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Court rejects program for woman who abandoned starving cats

May. 20, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A woman whose home was populated by starving cats who had eaten some of their own to survive will have to go back to court to see if she can avoid a trial and possible jail time. A New Jersey state appeals court ruled Monday that a judge erred last year when he allowed Jill Petruska to...

Man accused of dragging 2 police officers with his car

May. 20, 2019 6:27 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man is accused of dragging two police officers with his car. Body camera video captured what happened when the officers approached 30-year-old Jacob Wolski's vehicle early Sunday morning in Newark. The officers say it appeared Wolski was using drugs. As the officers leaned...

Oprah gives $500,000 to high school after-school program

May. 19, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey announced she's giving $500,000 to an initiative at a New Jersey high school that's aimed at keeping kids off the streets. Principal Akbar Cook's "Lights On" program keeps West Side High School in Newark open on Friday nights from 6 p.m. to midnight. WPVI-TV reports kids...

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...

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...

Abandoned church reborn as office space combining old, new

May. 17, 2019 7:40 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The free coffee bar, standing desks and sleek lines mark Audible's new office space as decidedly 21st-century. The pews, historic pipe organ and dazzling stained glass provide a backdrop that is anything but. When the audio book and entertainment company wanted a site to expand its...

Ex-Rutgers staffer sentenced for theft from medical school

May. 16, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former staffer who stole more than $87,000 from the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School has been sentenced to five years in prison. Essex County prosecutors say Sondra Bell used some of the money to pay off her son's college tuition. She had pleaded guilty in January to theft by...

Cory Booker's tech startup failed but industry ties lasted

May. 13, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

Cory Booker was the mayor of New Jersey's largest city and considering a run for higher office, but he had a different goal in mind when he appeared on stage at the 2012 Tech Disrupt Conference in San Francisco. Booker was there to promote Waywire, the social media company that he had recently co-founded. He...

Authorities: Street shooting in Newark leaves 1 man dead

May. 10, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a street shooting in New Jersey's largest city has left one man dead. Essex County prosecutors say the shooting in Newark occurred around 2 a.m. Friday on Mount Prospect Avenue. Authorities say the shooters wore masks and fired several shots before fleeing the scene in a...

Street shooting in Newark leaves 1 man dead, another wounded

May. 9, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a street shooting in New Jersey's largest city has left one man dead and another wounded. Essex County prosecutors say the shooting in Newark occurred around 7 p.m. Monday in the area of Maple Avenue. Forty-year-old Murad Harris, of Irvington, was pronounced dead early...