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2 firefighters retire during Atlantic City blaze

10-2-14
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Two Atlantic City fire battalion chiefs had to walk off the job and retire while fighting a blaze that destroyed four buildings and displaced 17 people. No residents or firefighters were injured. Battalion Chiefs Robert ...

Connecticut man accused of tossing dog from car

10-2-14
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey have accused a Connecticut man of forcing a dog out of a moving vehicle on the Garden State Parkway, resulting in its death. Authorities issued a summons accusing 65-year-old Timothy Yowell of ...

Atlantic City seeks to end parking price gouging

10-2-14
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City is trying to prevent price gouging at parking lots and garages. The City Council on Wednesday introduced an ordinance that would increase maximum fines from $100 to $1,000 for not informing the city of ...

Ex-NJ toll taker files suit over ‘God bless you’

10-2-14
PERTH AMBOY, N.J. (AP) — A former Garden State Parkway toll collector has filed a lawsuit because she claims a supervisor told her to stop saying "God bless you" to motorists. Cynthia Fernandez says her First Amendment rights were violated. The ...

Law could oust some for-profit colleges

10-2-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers have advanced a bill that would let the state's higher education secretary revoke the ability of for-profit colleges to award degrees if they don't achieve minimum graduation rates. The Assembly Higher ...

‘Real Housewives’ couple get prison for fraud

10-2-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice (JOO'-dys) is headed to prison. She was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Newark to 15 months behind bars on conspiracy and bankruptcy charges. She cried as she apologized ...

Fire that killed Cooper CEO, wife ruled arson

10-1-14
MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The fire that killed the president of a major southern New Jersey hospital and his wife has been ruled arson. The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office announced its finding Wednesday afternoon. Investigators ...

Battle over dredge spoils facility headed to court

10-1-14
EAGLESWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Two of New Jersey's largest environmental organizations and a homeowners' group have filed a lawsuit aimed at stopping the construction of a dredge spoil facility along the Barnegat Bay. The plaintiffs claim the state's ...

Man charged following confrontation with detective

10-1-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man allegedly involved in a violent confrontation with a New Jersey state police detective has been captured in New York City. Tarik Smith, of Newark, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and a weapons ...

2 face aggravated arson charges in house fire

10-1-14
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Aggravated arson charges have been filed against two men who allegedly set a fire that destroyed a central New Jersey home last weekend. Middlesex County prosecutors say 24-year-old Terrence Strothers, of South Bound ...