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NJ’s top court proposes change to spousal immunity

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court is proposing an exception to the law that keeps conversations between a husband and wife private. The court on Tuesday ruled in the case of an Ocean County couple whose calls and text messages were ...

New Brunswick police probe vehicle fires

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Police are investigating a string of vehicle fires that have occurred across New Brunswick in the last two weeks. Police say six vehicles have been torched since July 7, including two on Tuesday. Most of the fires were ...

South Jersey teacher accused of sex assault

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors in Cape May County are accusing a Middle Township High School teacher of having sex with a student. Authorities have charged 34-year-old Joseph Towns with sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, child ...

Justice Department Says Newark PD Needs Major Overhaul

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced that the Department of Justice found several problems during an investigation of the Newark Police Department.

Former Police Chief Says Fulop Tried to Punish Port Authority with Traffic

Former Jersey City Police Chief Robert Cowan has accused Mayor Steven Fulop of directing police to conduct traffic stops to back up traffic leading to the Holland Tunnel.

McGreevey: Ex-Offenders Need Addiction Treatment, Housing and Jobs

Former Gov. Jim McGreevey says that the prison system is a failure because two-thirds of those released from jail commit crimes within three years. He believes providing addiction treatment, transitional housing and job training will help.

7 ex-NFL players appeal terms of concussion deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Seven former professional football players are challenging a tentative class action settlement of NFL concussion claims. Their appeal echoes their previous complaints some players won't be fairly compensated under the ...

Split verdict for suspended police captain

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A suspended police captain for a New Jersey state agency has been convicted of charges that he misused police databases for personal purposes. Acting state Attorney General John Hoffman announced Tuesday that 52-year-old ...

Street punch suspect admits trying to flee police

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — A man suspected of punching another man on a New York City street has admitted that he climbed onto the roof of a New Jersey Turnpike toll plaza to flee from police The Jersey Journal (http://bit.ly/1pBwPhC) reports ...

Standoff at north New Jersey home ends peacefully

UNION TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a standoff involving an armed man at a northern New Jersey home has ended peacefully. Union County prosecutors say police went to the Union Township home shortly before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, after being ...