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Nuclear Plants in South Carolina, Missouri Face the Highest Quake Risks

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. nuclear power reactors facing the highest risks of a meltdown from earthquakes are not in tremor-prone California, but states including South Carolina and Missouri, an analysis of government data published on Thursday said. The chances of … Source: Claims Journal

Tesla’s Release of New ‘Self-Driving’ Software Closely Watched by U.S. Regulator

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The U.S. auto safety regulator on Thursday said it was closely watching Tesla Inc’s release of a software version intended to allow its cars to drive themselves, saying it stood ready to protect the public against safety risks. Tesla on … Source: Claims Journal

More Fire-Prevention Power Shutoffs Possible in California

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SAN FRANCISCO — Electricity may be shut off to about 54,000 Northern California utility customers this week to try to prevent power lines from sparking and igniting new wildfires during a predicted new round of gusty, hot and dry weather. … Source: Claims Journal

Over 60 Exhibits Damaged at Berlin Museums, Motive a Mystery

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BERLIN — More than 60 artworks and artifacts at some of Berlin’s best-known museums were smeared with an oily liquid by an unknown perpetrator or perpetrators earlier this month, authorities said Wednesday. They were hopeful that the apparently random damage … Source: Claims Journal

Photographer Sues Over Texas Mascot’s Pre-Sugar Bowl Charge

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AUSTIN, Texas — A photographer is suing the owners and handlers of the University of Texas’ live mascot for negligence, saying he suffered permanent neck and back injuries when the longhorn steer charged out of its pen and plowed into … Source: Claims Journal

Oxycontin Maker Purdue Pharma to Plead to 3 Criminal Charges

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NEW YORK — Purdue Pharma LP agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges over the handling of its addictive prescription opioid OxyContin, in a deal with U.S. prosecutors that effectively sidestepped paying billions of dollars in penalties and stopped short … Source: Claims Journal

No Coverage Owed for Home Destroyed by Fire Even if Agent Pocketed Premiums

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A property insurer is off the hook for a $200,000 claim against a policy that it canceled, leaving a lawsuit filed against a former insurance agent who was arrested for pocketing premiums as the only apparent recourse available to the … Source: Claims Journal

Viewpoint: J.S. Held CEO Refutes ‘Claims Surrogate’ Label

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William F “Chip” Merlin is both a nationally known and a respected advocate for policyholders who raises timely issues in his blog. In his post, dated Oct. 20, 2020, Mr. Merlin references a McKinsey study predicting a growing outsourcing model … Source: Claims Journal

Insurers Drop Appeal Against UK COVID-19 Payout Ruling on Three Policies

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LONDON — Six insurers have decided not to appeal against a London High Court ruling that they were wrong to reject claims from holders of three business interruption insurance policies who have been pushed to the brink of collapse by … Source: Claims Journal

Large Earthquake Off Alaska Prompts Tsunami Fears, Fleeing

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JUNEAU, Alaska — A magnitude 7.5 earthquake prompted a tsunami warning Monday for a nearly thousand-mile stretch of Alaska’s southern coast, with waves over 2 feet at the nearest community as the threat subsided. The quake was centered near Sand … Source: Claims Journal