Day: January 2, 2018

Best Homeowners Insurance in North Dakota – Benzinga

As with any insurance policy, the cost of flood insurance will vary depending on the risk of flood damage to a property. Properties located within a flood zone will cost more to insure for floods than properties located in a participating community that is not considered a flood zone. Of course, the amount of your deductible can also affect the cost of flood insurance for your property.

Where your home is located can greatly affect the risk factor associated with insuring your home. For instance, certain counties are at higher risk for criminal activity, leading to claims for theft and repairs to be made due to breaking and entering or other types of crimes against your property. Other counties have an increased risk of inclement weather causing damage to your home or property. Therefore, certain counties within North Dakota will have a better average rate for homeowners insurance than others.

North Dakota is part of the Midwestern corridor of the United States. This means it is no stranger to brutally cold winters and sometimes excessively hot summers. As a result, North Dakota sees a fair share of inclement weather throughout the year.

Along with excessive cold comes blizzards. If you are a resident of North Dakota, you are no stranger to three feet of snow (or more). There may be two or three blizzards during any given winter season.

Farmers separates itself from the pack by:

Nodak Mutual calls North Dakota home. As a result, it knows the issues that clients in North Dakota deal with on a daily basis. The company has been named one of Ward’s top fifty insurance companies for five years running.

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Florida, Georgia and South Carolina brace for snow and ice; some schools close in all 3 states – ABC News

The snow will continue north Thursday. Long Island and New England — especially Maine — may get over 6 inches of snow.

Georgia and the Carolinas may see 1 to 3 inches of snow.

The storm will strengthen as it moves north overnight Wednesday. By Thursday morning, there will be heavy snow across the Mid-Atlantic coast, including Philadelphia and the New Jersey shore.

The Florida State University campus in Tallahassee and public schools in Tallahassee will be closed Wednesday.

In Savannah, public schools will be closed Wednesday as the city braces for the freezing rain and snow.

In Charleston, both the College of Charleston and Charleston County School District schools will be closed Wednesday.

West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad to return Jan. 13 –

West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad to return Jan. 13
Kansas City is preparing for its AFC wild-card playoff game against Tennessee on Saturday. Thomas broke his leg during the Chiefs' victory in Denver on Sunday, while Hunt left the game with an ankle injury. Both have provided depth this season
West Virginia's Esa Ahmad Cleared To Return To Action By The NCAAThe Smoking Musket (blog)
Esa Ahmad eligible to play for Mountaineers
WVU Athletics Year In ReviewBlue Gold News (blog)
247Sports -DieHards
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West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad to return Jan. 13 – WTHR

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad will return from a two-month academic suspension next week.



Ahmad had been ruled ineligible for the first half of the season after failing to meet NCAA academic requirements. He had been practicing with the team.

The Mountaineers’ announced Tuesday that it received confirmation from the NCAA that Ahmad can play starting Jan. 13 against Texas Tech.

Fake signs removed from California highways ‘welcome’ gang members, ‘felons, illegals’ – SFGate

Caltrans spokesperson Mark Dinger said the signs were made of paper, and had been placed over an existing sign that listed emergency contact information and phone numbers.

“For safety reasons, Caltrans does not permit any unauthorized signs in the state right of way,” Dinger said. “If we haven’t done so already, Caltrans crews will take steps to remove them.”

California became a sanctuary state on Monday, following a bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown in October. The bill prevents state law enforcement officers from inquiring about a person’s immigration status, from arresting persons because of civil immigration warrants, or from participating in a joint task force with federal officials to enforce immigration laws.

At least two fake posters placed beneath longstanding “Welcome to California” signs on state freeways have been removed, according to a Caltrans spokesperson.

RELATED: Gov. Brown signs bill making California a sanctuary state

The signs, first noticed by a handful of Twitter users, read “Official Sanctuary State,” and “Felons, Illegals, and MS13 Welcome! Democrats Need The Votes!”

The posts resemble a sign posted below a Malibu city limit sign after it became a sanctuary city in April, which read, “Cheap Nannies and Gardeners Make Malibu Great! (Boyle Heights Not So Much).” Malibu officials promptly denounced the sign, and city councilwoman Laura Rosenthal told the Los Angeles Times then that “It’s very disheartening that anyone would put up such an ugly sign.”

Alyssa Pereira is an SFGATE staff writer. Email her at or find her on Twitter at @alyspereira.

52 Amazing Weekend Getaways – 5280 | The Denver Magazine

Baseball: Mountain Shadows resort opened last year outside Scottsdale. So after spending the day at one of the 10 spring-training sites nearby, you can luxuriate by one of two pools with views of Camelback Mountain. Around $400 a night
Golf: The Boulders Resort in Carefree not only ranks as the best golf resort in the Southwest (so says Golf Digest), but it also offers myriad instructional packages, meaning you’ll be sharp when Denver’s courses defrost. From $359 a night
Hiking: Northern Arizona’s Page is close to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Antelope Canyon, and (what’s left of) Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. If you need a rest day, the views from Lake Powell Resort’s waterfront pools aren’t bad either. From $108 a night
Relaxing: The Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary at the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, which debuted in 2016, employs botanicals and aromatics crafted from natural elements found in the desert. We highly recommend the Prickly Pear Body Therapy. From $399 a night

The Kennedy’s have Hyannis Port, the Bushes have Kennebunkport, and the Trumps have…whichever golf course the president happens to be “working” from that day. But just because your family isn’t part of the presidential elite, that doesn’t mean it can’t enjoy the luxuries of a secluded compound for the weekend. Welcome to Bella Vista Estate, a seven-acre private resort on the edge of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest near Steamboat Springs. With three lodges that together can house up to 28 people, Bella Vista has the capacity to accommodate even the most extended of family reunions. Meanwhile, the sprawling property boasts enough amenities—a pool-size hot tub, a saloon bar (pictured), three kitchens in which to feed your hungry horde—to meet even Uncle Randall’s annoyingly highfalutin tastes.

