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Ex-Pharmacy Exec Convicted in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was convicted Wednesday of racketeering and other charges over a meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country and was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs. Prosecutors said Barry Cadden, 50, ran the business …

Mobster Involved in Legendary Lufthansa Heist is Rearrested

An aging mobster who made headlines two years ago by beating charges in a legendary heist retold in the hit film “Goodfellas” was rearrested on Wednesday for a far less noteworthy crime – the alleged torching of a car that …

Painkiller Directive Latest Way to Avoid Opioids

The ease of relapsing into opioid addiction has led a growing number of states to help residents make it clear to medical professionals they do not want to be prescribed the powerful painkillers. Connecticut and Alaska are two of the …

Restoration Companies Tackle Everything From Crime Scenes to Disasters

Cleanup and restoration crews are used to the unexpected. One day, a crew could be repairing mold damage to a house. The next day, it could be at a homicide. Crews deal with residue of all kinds from fire, water, …

Massachusetts Pill Mill Doctor Pleads Guilty to Overprescribing Opioids

At Dr. Fathalla Mashali’s pain management clinics, the waiting rooms were often so packed with patients that people sat on the floor, leaned against walls and spilled into the hallways. That’s because, federal prosecutors say, Mashali was prescribing oxycodone and …

Doctors Want Court to Reinstate Suit Against Gun Maker in Sandy Hook Massacre

A group of doctors who treated mass shooting victims is asking the state Supreme Court to reinstate a lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Lawyers for the 10 doctors said Tuesday …

Winter Storm Forecast Tripped up by Fine Line Between Rain, Snow

New Yorkers just got a lesson on how notoriously difficult it is to predict the severity of an East Coast snow storm. All it takes is a wobble in a low-pressure system’s trajectory or a sudden shove of warm air …

Massive Midwest Winter Storm Joins Stella, Targets East Coast

Several cities are cleaning up after a massive winter storm dumped several inches of snow across a wide swath of the Midwest. More than 10 inches of snow fell in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Now, according to the National Weather …

New York Arson Dog Awarded Top Fraud Fighter Award

A remarkable arson dog, whose nifty nose earned dozens of arson convictions, was named New York’s top fraud fighter for 2016. Scooter, a trained yellow Labrador Retriever had a memorable 10-year career before passing away in October 2016. She investigated …

N.J. Transit Tops U.S. Commuter Railroads in Most Accidents Logged

New Jersey Transit, under state and federal inquiry for violating safety rules and operating protocols, logged the most accidents last year among the 10 biggest U.S. commuter railroads, federal records show. The 21 accidents disclosed online by the Federal Railroad …

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