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Judge suspended over conflict of interest

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state judge who admitted presiding over cases where she had a conflict of interest has been suspended for one month without pay. The punishment of Superior Court Judge Melanie Donohue Appleby was made public ...

Fire guts 2 buildings, but no injuries reported

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Dozens of firefighters battled a stubborn blaze in northern New Jersey that gutted two buildings. No injuries were reported in the fire, which apparently broke out around 5 a.m. Wednesday on Rosa Parks Boulevard in Paterson. ...

Vendor admits paying bribes to NJ Transit employee

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a vendor has admitted paying bribes to a New Jersey Transit employee to obtain landscaping contracts. Raymond Rapuano, of New Providence, pleaded guilty Wednesday to bribery. The 47-year-old Rapuano now ...

Kayaker rescued in Barnegat Bay

BARNEGAT, N.J. (AP) — Marine police rescued a kayaker who was struggling to stay afloat in Barnegat Bay. State Police say 51-year-old Bruce Parker of Pemberton Township lost his life jacket when a large wake capsized his kayak on Tuesday. Police ...

AP Source: Goodell testifies for two-plus hours

A person familiar with the case says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testified for more than two hours to start Ray Rice's appeal hearing at the offices of former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones in New York. Rice and his wife, Janay, will testify ...

Ex-NFL player charged with sexual assault

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. (AP) — Former New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Luke Petitgout (PEHT'-ih-goo) has been charged with assault and sexual assault in New Jersey. Petitgout's attorney, Patrick J. Jennings, said Tuesday the ...

Judge: Cafe can stay open near closed casino

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A popular Atlantic City restaurant will be allowed to rework its lease so it can continue operating in a space adjoining the shuttered Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/1tFhLEN) ...

Accused hit-and-run driver turns himself in

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A motorist who allegedly fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident and tried to run down an off-duty police officer has turned himself in. Authorities say 54-year-old Robert Dechert of Lakehurst called police Monday morning ...

Man arrested in NJ charged in NC death

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A man has been arrested in New Jersey in the stabbing death of a man in North Carolina last month. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police told local media outlets that 43-year-old Derek Lamont Kline has been charged with murder in the ...

NJ Transit train hit, kills pedestrian

HAZLET, N.J. (AP) — Trains resumed rolling on New Jersey Transit's North Jersey Coast Line after a train struck and killed a man on the tracks. The New York-bound train was carrying approximately 125 passengers and crew when the incident took ...