Take United Airlines’ new route from DIA to Moab (beginning in May) and proceed to Under Canvas Moab, which is close to Arches and Canyonlands national parks. Then again, after seeing the deluxe tents—king beds, full bathrooms, patios—you might find it difficult to venture far from camp. From $209 per night (open March 8 to October 30)

In Kansas City, a 90-minute flight from DIA, stands the splendid Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Don’t miss Through the Eyes of Picasso (it runs till April 8) or the museum’s painting from Monet’s majestic Water Lilies series. Rest your head at the historic Raphael Hotel in the retail mecca of Country Club Plaza. From $329 per night

Fact check: Trump hits severe turbulence by claiming credit for airplane safety –

Meanwhile, the enhanced security measures Shah touts are anti-terror measures. According to Cox, the initial electronics restrictions, put in place in March 2017, created additional safety problems by forcing passengers departing from certain countries to check electronics for several months. Lithium battery fires happen fairly often on planes and are harder to detect in cargo, Cox said, and cargo storage sprinkler systems can’t always put them out. DHS announced in late June that it would replace the March ban with enhanced screening of electronics like laptops and devices larger than a cell phone.

The White House defended the president’s tweet in a statement.

Paul Hudson, president of and a member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Advisory and Rulemaking Committee, told NBC News he hasn’t seen any safety-improving measures enacted by the White House. Instead, he sees efforts that could hurt safety. The Trump administration is considering slashing hundreds of safety regulations, and has proposed slashing airport security funding and punting the cost to local authorities.

Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news – it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!

But the president’s endorsement of a proposal to privatize air traffic control by detaching it from the FAA — announced in June 2017 as part of a larger week of infrastructure-related events at the White House — has been stalled since day one. It currently doesn’t have the votes in Congress.

Carroll: Kam Chancellor, Avril comebacks will be hard –

Carroll: Kam Chancellor, Avril comebacks will be hard
That's the sentiment Seahawks coach Pete Carroll conveyed during his Tuesday appearance on KIRO-AM when speaking about defensive end Cliff Avril and Kam Chancellor. Both of the players suffered neck injuries in 2017 that ended their seasons. Pete
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says he isn't retiring, talks about Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril, and moreSeattle Times
Richard Sherman Will Have Heel Surgery Unrelated to Achilles InjuryBleacher Report
Richard Sherman's second surgery among multiple questions about Seahawks' “Legion of Boom” for 2018The News Tribune (blog)
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Luka Milivojevic atones with Crystal Palace winner to complete comeback and deepen Southampton’s struggles – The Independent

Long’s early strike was cancelled out by to second half goals from James McArthur and a brilliant winner from Luka Milivojevic, who atoned for his missed penalty against Manchester City on New Year’s Eve. The home crowd, many of whom had left by full-time, vented their anger against their manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, who had been given the backing of his board earlier in the day. 

Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg is beginning to show some of the promise that prompted his £12m purchase from Bayern Munich at the beginning of last season. The Dane forced a superb fingertip save from Wayne Hennessey with a rising drive from 25 yards. 

Southampton slipped to within a point of the relegation zone as they failed to win for the ninth game in a row despite Shane Long’s first Premier League goal in 324 days.

This was not a night for pretty football and standing water on the pitch meant both teams frequently conceded possession in dangerous areas.  But Palace created little of note in the first half and only tested their former goalkeeper Alex McCarthy once, when he pushed Andros Townsend’s low effort round the post. 

The Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger yesterday admitted that the protracted Virgil Van Dijk transfer saga has loomed ominously over the first half of the club’s season and is expecting his exit to be the catalyst for an upturn in form.

A hostile atmosphere ensued at the final whistle with the club now under great pressure to invest the Van Dijk riches wisely and quickly. Hodgson meanwhile can continue looking upward after a bruising run of festive fixtures.

Deadly clashes reported overnight in Iran as nationwide protests continue – ITV News

Following the clashes overnight, state TV reported that six rioters had been killed during an attack on a police station in the town of Qahdarijan when they tried to steal guns from the facility.

Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that it was “time for change,” while the State Department said the US had “obligation not to stand by”.

Nine people, including a number of rioters who tried to storm a police station, have been killed in clashes overnight between anti-government protesters and police in Iran, according to state television.

Syria, an Iranian ally in the region, expressed solidarity with Iran, with a foreign ministry statement blasting the US and Israel for expressing their support for the protests.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has acknowledged the public’s anger over the flagging economy, but he has also warned that rioters and looters will be arrested.

In his first remarks since the protests began, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, accused “enemies of Iran” of using “various means” to meddle in the country.