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  • Philly area factories growing by most in 21 years Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at the fastest pace in nearly 21 years, a sign that factory output may be picking up nationwide. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional factory activity jumped to 40.8 in November from 20.7 in October. Jim O'Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, warned...

  • Future dim for Taj Mahal, former Revel casinos Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    Trump Entertainment Resorts has said it will close the casino Dec. 12. Judge Kevin Gross issued an order late Wednesday scheduling the hearing on whether it's time to pull the plug on Trump Entertainment, which is about to close its last remaining casino. Gross also said that the main parties to the case— Trump Entertainment, billionaire Carl Icahn as its main...

  • Activision settles investor suit for record $275 mln Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:58 PM ET

    Nov 19- Videogame maker Activision Blizzard reached a record $275 million settlement over a lawsuit by a shareholder who opposed the company's 2013 deal to acquire its stock that was held by Vivendi SA. The lawsuit by Activision shareholder Anthony Pacchia was prompted by the $8 billion deal in 2013 in which Activision and an investor group known as ASAC...

  • Nov 19- Creditors of GT Advanced Technologies complained in a bankruptcy court filing that the sapphire company may have gotten too little in its proposed settlement with Apple Inc over legal claims stemming from a deal to supply sapphire screens. GT Advanced shocked investors by filing for bankruptcy in October in a case that was initially shrouded in...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Keystone XL's top supporter in the U.S. Senate frantically lobbied colleagues on Tuesday in a last-ditch attempt to find enough "yes" votes to approve the oil pipeline from Canada. TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline has broad support in Louisiana, an oil-producing state, where Landrieu faces an uphill battle to win a new six-year term in a...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Keystone XL supporters in the U.S. Senate faced tough odds on Tuesday in passing a bill to approve the oil pipeline from Canada after one lawmaker they hoped might be a "yes" said he would vote against the project. "Congress is not- nor should it be- in the business of legislating the approval or disapproval of a construction project," Senator Angus...

  • Lawyer: Tracy Morgan battling severe brain injury Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:55 AM ET

    Lawyers were in court in New Jersey for a scheduling conference in Morgan's lawsuit against Bentonville, Arkansas- based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., whose truck was involved in the crash. Morgan wasn't at Tuesday's proceeding, during which lawyers met with the judge to settle on a schedule. A Wal-Mart truck slammed into a limo van that was carrying Morgan and several...

  • Chemical plant had some environmental violations Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:59 PM ET

    LA PORTE, Texas— State records show dozens of minor or moderate state environmental violations since 2009 at a Houston- area DuPont chemical plant where four people died from toxic fumes over the weekend. The plant, however, which covers 600 acres along the Houston Ship Channel in LaPorte and has operated since 1956, has received a satisfactory rating from the...

  • Nov 17- Mark Pincus, the founder of video game company Zynga Inc, must face a lawsuit alleging he unfairly benefited by selling $192 million of stock in 2012 when other early investors were under a lockup agreement, according to a court ruling. The creator of FarmVille had asked the Delaware Court of Chancery to dismiss a lawsuit that alleged Pincus and other Zynga...

  • Court papers filed to close Trump Taj Mahal casino Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    In filing a revised reorganization plan in Delaware bankruptcy court, Trump Entertainment Resorts said its board has approved a shutdown of the casino by Dec. 12. "The debtors have initiated appropriate steps to cease operations at the Taj Mahal consistent with that time frame," Trump Entertainment attorneys wrote. "I want them to know that the city of Atlantic...

  • Ultimate Gaming closes Nevada online poker site Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 1:54 PM ET

    After shutting down its operations in New Jersey, the company announced Friday that it had closed its Ultimate Poker online business in Nevada, too, citing trouble making a profit as long as online gambling is limited to a pool of players in single states, so far just three nationwide. The company, owned by Las Vegas- based neighborhood casino-hotel company...

  • Keystone: House sends oil pipeline bill to Senate Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    Mary Landrieu scrapped on Thursday for converts among fellow Democrats for legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline before a runoff election that threatens to end her career in Congress. The White House said President Barack Obama took a "dim view" of the bill but did not explictly threaten a veto. Landrieu sought to cast herself as an...

  • Gulf of Mexico, but a companion bill in the Senate may lack votes to pass next week. The Senate could take up the bill next week, possibly on Tuesday. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat and chair of the Senate energy panel, led the effort to approve the bill in her chamber, but it appeared on Thursday that she did not yet have enough votes for passage.

  • Oil and politics: A senator scraps for survival Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 4:43 PM ET

    Mary Landrieu scrapped on Thursday for converts among fellow Democrats for legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline before a runoff election that threatens to end her career in Congress. The White House said President Barack Obama took a "dim view" of the bill but did not explictly threaten a veto. Landrieu sought to cast herself as an...

  • The legislation would circumvent the need for approval of TransCanada Corp's $8 billion project by the Obama administration, which has been pending for more than six years. The Senate could take up the bill next week, possibly on Tuesday. Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, led the effort to approve the bill in...

  • AP: Taj Mahal closes Dec. 12 if union keeps appeal Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Trump Entertainment Resorts said it will close the Taj Mahal on Dec. 12 if its main union doesn't drop an appeal of a court-ordered savings package. CEO Robert Griffin told The Associated Press on Thursday that the company has notified the state Division of Gaming Enforcement of the planned shutdown date. The company said relief from health...

  • New consumer protections for prepaid cards Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 12:04 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is extending many of the financial protections of bank accounts to prepaid cards. Consumers have gone from loading less than $1 billion onto their cards in 2003 to nearly $100 billion through 2014.. The market has also expanded to include electronic services such as PayPal and GoogleWallet, CFPB director...

  • Small businesses step up holiday social media game Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    The holiday social media marketing plan for New York- based Monif C. Plus Sizes includes contests promoted on Facebook with prizes like a $1,000 wardrobe. When Facebook users click on a link about a contest, they're taken to the New York- based retailer's website and their email addresses are recorded when they enter the contest. Clarke will also use social media...

  • Taj Mahal asks union to drop cost-savings appeal Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The parent company of Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort gave its union an ultimatum Monday: Drop your appeal of a court-ordered cost savings package or we shut the casino down and put 3,000 workers on the street. Describing itself as "a very sick patient lying on his death bed," Trump Entertainment Resorts wrote to its 3,000 employees,...

  • Nov 10- Dendreon Corp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after sales of the world's first cancer vaccine fell short of expectations and left the company deep in debt. Seattle- based Dendreon said it had agreed terms of a financial restructuring with certain bond holders that may involve a standalone recapitalization or the sale of the company or its...