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  • WASHINGTON— Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. It's the 33rd time in more than six years that Congress has resorted to a temporary patch to keep transportation programs going, 12 bills specific to highway and transit...

  • Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 1:46 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. It's the 33rd time in more than six years that Congress has resorted to a temporary patch to keep transportation programs going, 12 bills specific to highway and transit...

  • Chris Christie's administration has reached a deal to pay $7.6 million to a firm the state contracted to help handle applications for its Superstorm Sandy housing recovery program. The state Department of Community Affairs reached the agreement on Thursday with Hammerman and Gainer Inc., also called HGI, department spokeswoman Lisa Ryan said.

  • *Fed Chair Janet Yellen speech pressures gold slightly. NEW YORK/ LONDON, May 22- Gold eased on Friday, on course for its first weekly decline in four weeks, after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she expected an interest rate hike this year.

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— As four Atlantic City casinos shut down last year, those that remained voiced optimism that their own performance would improve. Figures released Friday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement show the surviving eight casinos saw their gross operating profits rise by 26 percent in the first quarter of this year. "Gaming revenue is up,...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Assembly on Friday approved one of the nation's toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways. Manufacturers already have pledged to phase out the materials, including L'Oreal, Unilever and Johnson& Johnson, and use natural alternatives such as apricot shells and cocoa beans.

  • The latest on a possible gas pipeline in the Pinelands Friday, 22 May 2015 | 12:49 PM ET

    South Jersey Gas tried and failed in 2014 to get the approval of the board that oversees the state's million-acre pineland preserve. Chris Christie supports the pipeline, and he's got a new appointee on the Pinelands Commission, which could decide the fate of the venture. South Jersey Gas says the project has the support of the state Board of Public Utilities, the...

  • Campbell Soup says 3Q profit and soup sales declined Friday, 22 May 2015 | 7:42 AM ET

    CAMDEN, N.J.— Campbell Soup said Friday that its net income and revenue fell in the fiscal third quarter, with U.S. soup sales declining. Campbell Soup Co. said its net income slipped 1 percent to $182 million, or 58 cents per share. Campbell Soup maintained its full-year profit forecast of $2.32 to $2.38 per share and said it thinks it will finish toward the high end of...

  • Officials said an employee with Medical Management LLC gave away names, Social Security numbers and birthdates of patients. The company handles billing for The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck. Thousands of patients at White Plains Hospital in New York and the University of...

  • Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US Friday, 22 May 2015 | 2:24 AM ET

    DENVER— They're ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. The Tuk Tuk Factory, based in Amsterdam, has signed a licensing agreement with Denver- based eTuk USA to allow the company to manufacture and sell an electric version of the vehicle. The three partners' other company, eTuk Denver, launched a call-and-demand shuttle...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- There were no fancy economic models or forecasts when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush first tossed out the idea that 4 percent annual growth should be the overarching goal for the U.S. economy. But what started as a casual suggestion during a 2010 conference call with advisers to the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy center in Dallas, has...

  • Wall Street's S&P 500 index at record high. NEW YORK, May 21- Global equity markets rose on Thursday, with Wall Street's S&P 500 index closing at a record high as investors bet that U.S. interest rates won't rise soon, while oil jumped more than 2 percent on the view that a global glut may be starting to ease. Wall Street's S&P 500 gained 4.97 points, or 0.23 percent, to end...

  • U.S. Senate Democrats press for Amtrak funding increase Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 4:44 PM ET

    One day after an Amtrak train derailed on May 12 near Philadelphia, killing eight passengers, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee approved a $1.14 billion Amtrak budget, a $252 million cut from fiscal 2015.. "Philadelphia was preventable and it was predictable," Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said at a news conference.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration demonstrated the Data Communications system, called Data Comm, at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport. The system has been used on a trial basis since 2013 at the Newark and Memphis, Tennessee, airports. "With Data Communications, you don't have to call a friend for directions," he said.

  • *U.S. sells $13 bln 10- year TIPS to solid demand. NEW YORK, May 21- U.S. "There were fears about a sharp spring recovery, but the data haven't rebounded smartly," said Robert Tipp, chief investment strategist at Prudential Fixed Income in Newark, New Jersey.

  • Amtrak says the system will be ready by year's end throughout the Northeast Corridor, which stretches from Boston to Washington, with the exception of some track owned by commuter railroads in New York. Democrats want Congress to give Amtrak the entire $2 billion in subsidies the railroad requested for the budget year that starts Oct. 1. They say GOP lawmakers...

  • 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...

  • Felix Rappaport, president and chief executive officer of Foxwoods, said the 315,000- square-foot Tanger Outlets with 80 stores is intended to attract visitors who don't necessarily play the slot machines or work the poker tables. Foxwoods, which is promoting the Tanger Outlets with weekend activities that include a tightrope walk 80 feet up by Nik Wallenda,...

  • The most immediate goal after Sandy was to get basic systems back up and running; the storm toppled utility poles, pulled down wires, flooded and knocked out sewage plants, and destroyed parts of Route 35, the second-busiest coastal highway in the state along the northern Ocean County barrier island. When the storm surge cut Mantoloking in two, it sliced through...

  • TOMS RIVER, N.J.— In the months after Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey shore, Gov. The federal government has awarded New Jersey $4.1 billion in Community Development Block Grant funds for disaster recovery; $1.64 billion has been given to homeowners so far. "I want to go home, I want my kids to go home and everybody else to go back home," said Joe Karcz, whose home in...