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Transgender Man Sues Hospital for Refusing Surgery

Jionni Conforti says the Catholic hospital cited religion as a reason

(Newser) - A transgender man in New Jersey sued a Roman Catholic hospital Thursday, saying it cited religion in refusing to allow his surgeon to perform a hysterectomy as part of his sex transition, the AP reports. Jionni Conforti, 33, had scheduled the surgery at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in... More »

Ship From 'Perfect Storm' Remains Unsinkable

At least until the EPA gives its approval

(Newser) - A quarter of a century later and the ship from the "Perfect Storm" remains unsinkable. The Record reports Delaware officials had planned to sink the 73-year-old Coast Guard cutter Tamaroa last year, adding it to the artificial reef off the coast of Delaware and New Jersey. But the EPA... More »

Missing Woman, Great-Granddaughter Found in Woods

They vanished during Christmas Eve road trip

(Newser) - After days of frantic searching, 71-year-old Barbara Briley and 5-year-old great-granddaughter La'Myra Briley have been found alive. The pair vanished Christmas Eve while on a road trip from New Jersey to North Carolina. A spokesman for the Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office in Virginia says a property owner found... More »

Cub Scouts Boot 8-Year-Old Transgender Boy

'How dare they judge me,' says New Jersey's Joe Maldonado

(Newser) - Joe Maldonado was excited about his new Cub Scout pack from the moment he joined it. But the 8-year-old had only been settled into the Secaucus, NJ, group for about a month when his mom received a phone call that stunned his family: He was being kicked out because he... More »

Brawls Shut Down Malls Across US

In multiple incidents, fights led to stampedes

(Newser) - The day the Canadians call Boxing Day was more like Brawling Day in the US, with fights and other disturbances shutting down malls across the country Monday. In several incidents, fights in food courts or other areas of crowded malls led to chaos as rumors spread of shots being fired.... More »

Town Sues DuPont for 'Disaster Worse Than Exxon Valdez'

Carneys Point Township wants $1.1B in remediation trust

(Newser) - The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill was one of the greatest environmental disasters in history, per Time , but what DuPont did to a New Jersey town of 8,000 is "worse," according to a lawsuit. Carneys Point Township says DuPont dumped 100 million pounds of toxic waste at... More »

NJ Town Officials Accused of Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Justice Department says they rejected mosque for religious reasons

(Newser) - The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge had its mailbox trampled and its name on the box replaced with "ISIS" while seeking permission to build a 4,400-square-foot mosque in Bernards Township, NJ. Then its 70 members feared it was all for naught when, after 39 public hearings, the township'... More »

NJ Trooper Accused of Covering Up Creative Dating Method

Marquice Prather allegedly pulled women over to try to get them to go out with him

(Newser) - Lots of people fall in love at work, but one New Jersey state trooper seemingly took this life goal to the extreme and is now paying the price for it. NJ.com reports that Marquice Prather, 37, was arrested Friday on records tampering charges and suspended without pay after authorities... More »

Trump Inspires Another TV Star to Consider Politics

Joe Piscopo says he's seriously considering run for NJ governor

(Newser) - Joe Piscopo's Frank Sinatra impression, made famous from his days on Saturday Night Live, has gotten an update. It's no longer "New York, New York," but "NJ, NJ," the actor, standup comic, and potential 2017 Republican candidate for governor is now crooning. Piscopo performed... More »

NJ Guy Busted With $20K in Toll Violations

More than 300 of them

(Newser) - Authorities say a New Jersey man was arrested after racking up over 300 toll violations and failing to pay more than $20,000 in tolls and fees. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a statement that James Clicerio, of Old Bridge, NJ, was arrested on... More »

Woman Shoots, Kills Friend Who Made Surprise Visit to Home

The victim was on the phone with the woman when she shot him

(Newser) - A New Jersey woman shot and killed a friend who showed up at her house for a surprise visit and startled her, authorities said. The AP reports the woman told them she was talking on the phone late Thursday with 50-year-old Kelvin Watford, who said he was returning from a... More »

Sometimes That Stranded Biker on Roadside Is Springsteen

Motorcyclists stop to help a guy out, and it's the Boss

(Newser) - Coming across Bruce Springsteen on a broken down motorcycle on the side of the road could probably be a lyric from one of his songs, but it really happened for a group of guys from New Jersey, reports the AP via a Facebook post . A group from the Freehold American... More »

Burglars' Downfall: Not Paying the Getaway Driver

No surprise: stiffed taxi driver called police

(Newser) - Two alleged burglars essentially directed police to their apartment in New Jersey when they failed to pay their taxi driver, authorities say. Kenneth Burke, 46, and Timothy Foote, 38, took a taxi to a home in Deal on Friday, went inside, then emerged with a TV and liquor bottles, police... More »

5 People Stabbed on Rutgers University Campus

A suspect is in custody

(Newser) - Five people were stabbed at the Rutgers University Business School in Piscataway, New Jersey, on Friday, CBS New York reports. According to NBC New York , the campus announced a lockdown Friday afternoon, advising students and staff to take shelter. A short time later the school announced a suspect was in... More »

Verdict in Bridgegate Trial Is Bad News for Chris Christie

Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni face decades in prison

(Newser) - The six-week Bridgegate trial ended Friday with two Chris Christie allies being found guilty of conspiracy, fraud, and civil rights deprivation, CNN reports. According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger , it took the jury most of the week to reach the verdict. Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port... More »

'A New Low for Crime': 200 Pumpkins Stolen

They could sell for up to $3K

(Newser) - Almost 200 pumpkins were stolen from a New Jersey farm stand in the wee hours of Tuesday, a crime that required the culprits to make three trips to fill up their van with pumpkins. All three trips were caught on surveillance video that's been released by the family-run Farms... More »

Beyonce Backup Dancer Who Vanished Is Found

Missy Elliott says Shirlene Quigley is 'safe & being treated'

(Newser) - A backup dancer who has performed with Beyonce, Rihanna, and Missy Elliott has been found after she went missing Saturday, the AP reports. New Jersey police officer Alex Vazquez said Tuesday that Shirlene Quigley had been found and her family was en route to see her at an undisclosed location.... More »

Dad Jumps From Bridge With 2 Kids; Then, a 'Miracle'

2 boys found injured but alive; father is dead

(Newser) - A father parked his vehicle on a New Jersey overpass, grabbed his two young sons in his arms, maneuvered around an 8-foot-high suicide prevention fence, then jumped, killing himself on Monday, police say. The boys, ages 1 and 3, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. An hour earlier, around 7pm, the unidentified man... More »

RV Full of Odd Lollipops Burns on Interstate Bridge

Traffic snarled for hours on NJ-Delaware bridge as pot-laced candy went up in flames

(Newser) - Police say a pot advocacy company's RV carrying marijuana-laced candy burst into flames on a bridge that connects New Jersey and Delaware, causing lane closures and tying up traffic for hours, the AP reports. Weed World Candies tells NBC Philadelphia that more than $50,000 in merchandise was destroyed... More »

Ex-Staffer: Christie Approved Bridgegate Lane Closures

Bridget Anne Kelly testified Friday

(Newser) - Despite what Chris Christie has said, his former deputy chief of staff testified Friday that she told him about the 2013 lane closures on the George Washington Bridge a month before they happened, New York Magazine reports. Bridget Anne Kelly is facing charges of conspiracy and fraud for her role... More »

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