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Duck Boats Face Call for Safety Improvements, Bans

With their festive, party-like ambiance and ability to travel on land and in water, duck boats have long been tourist attractions for sightseers around the U.S. But a string of deadly accidents has left the industry reeling, forced safety improvements …

Maryland Bill Could Make Blocking Four-way Intersection Illegal

Vehicles that enter an intersection but fail to cross it once the light turns red would be subject to a ticket and fine under a “don’t block the box” bill sponsored by Delegate Al Carr, D-Montgomery. The goal of the …

New York Bill Aims for Stricter Penalties if Pets Injured in Crimes

MARY ESCH When Denise Krohn came home to find her goldendoodle Kirby bleeding on the kitchen floor, she at first thought it was a terrible accident. But she soon realized that her home had been ransacked, and that her other …

Mild Northeast Winter Leads to 10 Snowmobiler Deaths

Ten snowmobilers have died in thinly frozen lakes across the Northeast so far in a relatively mild winter. Most of the accidents happened in New York state, where officials warned that, despite recent snowfalls, many lakes have not had enough …

New Jersey Sisters Lied About Who Was Driving at Time of Crash, Charged With Insurance Fraud

Two Camden County, N.J., sisters have been charged with conspiracy to commit insurance fraud for allegedly lying about which one of them was the driver in an auto crash in an effort to support false claims submitted to an insurance …

Goodyear to Pay $1.75M After Four Workers Die at Virginia Factory

Goodyear will pay $1.75 million to settle workplace health and safety violations at its Danville, Virginia, tire plant where four workers died on the job over the course of a year, officials announced Friday. Goodyear, the United Steelworkers and the …

$227M Settlement Reached in Deadly Philadelphia Collapse

Lawyers for 19 people killed or injured in a Philadelphia, Pa., building collapse reached a $227 million settlement with several defendants Wednesday during the damages phase of a five-month trial. Six people were killed and 13 injured when a towering …

Company Promised to Advance Settlements Allegedly Scammed 9/11, NFL Concussion Victims

New York and federal authorities sued a company Tuesday that they say scammed sick 9/11 responders and NFL players who are receiving payouts for concussion-related injuries. In the lawsuit, the New York Attorney General and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau …

Philadelphia Building Owner, Charity Liable for Deadly Building Collapse

A jury has found the Salvation Army, an adjacent building owner and other defendants liable for a Philadelphia, Pa., building collapse that killed six people inside the charity’s thrift store. Thirteen others were buried in rubble but survived when a …

Pennsylvania Maintenance Workers on Drugs When Killed by Train

Both maintenance workers killed by an Amtrak train near Philadelphia, Pa., last year were on drugs when the crash happened, test results show, but that doesn’t appear to have factored into safety lapses and miscommunications being blamed for their deaths. …

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