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  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— A federal judge will hear arguments this month by fishing groups who want him to shut down a research project that involves blasting the ocean floor off the coast of New Jersey with sound waves. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp will hear the groups' request on July 15 for a temporary restraining order stopping the project.

  • SINGAPORE/ NEW YORK, July 3- Greece's huge global diaspora is dishing out advice to friends and relatives on how to vote in Sunday's referendum and some feel so strongly they are buying expensive tickets to get home to cast their own ballots. One airline put on extra flights and ticket prices have risen for expatriates who want to have a say in whether Greece...

  • WASHINGTON, July 2- U.S. job growth slowed in June and Americans left the labor force in droves, tempering expectations for a September interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. The Labor Department said on Thursday nonfarm payrolls rose 223,000 last month after a downwardly revised 254,000 increase in May, with construction and government employment...

  • *Balance of influence between Washington, local interests. NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, July 2- Efforts to fill top positions at some U.S. A bill passed in May by the Senate Banking Committee that Shelby chairs would strip the New York Fed's board of its power to appoint its presidents.

  • NEW YORK, July 2- With analysts' expectations for second-quarter U.S. earnings at rock-bottom levels, many companies may well beat forecasts, possibly setting up the stock market for gains in the coming weeks. With Alcoa set to kick off results season next week, investors are eyeing a 3- percent projected drop in benchmark S&P 500 earnings from a year ago, which...

  • WASHINGTON, July 2- U.S. job growth slowed in June and Americans left the labor force in droves, tempering expectations for a September interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. Nonfarm payrolls rose 223,000 last month, down from 254,000 in May, with construction and government employment unchanged, and the mining sector purging more jobs, the Labor...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Stockton University says developer Glenn Straub isn't serious about buying Atlantic City's former Showboat casino, and its president said Thursday the institution will seek a new buyer for it. Thursday was the deadline for Straub's $26 million purchase to close, but he sued Stockton on Wednesday, asking for the deadline to be extended while...

  • *Balance of influence between Washington, local interests. NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, July 2- Efforts to fill top positions at some U.S. A bill passed in May by the Senate Banking Committee that Shelby chairs would strip the New York Fed's board of its power to appoint its presidents.

  • CAMDEN, N.J.— The owners of a popular Jersey shore pizza restaurant chain pleaded guilty Thursday to evading taxes and lying to the IRS. Manco& Manco Pizza owner Charles Bangle, 55, pleaded guilty in federal court in Camden to evading taxes on his 2010 tax returns and structuring financial transactions in 2011 to avoid reporting requirements.

  • It's the second straight win for Ocean City, which also won in 2009.. The contest is sponsored by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Stockton College as a way of making people feel more connected to, and protective of, the state's 127- mile coastline. This year's runners up were: Wildwood; Wildwood Crest; Sea Isle City; North Wildwood; Asbury Park; Manasquan; Belmar;...

  • WASHINGTON— Loud but hardly universal catcalls from Republicans underscored the obstacles and opportunities ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders announced an opening of embassies in Havana and Washington and a resumption of diplomatic relations severed the year President Barack Obama was born. Obama also called on Congress to lift the economic and travel...

  • Correction: Carnegie Heroes story Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— In a story June 30 about the Carnegie Heroes awards, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the fate of a boy whose brother drowned in a river. Late Oregon teen among 18 to win Carnegie Medal for heroism. PITTSBURGH— A 16- year-old Oregon boy who drowned while trying to save his younger brother's life is one of 18 people to be honored with a Carnegie...

  • Lionsgate, Hasbro bet on 'Monopoly' movie Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 2:05 PM ET

    SANTA MONICA, Calif.— Uncle Pennybags is going to Hollywood. Lionsgate said Wednesday it will turn Monopoly— the ubiquitous American board game— into a feature length film, in collaboration with toy maker Hasbro. "Monopoly is one of the most popular games of all time, and it will translate into a film with tremendous global appeal," said Stephen Davis, executive vice...

  • PHILADELPHIA— Amtrak has joined a bid to have the lawsuits filed over a deadly crash in Philadelphia consolidated before the same federal judge. Amtrak says that 19 lawsuits have been filed so far in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. District Judge Legrome Davis has been handling the Philadelphia cases.

  • Ace buying Chubb, deal to create insurance giant Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 7:36 AM ET

    WARREN, N.J.— Insurer Ace Ltd. is buying The Chubb Corp. for about $28.3 billion in cash and stock in a deal that will create one of the world's largest insurers. The combined company plans to use the Chubb name and will have its main offices in Zurich, Switzerland, where Ace is based. Chubb shareholders will receive $62.93 per share in cash and 0.6019 shares of Ace Ltd....

  • New Jersey resident gets prison for commodities fraud Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:45 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A New Jersey resident will spend over seven years in prison for his role in a New York based commodities fraud scheme. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan announced Tuesday that Alex V. Ekdeshman, of Holmdel, New Jersey, has been sentenced to 87 months. He was chief executive officer of Paramount Management, LLC.

  • —Craig Randleman, 50, of Bend, Oregon, and Thomas Joy, 28, of Spokane, Washington, rescued an 8- year-old boy from attacking pit bulls in Spokane in April 2014. —Robert A. Pritchard Jr., 13, of Jacksonville, Florida, rescued a 6- year-old girl from a burning mobile home in June 2014. —S. Alexander Smith, 16, of Aloha, Oregon, drowned trying to rescue his 13- year-old brother from...

  • *Greece submits new aid proposal to creditors. *Malta PM: Greece willing to suspend referendum if talks resume- report. Greece, hours from missing a 1.6 billion euro payment due to the International Monetary Fund, submitted a new aid proposal to its creditors, calling for debt restructuring in what seemed like a last-ditch effort by Athens to resolve its impasse...

  • S. Alexander Smith, of Aloha, jumped into the Row River upstream from a 15- foot waterfall to try to save his 13- year-old brother, Christian, on July 1, 2014. Smith was the only one of those honored Tuesday by the Pittsburgh- based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission who died during a rescue attempt. The other 16 winners are from Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio,...

  • NEWARK, N.J.— A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed by people who were stuck in traffic when lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge were closed without warning in 2013, but an attorney for the plaintiffs vowed Tuesday to file an amended complaint. The consolidated class-action complaint is a combination of two lawsuits filed in...