a fire has destroyed one of Spain’s largest meat producing plants and created a plume of black smoke that forced the closure of a highway in the northern city of Burgos. A city government spokesman says the …

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