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Trump Plaza: 4th Atlantic City casino shutdown

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

Trump Plaza will 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; by breakfast time Tuesday, it will have eight.


Judge OKs auction for closed $2.4B Revel casino

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A bankruptcy court judge has approved a Sept. 24 auction for the closed $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

Judge Gloria Burns approved the auction date Monday after a $90 million cash bid from a Florida developer was made public last week.

An attorney for Glenn Straub says parts of the building could reopen a couple of weeks after the sale. Burns also approved a $3 million breakup fee that Straub would be paid if the sale to him doesn't go through.

Straub told reporters that a casino will likely operate in the building at some point. His bid doesn't include a requirement that his company be licensed to run a casino.

Revel attorney John Cunningham says no other qualified bids had been received as of Monday morning.


Cuomo, Christie discuss the region's terror threat

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal and state officials say New York and New Jersey are facing a daunting domestic terror threat fueled by mounting hostilities between the United States and Islamic State extremists

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio met Monday with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson in midtown Manhattan.

Cuomo said after the hourlong meeting that officials would be "in a state of denial" if they didn't believe recent international events have increased the threat to the region.

The session came a week after President Barack Obama told the country he is authorizing stepped-up airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State militants.

The governors say they will develop a coordinated security plan covering both states.


Program that accepted Rice rare in domestic cases

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The program that former football star Ray Rice was allowed into instead of facing trial is used rarely in New Jersey domestic violence assault cases.

A review by The Associated Press finds that of the 15,000 people with domestic violence assault charges adjudicated in state Superior Court from 2010 through 2013, 70 were allowed into pretrial intervention.

More than half the cases were dismissed or referred to a lower court.

State guidelines say people who commit violent crimes should generally be rejected from the pretrial intervention program, which can give defendants clean records if they comply with conditions.

A video released last week showed Rice punching his then-fiancee and knocking her unconscious in February. Rice agreed to pay $125 in fines and receive anger management counseling.


Assembly approves 6 domestic violence bills

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey lawmakers have approved six bills aimed at preventing domestic violence.

Among the measures adopted unanimously by the Assembly on Monday is one that would allow victims of domestic violence to testify via closed-circuit video, rather than be required to appear in the courtroom with the suspected offender.

Some women's shelter workers say that would be crucial in protecting women who agree to testify. But court officials say there could be some logistical complications.

The state Senate has not yet considered the measures.


Mom charged in son's 1991 murder is due in court

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A Florida woman charged in the 1991 death of her 5-year-old son is scheduled to make her first appearance in a New Jersey courtroom.

Middlesex County prosecutors say Michelle Lodzinski is due to appear Tuesday in New Brunswick. She is charged with killing Timothy Wiltsey, but her attorney has said she "adamantly denies" the charges.

The 46-year-old Lodzinski has been in custody since her arrest Aug. 7. She's was extradited to New Jersey on Friday and is being held in the county jail on $2 million bail.

She had said her son disappeared at a carnival, but investigators said her story kept changing. His skeletal remains were found in a marshy area of Edison 11 months later.

A county grand jury charged her in an indictment handed up in July.


Authorities ID 2 New Jersey men killed in crash

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. (AP) - Authorities have identified the two men killed when the car they were in struck a tree in northern New Jersey.

Erick Pires, a 19-year-old Newark resident who was driving the car, and 20-year-old Andre Timoteo of Roselle, who was sitting in the front seat, were killed in the crash, which left another man seriously injured.

The accident occurred around 9:45 p.m. Saturday on Route 22 east in Scotch Plains. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but authorities say speed and wet road conditions apparently were contributing factors.

Authorities say it does not appear that any other vehicles were involved in the accident.

The injured passenger, identified only as a 26-year-old Newark man, suffered head trauma in the crash. He remained hospitalized Monday in stable but critical condition.


Authorities: 2 escaped inmates captured

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say two inmates who escaped from a youth detention center in southern New Jersey over the weekend have been captured.

