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TSA: Alleged TV Crew Tried to Create 'Mass Panic' at Airport

At least 7 arrested in Newark after being accused of trying to pass fake bomb through security

(Newser) - Authorities say at least seven people who claimed to be working for a TV network were arrested at a New Jersey airport after they tried to film themselves passing a fake explosive device through a security checkpoint. Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says it happened at Newark Liberty International... More »

Report: Christie Learned Hard Way About Loss of Airport Perk

He's now New Jersey's ex-governor

(Newser) - Chris Christie has lost one of the perks he enjoyed as New Jersey governor, and sources tell Bloomberg that he found out the hard way. Christie, who left office on Tuesday, tried to use a VIP entrance at Newark Liberty International Airport with his state police detail Thursday morning and... More »

This State Is the Best to Spend Your Golden Years In

Florida ranks at the top of the best states for retirement

(Newser) - Trying to plan ahead for where you'll spend your golden years? WalletHub has done a good portion of the legwork for you, looking closely at three categories—affordability, health care, and overall quality of life—in all 50 states to see which ones offer the best retirement options. The... More »

A Doctor, a Motorcycle Gang, a Drug Ring, and a Murder

NJ endocrinologist James Kauffman accused of killing wife to protect his opioid empire

(Newser) - Prosecutors in New Jersey say they've cracked a five-year-old murder case, and the victim's endocrinologist widower is at the center of the tangled plot. Authorities say James Kauffman, 69, helped arrange to hire the hit man who fatally shot wife April Kauffman, a popular radio host, at their... More »

After Outcry, NJ Prisons Lift Ban on Best-Selling Book

ACLU challenged ban on 'The New Jim Crow'

(Newser) - New Jersey corrections officials, challenged by a civil rights group, announced Monday that a best-selling book on mass incarceration and racial discrimination that had been banned at two state prisons would now be available to inmates at all state correctional facilities. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union... More »

New Jersey Ready to Ban Droning Under the Influence

No more drunken unmanned flights in the Garden State

(Newser) - If your idea of a good time is getting intoxicated and flying a drone, you'll probably want to stay away from New Jersey starting this week. That's when lawmakers are set to ban drunken droning throughout the Garden State, Reuters reports. The State Senate has already voted to... More »

Son Who Escaped Quadruple Murder Shares His One Regret

16-year-old suspect described as 'friendly, funny'

(Newser) - Days after escaping a quadruple murder that left three of his family members dead, Steven Kologi Jr. took to Instagram to remember his "beautiful and smart" sister and "the greatest parents I could ask for." "I just wish I could tell all of them how much... More »

Cops: Teen Killed Parents, Sister, Friend in NYE Shooting

16-year-old arrested after shooting at NJ home

(Newser) - A 16-year-old is in custody after a horrific shooting just before midnight New Year's Eve in a Jersey Shore town. Police say the teen, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, killed his parents, Steven and Linda Kologi; 18-year-old sister Britanny Kologi; and Mary Schultz, a 70-year-old family friend who lived... More »

7 States That Could Make Big Moves on Pot in 2018

Including the first state in the Midwest to legalize it

(Newser) - Although pot saw a watershed year in 2016, with a handful of marijuana legalization initiatives that got the green light from voters, 2017 was pretty dry, with no official movement on that front anywhere in the nation. Per Forbes , 2018 is set to see a cannabis comeback, with at least... More »

Drivers Who Cut Through This Town Might Owe $200

Leonia, New Jersey, is outlawing out-of-town drivers during rush hour

(Newser) - Authorities in Leonia, New Jersey, are so tired of out-of-town drivers clogging their streets during rush hour that they're taking what even the police chief acknowledges is "extreme" action: They're outlawing out-of-town drivers at crunch time. Soon, anyone not from Leonia caught driving there between 6 and... More »

Christie: Successor's Photo Op Sends 'Terrible Message'

NJ governor not happy about Phil Murphy photo taken with cardboard cutout of himself

(Newser) - Chris Christie has been combative this year with a Cubs fan , his own constituents , and now his successor to the New Jersey governorship. Democrat Phil Murphy beat GOPer Kim Guadagno in November, and at a recent photo op, Murphy got in a low-key dig at Christie. NorthJersey.com reports that... More »

Lawmaker Defeated by One of the Women He Mocked

Ashley Bennett takes down Republican after he mocks Women's March on Facebook

(Newser) - When New Jersey lawmaker John Carman wondered, via meme, "Will the women's protest end in time for them to cook dinner?" it angered many participants in the January Women's March. On Tuesday, one of them got their revenge. The Inquirer reports 32-year-old Democrat Ashley Bennett defeated Republican... More »

Chris Christie Gets in Argument With Constituent Outside Polls

Salon calls it 'most Christie way possible' to say goodbye to voters

(Newser) - Chris Christie still has a couple more months as governor of New Jersey, but on the day his eventual successor was elected , Christie offered what Salon calls a pretty fitting goodbye to voters in his state. While chatting with reporters outside his local polling site Tuesday, Christie was approached by... More »

This State Has the Highest Cancer Rate

It's Kentucky, with Delaware and Louisiana trailing

(Newser) - Cancer may be the second leading cause of death in the US, but its effects across the country vary widely. Kentucky, for example, sees 514 cancer diagnoses per 100,000 people, the highest rate in the nation. New Mexico, on the other hand, has the lowest rate at 370 per... More »

Document: NYC Suspect Explained Why He Picked 10/31

Sayfullo Saipov allegedly settled on using a truck two months ago

(Newser) - After planning for a year, Sayfullo Saipov allegedly chose Halloween to drive a rented Home Depot truck into pedestrians in New York City because he believed there'd be more targets outside, making his goal of killing as many people as possible more attainable, reports the Washington Post , which cites... More »

This Is America's Best Small City

Princeton leads WalletHub's 2017 list

(Newser) - If the idea of living in a place where "everyone knows your name" appeals to you, WalletHub can help. The site is out with its list of this year's best small cities in America. It considered more than 1,200 US cities with populations between 25,000 and... More »

Girl Found $2 on the Street, Tried Hard to Find Its Owner

After failing, Isabella King donated some Girl Scouts nuts to the military

(Newser) - A young girl in New Jersey who hoped to return two dollar bills she found on a sidewalk to their rightful owner will use the money to donate a box of Girl Scout nuts to the military, the AP reports. Isabella King found the money on a sidewalk in Pequannock... More »

Devils Fans Sing Like Angels to Save Teen Performer

When Lauralie Mufute forgot the words to the national anthem, hockey fans picked her up

(Newser) - Friday night's New Jersey Devil's game started with a moment so heartwarming they're lucky they still had any ice left to play on. NBC Sports reports 14-year-old Lauralie Mufute was singing the national anthem when she blanked on the words midway through. Luckily, there was a crowd... More »

He Heard a Report, Checked a Pocket ... and Now Has $24.1M

Jimmie Smith had winning lottery ticket in shirt pocket for nearly a year

(Newser) - Always check your shirt and pants pockets before you throw your clothes in the wash, or even before you hang them back up in your closet, especially if you've recently purchased a lottery ticket. Jimmie Smith found that out this spring when he was watching the evening news in... More »

Survivalist Who Stockpiled for 40 Years Makes Heartwarming Decision

Joseph Badame is donating his food, supplies to Puerto Rico hurricane victims

(Newser) - For four decades, Joseph Badame and wife Phyliss stocked their house and other buildings on their Medford, NJ, property with enough food, water, coal, and other supplies to keep 100 friends and family members alive and comfortable for the indefinite future, all in anticipation of a possible economic doomsday scenario.... More »

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