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Connecticut Family Sues After Child is Barred From School Due to Ebola Fears

The father of a Connecticut third-grader filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday saying his daughter has been unfairly barred from school amid fears she may have been exposed to the Ebola virus while in Africa. Ikeoluwa Opayemi and her family, who …

Report Faults Red Cross Response to Isaac, Sandy

A report from the investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica and NPR says the American Red Cross mishandled its responses to Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The story was published Wednesday on the second anniversary of Sandy. It says the …

New Jersey Shore Braces for Next Big Storm

Sea Bright is a great example of how difficult it is to truly prepare a Jersey shore community for the next big storm. The low-lying community on a narrow strip of sand between the ocean and the Shrewsbury River floods …

Worker Torched Pennsylvania Store, Causing $2M in Damage

A man has been jailed on charges he set fire to the Pennsylvania discount store where he worked, starting a blaze that did $2 million in damage to a strip mall. When asked to comment after his arraignment Monday, Johnathan …

Sleep-Deprived Engineer’s Caused Bronx Commuter Train Derailment

A sleep-deprived engineer nodded off at the controls of a commuter train just before taking a 30 mph curve at 82 mph, causing a derailment last year that killed four people and injured more than 70, federal regulators said Tuesday. …

Punitive Damages Award Reduced in Suit Over 2010 Pittsburgh Traffic Stop

A federal judge has reduced a jury’s award in a civil lawsuit by a Pittsburgh, Pa., man who alleged that police used excessive force against him during a 2010 traffic stop. The jury last summer awarded $105,000 in damages to …

Poll Finds That Neighbors Are Key to Coping With Disasters

Neighbor helping neighbor. Trust in a community. Looking out for each other. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey suggests that those factors – collectively termed “social resilience”- have a big impact on how prepared communities feel for …

Philadelphia Collects $3.5M From Red Light Camera Fines

The City of Philadelphia expects to take in $3.5 million in fines this year from red light cameras. Philadelphia has used the cameras since 2005 and was the first city in Pennsylvania to try them. State lawmakers have since authorized …

Virginia is First State to Remove Trinity Modified Guardrail

Virginia is to become the first state to remove a Trinity Industries Inc. guardrail product from state-maintained roads, after officials there cited the company‚Äôs failure to meet a deadline for crash-testing a modified version of its ET-Plus end terminal. ET-Plus …

States’ Infrastructure Upgraded Since Superstorm Sandy

Two years after Superstorm Sandy, would New York and New Jersey be better protected and prepared if such a storm struck again? A sampling of work on some key issues: FLOOD PROTECTION New York City: Many projects on the city’s …

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