7 Ways to Avoid Predatory Towing Companies

  This post is part of a series sponsored by IAT Insurance Group. Companies that engage in disreputable towing — sometimes referred to as predatory towing — practices are preying on trucks in areas known to have an elevated frequency of crashes. They may even use nefarious means to contribute to likelihood of an accident.…

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Nevada Cannabis Regulators Issue Product Pesticide Advisory for Products

  Nevada marijuana regulators have issued a health and safety advisory about widely available legal cannabis products produced in the Las Vegas area during the last 16 months using plants treated with an unapproved pesticide. The Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board bulletin said Henderson-based Clark Natural Medicinal Solutions treated some plants with Ethephon. According to the…

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Consumer Reports Urges Dark Chocolate Makers to Reduce Lead, Cadmium Levels

  Consumer Reports on Monday urged four chocolate producers to commit by Valentine’s Day to reduce the amounts of lead and cadmium in their dark chocolate products, after testing revealed harmful levels of the heavy metals. In letters to Hershey Co., Mondelez International Inc., Theo Chocolate and Trader Joe’s, Consumer Reports said long-term exposure to…

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Laid Off Tech Workers Are About to Get Help—From Allstate

  Allstate Corp. plans to tap the pool of recently fired tech workers to help the insurer overhaul its business. The company—best known for auto and home policies—is investing in technology including artificial intelligence and telematics, which sets premiums based on customers’ driving habits, to help it tap new clients and markets. Massive job cuts…

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Few Homeowners Have Flood Insurance in Soaked California

  On Sunday morning, Kyle Starks woke up to floodwaters that reached the door of his Jeep after yet another heavy rain storm drenched California. Emergency crews showed up with boats to float Starks and other residents of his rural mobile home park in Acampo to safety. Beyond the physical destruction, the storm could pack…

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Fewer Companies Are Paying Ransoms to Hackers, Researchers Say

Fewer companies that are infected with ransomware are coughing up extortion payments demanded by hackers, according to new research from Chainalysis Inc. In findings published on Thursday, the blockchain forensics firm estimated that ransom payments — which are almost always paid in cryptocurrency — fell to $456.8 million in 2022 from $765.6 million in 2021,…

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U.S. Appeals Court to Weigh NCAA Case Over Pay for Athletes

  The NCAA will ask a federal appeals court next month to block a lawsuit that seeks to have athletes treated as employees who are paid for their time, the latest high-profile challenge to amateurism in college sports. The Division I athletes and former athletes who filed the suit unfolding in Philadelphia are seeking hourly…

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Cyber and Business Interruption Top 2023 Threats: Allianz Risk Barometer

  According to Allianz’s Risk Barometer 2023, cyber incidents and business interruption rank as the biggest company concerns for the second year in a row. At the same time, macroeconomic developments such as inflation, financial market volatility and a looming recession, as well as the impact of the energy crisis, are the top risers in…

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