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WASHINGTON/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — New government data released today demonstrate the continued, urgent need for more Americans to have access to drug and alcohol addiction treatment, according to an analysis by the Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap (CATG) initiative. If implemented properly, federal health care reform legislation could help remove financial barriers to treatment for millions of Americans.

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Hurricane season might seem been pretty tame so far, particularly in light of the predictions for a highly active year.

Through the first seven weeks, a hurricane and two tropical storms have emerged, about average activity.

But the meanest stretch ” the seven weeks from mid-August through early October ” is here and “now the game starts,” said Stanley Goldenberg, a research meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Chilean insurance association AACH is estimating insurers will have to pay at least US$2.5bn-2.6bn to cover damage stemming from a massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake that hit central and southern Chile on Saturday, insurance association AACH chairman Mikel Uriarte told press on Monday.

The estimate is based on claims paid in a 1985 magnitude 8 quake. Back then, insurers paid out 7.2% of total damage incurred in the country.

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LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – They’re deceptively simple-looking detectors: one an antenna with built-in GPS, the other electronic sensors inside a large, upside-down metal salad bowl.

The sensors are the basis of a Los Alamos National Laboratory project studying lightning inside a hurricane to improve the accuracy and timeliness of forecasts for people in a storm’s path.

The effort is in the second of three years of research. The team is gearing Read the rest of this entry »

NEW YORK—U.S. property/casualty insurance rates may begin to firm in the second half of 2009, but “adequate” levels of capital and the ongoing recession likely will keep any rate increases modest, analysts and industry executives say.

Among primary commercial lines insurers, recent pricing surveys show progressively smaller year-over-year price declines, raising the possibility that the average rate change will turn positive sometime Read the rest of this entry »

The Obama administration’s sweeping fuel-economy and emissions initiative announced Tuesday reopens a fierce debate over tradeoffs between fuel economy and auto safety.
The government says no tradeoff exists, because nothing in the new rules would force automakers to sell more small cars, which are more dangerous in crashes than larger ones. But some safety experts think otherwise.

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TALLAHASSEE — With the start of hurricane season a month and a half away, state officials learned Tuesday that the projected shortfall in money available for Florida’s hurricane catastrophe fund is about $5 billion less than projected.

The reason: A stronger credit market could allow the fund to sell bonds of up to $8 billion, not $3 billion, as previously projected.

“The picture is definitely better than it was,” said Ash Williams, Read the rest of this entry »