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Joy erupts as Italian rescuers pull out avalanche survivors

January 20, 2017 Paolo Santalucia and Gregorio Borgia - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

FARINDOLA, Italy – With cheers of joy, rescue crews pulled survivors from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy on Friday, an incredible discovery that boosted spirits two days after the massive snow slide buried around 30 people

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Rescuers search for 30 after avalanche hits Italian hotel

January 19, 2017 Colleen Barry, Nicole Winfield and Valentina Onori - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PENNE, Italy – Rescue workers reported no signs of life Thursday at a four-star hotel buried by an avalanche in the mountains of earthquake-stricken central Italy. Two bodies were recovered of the estimated 30 people trapped inside as the risk

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NOAA and partners develop new regional sea level scenarios to help U.S. communities prepare for risks

January 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners have developed new regional sea level scenarios for the United States to give coastal communities better and more localized data to help them plan for and adapt to the risks

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First of three more storms hits California as drought retreats

January 19, 2017 John Antczak - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES – The worst area of drought in California has significantly narrowed to a small region northwest of Los Angeles that has stubbornly failed to benefit from Pacific storms that have drenched much of the state since the fall

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Financial impact of Fort McMurray wildfire reaches $9.5 billion: study

January 17, 2017 Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – An assessment of the total financial impact of last spring’s Fort McMurray wildfire is pegging the direct and indirect costs of the blaze at $9.5 billion. The figure includes the expense of replacing buildings and infrastructure as well

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Economic losses from nat cat events in 2016 total US$210 billion, the highest loss amount in four years: Aon Benfield

January 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Three hundred and fifteen natural catastrophe events in 2016 generated economic losses of US$210 billion, the highest loss amount in four years and 21% above the 16-average of US$174 billion, according to Aon Benfield’s 2016 Annual Global Climate and Catastrophe

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School, town hall, RCMP office on fire in southern Newfoundland: police

January 17, 2017 The Canadian Press

MILLTOWN, N.L. – Police have taken one person into custody after the local school, town hall and police station all caught fire in a small community on Newfoundland’s south coast. RCMP Cpl. Trevor O’Keefe said calls started coming in at

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Tugs finally free tanker stranded in Cape Breton, N.S., for a week

January 16, 2017 The Canadian Press

SYDNEY, N.S. – A tanker that ran aground off the coast of Nova Scotia has returned to port after being stuck in shallow water for a week. The coast guard and salvage crews freed the Arca 1 from a bay

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Hurricane Matthew clocks top wind speed for 2016 at 101 miles per hour (162.5 km/h): CoreLogic

January 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hurricane Matthew, which became the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since Felix in 2007, clocked the top wind speed for 2016 at an estimated 101 miles per hour (about 162.5 kilometres per hour) on Oct. 6, according to CoreLogic’s Windy

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Freezing rain causes accidents, closures in U.S. southern Plains

January 13, 2017 Jim Salter - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ST. LOUIS – A thick glaze of ice covered roads from Oklahoma to southern Illinois on Friday amid a winter storm that caused numerous wrecks, forced cancellation of schools, grounded flights and prompted dire warnings for people to stay home.

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Thinking outside the box key to keeping p&c industry relevant, responsive: Cook

January 12, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Those in Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry must think outside the box and understand the importance of coupling new products with new delivery methods to meet ever-increasing and ever-changing customer expectations, Philip Cook, CEO of Omega Insurance Holdings Inc.,

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Portland, parts of Washington buried by massive snowstorm

January 12, 2017 Steven Dubois - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PORTLAND, Ore. – A major snowstorm spread Wednesday through Portland and parts of Washington state – toppling trees, closing schools and cutting power to thousands in the heaviest snowfall for the city since at least 2008. Some Portland neighbourhoods got