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14 Charged for Roles in Deadly 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

In the biggest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine, 14 owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people. The nationwide outbreak was traced …

New York Will Move to Prohibit Fracking

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prevent fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. New York Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he was recommending …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Affinity Marketing Group in Massachusetts

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced the acquisition of Affinity Marketing Group LLC in Natick, Massachusetts. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Established in 2001, Affinity Marketing Group (AMG) is a national program broker that provides access to products …

Aspen Insurance Agency Announces New Hires in N.H.

Aspen Insurance Agency in Manchester, New Hampshire, has hired two additional staff members. Lyndsay Lee has joined the agency as commercial marketing representative. Lee brings seven years of insurance industry experience to Aspen Insurance Agency. Her primary responsibilities include placing …

Integro Acquires Ventura Insurance Brokerage in New York

Insurance brokerage and risk management firm Integro announced its acquisition of Ventura Insurance Brokerage in New York City. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Ventura Insurance Brokerage is an entertainment specialist brokerage firm providing insurance services to the …

Boston Uber Driver Charged With Raping Woman Who Sought Ride

A Boston man who works as an Uber Technologies Inc. driver was charged with taking a woman to a secluded area and raping her, as questions about the company’s driver-screening process prompted it to begin an assessment of its safety …

Housing Focus of Next Sandy Aid for New Jersey

Restoring housing and expanding a fund that finances thousands of affordable rental units for low- to moderate-income families will be how New Jersey spends most of what will likely be the final round of Superstorm Sandy relief money. New Jersey …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Independent Benefit Services in Maryland

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. today announced the acquisition of Independent Benefit Services Inc. (iBEN) located in Rockville, Maryland. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1989, iBEN provides employee benefits, human resources and retirement plan consultation and …

Mass. Vehicle Thefts Down 90% From Peak in 1975, Report Shows

From its peak auto theft year in 1975 when 91,563 vehicles were stolen, Massachusetts has experienced a significant decline ending 2013 with 9,122 thefts. That’s a reduction of 90 percent since 1975, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). …

N.J. Assembly Delays Vote on ‘Electronic’ Auto Insurance Bill

The New Jersey Assembly has delayed a vote on a measure that would allow drivers in New Jersey to use smart phones, computers or tablets to prove they carry auto insurance during traffic stops. The bill was due to be …

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