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Aug 25, 2013

New Jersey man revealed as final Powerball winner

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A New Jersey man has come forward as the third and final winner of the $448 million Powerball jackpot after buying the winning ticket at a South Brunswick supermarket, New Jersey lottery officials said.

Mario Scarnici of Monmouth Junction claimed his share of the prize, which amounts to $86 million before taxes. Two of the three winning tickets in the August 7 drawing were sold in the state, according to a New Jersey Lottery statement released on Friday.

Aug 17, 2013

New Jersey governor vetoes proposed ban on .50 caliber rifles

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday vetoed legislation that would have banned .50-caliber rifles from the state, infuriating gun control activists who said that he was bowing to political pressure from the right.

The move comes a week after Christie signed into law 10 less controversial gun violence bills that were backed by gun control advocates, including bans on the sale of firearms to people on federal terrorism watch lists and increased penalties for firearms use.

Aug 15, 2013

NHL’s Devils sold to owners of Philadelphia 76ers

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A pair of private equity executives who own a majority of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team on Thursday reached a deal to acquire the New Jersey Devils hockey team and its arena.

Joshua Harris and David Blitzer bought the team from former owner Jeffrey Vanderbeek, the pair said in a statement. They did not immediately disclose the purchase price, though The Record newspaper of New Jersey valued the deal at $320 million.

Aug 15, 2013

NHL’s Devils set to announce sale to new owner: reports

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – The New Jersey Devils hockey team was expected to announce on Thursday that Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris has agreed to purchase a controlling interest in the franchise and its arena, pending league approval, media reports said on Wednesday.

The Devils announced late Wednesday that the team would hold a major news conference at 11 a.m. eastern time on Thursday. Sources told Reuters that there have been negotiations to sell the team in recent weeks.

Aug 14, 2013

‘Real Housewives’ stars plead not guilty in New Jersey tax, fraud case

, Aug 14 (Reuters) – “Real Housewives of New
Jersey” stars Teresa Giudice and her husband Giuseppe “Joe”
Giudice entered pleas of not guilty on Wednesday in a federal
fraud case that could land them in prison for decades and see
him deported to his native Italy.

The couple is accused of submitting fraudulent applications
to obtain mortgages and other loans, concealing income from the
reality show and failing to pay taxes.

Aug 13, 2013

Russian pleads not guilty in biggest U.S. hacking case

NEWARK, New Jersey/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A Russian man accused of being part of the largest cybercrime ring ever prosecuted in the United States pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that could send him to prison for decades.

Dmitriy Smilianets, 29, of Moscow, entered the plea during an afternoon hearing in federal court in Newark, New Jersey.

Aug 10, 2013

Third man sentenced in New Jersey hate-crime beating

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A third white supremacist was sentenced to nearly three years in prison on Friday for a 2011 attack on two New Jersey men of Egyptian descent.

Christopher Ising, 31, a member of the largest skinhead group in New Jersey, the Atlantic City Skins, pleaded guilty in February to committing a hate-crime assault and conspiracy to do so.

Aug 9, 2013

N.J. woman charged with fraudulent claim on Boston bombing fund

NEWARK (Reuters) – A New Jersey woman has been charged with submitting fraudulent injury claims to a charity set up to aid victims of the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings, prosecutors said on Friday.

Union County prosecutors said Iris Gamble, 44, of Linden, N.J., submitted a false claim with the One Fund Boston, which was established after the April 15 bombing attack that killed three and injured about 264 people, mainly spectators crowded at the finish line.

Aug 7, 2013

Accused NJ white supremacists sentenced for attack on Egyptian men

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Two accused white supremacists were sentenced on Wednesday to prison terms for beating two men of Egyptian descent while shouting anti-Arab slurs at them on New Year’s Eve 2011 in central New Jersey.

They men are members of Aryan Terror Brigade and plotted the attack during a holiday “meet and greet” party where they drank alcohol and listened to white supremacist music, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement.

Aug 3, 2013

New Jersey Governor Christie nudged by gun rights group in key primary state

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A gun-rights group in the bellwether presidential primary state of New Hampshire has warned New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that signing gun control bills passed by his state’s Legislature could have consequences if he runs for president in 2016.

The Pro-Gun New Hampshire coalition urged its members this week to call and email Christie to ask him to veto the proposed laws, posing a political dilemma for Christie as he seeks re-election in November in the Democratic-leaning state while also eyeing the national stage.

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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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