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  • WASHINGTON— Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House approved a plan Wednesday to block a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change. Lawmakers voted 247-180 to support a bill allowing states to opt out of the Obama administration's plan to limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants if...

  • NEW YORK, June 24- When U.S. companies go bust, bankruptcy laws ensure workers are among the first to get paid. A federal appeals court in Philadelphia last month endorsed an agreement among stakeholders of Jevic Transportation Inc to toss the trucking company's bankruptcy case out of court before a formal Chapter 11 exit plan was approved.

  • TRENTON, N.J.— More than a dozen transportation and progressive advocacy groups sharply criticized the Democrat-led Legislature on Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to allocate more funding to NJ Transit so it can evade an expected fare increase. New Jersey Transit proposed earlier this year a roughly 9 percent fare increase as well as some service...

  • Farming with 95% less water—in Newark, New Jersey Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 12:41 PM ET
    Vertical farming at AeroFarms.

    Using 95% less water and half the fertilizer of traditional farming, vertical farms bring sustainable produce to cities.

  • New era in police recruitment: courting hearts and minds Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 11:48 AM ET

    But most of all, cognizant of the recent turmoil over officer-involved deaths in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore and elsewhere, America's police chiefs are looking for compassionate men and women who are in the field to do good. Take Victor Ransom, whose first assignment as an officer in Jersey City, New Jersey, is bringing him to familiar territory: his own...

  • Bill to permit smaller Atlantic City casinos advances Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 11:31 AM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— New Jersey is moving forward with its plan to allow smaller casinos in Atlantic City. The changes come as Atlantic City lost four of its 12 casinos last year. "High-end casinos with a price tag of $1 billion or $2 billion have gone extinct in Atlantic City, crushing the economy and forcing thousands of workers into unemployment," said Deputy...

  • Nearly 400K without power as storm cleanup begins Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 7:32 AM ET
    Airline in rain

    Powerful storms that plowed through eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey downed trees and power lines, leaving nearly 400,000 without electricity.

  • Oldest manufacturer stops production of Confederate flag Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 6:51 AM ET

    ROSELAND, N.J.— The nation's oldest and largest flag manufacturer has decided to stop making and selling the Confederate flag. The northern New Jersey company's announcement comes amid calls for South Carolina to remove the flag from its statehouse in the wake of a shooting that killed nine at a historic black church in Charleston. Company President Carter...

  • The PATCO Speedline between suburban New Jersey and downtown Philadelphia has resumed operations after a storm-related power outage halted service for the morning rush hour. PATCO trains typically run every 3-5 minutes from downtown Philadelphia during rush hour. Service remains suspended on SEPTA's Media/ Elwyn regional rail line and between Radnor...

  • Trim gym trend turning fitness fans into business owners Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Slim one-room gyms are in, and the low cost of starting them is turning gym rats and workout instructors into entrepreneurs. Classes can be pricy, at about $30 each, but that's not keeping people away. "We started this with zero dollars," says Brittany Blum, co-owner of yoga studio Ritual San Francisco.

  • Massachusetts' first slots parlor is open for business Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 2:03 AM ET

    PLAINVILLE, Mass.— Massachusetts jumped into the casino game Wednesday as the state's first slots parlor opened for business to a large and eager crowd of gamblers. state Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby declared, calling it a "momentous" day for Massachusetts, which became the 40th state to offer casino gambling. Massachusetts has been lagging way...

  • JERSEY CITY, N.J.— A lawyer representing a New Jersey nonprofit that offers so-called "gay conversion" therapy called several men suing the group "flat-out liars" during closing arguments of a civil trial Wednesday, while their attorney characterized the group as "amateurs using scalpels" on the minds of young gay men. The lawsuit filed in 2012 accuses Jews...

  • Ikea raises minimum wage for US workers 2nd year in a row Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 12:05 AM ET

    Starting Jan. 1, Ikea's average minimum hourly wage will increase to $11.87, which is $4.62 above the current federal wage and marks a $1.11 increase, or 10 percent, from this year's average minimum pay. The pay raise comes as several retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., have announced wage hikes and other incentives to attract workers and to stay...

  • CHARLESTON, S.C., June 23- Prominent U.S. flag makers said on Tuesday they will stop manufacturing and selling Confederate battle flags in the wake of last week's attack on worshipers at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Reggie VandenBosch, vice president of sales at the privately owned Valley Forge Flag, said the Pennsylvania- based company came to the...

  • June 23- A long-running battle between LG Electronics Inc and environmentalists ended on Tuesday when LG agreed to halve the height of its planned North American headquarters so it will not obstruct views of the New Jersey Palisades cliffs. The South Korean conglomerate said it would redesign the building in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, so that it will not...

  • BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J.— The death of a teenager killed when a stone slab weighing about 650 pounds fell on him at a southern New Jersey business last weekend has been ruled an accident. The Ocean County prosecutor's Office announced its finding Tuesday. Investigators concluded that 17- year-old Jared Marchiano, of Berkeley Township, was trespassing at Stone N'...

  • Ex-Cendant chairman fails to overturn fraud conviction Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 11:55 AM ET

    NEW YORK, June 23- A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to overturn the fraud conviction of former Cendant Corp Chairman Walter Forbes for his role in one of corporate America's largest accounting scandals. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York rejected Forbes' argument that a new trial was warranted because newly discovered evidence from a...

  • ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.— An electronics company will sharply reduce the height of its planned 143- foot corporate tower in a northern New Jersey community, resolving concerns raised by critics. The agreement announced Tuesday by LG Electronics USA calls for a five-story north wing in Englewood Cliffs that will be just shy of 70 feet in height.

  • Tired of high state taxes? Maybe it's time to move Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Moving van

    A CNBC analysis shows that many states with the highest per capita in taxes are also seeing the most net migration to lower-tax states.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— A proposal by Ohio lawmakers would do away with taxes on feminine care products. Greta Johnson, an Akron Democrat, said at a news conference that women spend $6 to $10 of taxable dollars every month on the products, and it's time to help them save money on the essential purchases. Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and New Jersey already...