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Couple Sues Taco Bell Over the Fine Print in a TV Ad

They were shocked to discover their $5 Chalupa Cravings Box didn't cost $5

(Newser) - A New Jersey couple is calling out Taco Bell for what they say is consumer fraud. Nelson and Joann Estrella were each craving a Chalupa Cravings box—advertised as a Chalupa Supreme, 5-Layer burrito, crunchy taco, cinnamon twists, and a medium drink, all for $5—when they visited their local... More »

Family Night Out Turns Fatal

An unidentified girl was flung from a "Scrambler" ride in New Jersey

(Newser) - Tragedy struck a New Jersey amusement park Saturday when a 10-year-old girl was ejected from a ride and killed, Newsweek reports. The unidentified victim lay motionless amid distraught family members, per a witness, and was pronounced dead that evening at a hospital. "We are absolutely heartbroken," says the... More »

Cops: Girl Who Vanished From Park Taken by Man in Van

5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez went missing from a NJ park on Monday

(Newser) - The last time anyone saw Dulce Maria Alavez was Monday in a New Jersey park, and officials are saying she was abducted. Per WPVI , the 5-year-old's mother told police that while she was in her car with an 8-year-old relative, Dulce and her 3-year-old brother were playing on swings... More »

After Beach Deck Collapse, 'Whole Thing' Was 'Caving in'

At least 22 are injured in Jersey Shore accident

(Newser) - At least 22 people were injured when decks collapsed on one another at a three-story home at the Jersey Shore, reports the AP . Cape May Regional Health System says 21 people are being treated there after Saturday evening's collapse in Wildwood. At least three are children. AtlantiCare Regional Medical... More »

Authorities: Cops Took Revenge on Man Who Filed Complaint on Them

NJ officers Stephen Martinsen and Thomas Dowling allegedly vandalized man's cars

(Newser) - Ernest Mignoli is known in Asbury Park, NJ, for speaking out about the city and its police department, but when two of his cars were recently vandalized, even he didn't think the perps could've been some of the very people he constantly criticizes. That's why he tells... More »

Woman Falls Asleep in Car, Wakes to Find It Missing

Police say carjackers left her in the driveway

(Newser) - Police in New Jersey say a possible carjacker or carjackers apparently removed a sleeping 80-year-old woman from her parked car before stealing the vehicle and leaving her in the driveway. Hamilton police say the woman told them she'd fallen asleep in her parked car in a driveway around 9pm... More »

2 Coworkers Left on Lunch Break. Only 1 Returned

Kenneth Saal charged in murder of Carolyn Byington in NJ

(Newser) - A coworker of a New Jersey woman who went home for lunch and never returned is now charged in her murder. Kenneth C. Saal was arrested this week and charged in the June 10 death of Carolyn Byington, a project manager at Princeton's Engine marketing firm, reports the Bridgewater ... More »

Woman Burns Pennywise Doll That Landed in Backyard

She has no idea where it came from

(Newser) - Strange things were afoot over the weekend in Bergen County, NJ, where a Pennywise doll apparently floated into a woman's backyard when she was relaxing with her boyfriend. Renee Jensen tells NJ Advance Media that the doll, which had strange writing on its forehead, seemed to come out of... More »

EPA Mandate to City: Hand Out Bottled Water ASAP

In Newark, NJ, filters to keep lead out didn't work, leading to recommendation for bottled water

(Newser) - In what the New York Times calls "an echo of Flint," a New Jersey city that's handed out nearly 40,000 filters to help protect residents whose water flows through old lead pipes now says those filters might not be working and is moving to Plan B.... More »

Dream Home Turned Nightmare Finally Sells, at a $400K Loss

Derek and Maria Broaddus never even moved into house stalked by creepy 'Watcher'

(Newser) - It's taken five years and more than one failed sale attempt, but the owners of a New Jersey home stalked by an anonymous letter-writer called "the Watcher" have finally handed off the house to someone else—without ever having moved in themselves. and Bloomberg report that... More »

Told to Return Keys, Killer Used Them to Enter House: Police

Au pair's ex-boyfriend is charged in two slayings

(Newser) - Instead of returning house keys to the girlfriend who wanted to break up with him, a New Jersey man allegedly used the keys to enter a suburban house and stab the au pair's employer to death. He then chased the woman down a street and killed her too, court... More »

It's Now Legal for the Terminally Ill to End Their Lives in This State

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed the law in April; it went into effect today

(Newser) - It's now legal for terminally ill New Jersey adults to end their lives with a doctor's help. Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, signed the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act back in April , and it went into effect Thursday, CNN reports. The bill passed with... More »

Store Prez Apologizes, Pulls the 'Feel Better Doll'

A One Dollar Zone in New Jersey has pulled them from the shelves

(Newser) - Shoppers at a New Jersey store will no longer find black dolls with eye-popping instructions waiting on the shelves, reports. The One Dollar Zone in Bayonne pulled the "Feel Better Doll" Monday after Assembleywoman Angela McKnight visited to confirm what she'd seen on social media. A... More »

2 NJ Judges Are Out After Controversial Rape Comments

One has stepped down, another has been suspended

(Newser) - New Jersey's Supreme Court has dealt with two judges amid widespread outrage over remarks they made while overseeing rape cases. The court said Wednesday that it is ending the service of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James Troiano at his request, reports. Protesters called for Troiano's... More »

This Is America's Most Patriotic State

New Hampshire tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - It's Independence Day—do you know how patriotic your state is? WalletHub looked at 13 factors, including voting numbers, volunteerism rates, military engagement, trial and grand jury participation, the share of residents participating in groups or organizations, and even a state's civics education requirement. Based on all that,... More »

Judge: Teen Accused of Rape 'Comes From Good Family'

James Troiano rebuked by appeals court for noting alleged rapist's likeliness to go to 'good college'

(Newser) - The similarities to Brock Turner haven't gone unnoticed. The New York Times references the Turner case, and others, in mentioning the latest judge to come under fire for the handling of a sexual assault case. In this instance, it's New Jersey Superior Court Judge James Troiano who's... More »

NJ Mom: I Reported 13-Year-Old for Racist Taunts, He Beat Me Up

Beronica Ruiz says boy had taunted, threatened her son at school

(Newser) - Hours after New Jersey mom Beronica Ruiz talked to her son's vice principal about the 12-year-old being subjected to racist taunts from other students at the school, one of those students allegedly beat Ruiz as she walked her son home from school. She was pushing her 1-year-old daughter in... More »

NJ Couple Goes Jet Skiing in Barbados, Never Returns

Oscar Suarez and Magdalena Devil have been missing since Monday

(Newser) - A New Jersey couple went jet skiing during their Barbados vacation—and they haven't been seen since. Oscar Suarez, 32, and Magdalena Devil, 25, arrived on the Caribbean island Saturday for a weeklong stay; they rented the watercraft on Monday but never returned it, NBC News reports. The local... More »

9-Hour Dumpster Dive Pays Off for Lenny Dykstra

Ex-ballplayer finds his $80K dentures in the trash

(Newser) - Former ballplayer Lenny Dykstra really wanted his dentures back. The onetime New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder accidentally left them at a Jersey Mike's sandwich shop a couple miles from his Linden, New Jersey, home on Saturday. "The bread is so hard on those subs," he... More »

Mother Charged After Child Dies in Hot Car

NJ toddler was left in vehicle for 2.5 hours

(Newser) - A 25-year-old mother in New Jersey is facing criminal charges over the death of her toddler daughter in a hot car last month. Prosecutors say Lakewood resident Chaya Shurkin has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, reports the Asbury Park Press . Officers responding to a report of... More »

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