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States Debate Regulating Digital Currency

by Adrienne Lu/Stateline News Service © ADRIENNE LU/Stateline Giuseppe Lanzone talks with a customer at his Peruvian Brothers food truck, which accepts bitcoin for payment. Giuseppe and his brother Mario operate two food trucks in Washington, D.C. About a dozen…

How ‘identity proofing’ saved N.J. millions

by Jake Grovum, Pew/Stateline Staff Writer Just days after Harold Wirths took office as New Jersey’s labor and workforce development chief in 2010, authorities uncovered a fraud case involving millions in improper unemployment insurance payments that even had a link…

Edison-based company allegedly cheated consumers

NEWARK – The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has filed a Complaint against CHW Group, Inc., d/b/a “Choice Home Warranty,” an Edison-based company that allegedly induced consumers to buy “comprehensive” coverage for crucial home systems and appliances, and then…

Two men indicted for pirating movies and music

Dealer and accomplice indicted in investigation led by the New Jersey State Police that resulted in the seizure of more than 23,000 counterfeit DVDs and CDs TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that two men were indicted…

Sperry Observatory illuminates the night sky

The general public is invited to visit the Sperry Observatory and attend the illustrated talk and enjoy views of the night sky. Admission and parking are free, however, donations are gratefully accepted.Individuals need not make reservations, however, groups should schedule…

Company sinks & sues soldiers

by Paul Kiel, ProPublica With stores near military bases across the country, the retailer USA Discounters offers easy credit to service members. But when those loans go bad, the company uses the local courts near its Virginia headquarters to file suits…

Primp Your Pit Bull

HILLSIDE – This August, People for Animals plans to spay/neuter 250 Pit Bull Terrier-type dogs for residents of New Jersey for a special $20 rate, which includes a free doggie nail trim, during PetSmart Charities® annual “Primp Your Pit” campaign.…