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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 ...

Army National Guard member faces sex abuse charge

10-1-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey Army National Guard member sexually abused a woman at a military base in the state earlier this year. Ioannis Karazoupis (Eye-OWE-niss Kah-rah-ZOOP-is), of Flemington, was arrested ...

2 officers face DWI charges, possible suspensions

10-1-14
MILLVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Two southern New Jersey police officers face possible suspensions after being charged with drunken driving. The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/1rGy1mk) reports that the charges stem from a Sept. 3 incident accident ...

New Jersey cites 26 home improvement contractors

10-1-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — More than two dozen contractors have been cited by New Jersey consumer affairs officials as part of an ongoing crackdown. The state is seeking more than $250,000 overall in civil penalties and consumer restitution from the 26 ...