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Housing groups ask New Jersey judges to take over

10-31-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Some affordable housing advocates in New Jersey have asked the state's courts to take over enforcement of a law intended to ensure homes will be within the financial reach of low- and moderate-income residents. In a court ...

Authorities: Suspect had heroin marked ‘Ebola’

10-31-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a northern New Jersey man who turned himself in to face drug charges was found to have six envelopes of heroin with the word "EBOLA" stamped in red ink on the packets. Essex County authorities tell NJ.com ...

Prosecutors: Arson suspect wanted cops to kill him

10-31-14
BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man purposely set his car on fire at a southern New Jersey business so police officers would respond there and kill him during a confrontation. Ocean County prosecutors say 26-year-old Thomas Foti, ...

Prosecutors: Bank robbery suspect said he had bomb

10-31-14
WALL, N.J. (AP) — Bail has been set at $200,000 cash for a man who allegedly robbed a bank in central New Jersey. Authorities say 46-year-old Daniel Rathsmith, of Wall, entered the Santander Bank in Belmar shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday and handed ...

Man found dead aboard sailboat in New Jersey

10-31-14
SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — State Police are awaiting autopsy results after a New York man was found dead aboard a sailboat that ran aground on a New Jersey beach. State Police Capt. Stephen Jones says witnesses observed the 29-foot vessel drifting ...

Sons hire investigator to solve parents’ deaths

10-31-14
SKILLMAN, N.J. (AP) — The sons of a hospital executive and his wife have hired an expert to help investigate their parents' mysterious deaths in their New Jersey home. Cooper Health System CEO John Sheridan and his wife Joyce, a retired teacher, ...

Bear in fatal NJ attack was acting ‘predatory’

10-31-14
WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the first known fatal bear attack in New Jersey was unprovoked and the bear was acting in a "predatory" manner. Officials attribute the death of a 22-year-old Rutgers University student from Edison to ...

Judge denies former NBA player’s fraud appeal

10-31-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A judge has rejected a former NBA player's appeal of his fraud conviction. Tate George was convicted last fall on four wire fraud counts in what prosecutors contend was a real estate Ponzi scheme. Among the victims were pro ...

Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse

10-31-14
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge has given nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat in their bid to isolate her. The nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone called it "a good day" and said ...

Driver pleads guilty in crash that killed friend

10-30-14
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A teenager who was critically injured in a crash earlier this year that killed his friend has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. The Asbury Park Press reports (http://on.app.com/1DCNFCZ ) ...