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Pot 'legalization 2.0': Social equity becomes a key question

May. 19, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and New...

Man rejects plea deal, opts to go to trial in child's death

May. 19, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man accused of having killed his life-in girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter has rejected a proposed plea deal that would have carried a 40-year sentence. NJ.com reports that an attorney for 23-year-old Travis Graham told a judge in Camden last week that his client wanted to...

Spieth refuses interview after 3rd round of PGA Championship

May. 18, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

FARMINGDALE, N.J. (AP) — Jordan Spieth's third round in the final group of the PGA Championship with runaway leader Brooks Koepka will have to speak for itself. Spieth didn't talk to the media. Minutes after signing his scorecard on a scrambling round of 2-over 72, the 25-year-old Texan refused a request...

Prosecutor: Man faces 27 years after plea in wife's death

May. 18, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey man faces a 27-year prison sentence following a manslaughter plea in the death of his wife, who police said was attacked with a hammer and a knife last year. The Burlington County prosecutor's office said Friday that a plea agreement will require...

Chemical plant fire prompts warnings, bridge, road closures

May. 18, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

KEARNY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a fire at a chemical plant in New Jersey has been brought under control, but road and bridge closures remained in effect and local residents were urged to remain indoors because of potential danger from fumes. Kearny fire officials said the blaze at the Alden Leads...

Analysts: Gas prices might go up just before holiday weekend

May. 18, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Drivers in New Jersey and across the nation got a break at the pump last week due to a dramatic drop in demand, but analysts warn that the respite might not last heading into the Memorial Day weekend. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on...

Monmouth County dump neighborhood's picture-perfect past

May. 18, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

TINTON FALLS, N.J. (AP) — Before the stench of the landfill made life unbearable for many who live near Shafto Road, the Reeveytown section of town was a haven, a place of wild blueberry bushes and peastone crossroads. Most of what is Reeveytown lies between the narrow-upstream portion of the Shark River...

Business manager sentenced for defrauding Ne-Yo, McKnight

May. 17, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who served as business manager for Ne-Yo has been sentenced in Ohio to more than seven years in prison for defrauding the R&B singer in a sports beverage scheme. Kevin Foster was convicted last year on 16 counts including wire fraud, money laundering and tax...

New Jersey teen donates journals, pens to other foster kids

May. 17, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — Making her journey through foster care and adjusting to adoption, Tadae King-Williams relies on words of inspiration. And they are her own. "My journal was my lifeline," King-Williams said. "When I felt like I had no one to understand me, I knew I always had my journal to write in."...

Woman gets prison term for strangling husband with lamp cord

May. 17, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — A woman convicted of strangling her husband with a chain link lamp cord has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Michelle Hurley apologized to her husband's family when she was sentenced Thursday, saying she never intended to kill him during a September 2015 argument in the Bayonne...