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This Is the Most Dangerous State in America

New Mexico tops the list, while Rhode Island is deemed the safest

(Newser) - Perhaps no one knows better than personal injury lawyers how dangerous simply existing can be these days—especially in the US, where death rates are about 2.5 times higher than the average rates in other high-income nations, per Newsweek . That's why the Caputo and Van Der Walde Injury...

Man Warning Kids Off Beach Killed by Lightning

Patrick Dispoto, 59, dies in New Jersey lightning strike after trying to warn kids out of the water

(Newser) - Authorities say a New Jersey man died over the weekend after getting caught in a thunderstorm and struck by lightning on the beach. Police in Seaside Park tell NJ Advance Media that a 911 call came in shortly after 7:30pm on Sunday, and when first responders found 59-year-old Patrick...

Cops: He Flew 1K Miles to Attack Gamer He Met Online

Edward Kang, 20, charged with attempted murder following hammer attack

(Newser) - A video gamer allegedly flew from New Jersey to Florida to smash an online opponent's head with a hammer. Authorities say the pair had never met in person before 20-year-old Edward Kang turned up at the victim's home in Fernandina Beach late Saturday or early Sunday wearing black...

Democratic Power Broker Faces Racketeering Charge

George Norcross accused of scheme involving waterfront property in Camden, NJ

(Newser) - New Jersey's attorney general has charged influential Democratic power broker George Norcross with racketeering and other charges in connection with government-issued tax credits, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.
  • Norcross, a former Democratic National Committee member and one-time head of the Camden County Democratic Party, has been an influential

Businessman: I Bribed Sen. Menendez With a Mercedes

Jose Uribe testified Friday he'd given luxury car to senator's wife to gain his 'power and influence'

(Newser) - On Friday, a "riveted" Manhattan courtroom filled for the corruption trial of New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez heard federal prosecutor Lara Pomerantz ask former insurance broker Jose Uribe if he'd ever committed a federal crime. When he answered in the affirmative, Pomerantz asked, "Does that include bribery...

Giant Parachuting Spiders Will Be Summering in NY, NJ
Giant Parachuting
Spiders Are Back

Giant Parachuting Spiders Are Back

Invasive but usually harmless Joro spiders are headed up the East Coast, sights set on NY, NJ

(Newser) - If you're an arachnophobe living on the East Coast, you may want to hunker down in your bunker for a while: The Joro spiders are back. NJ Pest Control had warned earlier this year that the invasive species also known as Trichonephila clavata would likely be returning to the...

Candidate Who Died in April Wins Primary

Donald Payne Jr. died after filing deadline passed, and was running unopposed

(Newser) - Rep. Donald Payne Jr. died in April , but that didn't stop him from winning New Jersey's Democratic primary for his onetime House of Representatives seat Tuesday. Payne had been running for re-election unopposed when he died at age 65, and the filing deadline for the primary passed before...

Menendez Files to Seek Reelection as an Independent

Three-way race in New Jersey concerns Democrats

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat who's on trial on federal bribery charges, filed Monday to seek reelection in New Jersey as an independent. His petition needed 800 signatures to put him on the ballot, CBS News reports; the state's elections website shows he submitted almost 2,500. The...

Slot Machine Told Her She Won $2.5M. Casino Said No
Slot Machine Told
Her She Won $2.5M.
Casino Said No

Slot Machine Told Her She Won $2.5M. Casino Said No

Lawyer says he will file legal complaints against Bally's in Atlantic City

(Newser) - During a trip to Bally's Casino in Atlantic City at the end of February, Roney Beal says she'd put hundreds of dollars into a Wheel of Fortune slot machine when it suddenly "went off, says, 'you're a winner' and gold coins popped out." The...

Court Battles Rage Over Beach Closure to Honor God

Ocean Grove Camp claims religious freedom in alleged violation of NJ access law

(Newser) - A Christian group that has closed its beaches on Sunday mornings for generations is relenting temporarily, allowing beachgoers onto the sand while it fights a court case with New Jersey over whose rules are paramount, per the AP . The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, a Methodist group that established a...

