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New York City Ferry Operator Ordered to Release Pilot Document

The operator of a ferry that crashed into a lower Manhattan pier must release a separation agreement it reached with the boat’s captain, a federal judge ruled this week. The decision issued Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk comes …

Tree Group Getting $140,000 Grant to Teach Landscaping Safety

A New Hampshire group is receiving nearly $140,000 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to help provide training in the landscaping and tree care industries in electrical hazards and aerial lift safety. The Tree Care Industry Association will be …

Some Fishing Spots Off Limits After Connecticut Warehouse Fire

Fishing was temporarily halted along a stretch of Long Island Sound on Friday following a massive fire at a Bridgeport warehouse that cut power to hundreds of homes and forced evacuations, Connecticut environmental officials said. Pollution from Thursday night’s fire …

New Jersey Man Lied About Carjacking, Committed Insurance Fraud

State authorities say a northern New Jersey man fabricated a story about being carjacked so he could get about $38,500 from his insurer. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced Wednesday that 42-year-old Maurice Douglas, of East Orange, is charged with …

Insurance Issues at Heart of New Jersey Congressional Race

Democrats see New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District as one of their best chances to pick up a House seat in November’s general election in a race full of early spending on accusatory ads, and in which the insurance business looms …

Virginia Workplace Deaths Down Last Year

Labor officials say workplace deaths dropped in Virginia and nationwide last year. According to a preliminary report released by the U.S. Department of Labor, Virginia saw workplace fatalities decline 15 percent to 126 in 2013. The Virginian-Pilot reports that 43 …

Massachusetts Fire Officials Worried About Possible Rule Change

A draft document on costs of fire alarm and sprinkler systems in Massachusetts could lead to a rollback in requirements in some multi-unit residential buildings, a group of concerned fire officials said Tuesday. About 40 fire officials attended a meeting …

Maine Introduces New Hurricane Planning Map

Maine officials say a new hurricane mapping tool will assist emergency officials in preparing for hurricanes. The state announced the creation of the Potential Hurricane Inundation Map series on Wednesday. The state’s Bureau of Resource Information’s Maine Geological Survey created …

FEMA Seeks Return of Close to $5.8M in Sandy Aid

After Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast nearly two years ago, the federal government quickly sent out $1.4 billion in emergency disaster aid to the hurricane’s victims. Now, thousands of people might have to pay back their share. The Federal …

Hearing Held on Massachusett’s New Flood Insurance Law

The Massachusetts Division of Banks held a public informational hearing to get input on rules that require creditors to provide disclosures when a borrower is required to purchase flood insurance. The regulations were mandated under a new law that goes …

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