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A health officer collecting swab samples from rail commuters to test for COVID-19 drinks water during a break at a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster

Oct. 21, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections related to a new cluster centered on a garment factory. The government imposed a curfew Thursday in parts of...

FILE - In this June 5, 2018, file photo, Republican candidate for Congress, Hirsh Singh, of Linwood, N.J., gestures after he voted at the Linwood Library in the state's primary election in Linwood, N.J. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, a New Jersey appeals court rejected Singh's bid to invalidate the 2020 primary results and stop the state's mail-in ballot program for the general election. (Craig Matthews/The Press of Atlantic City via AP, File)

Court turns down request to redo GOP Senate primary race

Oct. 21, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey appeals court on Wednesday rejected a losing Republican U.S. Senate candidate's bid to invalidate the primary results and stop the state's mail-in ballot program for the general election. Hirsh Singh petitioned the court after he lost the primary to Rik Mehta in July by...

In this photo taken from video provided by the New Jersey Governor's Office, Gov. Phil Murphy tells attendees at an event where he was speaking, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 in Blackwood, N.J., that he must leave the event to quarantine after just finding out that he'd been in contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19, (New Jersey Office of the Governor via AP)

Murphy tests negative for COVID-19 but will isolate

Oct. 21, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tested negative for COVID-19 Wednesday, his office said, just hours after he abruptly left an event, saying he just found out a person he was in contact with over the weekend tested positive for the virus. Murphy, a Democrat, was speaking at a workforce...

FILE- In this June 3, 2016 photo, New Jersey state Sen. Paul Sarlo speaks at a news conference in Rutherford, N.J. The New Jersey lawmaker wants to allow betting on college playoff or championship games, and hopes to ask voters to amend the state Constitution in 2021 permit it. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

NJ eyes betting on college playoff games here and elsewhere

Oct. 21, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey lawmaker wants to allow betting on college playoff or championship games, and hopes to ask voters to amend the state Constitution next year to permit it. If voters approve a referendum that could be on the November 2021 ballot, it would remove a significant part of...

In this image taken from May 23, 2020, video released by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, Maurice Gordon, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he unbuckles his seatbelt before exiting a New Jersey State Trooper's vehicle in Bass River, N.J. Gordon was fatally shot by the state trooper. The Gordon family's attorney and more than 100 groups on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, called on lawmakers to pass police accountability legislation. (New Jersey Attorney General's Office via AP)

Advocates for Black shooting victim push police transparency

Oct. 20, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The attorney for the family of a Black man fatally shot by a New Jersey state trooper this year called Tuesday, along with more than 100 other groups, on lawmakers to pass legislation making more police records public. Attorney William Wagstaff represents the family of Maurice Gordon,...

Murphy taps Morris County leader as education commissioner

Oct. 20, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday he was nominating Angelica Allen-McMillan to be the state's next education commissioner. The appointment comes as the states' more than 600 school districts work through the COVID-19 outbreak, with many holding online-only or hybrid...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 2, 2020 file photo, people sit in view of Lower Manhattan at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J. Rising cases of COVID-19 in the nation and Northeast may lead to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut re-thinking how they add other states to their quarantine list. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he'll release an update Wednesday to his plan that designates parts of New York City and suburban communities as hot spots where schools and nonessential businesses are closed. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

New York won't enforce New Jersey, Connecticut quarantines

Oct. 20, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The rate of COVID-19 infections has risen enough in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut to require those states' residents to quarantine if they travel to New York, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York won't enforce the rules against those residents. New Jersey, New York and...

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, file photo, players gather around an injured person during the first half of an NFL football game between the New York Jets and the San Francisco 49ers at a nearly empty MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy conditionally vetoed a bill on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, that would have expanded charitable groups' ability to sell raffle tickets online based around sporting events, determining it was too close to internet gambling. Because the coronavirus pandemic has drastically reduced or even eliminated in-person attendance, some legislators proposed letting people buy tickets to such raffles over the internet, regardless of whether they were in a stadium or not. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin, File)

Murphy vetoes expanded stadium raffle bill, eyes changes

Oct. 19, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy conditionally vetoed a bill Monday that would have expanded charitable groups' ability to sell raffle tickets online based around sporting events, determining that the measure was too close to internet gambling. The Democratic governor rejected a bill...

Official: NJ's daily COVID-19 cases doubled in a month

Oct. 19, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's daily number of COVID-19 cases has doubled since last month, reaching about 1,000 each day, Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Monday. The spike in cases stems from “community spread," and not a single decision to reopen part of the state's economy, she...

Hunters kill 328 bears in NJ, more than in all of last year

Oct. 18, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Hunters killed a total of 328 bears in the first segment of New Jersey’s black bear hunt, more than were bagged during last year's entire hunt and in what could be the final year for the hunt. The state’s Division of Fish & Wildlife says 42 bruins were culled on...