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Senator Calls for Baseball to Extend Nets After New York Yankees Fan Hit

Congress rarely sits on the sidelines when it comes to highly-publicized sports issues. And this time, a top lawmaker is inserting himself in the middle of a Yankees game. A day after a foul ball rocketed off Todd Frazier’s bat …

Massachusetts High Court Rules That Drunk Driving Tests Not Valid for Pot

Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Tuesday that field sobriety tests typically used in drunken-driving cases cannot be treated as conclusive evidence that a motorist was operating under the influence of marijuana. The Supreme Judicial Court said it was reasonable for police …

Prosecutor Says Pharmacist Placed Speed Over Safety Before Outbreak

A pharmacist accused of making the drugs that caused a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak showed a “shocking disregard” for human life by failing to ensure the medicines were safe, a prosecutor told jurors as his trial opened Tuesday. Glenn Chin, …

Man Burned by Caustic Beer at N.J. Casino Eatery Awarded $750,000

A man whose esophagus and stomach were severely burned when he drank a beer tainted by a caustic chemical at an Atlantic City casino restaurant has been awarded $750,000. A jury on Friday awarded the man, Richard Washart, $650,000 for …

Insurer Says it Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Medical Marijuana in Maine Case

The Maine supreme court on Wednesday began considering whether a paper millworker left suicidal by narcotic painkillers should receive workers’ compensation for medical marijuana. It’s the first time the court has considered the question of insurance reimbursement for medical marijuana. …

New York Couple Charged With $750,000 Hurricane Sandy Relief Fraud

A Staten Island, N.Y., couple was charged with making false statements to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in connection with their obtaining more than $750,000 in disaster relief …

East Coast Could Feel Effects of Hurricane Jose Next Week

Hurricane Jose may threaten New York City and other areas of the East Coast by next week, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory. The storm, about 640 miles (1,029 kilometers) southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, strengthened into a …

Irma Fades While Jose Eyes $19 Trillion in Property

Don’t underestimate Jose. The meteorological gods seem to be working against the hurricane as Irma’s successor lumbers over the Atlantic Ocean. But it’s so far out – more than 960 miles from New York – that it’s too soon to …

Is Maryland Ready for the Next Big Storm?

In Maryland, which historically has ducked many of the worst storms of the last 50 years, the question is increasingly not if, but when the next big one will strike. And while some believe the state has often been spared …

Federal Judge Rejects $1M Lawyer Fees in $125K Bad Faith Case

A lawyer’s request for more than $1 million in attorneys’ fees was rejected by a federal judge in Pennsylvania. Bernie Clemens sued New York Central Mutual Fire Insurance Company for bad faith in federal court. The case went to trial …

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