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Mercury Names Safest, Most Affordable Cars for Teens to Insurer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 5-Star Safety Ratings Program provides consumers with information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles, with more stars equaling safer cars. Mercury Insurance recently analyzed vehicles that received five stars …

Abusive Doctors Shielded in the U.S., Patients at Risk

A lack of transparency in the system for disciplining physicians across the U.S. provides cover for doctors accused of molesting patients or other forms of sexual abuse against them, according to an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. No state routinely …

Why Hire a Corporate Lawyer When a Robot Will Do?

Lawyers, beware. Robots really are coming for your jobs. Exhibit A: Venture-capital firm Invoke Capital just made a multi-million-dollar investment in Luminance, which is developing artificial intelligence to automate the legal drudgery involved in corporate mergers and acquisitions. The robot …

Tesla’s Software Update Stops Automatic Steering if Driver is Inattentive

Tesla Motors says a software update to its Autopilot system will disable automatic steering if drivers don’t keep their hands on the wheel. The update also adds multiple features, including improved radar, better voice commands and an industry-first temperature control …

The Science Behind Chirps and Chimes Inside Modern Cars

Whether it’s the pleasant greeting when you slide into the driver’s seat or a loud, annoying beep that warns you of an imminent crash, there’s science behind the noises that your car makes. Nearly all automakers have engineers and others …

Chipotle Ads Attempt to Convince Consumers Food is Safe

Chipotle is making another push to convince people that its food won’t make them sick, with plans to run more newspaper and digital ads outlining the safety steps it has taken since last year’s E. coli outbreak. The ads beginning …

Officials in 21 States Sue DOL to Block Overtime Pay Expansion

Officials from 21 states sued the U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday over a new rule that would make about 4 million higher-earning workers eligible for overtime pay, slamming the measure as inappropriate federal overreach by the Obama Administration. Nevada Attorney …

Another Listeria Scare Hits Blue Bell

Blue Bell Creameries Inc., the ice cream maker that was devastated by a deadly listeria outbreak last year, is doing another product recall tied to the bacteria. The company is voluntarily calling back products from its Sylacauga, Alabama, factory that …

NFIP Buys $1M in Private Reinsurance, Plans More in 2017

The federal government has contracted with private reinsurers to improve the National Flood Insurance Program‘s claims paying ability and reduce the need for the NFIP to borrow from the U.S. Treasury to cover future claims. The Federal Emergency Management Agency …

Autonomous Cars’ Effect on Auto, Cyber Insurance

Autonomous vehicles are expected to shake up the property/casualty market, as personal auto insurance premiums drop and cyber insurance steps in. As drivers look forward to a future of eating, reading and watching movies while being transported to destinations around …

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