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Virginia Flood Damage Costliest Since Hurricane Isabel

Virginia suffered only a glancing blow from Hurricane Matthew last month when unprecedented amounts of rain fell, but on Wednesday officials estimated flood damage to be hundreds of millions of dollars, making it the costliest storm since Hurricane Isabel in …

New York City Officials Want Drivers to Watch for Pedestrians

The city is ramping up pedestrian safety efforts during the annual influx of holiday visitors and decreased daylight hours. Mayor Bill de Blasio, police Commissioner James P. O’Neill and other officials said Tuesday that this season is traditionally the “deadliest …

Wal-Mart Truck Driver Who Struck Tracy Morgan’s Van Pleads Guilty

The truck driver who slammed into the back of a van carrying actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and several other people, killing one of them, pleaded guilty Tuesday and could avoid jail time. Kevin Roper entered the plea in state Superior Court …

Railroads Slow to Adopt Positive Train Control

The nation’s three busiest commuter railroads – which together serve nearly 1 million riders in the New York City area each day – continue to lag behind their smaller West Coast counterparts in installing sophisticated train-control technology that’s seen as …

Massachusetts Uber, Lyft Screenings Will be Toughest in U.S.

Drivers for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft will undergo what state officials call the most comprehensive background checks in the U.S. under agreements announced Monday by Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration. The screenings will begin on Jan. 6, with both companies …

Northeast Could See Increased Hurricane Risk

The Northeastern coast of the USA could be struck by more frequent and more powerful hurricanes in the future due to shifting weather patterns, according to new research. Hurricanes have gradually moved northwards from the western Caribbean towards northern North …

Mystery of the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 Explained

The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 – one of Boston’s most peculiar disasters – killed 21 people, injured 150 others and flattened buildings when a giant storage tank ruptured. Now Harvard University researchers think they know why the wave of …

Residents Fear of Flooding on Virginia’s Vulnerable Coast on the Rise

When floodwaters poured into Holly Furlong’s Virginia Beach home in October, she ripped out electrical cords and rushed her four children upstairs. They spent the next two days without power, building blanket forts while anxiously waiting for sewage-tainted waters to …

Maine Farm Acknowledges Criminal Negligence in Fatal Hayride Crash

A farm where a teenager died in a hayride crash acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that criminal negligence played a role in the tragedy. A lawyer for the girl’s family accused Harvest Hill Farm of putting “profit ahead of …

Pennsylvania Man Imprisoned for Assaulting Girlfriend at Casino Sues for Being Overserved

A Pennsylvania man who spent four years in prison for beating his girlfriend at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is suing the casino for allegedly serving him too many free drinks before the assault. Nicholas Mullins, 31, is still on …

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