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New York City, Union Settle Suit Over ‘Vision Zero’ Plan

New York City has reached a settlement with the Transport Workers Union regarding a lawsuit over the mayor’s recently implemented “Vision Zero” program that aims to eliminate all pedestrian deaths. TWU Local 100 had filed suit claiming a provision in …

Alcohol, Dementia Some of the Causes for Wrong Way Drivers

It’s a nightmare that unfolds unpredictably, in a split second. A car emerges from the blackness heading the wrong way along an unlit divided highway. It shouldn’t be there. Behind the wheel is a driver like John R. Fretts of …

Pennsylvania Judge Reverses Manslaughter Conviction due to Faulty GM Ignition Switch

A Pennsylvania judge reversed the involuntary manslaughter conviction of a woman Wednesday after determining a faulty General Motors ignition switch contributed to her crashing into a school bus and utility pole, killing her teenage passenger. LaKisha Ward-Green, 25, pleaded guilty …

Trinity Guardrail to Undergo Further Testing in Virginia

Trinity Industries Inc.’s guardrail system will undergo additional crash testing by Virginia, raising new questions about a device on roadways across the country. Some of Virginia’s six proposed tests on the ET-Plus, scheduled to begin in mid-September, will be different …

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Recommends Homeowners Reduce Property Hazards

Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller advised consumers that the Pennsylvania Insurance Department is available to help homeowners adhere to reasonable requests by insurers to make their properties safer and avoid possible cancellation or non-renewal of their homeowners’ coverage. “A review of …

Baltimore Riot Damage Insurance Claims Payout at $12.9M

The Maryland Insurance Administration says insurance companies have paid $12.9 million in claims stemming from civil unrest in Baltimore linked to the death in April of Freddie Gray. The agency said Tuesday that the payments include $11.6 million for commercial …

Another Nasty Winter Predicted for the Northeast

It’s not what Bostonians want to hear: The Farmer’s Almanac says another rough winter is in your stars. A year after Boston, Mass., was pummeled with the snowiest winter on record, editors of the Maine-based publication have dubbed their latest …

Massachusetts Drivers Could See Ban on Handheld Mobile Devices

Welcome to Massachusetts signs can mean more to drivers than just crossing a state line. For some, they also signal that it’s OK to pick up their cellphones, punch in a phone number and make a call. That’s because all …

Part of New Jersey Train Derailment Lawsuit Dismissed

Two rail companies aren’t liable for some claims arising from the 2012 train derailment in southern New Jersey that released a hazardous gas, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler’s ruling published Tuesday in Camden dismissed some …

Connecticut Medical Marijuana Users Find Vapor, Oils Work Better

Nearly a year after the state’s six medical marijuana dispensaries opened, patients are changing their habits. For quick relief, they are smoking marijuana less and inhaling its vapors and therapeutic oils more, those in the industry say. Others are eating …

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