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Travelers: Nearly Half of Philadelphia Area Drivers Distracted by Texts, Emails

Mobile devices continue to distract drivers in the greater Philadelphia area. Travelers recently commissioned a survey of 435 of them and found that 75 percent use a mobile device while driving, with 91 percent of millennials, 79 percent of Gen …

Massachusetts Lawmakers Say Gas Firms Are Compromising Safety

Natural gas companies in Massachusetts are compromising safety by increasingly turning to outside contractors for pipeline work while cutting back on staff that would oversee these projects, state lawmakers said Tuesday at a hearing following September’s natural gas explosions in …

Connecticut Crumbling Foundations Fund Gets Delayed $19M

The new entity charged with overseeing the distribution of state funds to help Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations has finally received a long-awaited $19 million. Michael Maglaras, superintendent of the Connecticut Foundation Solutions Indemnity Company, told The Associated Press on …

Report: Pennsylvania Fire, Rescue Services Face Crisis

A report released Wednesday warns that Pennsylvania’s fire and rescue services face a crisis, saying the number of volunteers continues to fall amid funding needs and training challenges. The 95-page legislative study said there were about 300,000 volunteer firefighters in …

Mass. Firm Illegally Fired Employee After She Collected Workers’ Comp, Court Finds

A Massachusetts Appeals Court has ruled that Dielectrics, a Massachusetts-based medical device manufacturer, illegally fired Ileana Bermudez after she collected workers’ compensation benefits and filed a lawsuit against the company. The case, Ileana Bermudez vs. Dielectrics, Inc., came about after …

Lawsuit Alleges Saks Guilty of Race, Age Discrimination

Eight former employees at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store filed a race and age discrimination lawsuit Tuesday against the high-end store and its corporate parent, alleging they were subjected to a hostile work environment and unfairly fired. The suit, …

Philadelphia Archdiocese Will Set Aside $25M for Abuse Victims

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Tuesday it is putting aside $25 million to start paying claims to people who say its clergy sexually abused them as children. The archdiocese said it expects to need more money than it …

Pot Shops Open, but Workers Can Still Be Fired Over Weed in Mass.

The long-awaited opening of the first recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts was cheered by cannabis enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, but it doesn’t change the reality that workers can be fired or face disciplinary action from employers for marijuana, even when they …

Lawsuit Filed Against Operators of Limo in Deadly New York Crash

The operators of a limousine that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York were grossly negligent in putting the “dangerous and defective” vehicle on the road, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by one of the victim’s parents. …

N.J. High School Football Team Trains With Mechanical Dummy

It weighs 195 pounds and can run 20 miles per hour. It’s not a Division I football recruit, but rather a motorized padded tackling dummy for players to learn safe tackling techniques. Earlier this season, New Jersey’s Ocean City High …

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