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NJ Trooper Shot at Teens Who Knocked on Wrong Door

He says he thought they were trying to break in; they say they were looking for pal

(Newser) - Three teens who say they were looking for a friend's house in Sparta, NJ, early Sunday morning went to a neighbor's house by mistake—and apparently freaked out the owner, an off-duty state trooper, enough to get him to start shooting at them, officials tell the AP . The... More »

Guy Swipes $150K That ATM Workers Left on Curb

Whoops.

(Newser) - The cash might have been sitting right there for the taking, but cops are now looking for the man who yesterday swiped a bag filled with $150,000 from a curb in Mahwah, NJ, the AP reports. Police don't know who took the money yet, but they do know... More »

Guy Broke in Ex's House, Hid Under Bed for Days: Cops

Charged 4 cellphones while secretly squatting

(Newser) - You know that creepy feeling like something or someone might be lurking under your bed at night? Warning: This story will not mitigate that. Cops accuse Jason Hubbard, a New Jersey man who apparently didn't have a place to live, of breaking into the Spotswood home of his ex-girlfriend'... More »

More Planes Hit by Lasers Over NJ, NY

20 planes have been targeted over the last week

(Newser) - Authorities appear no closer to figuring out the source of those mysterious lasers dazzling pilots over New Jersey and New York even as more incidents are recorded. After pilots reported lasers hitting at least 11 planes last week, nine more flights have been affected, including four last night. Two of... More »

One Public College Really Racks Up Grad-Student Debt

That would be New Jersey's well-regarded Rutgers University

(Newser) - Just one public university made it on the list of the top 20 US colleges receiving the most graduate-student loan money—an elite group that received 20%, or $6.5 billion, of the total amount of funds loaned to graduate students in the 2013-2014 academic year, the Washington Post reports.... More »

Lasers Hit 11 Flights Over NJ Last Night: Reports

It's a federal crime to point a laser at a plane

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after 11 commercial flights reported they were illuminated by lasers while flying over New Jersey last night. The FAA says the incidents occurred between 9pm and 10:30pm and that the lasers hit the left and right sides of the cockpits, along with the... More »

Video Shows Heart-Stopping Highway Landing

NJ skydivers walked away unscathed

(Newser) - Police have released a video of a small plane carrying students from a skydiving school making an emergency landing on a New Jersey highway. No one aboard the single-engine plane or on the ground was injured when the plane touched down Sunday morning in Stafford Township on Route 72, one... More »

Team USA's Latest Fan Girl: Taylor Swift

Pop singer salutes World Cup champs with 'Style'

(Newser) - Taylor Swift was a true all-American girl at her concert as she honored the US women's soccer team by bringing them onstage, hours after the team was feted with a ticker-tape parade in New York City. Fresh off their World Cup championship, the players joined Swift on Friday night... More »

Family's 4 Kids Mysteriously Losing Ability to Walk

Doctors still can't pinpoint exactly what their condition is

(Newser) - Having one child with a rare muscular disease would buck the odds; having four kids affected by it is downright astonishing. That's the plight of 23-year-old Rivka, 22-year-old Tziporah, 18-year-old Tzvi, and 15-year-old Racheli Herzfeld, four siblings from Teaneck, NJ, who are fighting what Fox News calls a "... More »

Cops: NJ Man Killed 7 in 'Horrific' Spree Over 7 Weeks

Shootings occurred in New Jersey, Pennsylvania over 7 weeks

(Newser) - A man killed seven people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania over a seven-week period during shooting rampages in which at least some victims may have been targeted at random, authorities say. The killings began in Elizabeth, NJ, on May 18 and ended 70 miles away in Pennsylvania on Sunday, when... More »

Latest Scourge of NJ Beaches: Man-of-Wars

Jersey shore beaches report frequent sightings

(Newser) - Beachgoers spotted a Portuguese man-of-war at a Jersey beach over the weekend, reports NBC New York ; this latest sighting in the Garden State occurred on the 26th Street Beach in North Wildwood. Although no one was injured, the increasingly frequent appearance of the potentially deadly invertebrates is disturbing. Two weeks... More »

Family Flees Dream Home, and Its Creepy 'Watcher'

Lawsuit claims previous owners hid letter from 'the Watcher'

(Newser) - A New Jersey couple says the $1.3 million dream home they bought in Westfield a year ago came with six bedrooms, a sprawling lawn for their three kids, and a creepy stalker, who the owners say began sending threatening letters three days after they took possession. The letters, signed... More »

Sources: Chris Christie Set to Announce 2016 Bid

But poll numbers might be a big worry

(Newser) - Chris Christie is getting ready to leap into the already crowded pool of the GOP's 2016 hopefuls, insiders say. Sources tell Politico that the NJ governor is in the final stages of preparation and plans to finally confirm the long-rumored bid with an announcement next week. Christie has been... More »

Harvard-Bound Valedictorian: I Was Banned From Graduation

Devan Solanki says guidance counselor thought he threatened her

(Newser) - Devan Solanki planned to give the valedictorian address to his graduating class at New Jersey's Lodi High School before entering the halls of Harvard this fall. But the top student with a 4.3 GPA isn't allowed to speak, reports NJ.com . In fact, he can't attend... More »

Teen Crushed by Falling Stone Slab

Police say countertop company was closed at the time

(Newser) - Authorities say a teenager was killed when a stone slab weighing about 650 pounds fell on him outside a southern New Jersey business that makes countertops. Ocean County prosecutors say the 17-year-old was found at about 6:40am yesterday at Stone N' Counters South LLC in Berkeley Township. The business... More »

New Jersey Wants to Stop Dead People From Driving

Proposed legislation forbids driver's licenses for the dead

(Newser) - Zombie apocalypse preppers in New Jersey can rest a little bit easier. A bill moving through the legislature there would prevent driver’s licenses and other DMV documents from being issued to dead people. A March 2015 audit of its Motor Vehicle Commission found that driving documents were released to... More »

NJ Shore Mayor: We're Full, Stay Out

Belmar, NJ, has 'reached its capacity'

(Newser) - The mayor of a central New Jersey town is barring nonresidents from entering the community via a major highway—but it's just a temporary prohibition. Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty announced the decision in a Twitter post around 3pm today. He says traffic into the town from Route 35 is... More »

Clues About Missing NJ Boy Surface 24 Years Later

Mark Himebaugh was last seen in 1991 leaving his house in Middle Township

(Newser) - Maureen Himebaugh has kept the same phone number for 24 years in the hopes that her now adult missing son might remember it and try to contact her. Mark Himebaugh was last seen at the age of 11 in 1991 leaving his family's house in Middle Township, NJ, reports... More »

Cops Shot Tear Gas at NJ Concertgoers: Officials

People reportedly upset they couldn't get into MetLife Stadium's Hot 97 Summer Jam

(Newser) - New Jersey State Police blocking gates outside of a major hip-hop concert at MetLife Stadium had bottles thrown at them by angry people in the crowd who were trying to get inside—some without tickets—and they later used tear gas to try to disperse them, according to officials. Crowds... More »

Ex-Official: Christie Illegally Blabbed About Grand Jury

David Wildstein gives sworn statement saying NJ governor divulged secret info

(Newser) - Chris Christie's decision to run for president may have to wait as he deals with a new legal distraction. A sworn statement by David Wildstein, the ex-Port Authority official accused of shutting down lanes to the George Washington Bridge in 2013, not only seems to show that Wildstein regularly... More »

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