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Alberta wildfire set to be Canada's costliest natural disaster

TORONTO, May 4- A wildfire in the Alberta city of Fort McMurray is set to become the costliest ever Canadian natural disaster for insurers, with 1,600 buildings destroyed and another 19,000 under threat, analysts and industry sources say. The fire in Slave Lake, a small town 250 km northwest of the city of Edmonton, led to the destruction of 374 homes, less than a...

Source: Reuters

UPDATE 6-Oil rises near $46 as Canada fire supports with U.S. stocks in focus

*Brent off 2016 high on OPEC output rise, demand concerns. LONDON, May 4- Oil rose towards $46 a barrel on Wednesday as reduced production in Canada's oil sands region due to a wildfire pushed aside concerns about excess global supplies and expectations of rising U.S. crude inventories. The Canadian province of Alberta was evacuating the entire population of Fort...

Source: Reuters

United Fire posts 1Q profit

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa _ United Fire Group Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $22.4 million. United Fire shares have risen 19 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: United Fire Group, Earnings Report.

Source: The Associated Press

Sheriff: Fired worker opens fire at Texas transportation company, killing 1 worker, injuring another before killing self

KATY, Texas— Sheriff: Fired worker opens fire at Texas transportation company, killing 1 worker, injuring another before killing self.

Source: The Associated Press

UPDATE 7-Wildfire rages through Canadian city, forcing mass evacuation

*Fort McMurray in flames after fire breaches city limits. CALGARY, Alberta, May 4- Fire raged unchecked through the Canadian city of Fort McMurray overnight as authorities raced to complete the evacuation of its population of 80,000, fearful that hot, dry winds forecast for Wednesday would further fan the flames. "I'm afraid that huge parts of my home town... may burn...

Source: Reuters

UPDATE 3-Wildfire in Alberta's energy heartland forces thousands to flee

CALGARY, Alberta, May 3- Alberta is racing to evacuate thousands of people as an uncontrolled wildfire burns near Fort McMurray, in the heart of Canada's oil sands region, forcing residents to flee north to safety on Tuesday. Alberta appealed for help from other provinces and Ottawa to help fight the fire and airlift people from the city. Local authorities issued a...

Source: Reuters

UPDATE 2-Wildfire in Canada's Fort Mac energy heartland forces evacuation

CALGARY, Alberta, May 3- An uncontrolled wildfire burning near Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, the heart of Canada's oil sands region, has forced the evacuation of nearly all the city's 80,000 residents, local authorities said on Tuesday. "This is the biggest evacuation we have seen in the history of the province in terms of fire," said Alberta Premier Rachel...

Source: Reuters

The top 10 audiobooks on

Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen, narrated by Julia Whelan and Will Damron. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, narrated Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey and India Fisher. Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon and Dirk Maggs, narrated by Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis and a full cast.

Source: The Associated Press

Saudi BinLaden workers will get paid: Labor Minister

Pledge follows protests which saw company buses set on fire over unpaid wages and layoffs.


Some of the gun safety features over time

Daytona Beach, Florida- based iGun Technology Corp. has been developing a "smart gun," a firearm that uses a ring with a chip in it to send a signal to a circuit board embedded in the firearm so that only an authorized user can fire the gun. Armatix GmbH of Unterfoehring, Germany, has developed a handgun that uses a watch that sends signals to the handgun.

Source: The Associated Press