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Student Suing Virginia Military Institute Alleges Hazing

A former Virginia Military Institute student is suing the school, alleging he was waterboarded, assaulted and forced to wrestle another student while partially clothed. The lawsuit says the incident prompted the student to withdraw from the school. The man is …

Governor Signs Limo Safety Bills Inspired By Deadly Crashes

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s governor signed a package of limousine safety bills Monday that was inspired by deadly crashes in 2015 and 2018. One of the bills would require that motor vehicles converted into stretch limousines by January 2021 …

Environmental Contamination Shuts Down Pennsylvania Schools

Students at three Pennsylvania schools were told to stay home Thursday amid ongoing concerns over lead and asbestos contamination, as state police investigate what former district officials did to address problems with tainted water. One day after Gov. Tom Wolf …

Court Says Insurance Doesn’t Cover Attacker in School Fight

DOVER, Del. — Delaware’s Supreme Court has overturned a judge’s ruling that an insurance company must extend liability coverage to a teenager who was convicted of criminally negligent homicide after a school bathroom attack that left a 16-year-old girl dead. …

Court: Insurer Cannot Refuse Payment for Pain Cream Without Utilization Review

An insurer cannot ignore a $4,869.99 bill for a tube of compounded pain cream on the grounds that the medication is unnecessary without first filing a utilization review petition, a Pennsylvania appellate court ruled. The decision Thursday by the Commonwealth …

Judge Says Facebook Must Relinquish Info on Suspicious Apps to State

Facebook must turn over information to the Massachusetts attorney general’s office regarding thousands of apps that the social media company suspects of misusing users’ data, a judge decided. The order issued by Suffolk Superior Court Judge Brian Davis on Friday …

Fire-Damaged Philadelphia Oil Refinery Heads for Auction

NEW YORK — The fate of the largest East Coast oil refinery is set to be decided on Friday in an auction that could determine whether the Philadelphia plant is restarted or used for a different purpose for the first …

Lawmakers, Governor Announce Deal on Limo Safety Regulations

ALBANY, N.Y. — Political leaders in New York have reached an agreement to pass new limousine safety bills inspired by deadly crashes in 2015 and 2018, officials said Tuesday. The proposals target unsafe limos and lax regulations, said Senate Majority …

5 Dead, Dozens Hospitalized in Pennsylvania Turnpike Crash

GREENSBURG, Pa. — A deadly crash involving a passenger bus and multiple other vehicles on the Pennsylvania Turnpike left at least five dead and dozens injured early Sunday, shutting down a large portion of the highway. Officials said at least …

Politician Who Warned About Driving Drunk is Charged With it

VICTOR, N.Y. — The top Republican in the New York State Assembly was charged New Year’s Eve with driving while intoxicated in his state-issued vehicle, just a week after he wrote a newspaper column warning citizens against getting behind the …

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