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  • Cancer patients testing drugs on mouse 'avatars' Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    Scientists often test drugs in mice. Now some cancer patients are doing the same— with the hope of curing their own disease. It's the wave of the future, "said Eileen Youtie, a Miami woman using mice to guide care for her hard-to-treat form of breast cancer.

  • Loans impacting grant money for Sandy victims Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 12:09 PM ET

    NEW YORK— When Superstorm Sandy left Denise Erickson's home with a collapsed foundation, a loan from the Small Business Administration looked like the best deal in town. She got more than $150,000 from the SBA to help fix her family's Bellmore home, but the loan has left her with a $651 monthly payment and a serious case of buyer's remorse. "It's a complicated...

  • Judge rejects bid to delay Tracy Morgan lawsuit Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 7:14 PM ET

    NEWARK, New Jersey— Tracy Morgan has won the latest round in his effort to sue Wal-Mart and others over a fatal crash in New Jersey. The ruling came on a motion by Kevin Roper, the driver of the Wal-Mart truck authorities say slammed into the back of Morgan's limo van on the New Jersey Turnpike in June. Roper, of Georgia, isn't named as a defendant but is facing criminal...

  • College finalizes purchase of ex-Showboat casino Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 5:53 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— A southern New Jersey college finalized its purchase of the former Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City on Friday. "Our roots officially began at the former Mayflower Hotel in Atlantic City, and as our campus has expanded, so has our mission to provide higher education, research and community partnerships that enhance the region and state,"...

  • Official: Casinos' take has good in its bad news Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 2:41 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The take for Atlantic City's casino industry dropped in November, but officials say a closer look at the numbers offers hope in the form of higher winnings and more jobs at several of the remaining gambling halls. Figures released Friday by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement show how schizophrenic Atlantic City's gambling market...

  • Ex-CEO admits role in scheme to defraud government Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 2:32 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— The former president and CEO of a New Jersey- based engineering consulting firm pleaded guilty Friday to leading a conspiracy that reaped tens of millions of dollars by overcharging the U.S. government for reconstruction projects overseas, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. Federal prosecutors say Wolff overbilled the United States Agency for...

  • London hit by air traffic control computer failure Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    LONDON— The British government has demanded an investigation after a computer failure Friday at one of Britain's two air traffic control centers caused a major disruption of air traffic into and out of London. The congested airspace over the British capital was closed during the 35- minute shutdown, leading to severe delays and flight cancellations in...

  • Bankruptcy judge voids sale of New Jersey casino Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    CAMDEN, N.J.— A bankruptcy court judge on Friday voided the proposed sale of the former Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City to a Canadian firm. Judge Gloria Burns granted a request by Revel Entertainment to cancel the $110 million sale to Toronto- based Brookfield Asset Management. His Polo North Country Club was the runner-up in the auction, with a bid of $95...

  • MF Global's underwriters to settle suit for $74 mln Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 5:40 AM ET

    Dec 12- Seven underwriters of the failed MF Global Holdings Ltd reached a partial settlement with investors, who had filed a lawsuit in 2011 seeking to hold them and some of the brokerage's executives, including its CEO, responsible for its collapse. The underwriters cited in the settlement are Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch,...

  • Golden Nugget to sue over casino tax aid plan Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 8:36 PM ET

    The Golden Nugget said Thursday its calculations of the amount each casino would pay under a proposed payment in lieu of taxes drastically raises taxes for it, Resorts and Bally's— three of the city's smaller casinos— while giving huge tax breaks to big casinos owned or soon to be owned by billionaire Carl Icahn and gambling giant Caesars Entertainment.

  • Hotel owner: I'll open small Atlantic City casino Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:17 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Someone is interested in opening a new casino in Atlantic City after all. The new casino would be the first to open in Atlantic City since the ill-fated Revel debuted in April 2012, only to close less than two years later. It was approved by a state Senate committee Thursday, one of several measures state lawmakers are considering to help Atlantic...

  • Sweeney wants more money for local roads, bridges Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 1:27 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— Senate President Steve Sweeney is renewing calls for New Jersey to roughly double the share of money local governments receive for road and bridge projects. Sweeney detailed his plan during a news conference Thursday at the statehouse, speaking alongside members of the New Jersey Association of Counties, League of Municipalities and AAA.

  • Taj Mahal gives union till Monday to drop appeal Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 10:15 AM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The owners of the Trump Taj Mahal casino say Atlantic City's main casino workers' union has reneged on a deal to keep the casino open and save its 3,000 jobs. In a letter sent Thursday to Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union, Trump Entertainment Resorts CEO Bob Griffin gave the union until 5 p.m. Monday to drop its appeal of a...

  • Congress passes sanctions on Venezuela officials Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 12:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress has cleared and sent to President Barack Obama legislation directing him to levy sanctions against Venezuelan government officials involved in a crackdown on anti-government protesters. "The absence of justice and the denial of human rights in Venezuela must end, and the U.S. Congress is playing a powerful part in righting this wrong,"...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Foreclosure activity across the United States fell in November as banks repossessed fewer homes and scheduled a lower number of auctions, according to a report released on Thursday. "The housing market is struggling to find the new normal when it comes to a tolerable level of foreclosure activity in this post-Great Recession economy,"...

  • Doctors face steep Medicaid cuts as fee boost ends Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    That could squeeze access just when millions of new patients are gaining Medicaid coverage. But they could reach 50 percent or more for primary care doctors in California, New York, New Jersey, and Illinois— big states that have all expanded Medicaid under the health law. Meager pay for doctors has been a persistent problem for Medicaid, the safety-net health...

  • Dec 10- The new proposed buyer for the shuttered Revel Casino Hotel said Wednesday that he will not give up his legal challenge to the auction of the Atlantic City, New Jersey, complex even though the winning bidder walked away from the deal. Revel filed papers overnight seeking approval to terminate its deal with Brookfield Property Partners LP and schedule a...

  • New HPV vaccine strengthens cancer protection Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 3:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The drugmaker Merck& Co. Inc. has received approval for an updated version of its Gardasil vaccine that protects against an additional five strains of the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer. The FDA said Wednesday the updated Gardasil has the potential to prevent roughly 90 percent of cervical, vulvar, vaginal and anal cancers.

  • Trimble Navigation Ltd, VDOS Global LLC, Clayco Inc and Woolpert Inc said in their petitions to the FAA that they would operate drones weighing less than 55 pounds and keep them within view at all times. Previous FAA exemptions were for aerial photography by seven television and film companies. The latest approvals came as the FAA and other industry officials...

  • Merck advancing breast cancer drug to mid-stage Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 12:54 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— Drugmaker Merck& Co. said Wednesday that it will advance a new cancer drug into bigger patient tests, after promising findings in an early study against a very aggressive, common type of breast cancer. Merck, based in Kenilworth, New Jersey, said it will start mid-stage patient tests of Keytruda in the first half of 2015. It's received accelerated...