Eighteen-year-old Hakim Walls and 20-year-old Jermaine Jackson, both of Bridgeton, were captured Monday afternoon. Jackson was found in Millville, while Walls was found in the Bridgeton area.

The two men and a juvenile inmate had fled from the Cumberland County Detention Center in Hopewell Township after they overpowered a guard Saturday night. But the juvenile was captured a short time later.

Walls and Jackson were both being held on weapons charges. Though both are adults, they were being held at a youth detention center because they were minors when they were originally sentenced.

Both men were charged with conspiracy, escape and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.


Pelosi, Christie attend re-entry center ceremony

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A who's who of current and former elected officials has officially opened a new prisoner re-entry center in Jersey City.

Joining Mayor Steven Fulop on Monday were Gov. Chris Christie, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and former Govs. Jim McGreevey, Brendan Byrne and Tom Kean.

Martin's Place offers on-site addiction treatment, housing assistance and job training programs for ex-offenders.

McGreevey says the center provides the kind of treatment and structure needed to help ex-offenders turn their lives around.

Christie and Pelosi both spoke forcefully Monday about offering treatment to non-violent drug offenders instead of putting them in jail

Pelosi's daughter, Alexandra, made an HBO documentary about McGreevey after his resignation that chronicled his new life working with prisoner re-entry programs.


Rutgers apologizes for offensive signs, shirts

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Rutgers is apologizing to Penn State for offensive signs and shirts referencing the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal that some Rutgers fans displayed during a weekend football game.

Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann apologized in a statement Monday for the "classless display" that she said does not represent the New Jersey school's views or its fan base.

Several photos posted on an official Rutgers football Facebook page showed fans wearing T-shirts that read "Beat Ped State." Hermann says the photos were removed.

There also was a sign that showed what appeared to be stick figures of a man and boy engaged in a sex act, with "Penn State" emblazoned across the top.

Sandusky, a former longtime assistant football coach at Penn State, was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.


Promoter gets $1M deal for Atlantic City concerts

(Information in the following story is from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), )

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The state agency in charge of redeveloping Atlantic City has approved a $1 million subsidy agreement with a concert promoter to stage at least a dozen major shows in the resort.

The Press of Atlantic City reports the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority will provide Live Nation with $500,000 in subsidies and another $500,000 to protect the company from losses if any concerts are unprofitable.

CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri said the agreement calls for a minimum of 12 big-name shows at Boardwalk Hall, but there could be as many as 16. The deal is for one year, but includes options for a second and third year.

Major concerts are a centerpiece of Atlantic City's strategy to transform into an entertainment, retail and dining destination.


Bob Crewe, 'Walk Like A Man' writer, dead at 83

NEW YORK (AP) - Bob Crewe, co-writer of "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," ''Big Girls Don't Cry" and many other pop hits, has died. He was 83.

Crewe's brother, Dan Crewe, says Monday in an email that the producer, songwriter and "Jersey Boys" lyricist died Sept. 11 in Scarborough, Maine. Cause of death was unavailable.

The New Jersey-born Crewe co-wrote a number of memorable hits before helping put together The Four Seasons and meeting future collaborator Bob Gaudio. Songs written by the two helped The Four Seasons define an era in music with hits like "Walk Like a Man," ''Rag Doll," and Frankie Valli's solo hit "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You."

Crewe was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992.


Miss America: More to worry about than red cup

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The new Miss America says there are more important things for people to worry about than her little red cup

That was the message Monday from Kira Kazantsev (kah-ZANT'-sev) of New York as many social media users continued to pan her use of a plastic cup during the talent portion of Sunday night's pageant finale in Atlantic City.

Kazantsev tells The Associated Press she realizes everything she does now will be scrutinized and commented on.

But she says she performed Pharrell Williams' "Happy" while tapping a cup on the floor because that's what she wanted to do, regardless of what anyone else might think.

Kazantsev says she was inspired by the film "Pitch Perfect" in which a character did the same thing while auditioning for an a cappella group.

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