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  • WASHINGTON— The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology— all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval,...

  • WILMINGTON, Del., June 1- The judge overseeing the $42 billion bankruptcy of Energy Future Holdings Corp, Texas's biggest power company, scolded warring lawyers in the case on Monday for what he called their "unnecessarily expensive and counterproductive" bickering. Judge Christopher Sontchi in Wilmington, Delaware, made the comments as he extended to the end of...

  • *Intel to buy Altera for $16.7 bln. June 1- Wall Street was set to open higher on the first day of the month, helped by an almost five percent rally in Chinese stock markets and ahead of a string of domestic economic data. "It's the first day of the month and news out of China is bullish," said Andrew Barber, chief market strategist at Eagleview Capital in Delaware.

  • WASHINGTON, May 29- Alpha Natural Resources Inc no longer qualifies for a government program that subsidizes a share of mine cleanup insurance, requiring the coal company to find another way to cover roughly $400 million in liabilities, Wyoming officials said on Friday. "At the end of the day, the rules for self bonding are very clear," said Keith Guille, a spokesman...

  • May 29- Alpha Natural Resources Inc said it was notified by Wyoming's environment department that it no longer qualified for "self bonding," which allowed the coal miner to avoid insurance or provisions of about $400 million for cleanup of mines. The news comes a day after a Delaware judge asked Alpha Natural to pay for the legal defense of Donald Blankenship, the...

  • Woman wins $100 million in transvaginal mesh case Friday, 29 May 2015 | 2:37 AM ET

    The News Journal of Wilmington reports the 51- year-old Newark woman was awarded damages Thursday following a two-week trial in Superior Court in Wilmington against Boston Scientific. The jury found Boston Scientific failed to warn doctors and patients of the risk of the poorly designed inserts. Boston Scientific spokeswoman Kelly Leadem says the...

  • May 28- A Delaware jury on Thursday ordered Boston Scientific to pay $100 million to a woman who said she was injured by transvaginal mesh, a device that is the subject of more than 25,000 lawsuits against the company. The 51- year old Newark, Delaware- resident was implanted with Boston Scientific's Pinnacle and Advantage Fit mesh products in 2009, to treat...

  • May 28- Alpha Natural Resources Inc must pay for the legal defense of Donald Blankenship, who is facing a criminal trial over a coal mining disaster in 2010, when he headed Alpha's Massey Energy Co business, a Delaware judge ruled on Thursday. The indictment also said that after the explosion, he misled the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission about Massey's...

  • US gambling market saturated, yet casinos keep on coming Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 10:52 AM ET

    That's the consensus of participants at a major casino conference in Atlantic City. Asked if casino closings outside New Jersey are likely, she said nothing appears imminent, but "of course it's going to happen" if expansion continues at its current pace. "Pennsylvania doesn't care what happens to New Jersey, and New York doesn't care what happens to Pennsylvania,"...

  • Huge changes, challenges about to hit NJ casino market Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 9:41 AM ET

    The issue of whether legalized gambling should be expanded beyond Atlantic City is now front and center due to a proposal for a casino at the Meadowlands Racetrack, and Gov. The proposal from Hard Rock and the Meadowlands comes as Atlantic City lost four of its 12 casinos last year. Speaking Thursday at the East Coast Gaming Congress, track owner Jeff Gural said...

  • Slow start, gradual improvement for US Internet gambling Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 6:16 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Internet gambling is off to a slow start in the United States, with banks hesitant to handle credit card payments for online bets and some politicians and casino moguls pushing to ban it, but there remains potential for great growth, participants in a major gambling conference agreed Wednesday. Three states currently offer Internet gambling:...

  • NEW YORK, May 27- Comedian Tracy Morgan and other people injured in a crash with a Wal-Mart Stores Inc truck last year have reached an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed sum with the world's largest retailer, court documents filed on Wednesday showed. His lawyer and Wal-Mart's lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

  • Tracy Morgan settles suit with Wal-Mart over fatal crash Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 3:56 PM ET

    NEWARK, N.J.— Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. Morgan's lawyer, Benedict Morelli, said he and Walmart worked diligently to reach the settlement for the plaintiffs and their families. "Walmart took full responsibility for the accident,...

  • Wal-Mart, Tracy Morgan settle lawsuit related to accident Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 3:51 PM ET

    May 27- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it settled a lawsuit with the representatives of comedian Tracy Morgan and two others, who were seriously injured in an accident involving its truck. Wal-Mart had already settled with his children. McNair, Morgan and others were returning from a performance in Delaware when the limousine bus they were traveling in on the New...

  • CHICAGO, May 27- The operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp received court approval on Wednesday to remain in control of its bankruptcy for another six months. Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin Goldgar in Chicago allows the country's largest casino operator to pursue its plan for cutting its $18 billion debt without the threat of a rival plan from creditors.

  • May 27- A nun-turned-developer was ordered to pay nearly $1 million for lavish spending and for hiring an ex-con known as Frankie the Fish while building a Mississippi casino, a court ruled on Wednesday. Sandra Manno, a one-time mayor of Marlton, New Jersey, who had spearheaded a vote to legalize gambling in the state, was ordered by a Delaware judge to pay $970,123...

  • NEW YORK— Amazon is hiring 6,000 full-time workers to staff up across its more than 50 distribution centers in the U.S. Its $99 annual Prime membership service comes with free two-day delivery on many items. The Seattle- based company employed about 154,100 full-time and part-time workers in total at the end of 2014..

  • May 26- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that bankruptcy judges can resolve disputes that otherwise would have to be decided in a federal court, in an opinion tied to the legal legacy of the late Anna Nicole Smith. The 6-3 ruling, which stemmed from the Chapter 7 bankruptcy of Richard Sharif of Chicago, recognized the authority of U.S. bankruptcy judges to...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St shrugs off weak data to inch higher Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:22 AM ET

    *Lumber Liquidators plunges after CEO resigns. *CVS up on $10.1 bln Omnicare deal. May 21- U.S. stocks moved higher in morning trading on Thursday as investors shrugged of fresh batch of weaker-than-expected data, which came a day after the Federal Reserve all but ruled out an interest rate hike in June.

  • Manufacturing in Philly area grew at a slower pace in May Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:19 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Manufacturing growth in the Philadelphia region slowed a bit in May, one of several recent signs the U.S. economy is barely improving after an anemic start to the year. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said Thursday that its index of factory activity slipped to 6.7 in May from 7.5 the previous month. The survey covers manufacturing in eastern...