Supporters of legalized sports gambling in New Jersey and several other states were dealt a no-decision of sorts Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court delayed a ruling on whether it will take up the states’ challenge to a federal ban.
The court invited the solicitor general to file a brief on behalf of the government, meaning a decision could take several more months. The high court had been expected to include the sports betting case in its announcement Tuesday on which cases it will hear this year.
New Jersey is challenging a 1992 federal law that restricts sports betting to Nevada and three other states that already had approved some form of wagering. In recent briefs to the Supreme Court, lawyers representing the state have argued that the federal law violates the Constitution by preventing states from repealing their own laws.
Several states, including Mississippi, West Virginia, Arizona, Louisiana and Wisconsin, have joined New Jersey’s effort.
In 2012 New Jersey enacted a law allowing betting at racetracks and casinos. The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA sued to block the law from taking effect, arguing that the integrity of their games would be threatened and that there would be more game-fixing. A trial judge and federal appeals court ruled against the state.
New Jersey then enacted a law in 2014 that repealed prohibitions against sports gambling at casinos and racetracks. But that law was defeated by a federal judge in New Jersey and a federal appeals court in Philadelphia.
— Associated Press
The federal Department of Transportation reported Tuesday that 86.5 percent of U.S. flights in November arrived on time, an improvement over the previous month and November 2015.
Fewer than one-third of 1 percent of domestic flights were canceled, the lowest rate since the department started keeping comparable records in 1995.
Hawaiian Airlines and Delta Air Lines posted the best rates for on-time arrivals, over 90 percent. Virgin America had the worst mark, 81.4 percent.
Delta reported no canceled flights for the entire month but diverted 79 flights to alternative airports. Alaska, Frontier, Hawaiian and Virgin America canceled fewer than 20 flights each.
ExpressJet and SkyWest, which operate flights for brands such as American Eagle and United Express, each canceled more than 300 flights.
The airlines reported about two mishandled bags for every 1,000 passengers, the lowest rate in figures dating to 1987, the department said. Virgin America and Alaska had the best rates for bag handling, while ExpressJet and Frontier had the worst.
— Associated Press
● The office of Puerto Rico’s new governor says new economic data shows the island’s economic crisis is even worse than previously believed. The report made public Tuesday stated that the island’s Department of Education has a $230 million deficit and that the Highway Authority owes suppliers more than $500 million. It also said Puerto Rico’s largest public university has $91 million in the Government Development Bank that it cannot access because of a debt moratorium. Officials also said the bank that oversees the island’s debt transactions had not issued a check since April.
● The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm on Tuesday, accusing the company of antitrust violations in its patent licensing business. The FTC said that Qualcomm used its dominance in supplying baseband processors used in smartphones and tablets to extract elevated royalties for patents in what the complaint dubbed a “no license-no chips” policy. The FTC asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose to order Qualcomm to cease this and related practices.
● The United Nations on Tuesday predicted a modest recovery in the global economy in 2017-2018 but warned that its projection is a sign of economic stabilization rather than one of robust revival. In its annual economic report, the organization said the world economy expanded by 2.2 percent in 2016, the slowest rate of growth since the depth of the recent recession in 2009. It forecast growth of 2.7 percent this year and 2.9 percent in 2018, a slight downward revision from its midyear revisions in May.
● Jet engine maker Rolls-Royce will pay $808 million to settle bribery and corruption charges brought by authorities in Britain, the United States and Brazil. A British High Court judge approved a deferred prosecution agreement on Tuesday. Britain’s Serious Fraud Office said the matter covers 12 counts of conspiracy to corrupt, false accounting and failure to prevent bribery in conduct spanning three decades.
— From news services
● 8:30 a.m.: Labor Department releases consumer price index for December.
● 9:15 a.m.: Federal Reserve releases industrial production for December.
● 10 a.m.: National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for January.
● 2 p.m.: Federal Reserve releases beige book.
● 4 p.m.: Treasury releases international-money-flows data for November.
● Earnings: Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Netflix.
— From news services