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NCAA Offers $70M to Settle Sports Concussion Lawsuits

The National Collegiate Athletic Association would provide $70 million for concussion testing and diagnosis of current and former NCAA athletes as a part of an agreement to settle claims in several head-injury-related lawsuits. The settlement, which also includes educational initiatives …

Survey Finds U.S. Drivers Ready for Autonomous Cars

Most Americans are comfortable with the idea of self-driving cars, according to a new survey from Insurance.com, a car insurance comparison-shopping website. More than three-quarters of 2,000 licensed drivers surveyed said they would be very likely to buy or at …

NICB Reports on Mid-Year Status Update on Anti-Fraud Measures

New anti-fraud legislation was passed this year in Colorado, Georgia and Minnesota, according to Tim Lynch, government affairs director at the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Lynch discussed the status of anti-fraud legislation and other NICB efforts during a recent podcast …

RPM International to Resolve Asbestos Claims for $797 Million

RPM International Inc., whose bankrupt Bondex and Specialty Products units may have faced liabilities of more than $1 billion, said it tentatively settled asbestos claims for $797.5 million. The money, allocated over a four-year period, will go into a trust …

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company Launches New Website

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company has transfigured its website into a customer-centric, industry-leading site. “Our customers are comprised of agents and brokers, businesses, individuals and families who will appreciate the innovative online experience,” said Robyn Hahn, chief marketing officer of Fireman’s …

9/11 Commissioners Say U.S. Terror Threat High From Hackers

The terrorist threat against the U.S. remains dangerous 10 years after the 9/11 Commission issued its first report — only now the risk is greater online. In a report issued today, panel members who studied the 2001 attacks urge Congress …

New Research Suggests Texting Laws Save Drivers’ Lives

New research appears to confirm that laws against texting while driving do reduce traffic fatalities if they are primary enforcement laws. Primary texting bans are associated with a three percent reduction in traffic fatalities among all age groups, which is …

MSHA Issues 186 Mining Citations in June

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says inspectors issued 186 citations at 13 U.S. mining operations in June. Eleven of those mines were coal operations, while the others were metal and nonmetal. MSHA cited as examples Thursday coal mines in …

Senator Suggests Airline Safety Device Protection Against Missles

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is urging federal authorities to study whether U.S. passenger jets should be equipped with devices that would protect them against missiles like those that recently shot down a Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine and projectiles fired …

Passengers Recount Horror Stories as Senate Considers Cruise Ship Safety Bill

Laurie Dishman told senators through tears that she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line’s employees, using her experience to shed light on the dangers that passengers might face on cruises. “Cruise consumers …

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