National news briefs: 7/13/14

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Trump casino likely to close

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Atlantic City's crumbling casino market disintegrated even further Saturday as the owners of the Trump Plaza casino said they expect to shut down in mid-September.

Trump Entertainment Resorts told The Associated Press that no final decision has been made on the Boardwalk casino. But the company said it expects the casino to close its doors Sept. 16.

Notices warning employees of the expected closing will go out to the casino's 1,000-plus employees Monday.

If Trump Plaza closes, Atlantic City could lose a third of its casinos and a quarter of its casino workforce in less than nine months. The Atlantic Club closed in January, the Showboat is closing next month and Revel might do likewise if a buyer can't be found in bankruptcy court.

Comedian out of rehab

TRENTON, N.J. -- Comedian Tracy Morgan has been released from a rehabilitation facility as he heals from serious injuries in a car crash that left a fellow comedian dead, his spokesman said Saturday.

Mr. Morgan, who formerly appeared on "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock," will continue his recovery at home with an "aggressive outpatient program," spokesman Lewis Kay said.

Mr. Morgan had a broken leg and broken ribs when the limousine van he was riding in was hit from behind June 7 by a Wal-Mart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike. The wreck killed comedian James McNair, 62, who went by the name Jimmy Mack. Comedian Ardley Fuqua and another passenger, Jeffrey Millea, were injured.

On Thursday, lawyers for Mr. Morgan filed a lawsuit against Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, claiming the retailer was negligent in the crash. The complaint claims the retail giant should have known that its driver had been awake for over 24 hours and that his commute of 700 miles from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was "unreasonable." It also alleges the driver fell asleep at the wheel.

Lone Ranger outfit sold

DALLAS -- The western-style outfit actor Clayton Moore wore for appearances as the mysterious, masked Lone Ranger after portraying the character on the popular TV series sold for $195,000 at auction Saturday, the auction house said.

The Lone Ranger ensemble of matching light blue shirt and pants, a red kerchief, Stetson hat, cowboy boots and a belt holster that holds two custom-made Colt pistols, was sold to an undisclosed buyer by Waco, Texas-based auction house A & S Auction Co.

Man held in bomb plot

SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah man has been arrested in connection with a plot to blow up a police station, kill police officers and destroy infrastructure to delay an emergency response, authorities said.

John Huggins, 47, believed that the plan, once carried out, would spark an anti-government uprising, according to documents lodged with a federal court Friday.

Navy Yard shooting report

WASHINGTON -- Police rushing to the scene of last year's Navy Yard shooting were hampered in their attempts to help by numerous delaying hurdles such as being locked out of a room with live surveillance video, an internal report said Friday.

The Metropolitan Police Department's review of its response to last September's shooting said better access to camera footage would have helped first responders as they pursued gunman Aaron Alexis, who killed 12 people before being slain by police.


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