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Bridge repair over I-676

Seven aging bridges over the Vine Street Expressway (I-676) will be replaced over the next five years at a cost of $64.8 million, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said Friday. Buckley & Co., of Philadelphia, is the apparent low bidder to replace bridges carrying 22d Street, 21st Street, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 20th Street, 19th Street, and 18th Street, and the Free Library and Family Court pedestrian bridges over the expressway. Once the contract is finalized, the work is scheduled to start in February and be completed by the fall of 2019, PennDot said. - Paul Nussbaum

Gamblers lose $194 million

Atlantic City's remaining eight casinos won $194 million from gamblers last month, up 7.2 percent from the winnings logged by the same eight casinos a year ago. The gain does not include $8.7 million won by the casinos' online-gambling operations, which started at the end of last November. This year's bricks-and-mortar gains were driven by Golden Nugget and Borgata, which accounted for all but $1.6 million of an overall $13 million increase from last year. Including the 2013 results of four closed casinos (Atlantic Club, Showboat, Revel, and Trump Plaza), November revenue was down 13.8 percent. - Harold Brubaker


French judge rules for Uber

Uber Technologies Inc. dodged a legal setback when a Paris judge ruled not to block its UberPop service, which lets users get rides with private cars. Uber has faced litigation on several continents in the recent weeks. A representative of the Paris commercial court declined to discuss the ruling over the phone. While the company has gained users in France and said it has created jobs in the country, it faced protests from taxi drivers, who blocked roads and airports and have waged a legal war on the company. A Paris court fined Uber $125,000 this year for labeling UberPop as carpooling, a decision the company contested. Veolia Transdev S.A., which owns some taxi activities, is among rivals that have taken the battle against UberPop to the commercial court in the French capital. - Bloomberg News

GE raises stock dividend

General Electric Co. raised its quarterly dividend 4.5 percent as chief executive officer Jeffrey Immelt rebuilds the payout he chopped during the recession. The dividend will be 23 cents, up one cent, GE said. The increase is the seventh in the last five years. GE cut the dividend to 10 cents from 31 cents in February 2009, the first reduction since the Great Depression. - Bloomberg News