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Connecticut Gov. Lamont Proposes Gun Laws

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced a series of proposed gun laws Monday in a state already considered one of the strictest for firearms ownership, including a statewide ban on open carrying expected to draw strong opposition from gun rights supporters. …

Virginia Senate Committee Advances Gun Bills After School Shootings

A Democrat-led Virginia Senate panel voted Monday to advance a range of gun control bills, including legislation meant to address recent campus shootings at the University of Virginia and a Newport News elementary school. In an hours-long hearing, the Senate …

Drive Free or Die? New Hampshire Bill to Restrict Pets in Cars Starts Dogfight

New Hampshire is the only state that allows adults to drive without wearing seatbelts. Want to use your dog instead? Go for it, for now. While the state currently has no lapdog-related laws, the Legislature is considering a bill that …

Virginia Jury Rejects Woman’s Claims Against Four Police Officers Over Sex Ring

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A jury on Friday rejected a woman’s allegations that a former police chief in Virginia and three other officers protected a prostitution ring that she said trafficked her. The eight-person civil jury found that the woman, …

J&J Subsidiary to Pay $9.75M to Settle Claims of Free Products to Induce Surgeon

A subsidiary of health care company Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay nearly $10 million to settle allegations that it violated federal and state law by providing free products to a surgeon to induce him to use its products …

Union Bay Acquires Franchino Agency in New Jersey

Union Bay Acquisition, an aggregator of insurance agencies agent based in Princeton, New Jersey, has acquired Franchino Agency, Inc. Hillsborough, New Jersey. Terms were not disclosed. Franchino Agency, headed by Gabe Frangione, president, offers personal and commercial lines policies. Union …

Construction Firm Denies Illegal Dumping Charges as ‘Legally, Factually Baseless’

A Massachusetts construction company charged with illegally dumping thousands of tons of contaminated fill in Rhode Island during a highway construction project says it has done nothing wrong. The Rhode Island attorney general’s office announced Wednesday that Barletta Heavy Division, …

No, a Purchase Order Is Not Like Insurance, State High Court Says in Reversal

A grocery chain is entitled to recoup costs it incurred defending an automatic door installer against negligence claims brought against them both, but it is not entitled to recover the costs it incurred defending itself under the terms of the …

Settlement Reached Over Philadelphia-Area School Abuse Claims

A $3 million settlement will establish a fund for former students as part of a lawsuit alleging abuse and deprivation of education at a now-shuttered Pennsylvania juvenile justice facility. Former Glen Mills Schools students could receive both cash payments for …

Fatal New York House Fire Latest in Series of Blazes Caused by Batteries

A Queens house fire that killed one person and injured 10 others was sparked by a lithium-ion battery, the fire department said Saturday. It adds to a series of battery blazes that have caused concern in the city. The latest …

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