For many Californians, cost of earthquake insurance outweighs the risks
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:03:19 -0400
By Deepa Seetharaman, Robin Respaut and Christina Farr NAPA Calif (Reuters) - During Sunday's 6.0 magnitude earthquake, some $75,000 worth of bottles of wine, rum and whiskey flew off the shelves of Aiyaz Masani's liquor store in Napa, California. "It's useless to buy insurance." In one of the most quake-prone areas of the world, the cost of earthquake insurance remains too high for many California residents. Flood coverage is often more affordable and mandatory in areas of the country where hurricanes are frequent, but only 6 percent of Napa's residents carried coverage before Sunday's quake, the biggest to hit the Bay Area in 25 years and the first major quake in the state in two decades. A repeat of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, estimated at 7.8 magnitude, would cause some $93 billion in insured losses, according to an estimate by the Insurance Information Institute, an industry research group.
Israelis search Jerusalem forest for missing American student
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:54:45 -0400
Israeli police and volunteers searched a forest on the southern edge of Jerusalem on Thursday for a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week while out for a hike. Aaron Sofer, a Jewish seminary student from New Jersey, vanished on Friday while walking in woods not far from Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. In June, three Israeli seminary students, all teenagers, were kidnapped while hitch-hiking in the occupied West Bank, some 30 km (20 miles) south of Jerusalem, and later found dead.
U.S. National Security Council aware of reports that second American killed in Syria
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:34:23 -0400
National Security Council on Wednesday said it was aware of media reports that a second American associated with Islamic State militant fighters had been killed in Syria, but it could not confirm the death. "We're aware of media reporting and social media activity indicating that a second American citizen associated with ISIL has been killed in Syria," said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.
Body found in Jerusalem forest where NJ man vanished
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:48:01 -0400
A body has been found in a Jerusalem forest where Lakewood, New Jersey man Aharon Sofer vanished, a local official says.
5 things to know about earthquake faults
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:38:14 -0400
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) â The 6.0-earthquake that damaged buildings and left scores of people injured in California's wine country was the largest temblor to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.
Bait dumping offers invaders path to Great lakes
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:35:15 -0400
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) â A scientific paper released Thursday says the bait fish trade represents a serious threat for spreading invasive species in the Great Lakes area.
Ohio driver accused of hot-bus punishment resigns
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:34:02 -0400
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) â An Ohio school bus driver has resigned after being accused of making elementary-age students sit with the windows up in hot weather as a punishment.
UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:32:42 -0400
UNITED NATIONS (AP) â An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said.
UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:22:59 -0400
UNITED NATIONS (AP) â The U.N. Security Council is preparing to meet in emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine.
4 killed in New Mexico crash of medical flight
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:19:44 -0400
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) â New Mexico authorities say all four people aboard a medical flight were killed when the plane crashed in Las Cruces.