The tornadoes that have killed more than 500 people in the Midwest and elsewhere this year will have a trickle-down effect on Kentucky. “There is no doubt that all of the disasters here in the Midwest, Alabama and earlier in April in North Carolina ... will affect insurance rates here,” said David Wiseman, an agent for Van Meter Insurance Group. “The basis of insurance is, you have to spread the risk. So there is no way to take a group of policyholders in a particular area and try to spread losses out over just those policies. You have to spread those losses over a larger number of policyholders.”
(Alan Greenblatt has been reporting for NPR.org on the tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo. A relatively new resident of the state, he shares these thoughts about learning to fear the weather.)
Not many people go out to dinner during a tornado warning. The Tex-Mex place near our house in suburban St. Louis is usually packed, but only a couple of other people were in the place when we showed up Wednesday night.
No wonder. The images from Sunday's twister in Joplin have been more than enough to make people in Missouri sit up and take notice.
A small plane flying from the Atlanta area to Hazard crashed in the mountains of western North Carolina Wednesday, killing at least two people onboard. The Citizen-Times of Ashville reported the twin-engine Beech Baron 58 went down near Lake Hiwassee, which is near the Tennessee border. Reporters Jon Ostendorff and Joel Burgess said Cherokee County Sheriff Keith Lovin said the crash had resulted in “multiple fatalities.” The aircraft can carry up to six people.
>Many psychologists believe that psychopaths are almost bound by nature to commit crime. So if psychopaths can be accurately identified, their menace to society can be contained. That's the hope, at least.
But there is real debate about how to diagnose a psychopath and the usefulness of the tools available to do it. A test developed by psychologist Robert Hare called the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised, or PCL-R, is widely used in the criminal justice system — before trial, during sentencing and even in parole decisions — to evaluate a person's psychopathic tendencies.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, The University of Virginia agreed yesterday to turn over documents related to the work of Michael Mann, one of climatologists who put together the "hockey stick graph." Mann and other scientists, using a variety of measures, estimated global temperatures going back 1,000 years and what they found was that there has been a sharp increase in Northern Hemisphere temperatures during the last century — warmer than even what scientists call the
In a surprising setback, a big federal study testing prescription-strength niacin as an add-on to cholesterol-lowering statins to prevent heart disease was stopped early because the niacin didn't work.
The phenomenon of the flash mob — masses of people organized using social media — began innocently enough and quickly mushroomed.
Among the highlights in recent years: One hundred people danced to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in Times Square; 1,500 people took part in a pillow fight in San Francisco; 2,000 hardy souls slung snowballs in Washington, D.C.
Yet as these experiments in public spontaneity gain popularity, some of them are becoming troublesome.
One of the world's most wanted war crimes suspects, Ratko Mladic, was apprehended early Thursday in Serbia after 16 years on the lam.
The brutal former Bosnian Serb general suspected of leading the slaughter of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys had been in hiding since he was indicted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal for genocide and other crimes committed by his troops during Bosnia's civil war in the 1990s.