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MULTI-STATE SLOTS

Progressive slots links New Jersey, Nevada casinos

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A long-planned initiative linking slot machines at casinos in New Jersey and Nevada designed to create bigger jackpots is up and running.

The New Jersey Gaming Enforcement Division says the progressive slots system links 100 machines in Atlantic City with 600 in Nevada.

New Jersey casino regulators have been working on the plan for at least two years, trying to attract other states to join a compact with them to offer bigger jackpots.

It is still looking for other states to participate.

Division spokeswoman Kerry Langan says all 11 Atlantic City casinos are participating.

The progressive jackpots grow in size as more gamblers play them.

JUVENILE MOTHER-INFANT DEATH

NJ father denies killing infant son

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man denies his role in the death of his infant son.

The 21-year-old Paterson resident pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, child endangerment and sexual assault during an initial court appearance on Thursday.

Authorities say there were signs of trauma to the 2-month-old, who died in October 2013.

The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office says the man is charged with sexual assault because officials say he impregnated the baby's mother when she was between 13 and 16 years old and he was at least four years older.

The infant's juvenile mother is charged with delinquency in the death.

The Associated Press isn't naming the suspect because doing so could potentially identify the mother. The news cooperative doesn't identify potential victims of sex crimes without their consent.

BANK OF AMERICA SETTLEMENT

Justice Dept. announces $17B settlement with BofA

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has announced a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis.

The deal announced Thursday calls for the bank, the second-largest in the U.S., to pay a $5 billion cash penalty and provide billions of dollars of relief to struggling homeowners. Bank of America says its cash payouts will total $9.65 billion.

The settlement is by far the largest deal the Justice Department has reached with a bank over the 2008 mortgage meltdown. In the last year, JPMorgan Chase agreed to a $13 billion settlement while Citigroup reached a separate $7 billion deal.

FINANCIAL FRAUD

NJ's US attorney attends BofA announcement

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's U.S. attorney was on hand this morning in Washington as the Justice Department announced a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis.

The deal calls for the second-largest bank in the U.S. to pay a $5 billion cash penalty and provide billions of dollars of relief to struggling homeowners. Bank of America says its cash payouts will total $9.65 billion.

The settlement is by far the largest deal the Justice Department has reached with a bank over the 2008 mortgage meltdown.

New Jersey's U.S. Attorney's Office helped investigate the claims.

BUSES-ON-TIME PERFORMANCE

Study shows NJ Transit buses running late

(Information in the following story is from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com )

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Transit plans to make changes after new data revealed the agency's buses arrive on time for scheduled stops 68 percent of the time.

The information comes from NJ Transit's new computerized system for tracking buses. Previously, the agency relied on workers at six major terminals to record when buses departed.

NJ Transit defines "on-time" arrivals within a seven-minute window, beginning one minute before scheduled arrival to six minutes after.

The Record newspaper reports NJ Transit analyzed 60 percent of all scheduled trips during the spring. The agency plans to make improvements along 33 bus routes, which represent 15 percent of its bus system.

JUVENILE MOTHER-INFANT DEATH

NJ father charged in son's death due in court

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man charged in the death of his son is due in court.

The 21-year-old Paterson resident faces an initial appearance Thursday.

Authorities say there were signs of trauma to the 2-month-old, who died in October 2013.

The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office says the man is charged with manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child. He's also charged with sexual assault because officials say he impregnated the baby's mother when she was between 13 and 16 years old and he was at least four years older.

The infant's juvenile mother is charged with delinquency in the death.

The Associated Press isn't naming the suspect because doing so could potentially identify the mother. The news cooperative doesn't identify potential victims of sex crimes without their consent.

NEWARK SLAYING

Newark man gunned down outside home

(Information in the following story is from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com )

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Newark police are looking for the person who shot and killed a man outside his home.

Thursday's shooting was the 57th killing in New Jersey's city for the year.

Chief assistant Essex County prosecutor Thomas Fennelly tells The Star-Ledger of Newark the man was shot at about 12:20 a.m. on Leslie Street.

His name has not been released.

ENGLEWOOD STABBING

Man stabbed in Englewood

(Information in the following story is from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com )

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) - A suspect is in custody after a stabbing left an Englewood man in critical condition.

The stabbing happened in a home on West Palisade Avenue at 12:40 a.m. Thursday.

Detective Capt. Timothy Torell tells The Record newspaper both lived in the house.

No other information is available.

KNOCKOUT ASSAULTS

Hackensack police seek knockout assault suspect

(Information in the following story is from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com )

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - Hackensack police are seeking a man suspected of sucker punching three people all on the same day.

A video released by the Simple Simon Market on Essex Street shows the athletically built suspect punch a man in the face and stroll away. The man fell to the ground.

Two other assaults took place within less than 15 minutes in the areas of Essex Street, Summit Avenue and Beech Street on Monday night.

The victims were two men in their 50s and a man in his 20s. None was badly injured.

Councilman Leo Battaglia tells The Record newspaper police are working hard to arrest the assailant.

POLICE-BODY CAMERAS

Atlantic City police get body cameras

(Information in the following story is from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com )

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City police officers have started wearing body cameras.

About five officers a shift will be equipped with the devices, which record video and audio after an officer activates the device. The video is uploaded after the officer's shift ends.

Deputy Chief Joseph Nolan tells The Press of Atlantic City the department wants people to believe in the officers and the officers want the truth.

Nolan says the 20 cameras are split among three shifts. Each officer will use a camera for two weeks, then another officer will get it.

The body cameras cost about $300 each. They were paid for through a Community Development Block Grant.

BARCLAYS

The finish line is in sight on the PGA Tour

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - Rory McIlroy isn't just biding his time for the next seven months until the Masters and his chance to complete the career Grand Slam.

Next up is the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus.

The FedEx Cup playoffs are underway today at Ridgewood Country Club with The Barclays, the first of four tournaments in which the field size will be reduced each week until 30 players reach the finale at East Lake for the Tour Championship.

McIlroy has won his last three tournaments - two of them majors - and at No. 1 is starting to get some separation from the rest of golf.

He is the top seed at Ridgewood, but given these playoff events are worth five times the value of a regular PGA Tour event, that could be gone in one week.

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