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Mild Winter Reduces Springtime Flood Risk in New England

A mild winter is giving emergency management officials one less thing to worry about: The spring flooding risk is reduced in New England. There’s a lower-than-average risk of ice jams causing river backups and flooding in most of Maine, New …

New York Gym Chain Sued for Charging Fees Amid Virus Closure

New York Sports Clubs customer claims in a lawsuit she’s still being charged membership fees even after facilities have been shuttered by the coronavirus. The club’s owner, Town Sports International Inc., is making it “virtually impossible” to cancel memberships and …

Vital But Vulnerable, Cleaners Hold the Line Against a Virus

NEW YORK — When hospitals need to prep a room for the next coronavirus test, when jetliners discharge their passengers at the gate, when suburbanites start to take sanitary precautions more seriously, the call goes out: Send in the cleaners. …

Fire Put Out at PBF’s Delaware City Refinery, Two Injured

BF Energy said a fire that occurred at one operating unit at its Delaware City, Delaware, refinery on Wednesday has been extinguished and two employees are being treated for injuries. According to energy intelligence service Genscape, the fire is believed …

Mother Sues Hospital For Test That Led To Child Abuse Probe

A mother is suing a Pittsburgh hospital after she says it collected and drug tested her urine without her consent and reported a false positive result to child protective services, launching a child abuse investigation. This is the second such …

Insurer’s Quick Investigation of Exotic Dancer’s Claim Costs it More Than $5.4 Million

In November 2010, Kailee M. Higgins downed 15 shots of tequila during her Saturday night shift as a dancer at Centerfolds II in Worcester, Mass. She was only 20 at the time. Higgins texted a friend that she was “maadd …

Police: Flaming Bottle of Hand Sanitizer Sparked Fatal Fire

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut woman accused of starting an apartment building fire that left a man dead and dozens of residents injured sparked the blaze by throwing a flaming bottle of hand sanitizer at her girlfriend during an argument, …

Hoboken Gets Boost for Park that Will Also Hold Floodwaters

HOBOKEN, N.J. — Hoboken, one of the areas in New Jersey hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy, is making progress toward completing a large public park that will double as a reservoir for nearly 2 million gallons of storm water to …

Forest Fire Near I-80, Appalachian Trail Mostly Contained

HARDWICK TOWNSHIP — A forest fire burning through a popular hiking area that is crossed by the Appalachian Trail and a major interstate highway was about 80% contained by Monday afternoon, New Jersey fire officials said. The fire began Sunday …

Nisource Unit to Plead Guilty After U.S. Probe into Mass. Gas Explosions

BOSTON — A subsidiary of utility operator NiSource Inc has agreed to pay $53 million and plead guilty to breaking federal pipeline safety laws to resolve an investigation into catastrophic gas explosions in three Massachusetts communities in 2018. Columbia Gas …

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