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Black Bear Kills Rutgers Student

Darsh Patel is state's first bear death since 1852

(Newser) - A 22-year-old Rutgers University student became the first person to be killed by a bear in New Jersey since 1852 after an attack Sunday afternoon just a few dozen miles west of Manhattan. Police say Darsh Patel was hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve when they encountered the... More »

House Fire Was Dog's Fault: Police

No one else was home; pet gets saved

(Newser) - Too bad they don't teach fire safety in obedience school. A fire in a New Jersey home this weekend appears to have started when a dog turned on the stove, police say, per the Asbury Park Press . But the canine may not be entirely to blame: It seems someone... More »

Woman Killed During Midget Racing Lesson

New Jersey company says its cars can top 90mph

(Newser) - A young woman died Saturday while learning how to drive three-quarter midget race cars on a speedway in Middletown, NJ, the Asbury Park Press reports. Police say Amanda Gambacorto, 21, was driving behind another car when she lost control and hit the track wall head-on at about 12:30pm. The... More »

New Jersey Home's Islamic Flag Riles Up Twitter

Muslim Mark Dunaway takes it down after critics equate it with terrrorism

(Newser) - "Jihadists are now in Garwood." Well, not exactly. New Jersey resident Mark Dunaway has removed an Islamic flag he's flown outside his home for 10 years after a photo of it was posted to Twitter and garnered comments like that one, AP reports. The black flag—which... More »

Mom Arrested in Son's Murder 23 Years Later

Michelle Lodzinski accused of killing her 5-year-old boy

(Newser) - The 23-year-old cold case of the murder of 5-year-old Timothy Wiltsey may finally be solved. His mother, 47-year-old Michelle Lodzinski, was arrested in Florida this week—on what would have been Timothy's 29th birthday—and charged with killing her son, reports the AP . She initially claimed he had escaped... More »

Cop: Obama Ignores the Constitution, So I Will Too

Officer Richard Recine resigns after heated remark

(Newser) - A New Jersey police officer has resigned after saying that he can ignore a citizen's Constitutional rights—because President Obama has already "decimated the friggin' Constitution." Special Police Officer Richard Recine made the heated remark Monday in a confrontation with a resident of Helmetta, NJ, who had... More »

Trump Wants Name Off 'Appalling' NJ Casinos

The Donald says run-down Trump Plaza, Taj Mahal ruining his 'luxury' brand

(Newser) - Donald Trump is taking a break from protesting the arrival of Ebola-infected health workers in the US to attend to more important matters: himself. Specifically, he's suing Trump Entertainment Resorts to take his name off of Trump Plaza and the Trump Taj Mahal, two Atlantic City casinos the corporation... More »

Court: Rapper's Lyrics Aren't Evidence

'One would not presume' Bob Marley actually shot the sheriff

(Newser) - Disturbing though they may be, justices say, a man's violent rap lyrics can't be used as evidence that he tried to kill someone. New Jersey's Supreme Court reached a 6-0 decision in the case of Vonte Skinner, who is accused of shooting and paralyzing a man. Skinner... More »

300 Guests Brawl in Giant Wedding Fight

2 arrested in New Jersey

(Newser) - A huge fight erupted at a New Jersey wedding this weekend, with 300 guests involved in the tussle as police struggled to control the situation. The wedding-hall brawl, which, unsurprisingly, involved booze, began around 10:30pm on Sunday, more than seven hours into the event, the Asbury Park Press reports.... More »

17 Siblings Will Split $20M NJ Lottery Jackpot

They say lottery pool was in honor of late mom

(Newser) - A huge Norwegian-American clan in New Jersey has a huge $20.1 million lottery jackpot to divvy up. The 17 Endreson siblings, ranging in age from 53 to 76, started a lottery pool a decade ago after the death of their mother, who dreamed of buying homes on the Jersey... More »

There's a 20-Foot Snake in a New Jersey Lake

Boa constrictor spotted a dozen times

(Newser) - Move over, Nessie: There's a deadly monster in New Jersey's biggest lake, and there's no sign that this one's a hoax. A boa constrictor between 15 and 20 feet long has been spotted about a dozen times in Lake Hopatcong, CBS New York reports. One couple... More »

NJ Cheerleader Shot Execution-Style on Street

Newark's new mayor pledges to stop wave of violence

(Newser) - Cheyanne Bond wanted to be a nurse, but the money her family had saved for the 17-year-old's college tuition is now being spent on her funeral. The cheerleader, who graduated from high school just two weeks ago, was shot dead in Newark Sunday night, and police haven't identified... More »

Lawsuit: We Threw Out $1M Lotto Ticket

Men say New Jersey failed to update website

(Newser) - Imagine realizing that you'd bought a lottery ticket worth $1 million—and that you'd thrown it away. Two New York men don't have to imagine, because they say it happened to them—and that it was New Jersey's fault. Salvatore Cambria and Erik Onyango are suing... More »

Dad's 'Feminist Father' Shirt Goes Viral

Daughter: 'He completely agrees with the shirt's message'

(Newser) - A change of pace from the dad-waiting-up-with-a-shotgun stereotype: A photo of a New Jersey dad wearing a feminist T-shirt has gone viral, with many expressing support for its message. Kristine Speare, 20, gave her dad the shirt—which details "rules for dating my daughter," including "she makes... More »

Thousands of Fish Mysteriously Die in NJ

Fish are being tested to determine cause of death

(Newser) - It's an alarming find: Tens of thousands of fish have mysteriously died in New Jersey's Shark River. The dead bunker fish have been found both floating and washed up on shore near the docks in Belmar. The mayor calls the situation "highly unusual," and health officials... More »

Town Can't Use Fire Alarm Because of ... Osprey Nest

Raptor is a threatened species in New Jersey

(Newser) - A pair of ospreys has quieted a fire alarm in one New Jersey shore town, and that has ruffled some feathers in the fire department. The raptors built a nest inside the siren used by Spring Lake's fire department and first-aid squad. By law, the nest can't be... More »

Senior Prank Ends With 62 Students Arrested

Teaneck High School seniors urinated, smeared Vaseline, say police

(Newser) - Senior year may not be ending so pleasantly for 62 students at New Jersey's Teaneck High School. They were arrested in connection with an ill-advised senior prank that involved them busting into their school around 2am today and allegedly doing the following: rubbing Vaseline on door handles, peeing in... More »

Worst First Date Ever? Guy Swipes Woman's Dog, TV

You'll just have to up your 'Worst First Date Ever' game, America

(Newser) - Most people go on dates lookin' for love, but this one ended instead with a little larceny: A New Jersey woman went out Thursday night with "Joel," a guy she met on an online dating site, reports the Daily Record . She took him back to her place, and... More »

Atheist Sues After NJ Rejects Her License Plate

State deems '8THEIST' offensive

(Newser) - New Jersey has a free-speech lawsuit on its hands after a woman's attempt to score an atheist license plate got rejected, reports NJ.com . Shannon Morgan says it was bad enough when she typed in 8THEIST on the state website and learned that it was deemed objectionable. But when... More »

Christie: It's 'Ridiculous' to Limit Campaign Donations

You can't take money out of politics, says governor

(Newser) - Money and politics are inseparable, so unlimited donations might as well be allowed—given that donors are transparent, said Chris Christie at a town-hall meeting yesterday. Asked about the Supreme Court's recent decision on campaign cash, the governor called it "ridiculous" to set limits. "I think it... More »

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