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Hero Who Saved London From WWII Flooding Honored

Every day, boats full of tourists and commuters float by a pale patch on the wall that lines the River Thames near Britain’s Houses of Parliament. Few notice the concrete mark, or recognize it as evidence of how close London …

Chubb Disowns Syria ‘Adjusters’ After SEC Inquiry

Chubb Corp. has distanced itself from insurance adjusters in Sudan and Syria after a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry into business in nations blacklisted by the U.S. because of terrorism ties. The third-party adjusters who examine marine claims are …

Slow Moving Rockslide Streaming Live on Norway TV

Norway, which provided TV viewers with five hours of knitting live, showing a fire burning itself out and minute-by-minute salmon fishing, has found a new attraction – a rockslide on a mountain. But no one knows when it will happen. …

Robberies Cause Chile to Restrict Armored Van Routes

Chile is restricting the routes of armored van companies after a series of multimillion dollar robberies. The government said Tuesday that commercial routes will be cut by 15 percent, and a special team of prosecutors will investigate the more than …

Tropical Storm Hanna Soaks Nicaragua, Honduras

Tropical Storm Hanna made landfall near the Nicaragua-Honduras border Monday, bringing heavy rains to an already waterlogged area. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was forecast to dump as much as 10 to 12 inches (25-30 centimeters) of …

Australia Suspends Visas From Ebola-Affected Regions

Australia is suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep out the disease. The government is canceling and refusing non-permanent or temporary visas held by people who are not yet traveling, and …

Death Penalty Sought for South Korea Ferry Captain

South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank in April, killing more than 300 people, and life sentences to three key crew members, a court official said. Prosecutors also requested that …

Alpine Skiing Airbags Postponed

Alpine skiing’s governing body has postponed the introduction of an airbag system aimed at improving safety in speed racing. FIS men’s race director Markus Waldner said Friday the back protectors cannot be approved yet as their shape doesn’t comply with …

16 Miners Killed in Northwest China Coal Mine Collapse

A coal mine shaft collapsed in northwestern China, killing 16 miners, an official said Saturday, highlighting the persistence of safety problems in the industry despite a leveling off of demand. Another 11 miners were injured in the disaster, which struck …

India’s Damage From Hudhud Could Cost Insurers Up to $400M

Cyclone Hudhud, which hit India’s east coast last week, probably cost insurers $100 million to $400 million, modeling firm AIR Worldwide said. The storm damaged transportation infrastructure, power supply systems and more than 40,000 homes, the Boston-based modeler said in …

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