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business

Israeli insurer Harel in talks to buy 4% stake in Tamar natural gas field from Texas-based Noble energy - Reuters

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business

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones urges antitrust regulators to block health insurer Aetna from acquiring Humana for $34 billion - Reuters

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Madison, WI

#BREAKING: American Family wants permission to reorganize, expand non-insurance influence https://t.co/7SdnBEu3by - @WiStateJournal

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California, US

California Insurance Commissioner opposes Cigna and Anthem deal, saying it will raise prices and decrease commissions - CNBC

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Fort McMurray, Alberta, wildfire, May 2016

Broker estimates insurance payouts from Fort McMurray wildfire to likely total more than C$4 billion ($3.15 billion) - Reuters

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Oklahoma, US

Insurance commissioner calls earthquake insurance noncompetitive in state https://t.co/hkxNkc6SEY #breaking - @koconews

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Flooding in France, Germany, May-June 2016

French insurance association says cost of floods could range between $1 billion to $1.6 billion - Reuters

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San Antonio, TX

The April 12 hailstorm over San Antonio is projected to have caused more than $2 billion in damage, making it the costliest hailstorm in US history, per insurance council - MySA

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San Bernardino, Calif., attack

Federal prosecutors file civil lawsuit to seize proceeds of 2 life insurance policies worth $275,000 held by San Bernardino shooter - CNBC

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Affordable Care Act (ACA)

UnitedHealth Group will leave California's insurance exchange at the end of this year, officials confirm - California Healthline

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Hurricane Katrina (2005)

US Supreme Court to hear State Farm appeal over allegation it defrauded government in 2005 Hurricane Katrina insurance claim - Reuters

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Zurich Insurance

Former Zurich Insurance CEO Martin Senn dies - WSJ

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mergers & acquisitions

Aetna-Humana merger is anti-competitive in Missouri, state insurance regulator says - Reuters

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markets

European stocks close higher on strong gains from banks, insurers and retailers; Stoxx 600 finishes up 2.4% - CNBC

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Anthem Inc.

Anthem CEO says Cigna acquisition deal moving forward with antitrust review - Reuters

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insurance

World Bank launches global financing mechanism to protect against pandemics, create 1st -ever insurance market for pandemic risk, statement says

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US contraceptive mandate

Editor's note: The U.S. Supreme Court has ducked a major ruling on a challenge by religious employers to an Affordable Care Act mandate to provide female workers health insurance that covers birth control. Our earlier update stated the top court ruled in favor of the employers, but we've corrected the update to say the cases were sent back to lower courts for further proceedings. The justices ruled unanimously to send the cases back to federal appeals courts, where all but one of four courts upheld the mandate, according to USA Today. - Rebecca

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Fort McMurray, Alberta, wildfire, May 2016

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau says decision to extend employment insurance benefits based on new data, not due to Fort McMurray wildfire - Global News live feed

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Fort McMurray, Alberta, wildfire, May 2016

Canadian PM Trudeau announces extended employment insurance benefits to Edmonton, southern interior British Columbia, southern Saskatchewan, effective July - Global News live feed

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ASR Nederland

Dutch government says it will likely pursue IPO for insurer ASR before end of this quarter - Reuters

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