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Fatal Crane Collapse Prompts NYC to Institute New Safety Policies

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has implemented new safety procedures, including a new task force, as a result of the fatal crane collapse that occurred a week ago. On Monday, February 7, New York City Mayor Bill de …

License Plate Readers Overwhelm Small New York Village With Data

When this Long Island village switched on its “ring of steel” last fall, it knew it was getting a potent policing tool. The system of 27 cameras would scan the license plate of every single vehicle that rolled into town. …

Deadly New York Crane Collapse Under Investigation

It may take weeks to determine why a huge construction crane that was being lowered during strong winds came crashing down onto a street, killing a pedestrian and crushing a row of parked cars, city officials said Saturday. Investigators are …

Tattoos at Heart of Basketball Copyright Infringement Suit

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over its depiction of tattoos belonging to National Basketball Association stars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in a popular video game. In a complaint filed on Monday in …

Amtrak Engineer Says he Opened Throttle Before Fatal Philadelphia Crash

The last thing Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian remembers before last May’s fatal crash in Philadelphia is pushing the throttle forward to pick up speed and then braking when he felt the train going too fast into a sharp curve, according …

Maine Supreme Court Affirms Smart Meter Safety Decision

About 600,000 so-called “smart meters” installed in homes and businesses by Central Maine Power pose no credible threat to health and safety, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court concluded that smart meter critics wanted an …

Speeding Locomotive Is Focus in Philadelphia Amtrak Crash Probe

The National Transportation Safety Board is focused on why an Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia last year sped to 106 miles per hour entering a sharp curve, according to about 2,000 pages of documents released Monday. While not pinpointing …

New York City Flood Defense Plan Advances Slowly

After ocean waters poured into lower Manhattan during Superstorm Sandy, experts began dreaming up a solution: a U-shaped barrier of earthen berms, walls and gates that would keep floods out and the nation’s financial capital dry. Now, more than three …

New York Factory Village’s Trail of Cancer Leads to Tap Water Probe

After his factory worker father died a painful death from kidney cancer at age 68 in 2013, Michael Hickey made it his mission to find out why so many people in his hometown along the Hoosic River were getting sick. …

Multi-Billion Dollar Loss Expected From East Coast Blizzard

Massive blizzards that paralyzed much of the U.S. East Coast in the past few days are likely to cause “multi-billion” dollar economic losses in one of the worst storms in the region in over a century, reinsurance broker Aon Benfield …

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