Articles by Jennifer Peltz

New York City May Ban Pre-Hire Marijuana Tests for Many Job Applicants

Many job-seekers would no longer face tests for marijuana use under legislation that New York City is likely to enact, taking a novel step as lawmakers and employers around the U.S. grapple with workplace policies about pot. The Democrat-led City …

New York City Orders Mandatory Vaccines for Some Amid Measles Outbreak

Health officials Tuesday ordered nearly everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish New York City neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles or face fines, reviving a public-health strategy that experts say hasn’t been used in the U.S. in recent memory. The …

Pilot Reported Engine Failure as Helicopter Crashed in New York City

A Texas firefighter, an Argentine woman and a video journalist were among five passengers killed when a helicopter plunged into New York City’s East River, with the pilot reporting the engine had failed. Investigators began working Monday to determine what …

Note to Texas, Florida: Insurance Fights Over Sandy Rage On

The destructive floodwaters of Superstorm Sandy receded quickly, but some storm victims are still neck-deep in a battle over insurance payouts. And many victims of this year’s storms in Texas, Florida and elsewhere should brace themselves for a similar fight, …

NTSB Releases Results of Investigation Into 2015 New York Train Crash

Federal safety investigators said Tuesday they can’t determine why an SUV ended up in the path of an oncoming commuter train, causing a crash that killed six people at a rail crossing in suburban New York in 2015. Detailing the …

U.S. Safety Board to Detail Findings of Deadly New York Train Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board was scheduled to meet and detail a probe into a 2015 crash between a commuter train and an SUV that killed six people in the New York suburbs, a day after a U.S. official told …

Carbon Monoxide Leak Sickens 32 People in New York City

A carbon monoxide leak in a building three blocks from the World Trade Center sickened 32 people and raised alarm that shuttered several busy blocks in lower Manhattan at the start of the workday Tuesday, authorities said. The problem ultimately …

New York City House Fire Kills 5, Including Children

Investigators are scouring for clues about what sparked a fast-moving New York City house fire that killed five people, including two young boys and two teenage girls. The fire broke out Sunday afternoon, on a street full of single-family homes …

New Jersey Transit Train Stuck in Tunnel Three Hours, Stun Gun Sparks Stampede

A train with about 1,200 passengers became stuck in a tunnel between New York and New Jersey for nearly three hours on Friday, and the chaotic scene escalated to pandemonium when Amtrak police used a stun gun to subdue a …

Russian Cyberthief Pleads Guilty in $1.6M Heist of Broadway, Yankee Tickets

A Russian ringleader of a group that fraudulently bought some of the hottest tickets in music, sports and theater by sneaking into StubHub users’ accounts pleaded guilty this week in a scheme involving over $1 million worth of tickets. Vadim …