Articles by Naureen S. Malik, Rachel Adams-Heard and Terrence Dopp

Deadly Gas Explosions Near Boston Put Focus on Pipe Safety

Federal investigators were dispatched to three towns just outside Boston after dozens of explosions and fires along NiSource Inc.’s natural gas network left at least one person dead and 13 injured and displaced over 8,000 customers. Massachusetts State Police reported …

Caution: Pulling Plug on Traffic Cameras Leaves Municipalities in the Red

Municipalities that installed traffic cameras to boost revenue are scraping for cash to fill budget gaps after complaints by irate drivers forced them to cancel their use. Nassau County on Long Island ended its program after speed cameras led to …

N.J. Red-Light Cameras Lose Support as Drivers Gripe Over Robotics, Glitches

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is leaning toward eliminating red-light cameras after a five-year test was fraught with glitches and gripes, even as data showed fewer crashes at intersections with the equipment. A pilot program begun in 2009 that snaps …

Sandy Aid in N.J. Becomes Another Christie Albatross

Nineteen months after Hurricane Sandy left four feet of water in Thomas Largey’s house in Sea Bright, New Jersey, the 82-year-old still lives with his daughter as he awaits aid to raise and rebuild his home. Reopened resorts and new …

Former Chubb COO Degnan Nominated as Chairman of Port Authority of N.Y.-N.J.

John Degnan, a former chief operating officer of Chubb Corp., was nominated for chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, filling a vacancy brought on by the scandal over last …

New Jersey Shore Boardwalk Rebuilt After Sandy Torn by Fire

A wind-driven blaze consumed a New Jersey Shore boardwalk and amusements freshly rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy, destroying dozens of businesses. The fire swept through at least six blocks of Seaside Park and Seaside Heights, turning more than 30 buildings to …

N.J. Governor Says 400 Firefighters Battle Boardwalk Blaze

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was counting on 400 firefighters and the approach of rain to help snuff out a wind-driven blaze that consumed a Seaside boardwalk and amusements newly rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy. A six-block area along the ocean …

Philadelphia Building Collapse Leaves 6 Dead, 14 Injured

Six people died and 14 others were injured when a building undergoing demolition suddenly collapsed in Center City Philadelphia yesterday, crushing a neighboring thrift store. More than 12 hours after the disaster, searchers extracted a survivor who was alert and …