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South Florida officer gets bail in cocaine case

4-14-14
MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida police lieutenant charged in a New Jersey cocaine conspiracy will be released on $500,000 bail before his trial. Miami-Dade police Lt. Ralph Mata's attorney said Monday an agreement on bail was reached with federal ...

2 bodies found in New Jersey side of Hudson River

4-13-14
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Two bodies have been pulled from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. Hoboken police Sgt. Dennis Figueroa (fihg-er-OH'-uh) says the two men were 20 to 25 years old. He says the first call to police came in at about 5:30 ...

Christie gets extension in lane closures lawsuit

4-12-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A judge has given Gov. Chris Christie and other defendants more time to file a response to two lawsuits related to last fall's lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. Christie was among several defendants scheduled to ...

Former Giant’s son nixes deal in assault case

4-12-14
SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — The son of a former New York Giants Super Bowl champion has rejected a plea offer in an assault by auto case. The development in the case of Clint Benson was revealed during a court hearing Friday in Somerset County. ...

NJ teen to be tried as adult in sister’s stabbing

4-12-14
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey teenager charged with fatally stabbing his sister in December will be tried as an adult. A state judge in Bergen County issued the ruling on Thursday. Authorities say Travis Gallo, who was 17 at the ...

New Jersey judge says pet bobcat must be tested

4-11-14
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge says he wants to make sure a woman's pet is not a purebred bobcat before returning the animal to her. Stafford Municipal Judge Damian Murray on Friday ordered that the pet be tested. Owner Ginny ...

NJ Bar Association calls for judge protection

4-11-14
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Bar Association is calling for a change to the state constitution that would make it harder for the governor to oust judges. The lawyers' group has been making a major push on judicial independence, saying ...

Borgata casino lawsuit: Gambler cheated, won $9.6M

4-11-14
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — An Atlantic City casino is suing a big-time gambler, claiming he won $9.6 million in a card-cheating scheme in baccarat. The Borgata filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Phillip Ivey Jr., considered one of the best ...

Court reverses conviction of man in iPad data case

4-11-14
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court has reversed the conviction of man imprisoned for illegally gaining access to AT&T's servers and stealing more than 100,000 email addresses of iPad users. The ruling regarding Andrew Auernheimer came ...

Requested list released to NJ traffic panel

4-11-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey legislative committee investigating a traffic jam scandal orchestrated by Gov. Chris Christie's aides has received the list of 70 people lawyers for the governor's office interviewed to conduct a separate review ...