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Trump Plaza shuts down; 4th AC casino to close

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A fourth Atlantic City casino has gone out of business.

Trump Plaza shut its doors at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The casino at the center of the Boardwalk and the end of the Atlantic City Expressway has been declining for years, performing worse than any of the city's other casinos.

It joins the Atlantic Club, the Showboat and Revel, each of which has closed this year.

And the contraction might not yet be over: Trump Plaza's parent company is threatening to close its sister casino, the Trump Taj Mahal, in November.

The closings are mainly due to growing competition in nearby states in the saturated northeastern U.S. gambling market.

Atlantic City began the year with 12 casinos; it now has eight.


Police chase ends in fatal shooting

RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - A suspect is dead in a police-involved shooting following a chase in northern New Jersey.

The chase ended early Tuesday in Rutherford and investigators are piecing together what happened.

Attorney General's office spokesman Paul Loriquet says one occupant of an SUV was shot and pronounced dead at a hospital. The other occupant was unharmed and was arrested.

Loriquet says the preliminary investigation shows a state trooper and police officers from Lyndhurst and Rutherford were involved in the chase.

Loriquet says the criminal justice division is investigating because the trooper was involved in the shooting.


NJ Gov. Christie helping Tillis in NC Senate race

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis is getting help from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as part of Christie's multiple-stop swing through the Carolinas to raise money and meet voters.

Christie and Tillis were slated to hold a meet-and-greet Tuesday morning in Wilmington before holding a private fundraiser for Tillis' campaign. Christie will head on to South Carolina for several fundraisers on behalf of Gov. Nikki Haley, who is seeking re-election this fall.

State House Speaker Tillis is attempting to unseat Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in November.

Christie's visits come under his position as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, but he'll also visit two states that could play important roles in the GOP presidential nomination in early 2016. Christine is considering a run for president.


$190M proposed deal for Passaic River cleanup

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Officials have reached a proposed $190 million settlement with the last remaining defendant stemming from lawsuits filed over pollution in the Passaic River.

The deal with Occidental Chemical is subject to public comment and review by a judge.

The state filed suit more than eight years ago against Occidental Chemical and other companies associated with the former Diamond Shamrock site in Newark. Diamond Shamrock manufactured pesticides and herbicides along the river from the 1940s through the 1960s, including the defoliant Agent Orange that was used during the Vietnam War.

The state says the river's sediment contains dioxin, PCBs and mercury along a 17-mile stretch that is one of the nation's largest Superfund sites.

The cleanup of the lower eight miles is expected to cost more than $1.7 billion.


Judge tosses Jersey shore town's parking ordinance

(Information in the following story is from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, )

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) - A judge has ruled a Jersey shore town's parking ordinance is unconstitutional and motorists might be eligible for refunds.

The judge sided with Camden County lawyer Kevin Walsh who appealed his Point Pleasant Beach parking ticket. The judge found signs don't sufficiently warn motorists that they must display the parking receipt on the driver's side dashboard as proof of payment.

Town attorney Sean Gertner tells the Asbury Park Press an illustration on the pay station shows drivers where to place the tickets.

The judge is considering Walsh's request to order the town to refund motorists who have been fined for failing to display the ticket.

The judge has yet to issue a written opinion.


Prosecutor reviewing stance on gun case

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey prosecutor is reviewing how to handle the case of a woman who is facing prison time after bringing into the state a gun she owns legally in Pennsylvania.

The Press of Atlantic City reports Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain has told a judge that he is considering whether it would be appropriate to allow Shaneen Allen into a diversion program that would allow her to avoid prosecution.

The 27-year-old from Philadelphia was arrested in Hamilton Township last year after telling a state trooper she had a gun and a concealed carry permit.

The premit is not recognized in New Jersey. Violating the law means automatic jail time.

McClain's decision to reevaluate the case comes as lawmakers push for more discretion for judges in weapons cases.


Jersey City to lower speed bumps

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's second-largest city will lower its speed bumps because they are causing vehicles to bottom out.

A speed bump installed on Erie Street in Jersey City is drawing complaints from motorists and residents.

Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill tells the Jersey Journal community groups have asked for the speed bumps to slow motorists down.

Morrill says the bumps will get reflective markers and the contractor will lower them.


Penn student accused of vandalism in New Jersey

(Information in the following story is from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), )

TEANECK, N.J. (AP) - Authorities have accused a University of Pennsylvania student of going on a vandalism spree in his hometown in New Jersey.

Timothy Hamlett turned himself in at Teaneck Municipal Court on Monday.

The Record newspaper reports Hamlett pleaded not guilty to criminal mischief and reckless assault charges.

Hamlett is accused of shattering windows in nine homes and three parked cars in May.

Hamlett was a sprinter and a middle-distance runner on the Penn track team during the 2013-14 season. He was a high school athlete at Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey.


Man, 83, found safe on land; water search halted

BEACH HAVEN, N.J. (AP) - An 83-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease who authorities feared may have wandered into the ocean has been found safe on land.

The Coast Guard called off a search of the waters off Beach Haven in Long Beach Island Tuesday.

The man, whose name was not released, was reported to have gone to the beach early Tuesday morning.

The Long Beach Township police department requested assistance from the Coast Guard after police dogs traced the scent of the missing man to the water line.


New Jersey man leaps to death with his dog

FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a northern New Jersey man jumped to his death from a cliff overlooking the Hudson River with his dog in his arms.

Palisades Interstate Parkway Police responded to a report of a car on fire on Henry Hudson Drive between Englewood Cliffs and Edgewater on Monday afternoon.

Police say they determined that the car's owner, 34-year-old Cross Yoler of Garfield, had jumped from the northern ledge of Fort Lee Historic Park with his Yorkshire terrier with him.

Police found Yoler's personal belongings on the side of the cliff.

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