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  • New Jersey will OK real-money skill gambling Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 2:12 AM ET

    But New Jersey gambling regulators want to let you do it for real money. The state Division of Gaming Enforcement says it is seeking game developers' proposals to conduct real-money gambling on skill-based games, which would make New Jersey a nationwide laboratory for a betting phenomenon many have predicted will become the next big thing.

  • Obama spoke after convening a special Cabinet meeting at the White House to discuss the U.S. response to the deadly virus. He acknowledged concerns and fears raised by the handling of the original Ebola patient at a Dallas hospital, Liberian national Thomas Duncan, who died of Ebola and infected at least two healthcare workers while there.

  • Brokers stick to "wait it out" script as markets plunge Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 4:45 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 15- The stock market quaked on Wednesday after a week of tremors, but financial advisers and stockbrokers stuck largely to their scripts. "We've preconditioned people not to get spooked too much on short-term movement," Mike Frazier, president of Bedell Frazier Investment Counseling in Walnut Creek, California said Wednesday morning as the Dow...

  • The White House strongly defended the government's handling of the Ebola problem after it became clear that a second Texas healthcare worker who tested positive for the virus had traveled aboard a commercial airliner. Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas told MSNBC that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention needs to be more...

  • Atlantic City casino closings hurt revenue toll Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 2:15 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The loss of four casinos began to show up in Atlantic City's gambling revenues in September, which were nearly 13 percent less than they were a year ago before the lights started going out. Figures released from the state Division of Gaming Enforcement show the casinos took in $147.8 million at the slot machines, down 16.6 percent from a year ago,...

  • President Barack Obama abruptly postponed a political trip he was to make on Wednesday to stay at the White House to convene a high-level meeting about the Ebola outbreak. The White House said Obama's trip to New Jersey and Connecticut has been postponed. "Later this afternoon, the president will convene a meeting at the White House of his team coordinating the...

  • *Caution reigns after disappointing China inflation reading. NEW YORK, Oct 15- Stocks and the U.S. dollar slumped and safe-haven government debt rallied on Wednesday, as investors around the globe resumed their flight from riskier assets after weak U.S. and Chinese inflation figures. "You couple this with fears about the spread of Ebola, with the recent downtrend...

  • Obama to hold Ebola meeting at White House, postpones trip Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    President Barack Obama abruptly postponed a political trip he was to make on Wednesday to stay at the White House to convene a high-level meeting about the Ebola outbreak. The White House said Obama's trip to New Jersey and Connecticut has been postponed. "Later this afternoon, the president will convene a meeting at the White House of his team coordinating the...

  • Avis adds $200M to its stock repurchase Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Rental car company Avis said Wednesday it approved the repurchase of $200 million in company stock. The Parsippany, New Jersey, company says it total stock repurchase authorization stands at about $375 million. Shares of Avis Budget Group Inc. rose 96 cents, or 2 percent, to $48.96 in morning trading.

  • *Shire shares tumble as AbbVie reconsiders bid. NEW YORK, Oct 15- U.S. stocks dropped on Wednesday as economic data reinforced worries over the health of the world economy and signs emerged of slowing merger activity. Worries about a slowing global economy weren't helped by data that showed U.S. retail sales and producer prices fell in September, while...

  • *Shire shares tumble as AbbVie reconsiders bid. Aside from concerns about the global economy, Chicago- based AbbVie said it was reconsidering its $55 billion takeover of the company weeks after the U.S. government moved to curb deals designed to reduce tax, throwing the vitality of merger and acquisition activity into doubt. U.S.-listed shares of Shire tumbled...

  • GOP governors group adds $21.5 million to coffers Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 6:03 AM ET

    NEWARK, N.J.— The Republican Governors Association says it raised $21.5 million in the three-month quarter that ended Sept. 30. The Democratic Governors Association said Tuesday it raised almost $20 million in July, August and September. Still, the haul brings the RGA's total raised this year through Sept. 30 to $72 million— versus $47 million for the Democrats.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 14- Saudi Arabia's move to keep crude oil production high, fueling a steep global price slump, may have an unexpected consequence: intensifying the campaign by U.S. producers to scrap Washington's decades-old ban on exports of domestic crude. But many Americans, fearful of high gasoline prices, support the ban, as do their members of Congress.

  • Ex-financial analyst facing insider trading charge Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 6:46 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A former senior finance analyst at Merck& Co. is facing an insider trading charge after authorities said Tuesday that he passed secrets to a friend he met at college that earned $722,000 in illegal profits. Zachary Zwerko, 32, was arrested Friday in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he lives. Authorities said Zwerko fed secrets about plans for...

  • Parent company Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc has said trimming $14.6 million from its annual union pension and healthcare costs is key to save the casino from becoming the fifth to close this year in the seaside resort. Atlantic City has lost thousands of jobs this year and Trump Entertainment has warned it could be forced to begin winding down the Taj Mahal...

  • Oct 14- JPMorgan Chase and Co's quarterly results surfaced more than three hours before schedule on Shareholder.com, Nasdaq OMX Group Inc's investor-communications company. **Oct. 15, 2013- Citigroup Inc's third-quarter results were released early as Bloomberg News broke an embargo, forcing the bank to pull forward the release of its statement.

  • NBC correspondent admits violation of quarantine Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    NEW YORK— NBC News medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman has admitted that some members of her crew violated a voluntary quarantine to protect against Ebola, a misstep that caused New Jersey health officials to make that quarantine mandatory. NBC said Tuesday that Snyderman and her crew are taking their temperatures regularly and remain healthy.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 14- A rebound on Wall Street buoyed global equity markets on Tuesday, but lingering anxiety over world economic growth pushed more investors into safe-haven U.S. and German debt and slammed oil prices again. With Wall Street rebounding, the VIX fell 9 percent to 22.39. An MSCI gauge of major stocks worldwide was up 0.3 percent after hitting an 8- month...

  • Ebola screening starts Thursday at 4 US airports Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

    NEWARK, New Jersey— Customs and health officials at airports in Washington, Chicago, Atlanta and Newark will take the temperatures of passengers from three West African countries starting Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that screenings will start Thursday at Washington Dulles, Chicago O'Hare, Newark's Liberty and...

  • *JPMorgan falls, Citigroup climbs after results. Citigroup, up 3.2 percent to $51.48, was the biggest boost to the benchmark S&P index after the bank posted better-than-expected quarterly results and said it would pull out of consumer banking in 11 markets. But JPMorgan Chase shares lost 0.9 percent to $57.61, after the biggest U.S. bank posted third-quarter...