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Jul 25, 2013

U.S. charges 6 in major credit card, Nasdaq hacking cases

/BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors charged six foreign nationals with hacking crimes, including credit and debit card thefts that authorities say cost U.S. and European companies more than $300 million in losses, and charged one of them with breaching Nasdaq computers.

Prosecutors said the indictments unsealed on Thursday for the payment card hacking were the biggest cyber fraud case filed in U.S. history.

Jul 25, 2013

U.S. charges five in largest credit theft, hacking case

/BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors said on Thursday they have launched the country’s largest hacking fraud case and charged five men in Russia and Ukraine with credit card theft resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for a number of multinational companies.

Victims include Nasdaq OMX Group Inc, Visa Inc, Dow Jones Inc, J.C. Penney Co, JetBlue Airways Corp and Carrefour SA.

Jul 23, 2013

U.S. fines European shipping firms for pollution, falsifying records

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Two European shipping firms were ordered on Tuesday to pay a $10.4 million penalty and given four years probation for illegally dumping oil-tainted bilge water as well as falsifying records.

The firms – Columbia Shipmanagement GmbH of Germany and Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd of Cyprus – admitted to illegal activity on three oil tankers and one container ship, including bypassing the use of required pollution prevention equipment.

Jul 22, 2013

Report recommends more oversight of Rutgers athletic department after scandal

, July 22 (Reuters) – Rutgers University, which
fired its men’s basketball coach earlier this year for abusing
players and berating them with homophobic slurs, should take
more direct oversight of its athletic department, a report
commissioned by the school said on Monday.

Rutgers also should create a risk assessment committee to
improve its response to potential crises, said the independent
report conducted by the Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom law
firm.

Jun 24, 2013

Rapper ‘Fat Joe’ sentenced to prison on tax charges

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Hip hop artist Joseph “Fat Joe” Cartagena was sentenced on Monday to four months in federal prison and fined $15,000 for failure to file tax returns on more than $3.3 million in income.

The 42-year-old rapper faced the possibility of up to two years in prison after pleading guilty in December to two counts of failing to file with the Internal Revenue Service.

Jun 17, 2013

FBI rushes to Newark airport after passenger says poison on plane

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A passenger who screamed that he had poison aboard a plane that was headed for New Jersey’s Newark airport on Monday was taken into custody by FBI agents when the plane landed, law enforcement officials said.

United Airlines Flight 116 was en route from Hong Kong to Newark Liberty International Airport when a passenger “became disruptive,” the carrier said.

Jun 10, 2013

New Jersey police officer charged with murder in road-rage shooting

By David Jones

(Reuters) – A police officer assigned to a county prosecutor’s office in New Jersey has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter for allegedly shooting a man to death in Maryland in what police describe as an incident of road rage.

Joseph Walker, 40, was being held on $1 million bond on the charges stemming from the shooting on Saturday night, Maryland State Police said.

Jun 8, 2013

Newark Mayor Booker announces run for New Jersey U.S. Senate seat

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced his candidacy on Saturday for a U.S. Senate seat for New Jersey and will run in a Democratic primary set for August to fill the seat of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg.

“I do not run from challenges. I run towards them,” Booker said at a news conference in the city where he has served as mayor since 2006.

Jun 8, 2013

Flight makes emergency New Jersey landing after encountering lightning

, June 8 (Reuters) – A JetBlue flight
made an emergency landing at Newark Liberty International
Airport late Friday after encountering lightning after taking
off from Boston, according to an airline spokesman.

JetBlue flight 425, headed to West Palm Beach, Fla., with
148 passengers and five crew members, encountered lightning
after taking off from Boston’s Logan International Airport at
8:54 p.m. EDT (00:54 Saturday GMT).

Jun 7, 2013

Newark mayor Booker to announce New Jersey Senate run -source

June 7 (Reuters) – Newark Mayor Cory Booker was expected to
announce on Saturday he will run for U.S. Senate in New Jersey
in a Democratic primary set for August to fill the seat of the
late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a source close to Booker said on
Friday.

The campaign staffer asked to remain anonymous because he
was unauthorized to speak publicly about the announcement.

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      "I write on and co-ordinate coverage of European consumer goods companies from London. These include food groups such as Nestle, Unilever and Danone, drinks companies like Diageo, Heineken and SABMiller, and cigarette groups British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco. I have previously worked in Milan covering Italian financial news and before that specialised on the car industry and the engineering sector, and also have some experience of commodity coverage."
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