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As Nation Reopens, a Historic Referendum on Risk Begins

WASHINGTON — We are becoming a nation of amateur actuaries, calculating the risk of restarting our lives. Can we go outside? Can we go back to work? Can we go to a restaurant or bar? Can we go to the …

Science Says: How Risky is That Virus? Your Mind May Mislead

NEW YORK — Anna Alexander, a property manager in Virginia Beach, Virginia, started the day Monday thinking that she might avoid shaking hands because of the coronavirus outbreak. Then somebody stuck out a hand to shake. She took it. “I’m …

California Considers Calling THC in Pot a Risk to Moms-To-Be

LOS ANGELES — More than three years after California voters broadly legalized marijuana, a state panel is considering if its potent, high-inducing chemical _ THC _ should be declared a risk to pregnant women and require warnings. Studies have indicated …

Drones Do Deadly Work So You Don’t Have To

Here’s a job any worker would be happy to pass off to a drone: Imagine crawling down a ladder into the vast darkness of a 20-story-high storage tank filled with toxic chemical fumes to spend hours searching for corrosion. More …

Some Determined to Stay Even as Florida Sinkhole Grows Wider

The Florida sinkhole that swallowed two homes last week isn’t getting any deeper, but it’s getting wider, officials said Wednesday – and one resident who’s back home after being evacuated is vowing to stay unless the hole consumes her house. …

Risk Experts Say Candidates’ Focus on Wrong Hazards

It’s a scary world out there, risk experts agree, but they say Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton often focus on the wrong dangers – fixing on hazards that are unlikely, or unlikely to cause massive pain. The Associated Press asked …

CSC Forms Insurance Cybersecurity Advisory Council

CSC, a provider of technology-enabled services, announced the establishment of the Insurance Cybersecurity Advisory Council for life insurance and annuity providers and property/casualty insurers to facilitate the development of best practices and technology strategies that effectively mitigate the risk of …

Severe Winds Hammer Scotland

Police in Scotland are warning people to stay off the roads as winds battering the country are expected to strengthen. Gusts of up to 85 miles per hour (137 kph) have forced schools to shut and disrupted transport, canceling trains …

Employers Pay Workers More Where Sexual Harassment Risk Exists: Study

Female workers are six times more likely than male workers to experience sexual harassment on the job, according to a report out of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Vanderbilt University economist Joni Hersch has calculated the first measures of sexual harassment …

Kansas Earthquake Risk Rated Low

When it comes to the threat of damage and chaos from disasters in Kansas, earthquakes rank nearly at the bottom of the state’s list of concerns. Earthquakes rank 21st out of 22 potential hazards listed in the official state response …