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Former California Adjuster Hit With 180-day Sentence for Stealing $130K
Former licensed public adjuster John Schoon, 54, of Huntington Beach, Calif., was sentenced to 180 days in county jail and five years of felony probation after pleading guilty to three felony counts of embezzlement and one felony count of forgery. …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 8:32 PM
Zurich Insurance Taps Giger from Swiss Regulator, FINMA, as Group Chief Risk Officer
Zurich Insurance Group announced that Peter Giger will join the group on Oct. 1, 2019, as group chief risk officer and a member of Zurich’s Executive Committee. He succeeds Alison Martin who was recently appointed chief executive officer Europe, Middle …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 5:15 PM
Omaha National Promotes Senff to VP, Company Development
Nebraska-based Omaha National, a provider of workers’ compensation insurance and payroll services to small and midsize businesses, has promoted Mary Senff to vice president of company development. In this role she is responsible for the company employee development program and …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 4:54 PM
Michigan School District to Pay $107K to Settle Federal Retaliation Lawsuit
A school district in Michigan will pay $107,000 do settle a federal retaliation lawsuit. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says the Waterford Public School System in Waterford, Michigan, will additionally provide other relief to settle the retaliation case. …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 4:43 PM
Ohio AG: Opioid Settlement Should Be Spent Locally
Any money Ohio might receive from a settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and other drugmakers should be spent at the local level, the state’s top lawyer said. Republican Attorney General Dave Yost told reporters that so many of the …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 4:31 PM
Louisiana Commissioner Donelon: Tort Reform Needed to Fix Auto Insurance Crisis
When Louisiana voters go to the polls on Oct. 12, they will have a choice between two Republican opponents in the race for insurance commissioner: current commissioner, Jim Donelon, a former state legislator who has held the post since 2006, …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 4:26 PM
Essary Out as Executive Director of Texas Surplus Lines Stamping Office
The Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas (SLTX) board of directors announced that SLTX Executive Director Norma Essary will separate from employment, effective Oct. 17, 2019. The board voted Sept. 17 to relieve Essary of her duties. Essary will be …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 4:04 PM
Transgender Man Can Sue Catholic Hospital Over Hysterectomy
A California transgender man can go ahead with a discrimination lawsuit against a Catholic hospital that canceled his hysterectomy, an appeals court ruled Tuesday. The decision by the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco overturns a lower court …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 2:59 PM
California Now Looking for Ways to Preserve Environmental Clout
The Trump administration’s decision to stop California from setting its own emission standards for cars and trucks would undermine the state’s ability to convince the world’s largest automakers that they should make more environmentally friendly vehicles. “We will not let …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 2:57 PM
Starr Promotes Puffer and Geoghean in the Western U.S.
Starr Insurance Cos. announced leadership promotions and a new structure for its Western sales region. Starr’s Western region sales operation has been split into two units, Pacific Northwest and Southwest, and two new leaders have been named to head these …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 2:50 PM

Reuters: Health News

Congo to deploy second Ebola vaccine
Health authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Saturday that they plan to introduce a second Ebola vaccine, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, to counter the second-worst outbreak of the virus in history.


POSTED SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 7:11 AM
U.S. scientists join effort to solve mysterious vaping-related illnesses
The U.S. investigation into hundreds of cases of life-threatening lung illnesses related to vaping has turned up a curious abnormality: Many of the victims had pockets of oil clogging up cells responsible for removing impurities in the lungs.


POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 6:38 PM
FDA proposes rule over record-keeping for vape makers
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued a proposed rule for e-cigarette makers, requiring them to maintain records related to the legal marketing status of their products.


POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 6:38 PM
U.S. senators urge FDA to remove pod, cartridge-based e-cigarettes from market
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Friday urged federal regulators to immediately remove all pod and cartridge-based e-cigarettes from the market until it can be proven the products are safe.


POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 6:38 PM
Walmart to stop sales of e-cigarettes in U.S. stores: company memo
Walmart Inc told staff on Friday it will stop selling e-cigarettes and electronic nicotine delivery products at its U.S. stores, amid a growing crackdown on surging teenage use of such products, reports of vaping-related lung disease and some deaths.


POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 5:31 PM
Anemia in early pregnancy linked with risk for neurodevelopmental disorders
Children born to mothers with iron-deficiency anemia early in pregnancy may be at higher risk for neurodevelopmental disorders, a new study suggests.


POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 5:25 PM
Too few pregnant women get exercise advice from doctors, study finds
(Reuters Health) - Only one in two pregnant women in an Australian survey said their healthcare practitioner had advised them about exercising, and more than half of these women had to raise the topic themselves, researchers found.


POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 5:05 PM
Warm freshwater can harbor dangerous parasite
People who swim in warm freshwater lakes, ponds and hot springs should do their best to avoid getting water up their nose because it could transmit a deadly parasite, a U.S. case report suggests.


POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 3:27 PM
Obesity, drinking and unhealthy diet add to gout risk
(Reuters Health) - Behavior changes could potentially reduce a large part of the risk for developing gout, a U.S. study suggests.


POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 3:03 PM
Drug and medical suppliers say Brexit freight plans needed urgently
Makers and suppliers of life-saving drugs and medical devices say they have still not been told by British authorities how their goods will be handled if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal at the end of October.


POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 1:24 PM

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