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J&J Begins Settling Pinnacle Hip Defect Lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson has begun settling consumers’ claims that it sold artificial hips knowing they were defective, marking the first settlements in the seven-year-old litigation. A federal judge in Texas overseeing the cases said about 3,300 of 10,000 “have settled …

Business Owners Need to Train Employees About Password Safety

It may seem obvious: Companies’ computers, mobile devices and accounts need secure passwords. But many small business owners don’t take the time to educate staffers about these very basic forms of cyber security. And staffers may not know that their …

Reflecting on the 2018 Hurricane Season

While 2018 was an active hurricane season, it wasn’t quite as bad as some years past. According to the Insurance Information Institute, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season broke several records, with six reaching Category 3 or stronger. In addition, it …

Researchers Find Houses in Hurricane Strike Zones Are Built Back Bigger

A study of hurricane-hit areas of the United States has revealed a trend of larger homes being built to replace smaller ones in the years following a storm. The research, led by the University of Southampton (UK) and published in …

Super Rich Drives Rise in Whisky Insurance

With prices of rare whisky soaring into the six and seven digits, ensuring that precious spirit is protected is not only recommended but essential, says Ron Fiamma, head of global collections at American International Group Inc.’s private client group. The …

The Case of the Apple Tree Boy

M.I. Hummel figurines, or “Hummels,” have been an incredibly popular collectible since their introduction by the porcelain maker Franz Goebel in 1935. It may be surprising to know that the first Hummels were not actually porcelain figures but rather paper …

Study Finds Driver Cell Phone Bans Are Saving Motorcyclists’ Lives

Laws to ban or curb drivers’ use of cell phones and other handheld devices have greatly reduced the rate of fatalities for motorcyclists, according to a new study by faculty at Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami. The …

Waymo Launches Robotic Ride-Hailing Service in Arizona

Google’s self-driving car spinoff is finally ready to try to profit from its nearly decade-old technology. Waymo is introducing a small-scale ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area that will include a human behind the wheel in case the robotic vehicles …

Sex Abuse Victims May Not See Restitution After USA Gymnastics Bankruptcy

USA Gymnastics, under threat of being decertified by the U.S. Olympic Committee, filed for bankruptcy after running short of funds to pay victims of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse. The organization filed for Chapter 11 status in the Southern District of …

Computer Model Identifies Unsafe Restaurants in Near Real Time

A new computer model is proving significantly more accurate in identifying potentially unsafe restaurants when compared with existing methods of consumer complaints and routine inspections. The model uses machine learning and de-identified and aggregated search and location data from logged-in …

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