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Historic Inflation Driving Up Loss Costs for Auto, Property Insurers

The two possessions that most concern insurers — homes and motor vehicles — happen to be the largest contributors to the historic 7.5% inflation rate announced last week. Perhaps that should be no surprise. “It’s the things that we all …

Thieves Strip Kentucky Barns to Fuel Farmhouse-Chic Trend

About the photo: Lois Coffey, 95, stands outside her tobacco barn in Cumberland County, Kentucky. Thieves stole several pieces of wood from it recently. Reclaimed wood from old barns has become a hot item in decorating and prompted thefts across …

Tougher Building Codes Considered After Jersey Apartment Complex Fire

As power was restored to those living around a luxury apartment complex destroyed by a fire this week, officials thanked those who have supported the more than 1,000 people displaced and a lawmaker announced a planned measure aimed at the …