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  • Democratic Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo said Tuesday the legislation will get a vote on June 11 in the Assembly and on June 25 in the Senate. The bills were introduced last year, and Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney had called on Republican Gov. Jim Whelan, the Senate sponsor, and said Christie needs "to get off the sidelines and get this done."

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans— not White House officials— who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican...

  • Threats to 6 international flights cause scare Monday, 25 May 2015 | 12:13 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners on Monday, possibly from the same source, caused a scare involving at least six international flights at airports in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. In one instance Monday morning, U.S. military jets escorted an Air France flight into New York City after someone claimed a chemical...

  • Rhode Island last year began allowing workers to take up to four weeks of paid leave. "It was just such a stress reliever, knowing there was going to be money to help us pay the bills," said Quirk, who gushed about the program to Obama when he visited Rhode Island in October. About 5,000 people have taken paid family leave in Rhode Island so far.

  • TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey lawmakers are reigniting a debate about self-service gas just in time for drivers to fuel up as they return from their Memorial Day weekends. New Jersey and Oregon are the only two states in the country that ban drivers from pumping their own gas and instead require station attendants to do it. Republican Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, GOP...

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans— not White House officials— who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. He planned to follow in his father's footsteps and studied for three years at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh— now Carnegie Mellon University— but instead...

  • Can you hear me now? NSA to end phone snooping Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 3:19 PM ET
    National Security Agency headquarters, Fort Meade, Maryland

    The NSA has begun winding down its collection and storage of U.S. phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward.

  • PHILADELPHIA— Nearly two weeks after a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia killed eight people and injured more than 200 others, investigators are still trying to piece together what led the train to enter a sharp curve at more than double the 50 mph speed limit. The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled out the locomotive being hit by a bullet...

  • WASHINGTON— The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns to session May 31, a much-debated provision of...

  • WASHINGTON— If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. At $2.74 a gallon, the average price of gas nationwide is nearly $1 lower than it was a year ago. Consider what Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said in December: Lower gas prices, Yellen declared, are "certainly good for...

  • 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...