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Union Strike at New York Chemical Plant Enters 4th Week

A strike by hundreds of union workers at an upstate New York chemical plant is now into its fourth week. Some 700 members of an IUE-CWA local walked off the job earlier this month at Momentive Performance Materials in the …

7 Injured in Fire that Damaged 3 Homes in New Jersey

Seven people have been injured, four critically, in a fire that swept through three homes in Woodbury, N.J. One of the homes collapsed after the fire that started around 3:30 a.m. Monday in a home on Mehorter Boulevard and spread …

Security Measures to be Reviewed After Panic at New York’s JFK Airport

Poor communication among police, private security and other personnel contributed to a mass panic that erupted at a New York City airport when loud cheers for Usain Bolt somehow led to a false report of gunshots, according to a review …

IIHS Study Finds Rearview Cameras Can Reduce Backing Crashes

Rearview cameras are expected to prevent nearly one-in-six police-reported backing crashes, an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study has found. The IIHS is an Arlington, Virginia, headquartered independent, nonprofit research and communications organization dedicated to reducing highway crash deaths, …

Suit Against New Jersey School Over Sex Charges Can Proceed

A lawsuit against William Paterson University over its handling of sex assault charges against five male students will be allowed to proceed. The five were charged in 2014 but a Passaic County grand jury declined to indict them. Two of …

After New Jersey Train Crash, Transit Regulators Targeting Sleep Apnea

Federal regulators want railroads across the country to test train operators for a sleep disorder. The safety advisory being issued this week by the Federal Railroad Administration comes after the engineer in September’s deadly New Jersey commuter train crash was …

New Jersey’s Selective Insurance Company of America Appoints New Officers

Selective Insurance Company of America, the Branchville, N.J., headquartered subsidiary of Selective Insurance Group Inc., has made five new officer appointments. The company has appointed Rohan Pai to senior vice president of investor relations and treasury. He joined Selective in …

Q&A: Deloitte Insurance Expert Discusses Hurricane Season and Flood Insurance

Although Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, cleanup from any damage seen on the East Coast could last beyond the end of the season. Some coastal areas, such as Virginia Beach, were impacted this season, particularly by flooding. Flooding is …

Exxon Climate Judge Orders ‘Unprecedented’ Questioning

A federal judge in Texas is giving Exxon Mobil Corp. an unprecedented chance to question a state law-enforcement officer who is investigating whether the energy company hid damaging data about climate change from investors. U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade in …

Ex-Fire Company Treasurer in Pennsylvania Charged with Stealing Nearly $400K

A former Pennsylvania volunteer fire company treasurer who received a $400 annual stipend has been accused of stealing nearly 1,000 times that much from the organization. Fifty-one-year-old Agnes Patterson, of Hellertown, surrendered Wednesday on charges she stole more than $395,000 …

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