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Screams, Then Leaps From a Fire-Engulfed Balcony

10 to 15 girls suffer minor injuries at NJ dance studio

(Newser) - A terrifying video shows several girls jumping for their lives from a balcony at a New Jersey dance studio Monday as flames rage only inches away. A business owner and a police officer helped some of the girls down ladders before they fell during the fire that broke out around... More »

Cancer Patient Scores $37M Win in Talcum Powder Lawsuit

NJ couple receives compensatory damages from Johnson & Johnson for cancer tied to asbestos

(Newser) - Stephen Lanzo says he used Johnson & Johnson products for decades, including products with talcum powder (e.g., the company's famous baby powder), and that his aggressive form of lung cancer was brought about by that powder. On Thursday, a jury awarded the New Jersey banker and his wife... More »

Ohio Woman Allegedly Came On to Easter Bunny

54-year-old made lewd comments, was arrested for drunkenness: cops

(Newser) - Beware of furry fanatics if you plan to dress up this Easter. Ohio police say a 54-year-old woman got a hare, er, hair too excited about meeting the Easter Bunny at a Mansfield park on Saturday. While posing for a photograph, Ladonna Hughett made several lewd comments to the costume... More »

Man Blacks Out, Wakes Up to $1,635 Uber Fare

Kenneth Bachman took Uber home to New Jersey after partying in West Virginia

(Newser) - We all know you shouldn't drink and drive. Kenneth Bachman is living proof you probably shouldn't drink and Uber either. He was hit with a $1,635.93 Uber fare after accidentally taking the ride service from near the West Virginia University campus, where he was partying with... More »

This US City Is the Biggest Melting Pot of All

Jersey City, NJ, is most culturally diverse city in America

(Newser) - By the year 2060, 36% of America's kids under the age of 18 will be what the Census Bureau deems "single-race non-Hispanic white," down from 52% today. The shrinking percentage is thanks to what WalletHub calls the country's "rapid ethnic and racial diversification" over the... More »

'Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!' Bus Driver Gets Best Surprise Ever

NJ community raises money to send Eagles fan Gary Kelmer to the Super Bowl in Minneapolis

(Newser) - When you get an amazing school bus driver, you treat him or her like gold—or, in the case of a New Jersey community, you buy him tickets to watch his favorite team play in Super Bowl LII. The AP reports on the obsession Gary Kelmer has for the Philadelphia... More »

States That Benefit Most, Least From Immigration

New York is No. 1

(Newser) - Immigration is likely to be one of the topics covered in President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday, and WalletHub takes a look at the subject through the lens of state economics. The site looked at all 50 states and DC under four main categories—the immigrant workforce,... More »

Report: Chris Christie Heading to ABC

Sources say he's got a new gig to replace his governor duties

(Newser) - Chris Christie has a new gig as a talking head on ABC, sources tell NJ.com . The insiders say the former New Jersey governor will be announced as a new ABC contributor early Tuesday on Good Morning America and will return that evening for commentary on President Trump's State... More »

Doctor Who Allegedly Put a Hit on His Wife Is Found Dead

New Jersey's James Kauffman committed suicide in prison, say authorities

(Newser) - A New Jersey doctor accused of arranging his wife's murder has committed suicide in prison, reports People . James Kauffman, a 68-year-old endocrinologist, allegedly helped set up the 2012 murder of his 47-year-old wife, April Kauffman, inside their home. The motive? Prosecutors say their marriage had gone south, and April... More »

TSA: Alleged TV Crew Tried to Create 'Mass Panic' at Airport

At least 7 arrested in Newark after being accused of trying to pass fake bomb through security

(Newser) - Authorities say at least seven people who claimed to be working for a TV network were arrested at a New Jersey airport after they tried to film themselves passing a fake explosive device through a security checkpoint. Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says it happened at Newark Liberty International... More »

Report: Christie Learned Hard Way About Loss of Airport Perk

He's now New Jersey's ex-governor

(Newser) - Chris Christie has lost one of the perks he enjoyed as New Jersey governor, and sources tell Bloomberg that he found out the hard way. Christie, who left office on Tuesday, tried to use a VIP entrance at Newark Liberty International Airport with his state police detail Thursday morning and... More »

This State Is the Best to Spend Your Golden Years In

Florida ranks at the top of the best states for retirement

(Newser) - Trying to plan ahead for where you'll spend your golden years? WalletHub has done a good portion of the legwork for you, looking closely at three categories—affordability, health care, and overall quality of life—in all 50 states to see which ones offer the best retirement options. The... More »

A Doctor, a Motorcycle Gang, a Drug Ring, and a Murder

NJ endocrinologist James Kauffman accused of killing wife to protect his opioid empire

(Newser) - Prosecutors in New Jersey say they've cracked a five-year-old murder case, and the victim's endocrinologist widower is at the center of the tangled plot. Authorities say James Kauffman, 69, helped arrange to hire the hit man who fatally shot wife April Kauffman, a popular radio host, at their... More »

After Outcry, NJ Prisons Lift Ban on Best-Selling Book

ACLU challenged ban on 'The New Jim Crow'

(Newser) - New Jersey corrections officials, challenged by a civil rights group, announced Monday that a best-selling book on mass incarceration and racial discrimination that had been banned at two state prisons would now be available to inmates at all state correctional facilities. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union... More »

New Jersey Ready to Ban Droning Under the Influence

No more drunken unmanned flights in the Garden State

(Newser) - If your idea of a good time is getting intoxicated and flying a drone, you'll probably want to stay away from New Jersey starting this week. That's when lawmakers are set to ban drunken droning throughout the Garden State, Reuters reports. The State Senate has already voted to... More »

Son Who Escaped Quadruple Murder Shares His One Regret

16-year-old suspect described as 'friendly, funny'

(Newser) - Days after escaping a quadruple murder that left three of his family members dead, Steven Kologi Jr. took to Instagram to remember his "beautiful and smart" sister and "the greatest parents I could ask for." "I just wish I could tell all of them how much... More »

Cops: Teen Killed Parents, Sister, Friend in NYE Shooting

16-year-old arrested after shooting at NJ home

(Newser) - A 16-year-old is in custody after a horrific shooting just before midnight New Year's Eve in a Jersey Shore town. Police say the teen, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, killed his parents, Steven and Linda Kologi; 18-year-old sister Britanny Kologi; and Mary Schultz, a 70-year-old family friend who lived... More »

7 States That Could Make Big Moves on Pot in 2018

Including the first state in the Midwest to legalize it

(Newser) - Although pot saw a watershed year in 2016, with a handful of marijuana legalization initiatives that got the green light from voters, 2017 was pretty dry, with no official movement on that front anywhere in the nation. Per Forbes , 2018 is set to see a cannabis comeback, with at least... More »

Drivers Who Cut Through This Town Might Owe $200

Leonia, New Jersey, is outlawing out-of-town drivers during rush hour

(Newser) - Authorities in Leonia, New Jersey, are so tired of out-of-town drivers clogging their streets during rush hour that they're taking what even the police chief acknowledges is "extreme" action: They're outlawing out-of-town drivers at crunch time. Soon, anyone not from Leonia caught driving there between 6 and... More »

Christie: Successor's Photo Op Sends 'Terrible Message'

NJ governor not happy about Phil Murphy photo taken with cardboard cutout of himself

(Newser) - Chris Christie has been combative this year with a Cubs fan , his own constituents , and now his successor to the New Jersey governorship. Democrat Phil Murphy beat GOPer Kim Guadagno in November, and at a recent photo op, Murphy got in a low-key dig at Christie. NorthJersey.com reports that... More »

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