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7th Death Blamed on 2013 Philadelphia Building Collapse

The family of a truck driver who died of heart disease weeks after he survived a deadly building collapse in Philadelphia, Pa., filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday linking his death to the catastrophe. Danny C. Johnson, 59, spent an …

New York Police Choke Hold Death Tests ‘Broken Windows’ Tactic

Eric Garner, who died in police custody last week after he was put in an apparent chokehold, was suspected of committing the relatively minor crime of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes on the street. The encounter was an unintended consequence of …

United Airlines Cited for Workplace Violations at Newark

Federal officials say United Airlines repeatedly put workers at Newark Liberty International Airport in danger of being injured by falls or by falling objects and other workplace hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Tuesday that is has issued …

Critics Want More Details on New Jersey Superstorm Sandy Spending

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney says newly released reports on the state’s biggest Superstorm Sandy recovery projects are not detailed enough. Gov. Chris Christie’s administration released its first integrity monitor reports last week, more than 16 months after Christie …

Pitcher Testifies During Connecticut Trial on Batter Hitting Etiquette

A former major league pitcher says he didn’t intentionally throw at batter Jose Offerman during a 2007 independent minor league game that resulted in a bat-wielding brawl. Matt Beech gave a video deposition that was presented to jurors Monday in …

University of Rhode Island Students Develop Runway Safety System

A group of University of Rhode Island engineering students has come up with device designed to prevent small airplanes from colliding on runways. Their device attaches to the wingtip of a plane using suction cup. It uses ultrasonic sensors that …

Woman Sues New Hampshire Hospital Over Mother’s Death

A Massachusetts woman has sued a New Hampshire hospital for $2 million about three years after her mother died of a heart attack, saying doctors failed to diagnose it. Mariann Gobbi recently filed the lawsuit against St. Joseph Hospital in …

Connecticut Rebuts Feds on State Road Conditions

State transportation officials are disputing a White House report that says Connecticut’s public works are in dire condition. The Republican-American reports that federal officials used data from the American Society of Civil Engineers and said 41 percent of Connecticut’s roads …

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Receives 2 Federal Contracts

The federal government has awarded two contracts potentially worth $55 million to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Virginia Tech said Monday that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration awarded a contract to further study commercial truck driver safety. The contract …

Rhode Island Gets $193K for Coastal Erosion Protection

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation and Gov. Lincoln Chafee have announced $193,000 in federal funds to help the state prepare for coastline erosion from storms and rising sea levels. The funds will go to the state’s Coastal Resources Management Council. They …

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