New Jersey

Internet gambling bill is signed into law

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Tuesday legalizing Internet gambling, hours after the Legislature passed a revised bill that made the changes he wanted.

The changes included setting a 10-year trial period for online betting and raising the taxes on the Atlantic City casinos' online winnings from 10 to 15 percent.

New Jersey became the third state in the nation to legalize gambling over the Internet. The approval marked the largest expansion of legalized gambling in New Jersey since the first casino began operating in Atlantic City in 1978.

Nevada and Delaware have passed laws legalizing Internet betting, which also is going on offshore, untaxed and unregulated.

The bill allows gamblers in other states to place bets in New Jersey as long as regulators determine such activity is not prohibited by federal or any state's law


Ex-cop is acquitted of assaulting woman

PHILADELPHIA - A former Philadelphia police lieutenant who was videotaped punching a woman after a Puerto Rican Day parade was acquitted of simple assault Tuesday, two weeks after a judge heard testimony from the officer in which he said he was trying to knock a bottle from her hand.

Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan found Jonathan Josey not guilty of the second-degree misdemeanor.

The video shows 39-year-old Aida Guzman being struck in the face and then being led away in handcuffs. Josey, a veteran supervisor, was later fired.

Josey plans to seek immediate reinstatement, his lawyer said.


Dems pick nominee for Jackson Jr.'s seat

CHICAGO - Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly captured the Democratic nomination Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

The nomination all but assures that Kelly will sail through the April 9 general election, because the Chicago-area district is overwhelmingly Democratic.

Kelly emerged early as a leader on gun-control issues - a central theme during the race - which helped her win support from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC, Independence USA.


Auction of recluse's gold nets $3.5 million

CARSON CITY - The tale of a mysterious Nevada recluse's gold reached a new chapter Tuesday when a portion of the trove raked in more than $3.5 million at auction.

It was the allure of mystery that pulled some bidders to the courtroom, but for others, it was the sheer value of a collection unknown to the public before Walter Samaszko Jr. was found dead in his modest ranch-style home last year.

Five bidders diligently inspected the 11 lots of gold displayed in plastic sleeves, tubes and felt jewelry display boxes in a heavily guarded room before the bidding began.


Mississippi River levels bounce back

ST. LOUIS - Barges are carrying full loads on the drought-stricken Mississippi River again after low water levels made shipping a "touch-and-go" proposition late last year.

Since the St. Louis river gauge at Eads Bridge approached a historic low on New Year's Day, water levels have bounced back, thanks to badly needed snow and rain across the Midwest.

Wire reports