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Excavator Blamed for Island-Wide Blackout in Puerto Rico

An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday after an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line, officials said, as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said it could …

Florida Lawyer Gets Prison for Role in $23M PIP Fraud Scheme

A Florida man has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for his role in a $23 million auto insurance fraud involving chiropractors’ clinics. The SunSentinel reports 55-year-old Jason Dalley wept in court Monday as a judge sentenced …

Feds Say Local Officials Share Blame in Atlanta Bridge Collapse

The Georgia Department of Transportation is partially responsible for a fire that caused a section of interstate to collapse last year in Atlanta, federal investigators said in a report released Wednesday. The National Transportation Safety Board said in the report …

Florida’s Citizens Approves Changes to Managed Repair Program to Stem AOB Abuse

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has approved a slate of policy language changes designed to protect consumers while addressing rising costs of non-weather water loss claims and related litigation that continue to drive premiums higher, according to a statement from the …

Hurricane Names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate Retired

The names of hurricanes that killed hundreds of people in 2017 and helped cause more than $215 billion in damage have been retired, never to be used again for the Atlantic. Say good-bye, and good riddance, to Harvey, Irma, Maria …

Mississippi Governor Orders 83 Deficient Bridges Closed

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday ordered the Mississippi Department of Transportation to immediately close 83 locally maintained bridges that the federal government says are in bad shape. “These bridges have been deemed unsafe for the traveling public,” Bryant said …

FEMA Faulted for Failed Contracts to Deliver Hurricane Aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded contracts for hurricane supplies without adequately researching whether winning bidders could deliver what they promised, according to a new investigation by Democrats on a Senate oversight committee. The investigation followed disclosures by The Associated …

Above Average 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Expected

After the costliest Atlantic hurricane season in history last year, early forecasts indicate 2018 will be above average. Look for 14 named storms, and there’s a greater than normal chance of a major system striking the U.S., according to Colorado …

Florida Bridge Collapse Survivor Copes With Injuries, Anxiety

Richie Humble says flashbacks and anxiety attacks have haunted him ever since a pedestrian bridge near a Florida university fell on the car he was riding in, killing six people including the college friend driving their vehicle. Humble said Monday …

Nashville Mall Damaged in 2010 Flood Seeks More Insurance Money

The owners of Opry Mills are asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to reverse a ruling that reduced their 2010 flood insurance coverage from $200 to $50 million. Severe flooding closed the Nashville, Tenn., shopping mall for an extended period. After …

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