Compiled by our editors with an eye to the quirky and the profound ways in which risk management and insurance impact our world.
A new government study showed that fatal
heroin overdoses have jumped 533 percent.
Deaths skyrocketed from 2,089 in 2002 to an
estimated 13,219 in 2016.
CoreLogic released the figures for damages
from Hurricane Nate, showing insured losses,
both personal and commercial for Alabama,
Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi run
between $650 million and $1.35 billion.
In Mogadishu, Somalia, at least 270
people were killed in a twin-truck
bombing. Car bombs, grenade attacks,
assassinations and abductions have
hit a record high as Shabab insurgents
inflict terror in the region.
October’s wildfires in California destroyed
nearly 8,400 structures, including homes
and businesses. At least 42 people died, and
insurers estimated insured losses at $1 billion.
In 2013, Yahoo said an
attack on its network
affected only one billion
users, making names, emails
and passwords vulnerable.
However, the breach affected
three billion users, a fact the
company tried to hide.
An Oregon woman seeks $500,000
in a lawsuit against a restaurant
after she accidentally consumed a
fragment from a wooden skewer
hidden inside her
Fidelity Investments pushed for the
resignation of employee C. Robert Chow
amid reports the company was policing its
ranks in a “zero-tolerance” push to stop
alleged sexual harassment in the company.
Committee of the
Red Cross reduced
its presence in
Afghanistan after staff
members were targeted
in a series of attacks.
Thousands of citizens will
lose access to health care and basic
McDonald’s Szechuan sauce, a dipping
sauce from the 90s, was reintroduced
for one day only. Yet the company left
many angered with its
limited supply, bringing
about boycotts and class-
action suits against the
A man claimed he was refused service and tossed from a
bar for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. He filed
suit, saying the bar violated his spiritual and religious
beliefs associated with his hat.
A prison escape gone wrong left
two employees dead and 14
injured. Inmates at a North Carolina
prison set fire to the institution’s
sewing plant in an attempt to flee
A 31-year-old Japanese reporter died from heart
failure after clocking 159 hours of overtime in
one month. Japan struggles to tackle its overwork
culture, or karoshi, a phenomenon
affecting the entire workforce.
An Indonesian man was swallowed whole by a
23-foot python. Due to rampant palm oil harvesting
in the area, deforestation has increasingly brought
snakes into contact with humans.
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Candy and granola maker GKI recalled all its
dark chocolate products after it failed to add
milk to ingredients lists. Store chains across
27 states and Bermuda pulled coffee beans,
almond snack packs and candy bars from
shelves to prevent allergic reactions.