Amid Trial, Senator Reveals Wife's Cancer Diagnosis

Bob Menendez says he and Nadine are going public because of constant questions

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Menendez said Thursday that his wife has breast cancer and will require a mastectomy, a revelation made just as the presentation of evidence began at his New York bribery trial . The New Jersey Democrat said he was revealing his wife's health crisis at her request after repeated...

Louisiana, You're No. 1 (But You May Not Like Why)

State earns the dubious honor of having the most aggressive drivers, per ConsumerAffairs

(Newser) - "What the heck is making Montana drivers so unnecessarily angry?" That's the question posed by Jalopnik after viewing ConsumerAffairs' latest ranking of states where drivers are, shall we say, a little hot behind the wheel. Montana comes in third on that list, which ConsumerAffairs culled by looking at...

Her Kidneys, Heart Were Failing. A Novel Approach Saved Her

Lisa Pisano is first to get heart pump then organ transplant—in her case, from a pig

(Newser) - "We're in a new universe in transplantation," Dr. Robert Montgomery of the transplant institute at NYU Langone Health said Wednesday. He announced that a New Jersey woman is the second living person to receive a gene-edited pig kidney, mere weeks after the first . Lisa Pisano, 54, of...

Jersey Rabbi Who Had His Wife Killed Dies in Prison

Fred Neulander was serving a life sentence

(Newser) - While he was the senior rabbi of a New Jersey synagogue in 1994, Fred Neulander's wife, Carol, was beaten to death with a lead pipe inside their home at age 52 by assailants who entered while she was on the phone with one of the couple's three grown...

In 'Diner Capital of the World,' 150 Have Shut Down

NPR digs into what happened to some of New Jersey's favorite diners

(Newser) - If all-night diners aren't one of the first images that come to mind when you envision New Jersey, then you're probably not a local. "I'm sure people in other states love their diners, too," Michael Gabriele, who wrote The History of Diners in New Jersey,...

Dead Whale in New Jersey Had Fractured Skull

Blunt force trauma is the cause of death, though the cause of it isn't clear

(Newser) - A post-mortem examination of a whale that washed ashore on New Jersey's Long Beach Island found that the animal had sustained numerous blunt force injuries including a fractured skull and vertebrae, per the AP . The Marine Mammal Stranding Center on Friday released observations from a necropsy done on the...

Senator's Wife Seeks to Delay Trial Over Medical Issue
Menendez Trial to Proceed
Without His Wife

Menendez Trial to Proceed Without His Wife

Nadine Menendez, also facing bribery charges, will be tried separately because of health issue

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey will go to trial as scheduled on May 6 over bribery charges, but his wife will not be tried with him. Citing an undisclosed medical issue involving Nadine Menendez that will require surgery, the judge in the case has ordered separate trials, reports NBC...

New Jersey Maple Syrup: You Got a Problem With That?

Looking at you, Vermont

(Newser) - Welcome to New Jersey, known around the world for Tony Soprano, Turnpike tolls, and ... maple syrup? If a university in the state's south has its way, the sticky sweet brown stuff you put on your pancakes might one day come from New Jersey. It's part of an effort...

A Surprise Move in New Jersey Senate Race

Tammy Murphy ends her bid before Democratic primary

(Newser) - Tammy Murphy, wife of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, has dropped out of the race for the Senate seat currently held by Bob Menendez. Menendez, who is facing federal corruption charges, has confirmed he won't run in this year's Democratic primary, though he said he could still run...

An Independent Run Has Advantages for Menendez
Menendez Might Run Anyway

Menendez Might Run Anyway

Indicted senator confirms he won't run in primary, but could still run as an independent later

(Newser) - Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez on Thursday confirmed he won't run in the Democratic primary in June, but he continued to leave open the possibility of running for reelection as an "independent Democrat," the AP reports. "The present accusations I am facing, of which I am innocent...

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