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Cops: $338M Powerball Winner Sexually Assaulted a Child

Pedro Quezada could get 20 years in prison

(Newser) - A New Jersey man who won a $338 million Powerball jackpot was charged on Wednesday with sexually assaulting a child. Pedro Quezada was charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the AP reports. Passaic County prosecutor Camelia Valdes said the child was between 11 and 14... More »

This Is the Least Diverse State in US

West Virginia's 'diversity score' is lowest: WalletHub

(Newser) - West Virginia trails behind all other US states when it comes to diversity, according to WalletHub . The site's ranking doesn’t simply apply to racial diversity. WalletHub gave all 50 states a "diversity score" out of 100 based on the diversity of residents' ethnicity, religion, marital status, birthplace... More »

The 5 Richest, Poorest US States

Maryland's median household income is $37K more than Mississippi's

(Newser) - The median household income in the US climbed more between 2014 and 2016 than in any other two-year period on record. But that doesn't mean all Americans shared equally in the gains. Maryland residents enjoy a median household income that is almost twice that of people in Mississippi, per... More »

BK Night Employees Work 2 Unusual Shifts in a Row

Babies born on back-to-back days at same NJ restaurant

(Newser) - Not every Burger King delivers—but that didn't stop two women from having their babies on back-to-back days in the parking lot of the same Burger King restaurant in New Jersey. Denville police say they were called to the restaurant at 7:24pm Friday for a woman going into... More »

Country Singer Killed in Helicopter Crash

Troy Gentry, pilot killed in crash in New Jersey

(Newser) - A helicopter carrying singer Troy Gentry, of the award-winning country music duo Montgomery Gentry, crashed Friday in New Jersey, killing Gentry and the pilot, the AP reports. The crash occurred in a wooded area as the helicopter approached the Flying W Airport in Medford hours before Montgomery Gentry was due... More »

High School Football Game Ends in Student Booze Tests

NJ superintendent defends decision for blood, urine screening for dozens

(Newser) - A school official says dozens of students were detained and ordered to undergo blood and urine testing after alcohol was discovered at a New Jersey high school football game, per the AP . In two separate statements on the Randolph Township School District's website, Randolph Superintendent Jennifer Fano says that... More »

Friendship or Corruption? Senator's Rare Trial Set to Begin

It has the potential to reshape the Senate

(Newser) - "That’s one thing that makes this case interesting: It asks the existential question as to when friendship ends and corruption begins." So says a former federal prosecutor of the corruption trial, which is kicking off Wednesday, of Sen. Robert Menendez. The 63-year-old New Jersey Democrat is the... More »

One State Dominates Best Real-Estate Markets

Frisco is your best bet, but 4 other Texas cities crack top 10

(Newser) - A bit of good news for Texas, which has been making headlines over the past few days for the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey . The Lone Star State dominates WalletHub's top 10 slots in its ranking for the best real-estate markets in the US, with Frisco taking the No.... More »

Cops: Psychic Charged Old Man $147K to 'Cleanse His Soul'

Psychic and son charged with theft and conspiracy

(Newser) - New Jersey authorities say a psychic and her son cheated an elderly man out of more than $147,000 for treatment they said would rid him of evil spirits. Galloway police say Sally "Kim" Wando and her son, Frank Marco, face theft and conspiracy charges. Authorities say the pair... More »

Priest Blames Child Porn on God Making Him Lose at Poker

Fr. Kevin Gugliotta says he wanted to get back at God

(Newser) - A New Jersey priest was sentenced to up to two years in prison Thursday for uploading child pornography to his computer, the New York Daily News reports. But don't worry—he says he only did it to punish God for making him lose at poker. According to WNEP , Fr.... More »

Philadelphia Eagles Fan Gets Last Laugh With Obituary

Asks for 8 members of team to carry casket to 'let him down one last time'

(Newser) - A New Jersey man took a parting shot at the Philadelphia Eagles in his obituary, the AP reports. Jeffrey Riegel, 56, died last Friday. Before his death, the Port Republic man promised friends a funny message in his obituary. The longtime Eagles fan's obituary asked for Riegel "to... More »

Drawbridge Rising, NJ Dad Has to Gun It

Exciting times crossing the Middle Thorofare Bridge

(Newser) - A New Jersey driver was forced to gun his engine of his Toyota RAV-4 and jump a drawbridge that began rising as he crossed it with his family. Terence Naphys, of West Deptford Township, had paid the $1.50 toll to cross the Middle Thorofare Bridge with his wife, daughter,... More »

Mom Found Son Dead in Room. She's Blaming Pot

But the medical examiner isn't convinced

(Newser) - Kristina Ziobro went into her son Michael's room to say goodnight to him and found him unconscious on the floor. Now, the New Jersey mom is blaming her 22-year-old son's death on the medical marijuana that was found in his closet. She tells Today she believes the pot... More »

Rotting Foot Horrifies Family During Burial

The foot of a neighboring corpse fell onto the coffin during the eulogy

(Newser) - Mourners at a New Jersey cemetery received a horrific shock when a corpse's rotting foot from an adjoining grave was uncovered during a burial, the AP reports. The family of Cleveland Butler, 85, was gathered at Mount Holiness Memorial Park in Butler for his funeral last week. According to... More »

Kids' Sculpture of 'OK' Sign Runs Into City Trouble

Trenton mayor says they got complaints it was a gang symbol

(Newser) - A sculpture showing a hand making the OK sign in New Jersey is being relocated because some people fear it too closely resembles a gang symbol, per the AP . The sculpture, titled "Helping Hands," was created by kids ages 12 to 15 at a summer camp. The nonprofit... More »

Funeral Director in Blog Post: 'F--- You, Opioids'

He says he's not prone to profanity, but he's overwhelmed by what he's seen

(Newser) - A New Jersey funeral director heartbroken and overwhelmed at the opioid deaths he's seen in his line of work minced no words in a blog post he published on the funeral home's website this week. "F**k you, Opioids," reads the headline of the post on the... More »

Annie Lennox Joins Those Concerned About Sinead

Troubled Irish singer posted a video last week showing her in distressed state at NJ motel

(Newser) - Sinead O'Connor has had her fair share of troubles over the years, and now she's back in the spotlight after a Facebook video showing her in a more recent state of distress. The 50-year-old singer put up the video Thursday, explaining she suffers from "three mental illnesses"... More »

Young Boy Lets It All Out During New Stepmom's Vows

The 4-year-old just 'lost it'

(Newser) - He made quite the bridal party entrance in a Darth Vader mask as the Star Wars theme song rang out, but 4-year-old Gage Newville is getting national attention for what happened before his dad's wedding reception. As new stepmom Emily Leehan, a senior airman, read special vows to her... More »

3rd US State Just Raised Smoking Age to 21

New Jersey joins Hawaii and California

(Newser) - Gov. Chris Christie signed a law Friday that made New Jersey the third state to raise its smoking age to 21, the AP reports. Hawaii and California are the only other states where the smoking age is 21. On Friday, Christie cited the strain on the health care system caused... More »

Bridgegate Mastermind Sentenced

David Wildstein avoids prison

(Newser) - A former ally to Gov. Chris Christie who was the mastermind of the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scheme will avoid prison after pleading guilty and giving testimony that helped convict two former aides to him, the AP reports. Federal Judge Susan Wigenton in Newark sentenced David Wildstein to three... More »

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