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  • Unemployment rate rises a tick in New Jersey Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey's unemployment rate rose a tick in August to 6.6 percent as more people looked for work and the number of people with jobs dropped slightly. The state Labor Department released its preliminary monthly report Thursday. New Jersey's unemployment rate remains above the national rate of 6.1 percent.

  • US STOCKS-Dow, S&P hit record as financials climb Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 18- U.S. stocks were higher in afternoon trading Thursday, with the Dow and S&P 500 hitting fresh record highs after the U.S. Goldman Sachs, up 1.6 percent to $187.84, was the top boost to the Dow.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Substantially fewer people sought unemployment benefits last week, which often points to employers feeling more confident about the economy and hiring more workers.

  • Chevron meets new, voluntary shale drilling rules Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh- based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday.

  • New Jersey gets nearly $1.5B for transit repairs Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:03 AM ET

    NEWARK, N.J.— New Jersey Transit and the Port Authority are getting nearly $1.5 billion to make repairs from Superstorm Sandy and to shield themselves from future storms. The Port Authority will receive funds to, among other things, construct a sea wall near the PATH maintenance facility in Harrison and to shield the rail complex at the Penn-Moynihan Station.

  • Census: NY poverty, income levels steady in 2013 Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    And the Census Bureau says Thursday median household income in the state also remained flat at about $57,000. The national median income was about $52,000 last year. Among New York's neighbors, it was $68,000 in Connecticut; $66,000 in Massachusetts; $70,000 in New Jersey; $52,000 in Pennsylvania and $53,000 in Vermont.

  • Trial over plane crash into New York home begins Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    BUFFALO, N.Y.— A jury Thursday began hearing the only case to go to trial over the February 2009 plane crash into a home outside Buffalo that killed 50 people. No words can describe the terror they felt, "the Wielinskis' attorney, Anne Beltz Rimmler, told jurors in state Supreme Court.

  • US economic rebound slow to reach Philadelphia Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The nation's economic recovery has been slow to reach the Philadelphia metropolitan area and income inequality has widened, hurt in part by an exodus of residents and a continued collapse in mid-wage jobs. Philadelphia posted the largest income drop among large metro areas outside the Sun Belt, a sign of its persistently weak job market.

  • Washington state poverty numbers increase Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    Nearly 970,000 Washington residents, or 14.1 percent, were in poverty in 2013, compared to about 915,000, or 13.5 percent, in 2012, according to the American Community Survey that surveyed people between January and December 2013.

  • Census data shows poverty rate rises in New Mexico Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— New Mexico saw a spike in the number of people living in poverty last year and maintained the nation's second-highest percentage, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers released Thursday. Only Mississippi had a poverty rate higher than New Mexico in 2013 with 24 percent of that state's residents living in poverty.

  • Kent Hiteshew, director of the Treasury's newly-formed Office of State and Local Finance, told a meeting of bond attorneys that he was aware of concerns that the elimination of municipal bonds from the definition of banks' high-quality liquid assets could potentially limit bank demand for the debt, pumping up costs of new bond issuance.

  • Kent Hiteshew, director of the Treasury's newly-formed Office of State and Local Finance, told a meeting of bond attorneys that he was aware of concerns that the elimination of municipal bonds from the definition of banks' high-quality liquid assets could potentially limit bank demand for the debt, pumping up costs of new bond issuance.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- PBF Energy plans to begin an over month-long, refinery-wide maintenance shutdown of its 160,000 barrel-a-day facility in Toledo, Ohio, on Oct. 10, according to a person familiar with the refinery's operations.

  • *SPDR Gold Trust holdings fall. NEW YORK, Sept 17- Gold prices fell more than 1 percent to fresh eight-month lows on Wednesday as the dollar rallied and investors worried about forecasts that the U.S. That's what the market is looking at despite a pretty even, perhaps dovish result and presser, "said Tai Wong, director, metals trading at BMO Capital Markets in New York.

  • Mexican charged in Ohio in $9.6M investment scheme Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:32 PM ET

    CLEVELAND— Federal authorities say a Mexican citizen who lived in the Cleveland area defrauded investors in four states in a $9.6 million scheme over six years and used the money for a lavish lifestyle. They say the former Gates Mills resident is believed to be in Mexico.

  • It opened its first flagship store in New York City's chic Soho neighborhood in 2006. With the addition this week of a new location in Wayne, New Jersey, the company- owned by the world's fourth-largest fashion retailer, Fast Retailing Co- now operates 26 U.S. stores.

  • Officials detail $90M bus terminal face-lift Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 1:45 PM ET

    JERSEY CITY, N.J.— New restrooms, ceilings that don't leak and buses that run closer to schedule are some of the short-term improvements the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey described Wednesday for its aging New York bus terminal. The Port Authority is in the midst of a large-scale study, due to be released early next year, on the prospects for a new terminal.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- PBF Energy plans to begin an over month-long, refinery-wide maintenance shutdown of its 160,000 barrel-a-day facility in Toledo, Ohio, on Oct. 10, according to a person familiar with the refinery's operations.

  • Drugstores, retailers dive deeper into vaccines Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:55 PM ET

    Walgreen provided enough flu shots last season to protect a population roughly twice the size of Los Angeles. And Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, offers flu shots at more than 4,200 of its U.S. stores that have pharmacies. Robert Wergin, a family physician in Milford, Nebraska, and president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

  • Number of uninsured Mainers rose in 2013 Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— New figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that the number of Mainers without health insurance grew in 2013.. According to data released Tuesday, Maine was one of two states that saw an increase in the uninsured rate between 2012 and 2013. The other was New Jersey.