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’14 starts ominously for NJ casinos as gov watches

December 30, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

Evan Wajda, left, laughs as Melissa Punska, right, signs for their drinks at a jacuzzi at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City on Oct. 16, 2012. Both are from Rye, N.H. Tourism officials say Atlantic City needs to continue to grow revenue from non-gambling amenities such as pools, nightclubs, restaurants and shows in 2014. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) [&hellip...

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Gun magazine supplier expands in Iowa college town

December 30, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

This Dec. 9, 2013 photo shows workers outside the Brownells, Inc. distribution and retail facility under construction along Interstate 80, in Grinnell, Iowa. The central Iowa city of 9,100 is home to Grinnell College, the selective liberal arts institution...

Ohio prison shop meets demand for specialty plates

December 30, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

A roll of steel is placed on the line inside the tag shop at Lebanon Correctional Institute, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Lebanon, Ohio. The tag shop is busy meeting growing demand for hundreds of specialty license plates featuring teams, schools, causes and...

Judge ends Katrina flooding lawsuits against feds

December 29, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE – In this Sept. 1, 2005, file photo, residents wait on a rooftop to be rescued from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Dozens of lawsuits seeking damages from the federal government for Hurricane Katrina-related levee failures and...

High stakes for US families losing jobless benefit

December 29, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

Richard Mattos, 59, looks for jobs at a state-run employment center in Salem, Ore., on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. Mattos is one of more than 1 million Americans who will lose federal unemployment benefits at year’s end. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)...

New Calif. laws try to help employees, immigrants

December 29, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE – In this Aug. 4, 2013, file photo, oil pumps operate near Lost Hills, Calif. A bill by Sen. Fran Pavely, D-Agoura Hills, which would regulate an oil and gas drilling technique known as “fracking,” is among the more than 800 laws...

Pro-gas interests decry NY inaction on fracking

December 29, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE- In this Oct. 30, 2013 file photo, people hold signs during a rally against hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking, in Albany, N.Y. As another year closes with a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York and no timetable...

Federal judge rules NSA phone surveillance legal

December 27, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE – This June 6, 2013 file photo shows a sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. A civil rights lawyer says the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is very disappointed that a New York judge has found that a...

Residents still without power growing frustrated

December 27, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

Karen Gibbs walks through a labyrinth of icy broken trees and downed power lines to her home on Maplehurst Drive in Belgrade, Maine on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. Southeast Maine and parts of the state’s interior that have been without electricity since...

1.3 million losing unemployment benefits Saturday

December 27, 2013 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE – This Aug. 14, 2013 file photo shows job seekers checking out companies at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this...