First, however, some local news: Seattlepi.com reports on a new study indicating that a big flood in southern King County could affect $30 billion in property (with $3 billion in potential damage).
In Hawaii, state officials are closing an insolvent insurer.
And in Michigan, the state House has approved a package of bills banning auto insurers from basing rates on a person's occupation, education or credit history, among other changes.
In other news:
- The Associated Press reports that Georgia's insurance commissioner's under fire for a trip he took to the Oscars.
- MarketWatch reports that "reputational risk insurance" may be introduced next year to protect against situations like the one that's arisen with the recent revelations about Tiger Woods.
- And then there's a bizarre story of alleged life-insurance fraud out of South Dakota. The AP reports that a couple has been charged in federal court with faking the husband's death while on a family vacation in Malaysia. Purported cause of death? Bad oysters.