It's not in the cards for these gamblers A judge says an Atlantic City casino does not have to pay $1.5 million won by a group of gamblers who realized the cards had not been shuffled. A Superior Court ruled that the Golden Nugget Atlantic City does not have to redeem the nearly $1 million in chips still held by the gamblers, and said the casino can recover more than $500,000 it already paid them. The judge ruled that because the cards had been unshuffled, that made the game of mini-baccarat in April 2012 illegal under state casino rules. Fourteen players racked up $1.5 million in winnings over 41 straight hands.
Pennsylvania releases child-abuse report A new report says Pennsylvania's child abuse hotline received more reports of neglect in 2013 than previous years, but fewer cases were confirmed by authorities. The Department of Public Welfare report says there were 26,944 reports of suspected abuse or neglect last year. That's 280 more than in 2012. There were also 38 child fatalities in 2013, up five from the previous year. Sexual abuse was involved in 53 percent of all confirmed reports, and 80 percent of those victims were girls. A total of 3,425 cases were confirmed by authorities, or about 13 percent of all reports. That's 140 fewer confirmations than in 2012. A total of 3,280 children were listed as abuse victims, and some of those where involved in more than one incident.
Obama to nominate 4 to federal bench President Obama said he intends to nominate four people, including a former Pennsylvania attorney general, to serve as federal judges in eastern Pennsylvania. The White House said attorneys Wendy Beetlestone, Mark A. Kearney, Joseph F. Leeson Jr., and Gerald J. Pappert will be nominated to serve on U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Pappert was Pennsylvania's attorney general from 2003 to 2005. He has been a partner at Cozen O'Connor since 2012. Beetlestone is a shareholder at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller and formerly served as the Philadelphia school district's general counsel. Kearney is a shareholder at Elliott Greenleaf & Siedzikowski in Blue Bell. Leeson is a partner at Leeson, Leeson & Leeson in Bethlehem.
State hikes permit fees for shale drilling Pennsylvania is charging higher well-permitting fees to natural-gas exploration firms. A regulation published yesteray is the second time state officials have sought to align permitting fees with a Marcellus Shale drilling boom that has made Pennsylvania the nation's second-biggest natural gas-producing state. The Department of Environmental Protection says it expects revenue to increase by $4.7 million a year, or about 40 percent. It replaces a five-year-old fee structure that charged more based on well bore length. The new fee is $5,000 for a horizontal well and $4,200 for a vertical well. That's an increase of about $1,800 and $1,300, respectively. - Associated Press