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East Europe Floods Lead to Mass Evacuation

Three people died and several hundreds were forced to evacuate as surging floodwaters submerged villages in Eastern Europe on Tuesday. In Bulgaria, authorities said a 61-year-old woman died in the floods and another person was reported missing after torrential rains …

Britain to Test Driverless Cars Next Year

British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin in January. Officials said Wednesday the tests will last up to three years. Sensors and cameras will guide …

OIL Announces an Increase in Per Occurrence Limits to $400M

Oil Insurance Limited (OIL) has elected to increase its per occurrence limit from $300 million to $400 million and the event aggregation limit from $900 million to $1.2 billion effective January 1st, 2015. OIL will give its members until January …

Crawford & Company UK Acquires Buckley Scott

Atlanta-based Crawford & Company, an independent claims management service provider, announced that it has finalized the purchase of Buckley Scott, a UK-based international construction and engineering adjusting firm. The acquisition will enable Crawford to significantly expand its construction and engineering …

Aviation Safety Considerations as Air Traffic Doubles

More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace. Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe – roughly the population of New York City – step …

GM in China Announces Imported Cadillac, Camaro Recall

General Motors Co. and its main Chinese partner are recalling nearly 20,000 imported Cadillac SRX sport utility vehicles and Chevrolet Camaros to replace defective seat bolts. GM said Friday the defect might allow seats to descend to their lowest position, …

Cuba Considers Mangroves to Fend off Rising Sea Level

Many people in this hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago. Since then, rising waters have gradually swallowed up rustic homes, a narrow highway …

Shipwrecked Concordia’s Final Voyage Off Isle

The Costa Concordia cruise liner made its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people. Boat sirens wailed and bells tolled on the island just …

Air Crashes Set Year on Course to Be Deadliest Since 2005

Three fatal airline crashes in a week mean 2014 is shaping up to become the worst year in almost a decade for passenger fatalities. The crash of a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft on the fringes of the Sahara desert yesterday …

Canada Insurer Crushes Stolen SUVs Recovered From Organized Crime

Economical Insurance took the extraordinary step of destroying two stolen vehicles that were recovered from individuals with links to organized crime. A 2005 Cadillac Escalade and a 2005 GMC Denali were crushed at Bodyline Auto Recyclers in Hamilton, Ontario to …

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