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  • District Judge William Martini in Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday to four years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from his role in a scheme that prosecutors said generated $1.3 million. Tomasz Chmielarz, 34, and Devin McArthur, 28, were each sentenced on Thursday to two years of probation and ordered to pay restitution of $64,529, $7,070,...

  • District Judge William Martini in Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday to four years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from his role in a scheme that prosecutors said generated $1.3 million. Tomasz Chmielarz, 34, and Devin McArthur, 28, were each sentenced on Thursday to two years of probation and ordered to pay restitution of $64,529, $7,070,...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 16- So much for states' rights. Seven states- including populous California, Illinois and Maryland- are implementing government-sponsored auto-IRA plans, and another 30 are considering their own, according to AARP, which has been supporting and tracking the initiatives. The House of Representatives approved a resolution on Wednesday that would...

  • In Massachusetts, a group that lobbies on behalf of dentists has for the first time signaled a willingness to embrace the concept, though its proposal is viewed as unnecessarily restrictive by sponsors of a competing bill in the Legislature. "We are not a silver bullet for helping access to dental care, but we are a great tool," said Christy Jo Fogarty, a dental...

  • Fine restaurants in New York, San Francisco and the nation's capital closed for the day. Grocery stores, food trucks, coffee shops, diners and taco joints in places like Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston shut down. I don't know if my mom will make it home, "said Hessel Duarte, a 17- year-old native of Honduras who lives in Austin, Texas, with his family and skipped class at his...

  • ROCKVILLE, Md. _ Choice Hotels International Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $31.8 million. Choice Hotels expects full-year earnings to be $2.78 to $2.84 per share. Choice Hotels shares have risen 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 15- A Florida software engineer and a New Jersey pastor engaged in lies and corruption to facilitate an illegal bitcoin exchange business whose operators wanted to take over a small credit union to evade scrutiny, a federal prosecutor said on Wednesday. Attorney Won Shin told jurors that programmer Yuri Lebedev schemed with others to bribe Trevor...

  • BETHESDA, Md. _ Marriott International Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $244 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 84 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $4.82 billion.

  • NEW YORK— The Associated Press is partnering with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education to expand its coverage of science, medicine and health journalism. "This collaboration brings wider attention and new storytelling tools to evidence-based, factual science," AP Executive Editor Sally Buzbee said. In fiscal 2016, it...

  • BALTIMORE— The CEO of Baltimore- based sports apparel company Under Armour responded Wednesday to criticism he received after calling President Donald Trump "an asset to the country. In an open letter to Baltimore published as a full-page advertisement in The Baltimore Sun, Kevin Plank wrote that he wanted to clarify what values he and his company stand for.

  • CHICAGO— States are moving forward with new initiatives to help workers save for retirement, even as the Republican-led Congress tries to block rules making it easier for them to do so. "It's clear there's a retirement crisis," Illinois Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs told the small business owners. " Seven states— California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Oregon...

  • SILVER SPRING, Md. _ Discovery Communications Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $304 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 48 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- Marathon Pharmaceuticals LLC said on Monday it was "pausing" the launch of its Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug after U.S. lawmakers questioned why the company priced it at $89,000 a year when patients had been able to import it for as little as $1,000. Marathon's drug, Emflaza, known generically as deflazacort, is a steroid, one of a class of drugs...

  • ROCKVILLE, Md. _ Federal Realty Investment Trust on Monday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of $1.44 per share. Nine analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $204.8 million.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- Two U.S. lawmakers have called on privately held Marathon Pharmaceuticals LLC to explain how it came to price its newly approved drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy at $89,000 a year when patients have for decades been able to acquire it overseas for as little as $1,000. The drug, Emflaza, known generically as deflazacort, is a steroid, one...

  • WASHINGTON— Marathon Pharmaceuticals announced Monday that it will temporarily halt the rollout of a drug to treat genetic muscle deterioration just hours after two members of Congress expressed outrage that the company planned to charge $89,000 a year for a drug that's widely available abroad for about $1,000 a year. Elijah Cummings, D- Md., urged the company...

  • The Washington- based Consumer Federation of America says it found rate hikes on annual premiums as high as $400, in some cases. In the report released Monday, the group analyzed premium quotes in 10 cities, including New York and Chicago, from five of the nation's largest auto insurers. Rates in Oklahoma City and Los Angeles did not change.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 13- When it comes to romantic screwups, missing Valentine's Day is about as bad as it gets. Kathryn Hauer does that every single year. Almost two in five Americans, or 39 percent, have celebrated their love after Valentine's Day.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 13- A Florida software engineer and a New Jersey pastor are expected on Monday to face trial in a case stemming from an investigation into a bitcoin exchange and a data breach at JPMorgan Chase& Co.. Jury selection is set to begin in Manhattan federal court in the case of Yuri Lebedev, who authorities call the architect of bitcoin exchange Coin.mx' s...

  • READING, Pa.— Albert Boscov, chairman of a century-old department store chain, has died. Albert Boscov was credited with driving the growth of the business established by his father in 1914 to sales in excess of $1 billion and employing more than 7,500 people. The Reading- based chain's website lists 45 stores in Pennsylvania and six other states: Connecticut,...