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New Jersey Teen Reels in 200-Pound Shark

He and his dad posed for photos before releasing the shark

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy fishing with his father on a New Jersey beach has reeled in a 200-pound shark, the AP reports. A video posted on Facebook on Sunday shows Gianni Mandile pulling the fish most of the way in before dad Joseph Mandile grabs the shark's tail and pulls... More »

Pokemon Go Player Finds $2K at Pokestop

Yeah, but has he found a Pikachu?

(Newser) - A Pokemon Go player has found $2,000 in cash at a Pokestop in New Jersey, the AP reports. Hackettstown police say the player notified a nearby business Wednesday that he had found the money at a Pokestop, where players can get free in-game items, like an egg that can... More »

9/11 Responder With Rare Illness Makes Billboard Plea

'Add Kidney Disease for 9/11 Rescue Workers!'

(Newser) - A 9/11 first responder with kidney disease close to losing his New Jersey home is taking his plight public in a big way: through his website and a series of tri-state area billboards, the Record reports. "Add Kidney Disease for 9/11 Rescue Workers!" the signs outside MetLife Stadium... More »

Oldest Person in US: A No-Nonsense 113-Year-Old Named Adele

Even Adele Dunlap's 86-year-old son doesn't know her longevity secret

(Newser) - A 113-year-old New Jersey woman is the new holder of the title of oldest American, the AP reports. Adele Dunlap became the country's oldest person earlier this month following the death of Goldie Michelson of Worcester, Mass., per the Record . She's also the 10th oldest person in the... More »

Deaf Woman Sues Taco Bell Over Drive-Thru Experience

She claims drive-thru employees made it hard for her to order

(Newser) - A deaf New Jersey woman who primarily communicates in sign language is suing Taco Bell, saying she found it difficult, if not impossible, to order two tacos at the fast-food chain's drive-thru window, the AP reports. Gina Cirrincione claims that on Jan. 11, she wrote her order on a... More »

Cops: Trio Owes More Than $130K for Unpaid Tolls

One allegedly failed to pay the toll again while fleeing arrest

(Newser) - Authorities in New York and New Jersey have arrested a trio of scofflaws for allegedly racking up more than $130,000 in unpaid tolls and fines, the New York Daily News reports. Denise Simien was the most recent suspect to be nabbed. Authorities say she took the Holland Tunnel more... More »

Top 10 College Towns in US

California's got three; Iowa has two

(Newser) - Business Insider , with help from Niche, has a list of the top 30 college towns in the US. That's based on cost of living, the real-estate market, diversity, access to amenities, crime rates, and more. To qualify as a college town, places had to be home to a... More »

Mom Forced to Pay Off Murdered Son's Student Loans

'NYT' takes a close look at New Jersey student loans

(Newser) - Marcia DeOliveira-Longinetti's son, Kevin, was murdered last year in a case that still hasn't been solved. And, as the New York Times reveals in an extensive look at New Jersey's student loan industry completed in cooperation with ProPublica, DeOliveira-Longinetti is not only grieving her son but is... More »

Woman Finds Lottery Ticket Worth $470K While Doing Taxes

She had about two weeks before it expired

(Newser) - Officials say a New Jersey woman found a winning lottery ticket worth more than $470,000 while preparing to file her taxes, the AP reports. The state lottery announced on Thursday that Yokasta Boyer, of Clifton, found the Jersey Cash 5 ticket from an April 2015 drawing and was able... More »

4-Year-Old on 911 Call: My Dad Passed Out in Car

NJ cops say 41-year-old Jamil Graham was found with half-empty bottle of vodka

(Newser) - Police say a 4-year-old New Jersey girl called 911 to report her father had passed out in their car, the AP reports. Cliffside Park police say 41-year-old Jamil Graham of Englewood Cliffs was charged with child endangerment, being under the influence of alcohol, and several motor vehicle offenses. Police say... More »

Boy Critical After Near-Drowning on Cruise Ship

He was in the water for 8 to 10 minutes

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy who fell into a pool on a cruise ship off the coast of New Jersey and nearly drowned is in critical condition, says the US Coast Guard. A rep tells the New York Daily News that the boy was in the water for eight to 10 minutes... More »

Kid's 'Racist' Brownie Remark Brings Cops to 3rd-Grade Party

Critics say NJ school district is over-reacting

(Newser) - A New Jersey school district that some say has gone overboard in how it handles internal incidents recently confronted its latest issue—this time involving a 9-year-old's "racist" comment about a snack, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. At a third-grade party at Collingswood's William P. Tatem Elementary School,... More »

Mom Charged After Her 5-Year-Old Kills Brother, 4

NJ woman has history of gun charges

(Newser) - Yet another tragedy has destroyed yet another family after a small child was able to get his hands on a loaded gun. Authorities in New Jersey say 22-year-old Itaniyah Spruill was arrested and charged with a weapons violation and endangering the welfare of a child after her 5-year-old son accidentally... More »

Cache of Weapons Found in Van Stopped at NYC Tunnel

Terrorism isn't suspected

(Newser) - Police say a cache of weapons has been found inside a van that was stopped at the Holland Tunnel, which connects New Jersey to New York City, the AP reports. No link to terrorism is suspected. Two men and a woman in the van were taken into custody. It wasn'... More »

Bread Truck Hits Truck Filled With Deli Meats

Traffic accidents don't usually make us this hungry

(Newser) - America, there has to be a better way to make a sandwich. Gothamist reports a truck carrying deli meats collided with a truck carrying bread early Friday morning in New Jersey. The "sandwich-like spill" left Interstate 287 in Piscataway covered in bread and meat, according to NBC New York... More »

2 Guilty in Dangerous Prank on Autistic Man

Both are sentenced to community service

(Newser) - Two New Jersey men have been found guilty of endangering the welfare of an incompetent person by coaxing a man with autism to jump into a freezing ocean in a prank posted online. Authorities say Nicholas Formica, 22, and Christopher Tilton, 21, dared 20-year-old Parker Drake to eat a hamster... More »

It's Official: You Can't Call Vegetarian Kids 'Idiots'

You also can't say they 'should eat meat' to have 'bigger brains'

(Newser) - Nearly two years and $8,000 in legal fees later, a New Jersey school district officially has the right to give detention to an 11-year-old who insulted a classmate for being a vegetarian. The Asbury Park Press reports the bizarre case started in October 2014 when two sixth-graders were having... More »

276 Dogs Found Living in Horrific Hoarder Home

They were under beds, on bookshelves, and in the walls

(Newser) - At least 276 dogs have been rescued from a single 1,880-square-foot home in what one New Jersey official calls "the worst hoarding case that we've ever experienced," the Asbury Park Press reports. The problem was discovered Thursday by an animal control officer called about a loose... More »

Girl With Zika-Linked Birth Defect Born in NJ

Mother became infected in Honduras

(Newser) - It's believed to be a first in the continental US, and it was probably inevitable. A baby girl with severe microcephaly was born at a hospital in Hackensack, NJ, on Tuesday to a mother infected with the Zika virus, ABC News reports. The CDC confirmed in April that the... More »

After a Century, Dry NJ Town Falls Off the Wagon

'We're damp," mayor says

(Newser) - After more than a century on the wagon, Pitman, NJ, has broken its sobriety. Thanks to a change in state law, Kelly Green Brewing Co. was able bypass local alcohol restrictions and start serving suds earlier this month right on the city's main drag, Atlas Obscura reports. "This... More »

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