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Authorities on Edge, Security Increased Throughout Region, Threat Unclear

Officials have increased security as a deterrent to terrorists and assurance to residents.

Law Enforcement Concerned About Smartphone Encryption

The FBI director said he's worried that so-called unlockable systems for smartphones will impede investigations.

DEP Cracks Down on Illegal Dumping

The Department of Environmental Protection's "Don't Waste Our Open Space" campaign has netted charges against 20 in six months.

Woman whose home had 300 dead animals is sentenced

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A former SPCA volunteer has been sentenced to probation after more than 300 dead animals were found in her home. A state Superior Court judge in Monmouth County sentenced 56-year-old Gretchen Rell on Friday to five years of ...

Mother and 3 children struck by car

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — A mother and one of her three children are in critical condition after they were struck by a car in central New Jersey. WNBC-TV (http://bit.ly/1t2Q44b ) reports that after a vehicle stopped to allow pedestrians to cross a road, ...

State: $450K in fines pending in dumping crackdown

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's crackdown on illegal dumping at state parks and recreational areas is adding up. The Department of Environmental Protection began the campaign six months ago and released its latest numbers Friday. It says the ...

Indictment says 2 men shopped Saddam family guns

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two men have been indicted for allegedly trying to sell firearms believed to have been owned by the family of late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. David Phillip Ryan and Carlos Quirola-Ordonez were initially charged in 2012 ...

Middlesex utilities employee charged with theft

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Officials have accused an employee with stealing $57,000 from the Middlesex County Utilities Authority. Officials say 68-year-old Margaret Brennan of Freehold worked as comptroller and treasurer for the agency until she ...

New Jersey court upholds verbal palimony promises

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that couples who entered into verbal agreements before the 2010 palimony law must keep their promises. The court on Thursday unanimously agreed that the law doesn't render previous oral ...

Pennsylvania woman can avoid jail in NJ gun case

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A Philadelphia woman who brought her legally owned gun into New Jersey will likely avoid prison. Shaneen Allen entered the pretrial intervention program on Thursday. The prosecutor dropped his opposition to that after ...