N.J. denies permits for natural gas pipeline

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey denied permits for a $1.1 billion, roughly 120-mile long pipeline that would bring Marcellus Shale natural gas to New Jersey, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday.

The Department of Environmental Protection rejected permits for the PennEast Pipeline Co. project. It’s the latest setback for the years-old proposed project that would run from northeastern Pennsylvania and terminate near Trenton, though the company indicated in a statement it’s not finished fighting for the pipeline.

Scranton requiring workers to sign new ethics code

Scranton Mayor Wayne Evans is requiring all city employees to review and formally acknowledge receipt of a new, stiffer ethics code governing conduct by employees and officials.

One section in the 28-page code covers prohibited behaviors, from accepting gifts to nepotism, fraud and improper personal use of city property. The code also prohibits employees from using their positions to secure special privileges, receive compensation for city services from an entity other than the city and maintain personal investments that will create a “substantial” conflict of interest.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

The mayor’s Thursday announcement about the new code coincided with the first meeting of a revived Scranton ethics board.

Gunmen wound 5 gambling in apartment courtyard

Authorities said two men opened fire about midnight Thursday on a group of gamblers playing a dice game in the courtyard of a Philadelphia apartment complex, leaving five people wounded.

Authorities say two men arrived at the scene in a car, then got out and started shooting at the group. Someone in the courtyard apparently returned fire, with at least 17 shots being fired overall.

The victims, ages 19 to 57, were being treated at hospitals for injuries that included gunshot wounds to the arms and legs. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening.

A motive for the shooting remains under investigation. The two men fled the scene in their car and remained at large Friday.

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