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Central Texas Floods Destroy Bridge, Force Evacuations

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Fast-moving floodwaters destroyed a bridge, forced the evacuation of riverside homes and led to numerous water rescues in Central Texas on Tuesday after more than a foot of rain fell in recent days. The bridge crumbled as it was overrun … Source: Claims Journal

People News: CIG, Zurich, Marias Technology

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Capital Insurance Group Hires Mehrtens as Vice President of Claims Capital Insurance Group (CIG), a regional property and casualty insurer serving the Western United States, announces the appointment of Cynthia Mehrtens, CPCU, ARe, AIM, as vice president of claims. In … Source: Claims Journal

Toxic Chemical Found in Chain Stores’ Jewelry

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Jewelry with the toxic metal cadmium is showing up on the shelves of national retailers including Ross, Nordstrom Rack and Papaya, according to newly released test results. Analysis done for the nonprofit Center for Environmental Health revealed some jewelry sold … Source: Claims Journal

Court Tosses DeLorean Widow’s ‘Back to the Future’ Lawsuit

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A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the widow of automaker John DeLorean over royalties stemming from the “Back to the Future” movies. Sally DeLorean claimed a Texas company using the DeLorean name had illegally accepted royalties from … Source: Claims Journal

Jurors Don’t Want $289M Weed Killer Cancer Verdict Thrown Out

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Jurors who found that agribusiness giant Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer contributed to a school groundskeeper’s cancer are urging a San Francisco judge not to throw out the bulk of their $289 million award in his favor, a newspaper reported Monday. … Source: Claims Journal

Civil Trial Commences in Seattle Duck Boat Crash

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The lead attorney for over 40 victims of a deadly crash in Seattle involving a duck boat said during opening statements of a civil lawsuit that the crash was not an unforeseeable accident. The Seattle Times reports the plaintiffs’ attorney … Source: Claims Journal

Study: Offshore Wind Farms Can Reduce Hurricane Precipitation

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With the United States being pummeled over the last couple of years with several high-category, high-damage hurricanes, the University of Delaware’s Cristina Archer recently published a paper that discovered an unexpected benefit of large-scale offshore wind farms: they lessen the … Source: Claims Journal

Latest Beef Recall Highlights Growing Magnitude of Foodborne Illnesses

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The impact of Arizona beef distributor JBS Tolleson’s recent recall of nearly 7 million pounds of ground beef sold nationwide has yet to be determined. The recall, prompted by 57 cases of salmonella across 16 states, will likely lead to … Source: Claims Journal

Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill Happens Today

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Since all 50 states and the District of Columbia face some earthquake risk, the Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill on October 18, 2018 at 10:18 a.m. is a good time to ensure home and business owners are prepared, according to the … Source: Claims Journal

Study: Tornadoes Shifting Path Towards East Coast

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Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting – decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren’t quite certain why. Tornado activity … Source: Claims Journal