Insurance Journal - The assessed value of properties in New York City that lie within Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) newly proposed 100-year floodplain maps is $129 billion, more than double the value under previous floodplain maps, according to a new analysis. The analysis was published today by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. Stringer’s analysis showed that under the 2010 floodplain maps, the value of buildings inside the 100-year flood zones was approximately $58.6 billion. better protect homeowners from the effects of flooding on their homes and their insurance premiums. “This new data demonstrates clearly the need for New York to invest in resiliency projects to protect those in the flood zone,” said Stringer.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
 
Canadian Underwriter - More than 200 cargo theft incidents occurred in the United States in the third quarter of the year, FreightWatch International reported Wednesday.In the quarter, the organization recorded 194 194 Full-Truckload (FTL) cargo thefts and 14 Last-Mile Courier thefts for a total of 208 incidents in the U.S. Seventy FTL thefts occurred in July, 76 in August, and 48 in September, and the average loss value per incident during the quarter was $321,521, according to FreightWatch.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
 
Reuters - A small jet plane owned by a private company crashed on its approach to landing at a military base in Southern California on Wednesday, killing the pilot, a fire official said. The Hawker Hunter aircraft went down in a strawberry field near Naval Base Ventura County in the area of Point Mugu, said Bill Nash, a spokesman for the county fire department. The pilot on board was declared dead at the scene of the crash, which did not injure anyone on the ground or involve another plane, Nash said.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
 
KHOU - Firefighters have responded to a building collapse at a Buddhist temple near Sugar Land Thursday morning. According to witnesses, it happened around 1:45 a.m. at the Vietnam Buddhist Temple on Synott near Webb. The cause of the collapse has not been released. Fire investigators are still on the scene and they say it appears the roof caved in and then the walls came down. At this point it doesn’t appear anyone was inside. Seven monks live next door to the sanctuary, which has stood for more than 14 years before Thursday.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
 
Reuters - Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island at 6:22 p.m. on Tuesday but burst into flames moments later. It was the first disaster since the National Aeronautics and Space Administration turned to private operators to run cargo to the space station.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
 
Mountain News - After months of being blocked off to the public, a portion of the Lake Gregory hiking trail damaged when an out of control car landed into it may soon be repaired. According to Troy Burton, County Regional Parks operations manager, the county has been waiting on an insurance settlement to give the green light to repairing the trail. “The (county’s) insurance adjuster was going out there today to look at it,” Burton said Tuesday morning. “It’s all been part of the process of going through risk management. Once the adjuster reports back, we will be going forward.”
Thursday, October 30, 2014
 
Seattle pi - Last weekend’s storm caused at least $1 million in damages to the port of Port Orford. Port Commissioner Brett Webb says the fleet based in Port Orford was fishing Monday, but damages to port facilities and the breakwater will make it difficult to maintain operations. One key item damaged was the computerized fuel metering system used to supply the 50-boat fleet. Webb said the port can do a manual override on the computerized fuel metering system in order to pump fuel, but he does not know how they would be able to charge fishermen for the amount pumped.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
 
NICB - The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released a report on heavy equipment thefts in 2013. This report, co-produced with the National Equipment Register (NER), examines heavy equipment theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and profiles that data according to theft state, theft city, theft month, equipment manufacturer, equipment style (type) and year of manufacture. The report also examines heavy equipment recoveries in 2013 based on those same criteria.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
 
FOX News - A man has been jailed on charges he set fire to the Pennsylvania discount store where he worked, starting a blaze that did $2 million in damage to a strip mall. When asked to comment after his arraignment Monday, Johnathan Szabo, of Charleroi, said simply, "Sorry." Rostraver Township police say Szabo worked at the Dollar General store in the Tri-County Plaza. They say he picked up a cigarette lighter from a shelf and began setting fire to paper products about 6:45 p.m. Friday.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
 
KWCH - A cooling tower started a large fire that broke out at a refinery in Harper County.Crews were called to the Mag-Plant, 1500 Northwest 100 Ave., just after 4 p.m. Tuesday. They arrived to find thick, black smoke and large flames showing from the roof of the building. Thomas Winter, Harper County Emergency Manager, said the area was cleared in about a mile radius until the fire was out. Everyone inside the building managed to escape. Crews from Attica, Zenda and Spivey were called to assist.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
 
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