WPBF - A group of chiropractors, attorneys, and runners were arrested by state investigators Thursday morning. They are accused of running an accident insurance fraud ring based in Palm Beach County. Department of Insurance Fraud Capt. Rafael Delgado said runners would contact and solicit people who were recently in an accident. Those "patients" sometimes weren’t even injured, but they would be brought to an accident attorney and a chiropractor who would coach them on what to say in order to sue and bilk insurance companies, according to Delgado.
Friday, October 31, 2014
 
KTBS - Two passengers on an excursion train that was struck head-on by another train in northwest Arkansas have filed civil lawsuits against the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad. Corliss Johnson of Rogers and Margaret Harkins of Lowell have filed separate lawsuits against the railroad in connection with the Oct. 16 collision. Fayetteville television station KHOG reports that both Johnson and Harkins say they paid $107 to ride the excursion train for a scenic tour. Federal investigators say the excursion train stalled on the tracks and was struck head-on by another train that was coming to offer assistance.
Friday, October 31, 2014
 
CNN - The family of a third-grader in Connecticut has filed a lawsuit against Milford Public Schools, saying their daughter was banned from school for 21 days amid Ebola fears when she returned from a trip to Lagos, Nigeria, for a family wedding. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, alleges that Ikeoluwa Opayemi was not allowed to return to Meadowside Elementary School in Milford "based on fears" of the deadly Ebola outbreak in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Friday, October 31, 2014
 
Bloomberg - With just about a month left in the eastern Pacific’s hurricane season, Mexico is once again the target of a tropical system on its western coast. The latest system, Tropical Storm Vance, was drifting west in the Pacific Ocean with top winds of 40 miles (64 kilometers) per hour yesterday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. The projected track raised the possibility Mexico will take another tropical hit in the next week. “It isn’t out of the question, it is going to take a loop to get there,” said Tom Kines, a meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania.
Friday, October 31, 2014
 
FOX 29 - An early morning fire ripped through a West Philadelphia apartment building sending a resident and a fire fighter to the hospital and leaving dozens homeless. It happened in the 100 block of 62nd Street just before midnight Thursday evening. Heavy flames shot from the third floor of the 4-story building when fire crews arrived on the scene. It took more than an hour and a half to get the second alarm fire under control at 1:08am. 66 residents checked in for the night and in the care of the Red Cross.
Friday, October 31, 2014
 
The Times - A Michigan City man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison for staging car crashes to collect insurance payouts, federal court records show. Robert Lemon also must pay $191,449 jointly with several co-defendants and serve two years on supervised release. Lemon and seven of his co-defendants each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Nine people were indicted in November in the alleged insurance fraud scheme. They were accused of staging car crashes in Northwest Indiana and Illinois and reporting them to local police and insurance companies between December 2005 and July 2009.
Friday, October 31, 2014
 
Fox Atlanta - Firefighters rushed to the scene of an apartment complex fire Tuesday in Buckhead.The fire happened at the Victoria Apartment Homes on Roswell road just before noon. Multiple fire crews were called to the scene to battle the flames. Officials say firefighter Spurgeon Putnam fell 20 feet while battling the fire on the roof. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Josh Martinson received minor burns to his shoulders. Both men are from Station 21 and are in stable condition at Grady Hospital. Martinson is expected to be released sometime Thursday afternoon.
Friday, October 31, 2014
 
FOX News - At least four people died inside a Kansas airport building where a small plane crashed at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport, authorities said Thursday. At least five others were injured and Wichita Fire Chief Ronald Blackwell said at least four people were unaccounted for hours after the Thursday morning incident, but a search was halted after a portion of the building collapsed. Only the pilot was in the plane and two people confirmed dead were found inside the building, Blackwell said. Wichita Fire Marshal Brad Crisp said the search would resume as soon as the building was deemed stable.
Friday, October 31, 2014
 
The Hill - Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says Congress should reauthorize its terrorism insurance program in the lame-duck session. Gates said it would be a “huge mistake” for lawmakers not to renew the Terrorism Risk Insurance program, which was enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to provide a federal backstop for the cost of insurance payouts after large-scale attacks.“Terrorism is a tactic used by the weak against the strong, and it will be with us as far into the future as any of us can see,” Gates said Monday at an insurance industry event in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Friday, October 31, 2014
 
The New York Times - When regulators sleep and auto companies place profits over safety, safety defects pile up. A record number of vehicles — more than 50 million — have been recalled this year, a result of congressional hearings and Justice Department prosecutions, which exposed a mass of deadly defects that the auto industry had concealed. From the Ford Explorer rollovers in the 1990s and Toyotas’ issue with unintended acceleration in the 2000s to the recent fatal consequences of defective General Motors ignition switches and Takata airbags, the auto companies hid defects to avoid recalls and save money.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
 
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