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Children's hospital gets Toys R Us giraffe statue

Jun. 22, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

WAYNE, N.J. (AP) — The 16-foot tall statue of Geoffrey the Giraffe that greeted visitors at Toys R Us headquarters in New Jersey will be moved to a children's hospital in the state. NJ.com reports the statue will be housed at Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University...

New Jersey governor signs law banning underage marriage

Jun. 22, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has become the second state in the nation to bar marriage for anyone under 18. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill Friday. Delaware enacted a ban in May. Murphy says the legislation would put an end to child marriages and particularly help young women. The law bars...

Board denies utility's bid for power line along rail tracks

Jun. 22, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey regulators on Friday rejected an attempt by one of the state's utility companies to build a power transmission line alongside rail tracks in Monmouth County. The unanimous vote by the Board of Public Utilities means Jersey Central Power & Light can't move forward with a...

Woman admits to crime spree, robbing bank dressed as nun

Jun. 22, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman has admitted her role in a monthlong crime spree across two states, including an attempted bank robbery in Pennsylvania where she and another woman dressed as nuns. Melisa Aquino Arias also pleaded guilty Friday to robbing a bank in Garfield, New Jersey, while wearing...

Dad convicted in infant son's death gets 27-year sentence

Jun. 22, 2018 2:24 PM EDT

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man convicted of causing his infant son's death during a troublesome morning feeding session six years ago has been sentenced to 27 years in state prison. A judge imposed the term Friday on Michael Marrara. He had been convicted in May of aggravated manslaughter,...

Former court administrator accused of stealing funds

Jun. 22, 2018 9:14 AM EDT

CARLSTADT, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a former municipal court administrator in New Jersey stole money from the town where he worked. Bergen County prosecutors say John Clayborne is charged with theft. The 33-year-old East Orange man is accused of stealing at least $3,125 that went missing while he served...

Man convicted in crossfire killing of 8-year-old girl

Jun. 22, 2018 6:55 AM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting an 8-year-old girl caught in the crossfire when shots rang out in her neighborhood has been convicted of aggravated manslaughter and other charges. Tyhan Brown now faces up to 50 years in prison when he's sentenced July 27. The 20-year-old Camden man...

92-year-old WWII veteran surprised with high school diploma

Jun. 22, 2018 6:31 AM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey township high school has surprised a 92-year-old World War II veteran with the high school diploma he would have earned if he hadn't dropped out to join the Army. Vito Trause was presented with his "East Rutherford High School" diploma Wednesday, in a nod to Becton...

76ers net Texas Tech standout Smith in draft trade

Jun. 22, 2018 12:30 AM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers listed Zhaire Smith as their 1-B choice on their draft board. The Sixers landed the Texas Tech guard — they just had to give up their 1-A to get him. The Sixers acquired Smith from the Phoenix Suns for Villanova standout Mikal Bridges in a swap of...

APNewsBreak: Meadowlands plans sports betting near NYC

Jun. 22, 2018 12:12 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Meadowlands Racetrack plans to bring legal sports betting to New York City's doorstep next month. Jeff Gural, who manages the northern New Jersey track, tells The Associated Press that he plans to begin offering sports betting on July 15. That's significantly earlier than a...