Articles by Jessica Gresko

Al-Jazeera TV Asks Judge to Toss Major League Baseball Players’ Defamation Claim

Al-Jazeera America is asking a judge to dismiss defamation lawsuits filed by two Major League Baseball players over statements made in the broadcaster’s documentary about performance-enhancing drugs in sports. Lawyers for the news organization and for Ryan Zimmerman of the …

Maryland the 3rd State to See Health Insurance Exchange Director Go

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia told the federal government they could run their own health insurance exchanges, but three people leading their states’ exchanges have now left following problem-plagued rollouts of the online marketplaces. The executive director of …

Washington Metro Settles Lawsuit Against Aon Stemming From 2009 Crash

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) has agreed to settle a lawsuit against its insurance broker that stemmed from the 2009 red line crash that killed nine people. After the crash, Metro sued insurance broker Aon, which put together …

Minor Earthquake Shakes Up U.S. Capital

Earthquakes are so rare in the Washington area that even a geology student wasn’t quite sure what was going on when a minor one hit early Friday. Was it a truck passing by? A low-flying plane? Gerasimos Michalitsianos, who will …

Florida Among States Considering Ban on Accident Response Fees

It was bad enough when Matthew Norville rear-ended another driver, crushing the front end of his own car. A few weeks later, the Pensacola college student got a $714 bill to cover the cost of the county police and firefighters …

Florida Researchers Deploy New Hurricane Data Weather Balloons

A fleet of special balloons released over South Florida may soon help hurricane forecasters better predict the path of storms. But at a cost of up to $2,000 each, these aren’t your average birthday party decorations. The clear, pyramid-shaped balloons …

Station Fire, Failure Cause Fla. Power Outage, Close Nuke Plant

Millions of Floridians sweated. Restaurant owners tossed out their food. Motorists battled each other even more than usual. And all for something that should have been just a blip on the electrical grid. An equipment malfunction in a substation near …

Hurricances Spare U.S., Leaving Officials Worried About Public Apathy, Flood Policy Nonrenewals

Despite alarming predictions, the U.S. came through a second straight hurricane season virtually unscathed, raising fears among emergency planners that they will be fighting public apathy and overconfidence when they warn people to prepare for next year. Friday marks the …

U.S. Senate panel weighs funding for weather satellites

Cuts to planned weather and environmental satellites will significantly affect scientists’ ability to study the Earth’s climate, experts told a U.S. Senate committee recently. The Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee also heard testimony on the aging QuikScat satellite, a hurricane …

U.S. Senate Panel Weighs Funding for Weather Satellites

Cuts to planned weather and environmental satellites will significantly affect scientists’ ability to study the Earth’s climate, experts told a U.S. Senate committee last week. The Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee also heard testimony on the aging QuikScat satellite, a …