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$501M Round of New Jersey Sandy Aid to Target Housing

Restoring housing and expanding a fund that finances thousands of affordable rental units for low- to moderate-income families will be how New Jersey spends most of what will likely be the final round of Superstorm Sandy relief money. Gov. Chris …

Massachusetts Couple Sues Whole Foods, Ranch for Son’s Death

A Massachusetts husband and wife who blame their 8-year-old son’s death on the ground beef they bought at a Whole Foods Market have sued the supermarket chain and the ranch they say produced and processed the meat. Melissa and Andrew …

New York City Fire Department on Pace to Have Busiest Year in History

The New York City Fire Department is on pace to have its busiest year on record. Mayor Bill de Blasio and FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Tuesday that the department is set to top 1.6 million emergency calls by December …

ATF to Use Computer Model in Portland Apartment Fire Case

Scientists with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are using a computer model to re-create the conditions of an apartment fire that killed six people in Portland, Maine, in November. The Portland Press Herald reports that the …

Meeting to Explore Safety at Popular New York Waterfall

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has scheduled a public meeting this week on safety issues at a popular Catskills waterfall. State and local officials called on DEC to make changes at Kaaterskill Falls after two women died in separate …

New Jersey Delays Vote on ‘Electronic’ Auto Insurance Bill

The Assembly has delayed a vote on a measure that would allow drivers in New Jersey to use smart phones, computers or tablets to prove they carry auto insurance during traffic stops. The bill was due to be voted on …

Vermont Highway Storm Cleanup Costing $2.2M

The Vermont Transportation Agency says keeping the state’s road clear after last week’s storms cost the state about $2.2 million. The agency says that after the storms began Tuesday crews plowed or treated roads for more than 120 hours continuously, …

Maine City Considers Housing Complaint Database After Deadly Fire

Portland, Maine officials may roll out a centralized database for tracking housing complaints in response to a deadly November fire that killed six people. The Portland Press Herald reports the city is also getting ready to unveil a new mobile- …

New Jersey Bill OKs Electronic Proof of Auto Insurance

Drivers in New Jersey may soon be able to use smart phones, computers or tablets to prove they carry auto insurance during traffic stops. The Assembly is scheduled to vote Monday on a bill that authorizes drivers to use an …

Newtown Victims’ Families Sue Rifle Manufacturer

The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher wounded two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting. The …

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