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Elevated Beach Homes the Norm Since Superstorm Sandy

Ten years ago, dozens of single-story beach cottages dotted the streets of Merion Park, a low-lying neighborhood in Ocean City’s south end. Then Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012 and the quiet New Jersey residential neighborhood was flooded with more than …

Pennsylvania Busts License Plate Fraud Ring

Pennsylvania’s attorney general’s office on Wednesday charged a dozen people as part of an organized crime ring that it said had made millions of dollars renting out fraudulently obtained license plates, primarily in New York City. The people who rented …

Waivers Allow Felons to Become Insurance Agents in Pennsylvania

Waivers granted in Pennsylvania and many other states to allow convicted felons to become insurance agents have sometimes missed ongoing violations, a newspaper reported. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that since 2004 the state Insurance Department has issued 111 waivers to …

New Jersey Shore Homeowners Drop Suit Fighting Sand Dunes

Some of the most resolute holdouts against a plan to build protective sand dunes in a part of the New Jersey shore hit hard by Superstorm Sandy have dropped their lawsuit against the plan. Seven homeowners in Margate, south of …

Hurricane Matthew Flood Victims Still Recovering 6 Months Later

In the months since Hurricane Matthew, Dawn Sawyer has watched her 9-year-old, Sam, bite his nails down to “nubs.” She’s never seen him do that before. As Sam remembers it, he slept right through the storm. He knows the water …

Thousands Fail Background Checks for Uber, Lyft in Massachusetts

Massachusetts officials say more than 10 percent of drivers for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft have failed a required background check. More than 62,000 drivers passed, including some who drive for both companies. About 8,200 failed the checks, which are …

Professor Behind Designated Drivers Turns Focus on Distracted Ones

A Harvard University professor who introduced Americans to the concept of designated drivers to deter drunken driving is now taking on the deadly problem of motorists distracted by cellphones and other electronics. Jay Winsten is consulting with federal and Massachusetts …

Connecticut Bill Makes it A Crime to Distract Service Dogs

Service dogs may be tempting to pet, but a proposed Connecticut law would make it a crime to intentionally interfere with their duties. People who rely on guide and service dogs to help them cope with anything from blindness to …

New York Central Park Blast Remains a Mystery 9 Months Later

New York Detective Paul Arroyo and Special Agent Peter D’Antonio are frustrated. For nearly nine months, the investigators have tried to find out how exactly a small, clear plastic bag full of readily available, highly explosive chemicals found its way …

New Delaware Museum Exhibit Provides Insight into Art Fraud

A painting with problematic pigment. A Chanel suit dressed up with acetate trim instead of silk. A Stradivarius violin that, well, just doesn’t sound right. They’re all part of a new exhibit at Delaware’s Winterthur Museum that offers would-be sleuths …

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