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Earthquake Felt Across Southern New England

BOSTON — The strongest earthquake to hit southern New England in decades rattled homes and nerves Sunday morning, but didn’t cause any significant damage, authorities said. The 3.6 magnitude earthquake centered off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts, in Buzzards …

Vermont Town Sustains Flood Damage After 3 Inches of Rain

The Chester fire chief says more than 3 inches of rain fell on his community creating the worst flooding since Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont almost three years ago. Chief Matthew Wilson says the Monday flooding was “bad like Irene,” …

Sinkhole ‘Structural Damage’ Definition Sliding in Insurers’ Favor

An ongoing debate in sinkhole claims and litigation is whether the legislature intended for Florida insurers to provide coverage for sinkhole activity that causes aesthetic damage only. In 2005, the legislature enacted Section 627.706, requiring that insurers provide coverage for …

More Massachusetts Shoreline Homes in Danger After Storm

A Newbury, Mass., building inspector says as many as 40 shoreline homes on Plum Island are in danger following a storm last week that knocked down two houses and has forced the bulldozing of a third. Two homes knocked off …

Atlanta Bridge Reopened After Damaged by Fire

Part of a bridge in downtown Atlanta, Ga., has been reopened after a fire damaged the structure and sent chunks of concrete raining down to the street below. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the bridge was reopened shortly after 4:30 …

Drunk Driver Hit Nebraska Building

An Omaha, Neb., man is facing drunken driving charges after crashing into a building. Police said the 23-year-old driver crashed into a business in southeast Omaha near 15th and Vinton streets around 1 a.m. Sunday. KETV reports the driver of …

Virginia Church Hit by Quake Wants Funds for Repairs

A Louisa County, Va., church that sustained about $1 million in structural damage from last year’s earthquake is trying to raise money for repairs. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Louisa wants to raise $500,000 to help pay for repairs that …

Arson Suspected in Iowa Apartment Fires

Authorities suspect arson in four separate fires at a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, apartment complex. Firetrucks were sent to the Cedarwood Hills Apartments a little after 2 p.m. Saturday. Fires had been reported at two buildings, but arriving firefighters soon learned …

Landmark New Jersey Statue Shaken by Quake

A day after a rare strong East Coast earthquake rattled New Jersey, the worst of the damage appears to be a landmark statue in Camden and perhaps some structural damage in Bridgeton. The Nuclear Regulatory Agency said no problems were …

Nebraska Couple Says Bridge Work Destroying House

A Rulo couple wants the state to either buy their home or pay to repair structural damage they say was caused by ongoing construction of a nearby bridge. The $32 million bridge will carry traffic on U.S. Highway 159 over …