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Commentary: Rules of the Road Continue to Evade Driverless Cars

People have been imagining driverless cars since at least 1958, when Walt Disney Co. aired “Magic Highway U.S.A.” It’s been almost five decades, and we’re still talking about them. Initially, evolution in transport had been a product of necessity: As …

NHL Reaches Tentative Settlement in Concussion Lawsuit

The NHL and attorneys for retired players announced a tentative settlement Monday in the biggest lawsuit brought against the league over concussions and other head injuries. The lawsuit, consolidated in federal court in Minnesota and by far the largest facing …

J.D. Power: Insurers Gain High Marks After Hurricanes Florence, Michael

After the two recent billion-dollar disasters struck the southeast this fall, the nation’s largest property/casualty insurers responded by deploying their CAT response teams to the affected areas. J.D. Power surveyed consumers affected by the storms to understand which insurance companies …

A Year in Review: The Highs and Lows of the Cannabis Industry in 2018

The cannabis industry was full of activity in 2018. By October, thirty states had legalized the use of cannabis products for medicinal purposes, with nine states legalizing recreational use. Although the sale and use of cannabis products have remained a …

Bayer Faces Looming Questions on Roundup’s Long-Term Risks

By now, many consumers have heard of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide known as Roundup, and warnings about its presence in many of their favorite foods. From oatmeal to granola bars, ice cream to even orange juice, trace …

AAA Bond Ratings Still Being Issued to Coastal Cities Threatened by Climate Change

Last fall, after a trio of deadly hurricanes, ratings companies warned vulnerable coastal cities to get ready for climate change – or face higher borrowing costs on the $3.9 trillion municipal bond market. Climate advocates cheered, hoping the prospect of …

FDA Approves Powerful Opioid Pill as Alternative to IV Painkiller

U.S. regulators on Friday approved a fast-acting, super-potent opioid tablet as an alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals. The decision by the Food and Drug Administration came over objections from critics who fear the pill will be abused. In …

Commentary: Digitizing Claims Processing Can Be a Real Claim to Fame

By enabling anytime, anywhere accessibility to a simpler self-service online system, forward-thinking carriers can digitize claims processing, making it dramatically simplified, intelligent, and cost-effective, while boosting customer loyalty at the same time. The argument of ‘digital versus brick-and-mortar’ is almost …

Federal Agencies Clash on Cellphone Cancer Risk

Two U.S. government agencies are giving conflicting interpretations of a safety study on cellphone radiation: One says it causes cancer in rats. The other says there’s no reason for people to worry. No new research was issued Thursday. Instead, the …

NFL, College Teams Discuss Consistency in Rules, Safety

The call on the field – is for consistency and simplification at different levels of football. The NFL held a “Universal Rules Alignment Meeting” at its headquarters in New York last week, with league football operations chief Troy Vincent and …

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