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Man admits role in New Jersey tax refund scheme

7-29-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say a New York City man has admitted his role in a stolen identity and tax refund fraud scheme. Raymundo Hernandez pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Newark to a complaint charging him ...

Govt fails to vet chemical plants for terror risk

7-29-14
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities. ...

Teenage girl pleads guilty to cyber harassment

7-29-14
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey teenager accused of threatening another girl online has pleaded guilty to cyber harassment. Union County prosecutors say the 15-year-old Hillside girl entered her plea Monday and was sentenced to a year ...

Prosecutors: Teen hurt in fight dies from injuries

7-29-14
HILLSBOROUGH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A teenage boy accused of inflicting fatal injuries on another youth during a fight last weekend has been charged with reckless manslaughter. Somerset County prosecutors say the 16-year-old Hillsborough Township ...

Christie calls special legislative session on bail

7-29-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is calling a special legislative session for lawmakers to overhaul the state's bail system. The special session will take place Thursday. Christie supports a system that would keep dangerous ...

Black bear gets into house in New Jersey

7-29-14
VERNON, N.J. (AP) — A resident in northern New Jersey got a scare after waking up and finding a black bear in the kitchen. Vernon police say the bear broke a screen and climbed through a window. Its paw turned on the sink faucet and flooded the ...

Coast Guard evacuates boy from cruise ship

7-29-14
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A 4-year-old is in stable condition in an Atlantic City hospital after the Coast Guard flew him from a cruise ship approximately 100 miles southeast of the city. The Norwegian Breakaway on Monday reported the boy had ...

New Jersey man drowns while boating in New York

7-29-14
GREENWOOD LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 40-year-old New Jersey man has drowned in a New York lake while swimming during an outing with friends. Police in the Orange County village of Greenwood Lake tell the Times Herald-Record of Middletown ...

Wildlife volunteer pleads in deaths of 300 animals

7-29-14
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A longtime volunteer with a local animal protection organization in New Jersey has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges. Authorities say they found more than 300 dead birds and animals in the Little Silver home of the ...

Wedding reception shut down when brawl breaks out

7-28-14
MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Two people were arrested when a brawl involving dozens of guests broke out at a wedding reception in central New Jersey. Middletown Township police say the party had been going on for several hours when the fight ...