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Auto Safety Agency Offers Online Vehicle Recall Check

The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the service started Wednesday on its website, www.safercar.gov. Drivers can …

Salmonella Risk Prompts Peanut, Almond Butter Recall

A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. is recalling some peanut and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination. The company said Tuesday that there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to the nut butters. They …

Federal Report Details How Firefighting Costs Erode Conservation Efforts

The Obama administration detailed on Wednesday the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes. In a new report, the …

Understanding Wildland Fire Modeling Leads to Better Predictions

Learning how wildland fires behave scientifically provides a better chance at accurately predicting the spatial and temporal evolution of high intensity wildfires, said Dr. Shankar Mahalingam, dean of the UAH College of Engineering, and professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. …

Tips on Avoiding Bad Faith Landmines During Trial

Acknowledging settlement demands in a timely fashion and documenting trial activity are just two ways to avoid bad faith litigation after a trial, said Kevin Quinley, founder and principle of Quinley Risk Associates. During a podcast on the topic, Quinley …

Garlock Creditors Oppose Bankruptcy Asbestos Plan Proposal

The official committee representing creditors with asbestos claims against Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC will urge its constituents to vote against the company’s reorganization plan, even though Garlock said it pays claimants in full. The official representative of future asbestos claimants, …

Hackers Steal Data From 4.5M Hospital-Chain Patients

Chinese hackers stole social security numbers, names and addresses from 4.5 million patients of Community Health Systems Inc., the second-biggest for-profit U.S. hospital chain, according to the company. The attacks occurred in April and June, the Franklin, Tennessee-based company said …

Foreigners Denied Whistle-Blower Protections

Foreign whistle-blowers who work for overseas companies can’t be protected from retaliatory firings for disclosing conduct that happens abroad, a federal appeals court held. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan found in a case involving Siemens AG that an …

Fireman’s Fund Appoints New VP of Field Claims and Risk Services

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company appointed Tiffany Alvey to vice president of field claims and risk services. She brings over 20 years of experience to her new role and has held various leadership positions in claims and risk services since she …

Could El Nino Repeat 2012 No Show

In 2012, forecasters and researchers entered the summer convinced an El Nino would form in the equatorial Pacific and its weather-changing effects would be felt around the world. It never happened. Now the specter of that failure has cast a …

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