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  • Lawmakers seek roadmap to fund transportation Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey lawmakers continue to weigh a number of options aimed at paying for transportation projects across the state, including some that could hit drivers' wallets when they go to fill their gas tanks. Meanwhile, the program to finance roads and bridges also includes debt— a combination of bonds and cash from the Port Authority of New York and New...

  • Foxwoods, biggest US casino, cuts back on gambling Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 12:54 PM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— Foxwoods, the largest casino resort in North America, is reducing its number of slot machines and table games to free up space for nightclubs and other new attractions as it adapts to fierce competition, the new CEO said in an interview with The Associated Press. Foxwoods and its local rival, Mohegan Sun, already have been losing revenue to casinos in...

  • Unboxing videos online chronicle the big reveal Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 12:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Rrrrip goes the packing tape and squeak goes the protective foam. Are there sweeter, more seductive sounds than the opening of a new toy or gadget? For the uninitiated, unboxing is the recording and sharing of the big reveal, whether it's Dad behind the camera on Christmas Day or a geek reviewer fawning for his tech-specific fans.

  • Tater Tots appealing to hipsters and home cooks Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    Tater Tots have come a long way from your school lunch tray. It's not really surprising that so many people are inspired to become Tater creators, says Julie Crist, whose own love of the spud nuggets prompted her to open The Tot Cart, which has taken such inventions as chicken Tot pie and pulled pork Tots to the streets of the Philadelphia region.

  • Mother Nature is a turkey: Nor'easter threat looms Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 11:27 AM ET
    A resident shovels snow after a snowstorm in Buffalo, New York, November 20, 2014.

    A nor'easter was expected to develop along the East Coast just as millions of travelers head to their Thanksgiving destinations.

  • Salmonella in 10 states linked to raw sprouts Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 63 people from 10 states concentrated on the East Coast fell ill with salmonella linked to bean sprouts from a supplier in New York City. The CDC said the supplier, Wonton Food Inc. of Brooklyn, has agreed to stop production for now. "The conditions for growing sprouts are perfect for growing bacteria and that's...

  • Cosby philanthropy shadowed by sexual allegations Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 4:12 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Bill Cosby's record of big donations to colleges and other institutions has been a key part of his rosy public image. A North Carolina school, High Point University, removed the 77- year-old entertainer from its National Board of Advisors, a panel that includes retired Gen. The Berklee College of Music said in a statement Monday that it is "no longer...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 24- U.S. "It's certainly very difficult to interpret it as a hawkish vote on Fed policy," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut, on the strong bidding at Monday's auction. Treasury still has $13 billion in two-year floating rate notes, $35 billion in five-year notes and $29 billion in seven-year notes...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 24- First, Samantha Kemp-Jackson started noticing something unusual at the local grocery store. Then it started happening to the Toronto mom of four at the department store. An analysis of more than 60 of the most prominent such fundraising campaigns found that they brought in $358 million in 2012, according to consulting firm Cause Marketing...

  • Storm on menu for some Thanksgiving travelers Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    MINEOLA, N.Y.— A nor'easter is expected to develop Wednesday along the East Coast just as millions of travelers are heading to their Thanksgiving destinations. "I would pack your patience," said Robert Sinclair Jr., of AAA New York. As of Monday, the highest amount of snow was expected to fall in northeastern Pennsylvania, the Catskills of upstate New York and into...

  • GameStop slumps after results; Ross, Autodesk advance. NEW YORK, Nov 21- U.S. stocks closed higher on Friday, with major indexes notching a fifth straight weekly advance after China's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate and its euro zone peer announced asset purchases in efforts to boost each region's economy. The move came after European Central Bank...

  • *Shares soar on China rate cut, Draghi stimulus hopes. *Euro tumbles on Draghi; Brent above $80 a barrel. NEW YORK, Nov 21- World stock markets and oil prices rallied Friday, fueled by hopes for global growth following a surprise interest rate cut by China and as the European Central Bank indicated it would step up asset purchases to boost the euro zone economy.

  • *GameStop slumps after results; Ross, Autodesk advance. NEW YORK, Nov 21- U.S. stocks rose on Friday, putting major indexes on track for a fifth straight weekly advance, after China's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate and its euro zone peer announced asset purchases in efforts to boost each region's economy. About two-thirds of NYSE stocks traded higher,...

  • ABC to celebrate Disney on Broadway in TV special Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Disney will celebrate 20 years of making Broadway magic with a prime-time, hour-long special next month on ABC that highlights many of its musicals, including "Beauty and the Beast,"'' The Lion King, "'' Aida,"'' Tarzan, "'' The Little Mermaid,"'' Mary Poppins, "'' Newsies" and "Aladdin." "Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years," will air Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. It will be hosted...

  • Oct. Pennsylvania jobless rate down, payrolls up Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:58 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Pennsylvania's jobless rate fell by three-tenths of a percentage point in October, as payrolls and the labor force grew. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that the seasonally adjusted rate in October was 5.4 percent, down from 5.7 percent in September. The rate was last at 5.4 percent in 2008. The U.S. rate is currently 5.8...

  • Court sides with union over Pa. health centers Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:40 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— The Pennsylvania Supreme Court sided with a union that represents nurses Thursday and put a halt to plans by the Corbett administration to close more than a third of the state's county-based health centers. The majority opinion, by Justice Max Baer, said the Legislature has never changed a mandate in a 1996 law that the state maintain the number of...

  • Cosby takes show to Bahamas amid trouble at home Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    NASSAU, Bahamas— Bill Cosby took his comedy show on the road Thursday in the Bahamas as controversy surrounds him at home. Cosby stuck to his familiar routine of anecdotes about his life, including stories about his childhood growing up in the projects of Philadelphia and some observations about life in the Bahamas drawn from previous visits to the island chain.

  • Mohegan Sun chief executive set to retire in 2015 Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 5:31 AM ET

    UNCASVILLE, Conn.— Mitchell Etess, chief executive of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, says he plans to retire next year, but will stay on in a transition. He said he'll remain with the parent company of the Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania beyond the end of his contract on June 30, 2015. The Mohegan Sun failed to get a foothold in Massachusetts...

  • Kozy Shack recalls some puddings over labeling Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:02 PM ET

    ARDEN HILLS, Minn.— Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The product was distributed to 20 states— Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West...

  • China immediately denied the charges, saying in a strongly worded Foreign Ministry statement the U.S. grand jury indictment was "made up" and would damage trust between the two nations. The indictment was the first criminal hacking charge that the United States has filed against specific foreign officials, and follows a steady increase in public criticism and...