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New Jersey Eyes $16B Plan for Gates, Elevations for Flooding

MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) — Huge gates that could be slammed shut when major storms approach would be built across the mouths of three inlets in New Jersey, closable barriers would cut parts of two bays in half, and 19,000 homes …

Amazon to Pay Shoppers Hurt by Others’ Products

Amazon.com Inc on Tuesday said it would pay customers who suffer injuries or property damage from defective goods others sell on its U.S. platform, in a new policy that could reduce litigation. For years, consumers have sued the world’s largest …

Miami’s South Beach Confronts Disastrous Spring Break

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s famed South Beach is desperately seeking a new image. With more than 1,000 arrests and nearly 100 gun seizures already during this year’s spring break season, officials are thinking it may finally be time …

Cannabis Boom Creates Fears of Increasing Illicit Trade

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — On a sunny spring day in Southern Oregon’s Illinois Valley, Mason Walker is showing off rows of neatly planted marijuana. “We have a permanent trellising system that’s installed almost in a vineyard style,” Walker, co-owner …

Australia to Rescue Thousands as Sydney Faces Worst Floods in 60 Years

PITT TOWN, Australia — Australia was set on Monday to evacuate thousands more people from suburbs in Sydney’s west, battered by the worst flooding in 60 years, with torrential rains expected to continue for another day or two. Reuters images …

What Drove Protesters in May Unrest Over George Floyd?

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Before facing federal arson charges, the only other time McKenzy Ann DeGidio Dunn could recall appearing before a judge was three years ago, when she was legally adopted by a rural Pope County, Minnesota family at …

Powerful Derecho Leaves Path of Devastation Across Midwest

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A rare storm packing 100 mph winds and with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power as …

Report: Protest Damage Cited by Portland Cops Skewed by Mall

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland police said earlier this week that ongoing protests had cost businesses in the downtown area $23 million in property damage and lost revenue, but those figures are skewed by just one business — a mall …

Unrest After George Floyd Death Reminds Insurers of 1968 Uprising

Scenes that played out over the past few days in several East region states are serving as a stark reminder for the insurance industry of civil unrest that took place in New York and other U.S. states more than 50 …

Language in Emergency Orders Gives Ammo to Plaintiffs in Business-Interruption Suits

Cities and counties across the country may have handed plaintiff’s attorneys an argument to use in lawsuits against insurers that seek business-interruption coverage for losses caused by coronavirus closure orders. Jurisdictions as far asunder as Los Angeles, Calif. and Key …