Articles by Michael R. Sisak, Michelle L. Price and David Porter

Associated Press

Safety Doors Failed in New York City High-Rise Apartment Fire That Killed 17

Investigators sought answers Monday for why safety doors failed to close when fire broke out in a New York high-rise, allowing thick smoke to rise through the tower and kill 17 people, including eight children, in the city’s deadliest blaze …

Investigations Begin Into Deadly New York City Apartment Building Fire

Doctors raced Monday to save survivors of New York City’s deadliest fire in three decades as authorities began investigating how thick smoke could billow through the high-rise, trapping many families inside and killing 19 people, including nine children. Dozens of …

New Jersey Landlord Accused of Demanding Sex from Tenants to Pay $4.5M

A landlord accused of demanding sex from his low-income tenants under threat of eviction or in exchange for helping them receive rent assistance will pay more than $4 million to settle a federal lawsuit, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. …

Northeast Summer Storms Were a Climate-Change Wake-Up Call for Subways

When the remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped record-breaking rain on the East Coast this month, staircases leading into New York City’s subway tunnels turned into waterfalls. In Philadelphia, a commuter line along the Schuylkill River was washed out for miles, …

After Northeast Flooding, Insurance Woes Swamp Residents

After being pummeled by two tropical storms that submerged basements, cracked home foundations and destroyed belongings, Northeastern U.S. residents still in the throes of recovery are being hit with another unexpected blow: Thousands of families are now swamped with financial …

Death Toll Rises After Ida’s Remnants Hit Northeast

The remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped historic rain over New York City, with at least nine deaths linked to flooding in the region, as it swamped subway cars and submerged vehicles and homes. Catastrophic weather came to the largest city …

Cleanup Begins in Soggy Northeast as Henri Plods Back to Sea

Residents across the waterlogged Northeast began clearing mud and tearing out sodden carpets Monday after deluges dropped by Tropical Storm Henri, whose remnants threatened further flooding in New England as the system made a slow trek back to the sea. …

Henri Hurls Rain as System Settles Atop Swamped Northeast

The slow-rolling storm system named Henri was expected to continue drenching the Northeast with rain Monday with a slated turn to the east from upstate New York back through New England. The National Weather Service in Boston said torrential downpours …

New Jersey Court Rules Against Artist Peter Max Over Damaged Works

A New Jersey appeals court on Thursday ruled against famed pop artist Peter Max in a dispute over millions of dollars’ worth of his works that were damaged in a warehouse during Superstorm Sandy. The German-born Max, whose distinctive psychedelic …

Eight Years Later, Sandy Still Costing Transit Systems Billions

Once a gleaming symbol of early 20th-century ambition and prosperity, Hoboken’s grand rail terminal now sits as a somber reminder of the daunting challenges facing mass transit in the New York region. Eight years ago Thursday, Superstorm Sandy pushed the …