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Governor Warned About 'Illegal' Parties. That Didn't Stop Them

'NO CORONA PARTIES,' New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted

(Newser) - "Can't believe I have to say this at all, let alone for the second time. But here we are. NO CORONA PARTIES," New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Saturday. His state is not abiding by his words. A sampling:
  • A day earlier, police in Ewing Township broke
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Trump: I Might Just Quarantine 3 States

But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he 'doesn't like the sound of it'

(Newser) - President Trump said he was considering a quarantine as early as Saturday for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, though it wasn't clear whether he had the power to order state residents to stay put, the AP reports. Trump told reporters that he had spoken with... More »

Bishops Just Gave Catholics a Big Lenten Dispensation

Some dioceses are letting followers eat meat on Fridays (but not Good Friday) due to coronavirus

(Newser) - Catholics who don't eat meat on Fridays during Lent, as well as give up other things during the 40 or so days of the religious observance before Easter, probably didn't anticipate this year also sacrificing hanging out with friends, heading out to restaurants and bars, and attending most... More »

Entire Nursing Home 'Has Coronavirus'

St. Joseph's Senior Home in New Jersey goes into crisis mode

(Newser) - A New Jersey nursing home was evacuated Wednesday after its entire resident population apparently contracted the coronavirus, NBC News reports. So far 24 of 94 patients at St. Joseph's Senior Home in Woodbridge have tested positive, but authorities say the other 70 likely have it too. "This is... More »

'Knucklehead' Accused of Coughing on Grocery Worker

NJ man charged with terroristic threats

(Newser) - A New Jersey man described as a "knucklehead" by Gov. Phil Murphy is facing serious charges after allegedly coughing on a supermarket worker. Authorities say that after the Wegmans employee expressed concern that George Falcone was standing too close to her and a display of prepared foods, he moved... More »

Devastated NJ Family Has More Bad News

Grieving woman and her daughter have tested positive, are self-isolating

(Newser) - Elizabeth Fusco's mother and three siblings have died of COVID-19 . Now the mourning New Jersey woman, the youngest of 11 children, and her daughter have tested positive. "In this world there is no promise of tomorrow," Fusco said. "No one can assume anything.” The two... More »

Coronavirus Kills 3 Members of NJ Family

At least 4 others have been infected

(Newser) - The coronavirus has devastated a large New Jersey family, killing three of them and infecting at least four others. Grace Fusco, the family's 73-year-old matriarch, died on Wednesday, unaware that her two eldest children—Carmine Jackson and Rita Fusco-Jackson, both in their 50s —had died before her, the... More »

10 States Waging an Aggressive War Against Coronavirus

And 10 that may need to step it up

(Newser) - As "social distancing" and "flattening the curve" become part of our coronavirus vernacular, certain states are taking extra-aggressive measures to ensure its residents stay healthy. WalletHub wanted to see which states have done the most in terms of limiting exposure to the virus, looking at nearly 36 metrics... More »

'With Deep Frustration,' Pearl Jam Postpones Tour

'The levels of risk to our audience and their communities is simply too high'

(Newser) - Pearl Jam is postponing the North American leg of its Gigaton world tour because of concerns over the new coronavirus, the band announced Monday. Seventeen US and Canadian performances, beginning on March 18 in Toronto through April 19 in Oakland, Calif., are indefinitely postponed, according to the band's website... More »

Trucker Rescued Moments Before Rig Explodes

NJ troopers pulled man to safety

(Newser) - Two New Jersey state troopers pulled a trucker to safety just seconds before his burning tractor-trailer exploded, the AP reports. Trooper Robert Tarleton had stopped a vehicle on Interstate 287 on Monday when he saw the truck become engulfed in flames after it hit a guardrail and bridge abutment, state... More »

Middle Schoolers Arrested After TikTok 'Skullbreaker Challenge'

Prank gave classmate a major concussion

(Newser) - A middle school student in New Jersey was hospitalized with a major concussion and two of his classmates were arrested after the "skullbreaker challenge" lived up to its name. In the dangerous prank, which has gone viral on TikTok and other video platforms, two people tell a third person... More »

Parents: Our Autistic Son 'Is Being Shunned' by Church

NJ couple says 8-year-old was turned down for first Holy Communion because he's nonverbal

(Newser) - A New Jersey couple is railing against their church for a "disgraceful and disheartening" act against their 8-year-old son, which they say is due to his disability. Per NBC News , Anthony LaCugna is autistic and nonverbal, and because of that, his parents say, Saint Aloysius Church in Jackson refused... More »

White Supremacists Are Major Threat, Says One State

New Jersey officials issue a new terrorist-threat report

(Newser) - Who's the biggest threat in New Jersey? Not al-Qaeda or ISIS. Not anarchists or black separatists. It's white supremacists, according to a terrorist-threat report released Friday by New Jersey Homeland Security officials. "The threat from white supremacist extremists increased from moderate to high in 2020 due to... More »

Hunter Kills Massive Bear With Bow and Arrow

700-pound black bear sets a North American record

(Newser) - A hunter in New Jersey set a record last fall for the largest black bear ever killed with a bow and arrow in North America, the Pope and Young Club, a bowhunting and conservation organization, announced last week on Instagram . The bear, killed Oct. 14, weighed 700 pounds and had... More »

Church Volunteer Allegedly Stole Half a Million Dollars

Taisha Smith-DeJoseph allegedly used embezzled money to pay for her wedding

(Newser) - Weddings aren't cheap—unless someone else is footing the bill. New Jersey authorities allege that very arrangement played out in the case of Taisha Smith-DeJoseph, who they say embezzled $561,777 from the church whose finances she oversaw as a volunteer, per a press release . The 43-year-old has been... More »

The 10 Most, Least Educated US States

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Mississippi is last

(Newser) - Looking to surround yourself with brainiacs? Some states have more of an emphasis on education than others, and WalletHub looked at the data to see which ones graduate at the top of the class. The site analyzed all 50 states in terms of educational attainment (meaning such factors as the... More »

Woman Missing for 6 Years Found in Submerged Car

New Jersey woman was last seen in 2014

(Newser) - Diving contractors clearing debris from the Salem River in southern New Jersey alerted authorities after a grim discovery: A badly mangled vehicle that appeared to have human remains inside. Inside the vehicle, authorities found the body of Vanessa Smallwood, who was last seen at a dry cleaning business in Cherry... More »

Bruce Springsteen's Son Rejects Family Business

Sam Springsteen sworn in as Jersey City firefighter

(Newser) - Bruce Springsteen's son isn't following his father into show business, but it's not because he can't take the heat. The youngest of the Boss' three children was sworn in as a firefighter in Jersey City, NJ, on Tuesday. "It was a long road, he’s... More »

Prosecutor: Suspects' Bomb Could've Wiped Out 5 Football Fields

Murder, attempted murder are said to have preceded Dec. 10 attack

(Newser) - The pair who opened fire on a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, NJ, last month had more victims than initially thought. A .22-caliber handgun found in Francine Graham and David Anderson's rental van was used to fire two rounds that struck the vehicle of a "visibly Jewish" man... More »

Amazon Order Is Real Stinker, Mom Says

New Jersey woman claims diapers came pre-enjoyed

(Newser) - Think you get crappy deals? A New Jersey woman claims she ordered diapers on Amazon and received a nasty surprise inside, ABC News reports. Nassly Sales says she ordered the two boxes this week on Amazon's Warehouse section, which offers return-item and open-box discounts. "I picked up the... More »

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