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Boston Expects Flood of Claims After Record Winter

After the Big Dig-out, it’s time for the Big Payout. Or will it be the Big Denial? New England’s epic winter is on pace to produce a corresponding number of claims as thousands of homeowners seek to repair damage. Successive …

Utility Found ‘Hazardous Situation’ Months Before New York City Blast

More than seven months before an explosion and fire leveled three apartment buildings in Manhattan’s East Village, utility workers discovered that the gas line to a restaurant in one of them had been illegally tapped, creating a hazardous situation, according …

Massachusetts Seeks Federal Disaster Aid for Snowstorms

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration plans to ask for federal disaster assistance for the record-setting snowstorms that wreaked havoc on Massachusetts and piled up about $400 million in snow removal costs. An administration official tells The Associated Press the governor will …

Impact Seen With New Jersey Pedestrian Safety Program

Judging by the number of tickets each year, jaywalking as an infraction draws scant attention from police in New Jersey. The Asbury Park Press reports that in 2010, there were 557 jaywalking tickets issued in the state of New Jersey, …

7 Injured in Maine Ski Resort Chairlift Accident

A chairlift at a Maine ski resort stopped and then began sliding backward down the mountain Saturday, prompting frantic riders to jump off and injuring seven, officials and witnesses said. The accident at Sugarloaf Mountain Resort happened five years after …

New Hampshire Senate Committee Won’t Back Workers’ Comp Fee Schedule

A key Senate policy committee is backing a workers’ compensation reform bill that it says will reduce costs by 7.5 percent without imposing a price-fixing mechanism backed by business groups. “This agreement will bring real savings to New Hampshire businesses, …

Connecticut Governor Taps Former Cigna Exec as Insurance Commissioner

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is nominating a former Cigna Corp. executive as Connecticut’s newest insurance commissioner. The Democrat announced Friday that Katharine Wade of Simsbury will replace Thomas Leonardi, who resigned in December to work with a New York investment …

AIG Settles 2008 Roger Clemens Defamation Lawsuit

A long-running defamation lawsuit against former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens by his ex-trainer has been settled for an undisclosed amount of money to be paid by his insurer, attorneys said Wednesday after meeting with …

New Jersey Bill Making it a Crime to Falsely Register Cars in Other States Heads to Governor

New Jersey drivers who lie about where they garage and drive their vehicles to illicitly lower their auto premiums are a big step closer to facing stiff new penalties for being caught, according to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud. A …

‘Human Factors,’ Faulty Drain Caused Deadly Pennsylvania Zinc Blast

A 2010 explosion that killed two workers at a former Horsehead Corp. zinc oxide plant in western Pennsylvania was caused by recurring problems with a sump system that the company failed to address, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board reported. “Human …

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