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Orthodox rabbis charged in religious divorce plot

5-22-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal authorities in New Jersey say four Orthodox Jewish rabbis and one of their sons have been indicted on charges they conspired to kidnap and force Jewish men into granting their wives religious divorces. U.S. Attorney Paul ...

2 charged in NJ in religious divorce plot

5-15-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey men have been charged with kidnapping a third man in an attempt to force him to grant his wife a religious divorce. The U.S. attorney's office says David Aryeh Epstein and Chaim Baruch Rubin lured the victim from ...

NY minister to repay $1.2M in disaster funds

5-15-14
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City minister who was the subject of an Associated Press investigation about misspent 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina charity funds has agreed to repay $1.2 million he took from his congregation to buy a luxury home in New ...

Camden Diocese consolidating more churches

5-10-14
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Financial issues and declining attendance have spurred the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden to consolidate some more churches. The latest mergers, which take effect June 30, involve several churches in Camden County. Camden ...
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Manischewitz Looks to Expand Beyond Passover Food

5-6-14
Newark-based Manischewitz produces more processed kosher foods than any company in the nation, but the company's new owners are revamping to expand beyond its usual customers.

NJ man pleads guilty to forcing religious divorce

5-6-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has admitted his role in a scheme to force a Jewish man to grant his wife a religious divorce. Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old David Wax of Lakewood pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to a complaint ...

Parishioners chase man who steals church donations

5-6-14
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Police have arrested a man suspected of robbing donations from a New Jersey church. Delvonte Olmo-Pagan of Camden is held on $960,000 bail, charged with robbery, aggravated assault by pointing a firearm and weapons charges. ...

New Jersey woman sues over ’8THEIST’ license plate

4-18-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman claims she was denied a license plate proclaiming herself to be an atheist because it might be considered offensive. Shannon Morgan said in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the Motor Vehicle Commission ...

End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded

4-16-14
NEW YORK (AP) — Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates are applauding the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terror threats. But ...

Flock calls on Newark archbishop to sell home

4-14-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A petition with more than 22,000 signatures calls on Newark Archbishop John Myers to sell his retirement home that he's expanding with a $500,000 addition. The group Faithful America collected the signatures online. Myers ...