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Feds Say Vehicle Theft Ring Exposes Oversight Weakness

A ring of savvy car thieves in New York exploited a bureaucratic weakness by registering many of their ripped-off Lamborghinis and Range Rovers in South Dakota, a state that lets people register out-of-state vehicles by mail and wasn’t thoroughly checking …

Climate Groups Cringe at Virginia Tax Cut for Oft-Flooded Homes

A measure approved by Virginia voters this week to cut taxes on homes in flood-prone areas of the flood-prone commonwealth has climate experts warning that it might encourage people to remain in vulnerable areas – and could spread to other …

Tornado Drone Aids Recovery Teams After Disasters

The small device soared to nearly 250 feet, cruising and hovering over the part of town where a tornado was believed to have landed late Tuesday afternoon. It was a drone, which was being used late Thursday morning to assess …

New York’s Winter Forecast a Toss-up This Year

Watching Siberian snowfall in October is usually a good way to predict how cold the coming winter will be in New York and other mid-latitude regions. This year, not so much. If there’s lots of snow across Eurasia, expect bitter …

Criminal Probe Launched in Massachusetts Gas Blasts

NiSource Inc. disclosed that federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation in connection with a series of explosions on its natural gas network that rocked several towns north of Boston in September. The Sept. 13 blasts erupted in the towns …

Jets’ Player Helps Raise Awareness for Abdominal Injuries

Jordan Leggett remembers the sudden buzz on the sideline and in the stands as cellphones lit up with texts delivering the scary news. A young player from a rival high school football squad in Florida had been seriously injured during …

Auto Insurer Wins Mass. Court Ruling in ‘Blood Relative’ Household Member Case

A Massachusetts Appeals Court has ruled in favor of an insurer in a case involving an automobile accident in which the injured plaintiff sought to obtain underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage under a policy held by the mother and stepfather of …

Pipe Bomb Scare Raise Concerns About Mail Safety

The wave of pipe bombs addressed to prominent Democrats has raised fresh questions about the ability of the U.S. Postal Service and private delivery companies to intercept explosives and other dangerous items. Biohazard detection, X-rays and other technologies have had …

New Jersey Cities Damaged by Sandy Plan Flood Walls

An ambitious plan to protect three New Jersey cities just outside New York from the type of major flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy is moving forward. New Jersey officials have settled on the boundaries of a $230 million project in …

NYPD Suspends Body Camera Requirement After 1 Explodes

The New York City Police Department scrambled Monday to find ways to quickly replace thousands of body camera devices it suddenly stopped using after an officer said one caught fire and exploded as he headed out on patrol over the …

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