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Iran Plans to Probe State-Built Homes Destroyed by Deadly Earthquake

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani launched an investigation Tuesday into why government housing built by his hard-line predecessor collapsed while others withstood a powerful earthquake near the border with Iraq that killed more than 530 people. In the Kurdish town of …

Samsung Worker Who Died of a Brain Tumor Wins Compensation Case

Overturning an appeal court’s decision, South Korea’s Supreme Court said Tuesday the family of a Samsung worker who died of a brain tumor should be eligible for state compensation for an occupational disease. The ruling on Lee Yoon-jung, who was …

Las Vegas Crash Highlights Risks of Sharing Road With Robots

It only took a few hours for the first self-driving taxi shuttling people around Las Vegas to collide with a vehicle being driven by a human doing something it didn’t expect. The driverless passenger van was on its first day …

Big Insurers Brace for Perilous Future as Climate Risks Escalate

After one of the worst Atlantic hurricane seasons in history, the world’s biggest insurers say the industry needs to get its act together if it wants to survive climate change. Insuring against weather natural disasters could reach unaffordable levels for …

Uber Future Plans Include Sleek Flying Taxis

Commuters of the future could get some relief from congested roads if Uber’s plans for flying taxis work out. The ride-hailing service unveiled Wednesday an artist’s impression of the sleek, futuristic machine it hopes to start using for demonstration flights …

Fire Risk Prompts BMW Recall of 1 Million Cars

BMW is recalling more than 1 million cars and SUVs in two U.S. recalls due to the risk of fires under the hood, and it’s recommending that they be parked outdoors until repairs are made. A spokesman for the German …

Subaru Chief Apologizes for Flawed Inspections

The head of Japanese automaker Subaru bowed deeply in apology Friday as the company admitted that it has been carrying out flawed inspections of its Japan-made cars for years. The announcement by Subaru’s chief executive and president, Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, was …

Slow Recovery, Reconstruction After Mexico Quake

Wearing a hardhat, Rodrigo Diaz Mejia steps onto the hood of a crushed car and then gingerly into an apartment cracked open by the Sept. 19 earthquake. Inside he spots a photo of two young boys hanging on a wall …

Business News: Progressive, Hiscox, Berkley Aspire

Progressive Announces New Flo Chatbot Progressive Insurance announced a new Flo Chatbot experience on Facebook Messenger. The tool, enhanced by artificial intelligence and quoting technology, is now available for all Messenger users via Flo, the Progressive Girl’s Facebook page. The …

Warming Seas Could Lead to 70% Rise in Hurricane-Related Financial Loss

If oceans warm at a rate predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nation-sponsored group that assesses climate change research and issues periodic reports, expected financial losses caused by hurricanes could increase more than 70 percent by …

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