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ATLANTIC CITY — Gamblers in newly legal markets line up to place bets on NFL football games on the first day of the season. By Wayne Parry. UPCOMING: About 500 words, photos.


ATLANTIC CITY — The swimsuits are gone, but there has been plenty of controversy surrounding this year's Miss America competition that could keep viewers tuning in. The next Miss America will be crowned around 11 p.m. Sunday on a nationally televised broadcast on ABC from Atlantic City. This year marks the first time the broadcast will not include a swimsuit competition. By Wayne Parry. SENT: About 640 words, to be updated with about 700 words by 11 p.m. EDT.



BRIELLE — A near century-old, three-story house on Ashley Avenue has a morbid connection to the S.S. Morro Castle. The house, owned by long-time fishing boat operators the Bogan family, was used by the U.S. Coast Guard as an impromptu morgue for dead bodies that came from the burning luxury ocean liner on Sept. 8, 1934. Greg Bogan said people pass by the house all the time and don't realize it was once on the Manasquan River. In the 1940s his family put the house on logs and rolled it up to the street to where it is now. By Dan Radel, Asbury Park Press. SENT: About 540 words.


TEENAGE GIRL STABBED — A man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a teenage girl in New Jersey.



NEW YORK — Shawn Porter says he doesn't often make predictions. Maybe he should. Leading up to Saturday night's WBC welterweight championship fight against Danny Garcia, Porter vowed to win the title. He lived up to his word by unanimously outpointing Garcia. Porter (29-2-1) received winning scores of 116-112 from judge Don Ackerman, and Julie Lederman and Eric Marlinski had it 115-113. By Dennis P. Gorman. SENT: About 590 words.


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