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2019 NYSAPA news and broadcast contest winners announced

May. 28, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York State Associated Press Association on Thursday announced the winners of its awards contest for stories broadcast, printed or posted online in 2019. Thirty-three newspapers submitted 715 entries and 46 television and radio stations submitted 578 entries in the contest. The...

NJ jobless claims drop off, but record 1.1M getting help

May. 28, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey saw the lowest weekly total of people seeking unemployment benefits since the coronavirus outbreak struck, the state Labor Department said Thursday. New applications fell to 34,410 last week, down from about 42,000 the week before, and far below a record high of 215,000 in...

10 people displaced, 2 cops hurt in apartment building fire

May. 28, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

GARFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A fast-moving fire roared through a northern New Jersey apartment building early Thursday, displacing 10 residents and slightly injuring two police officers. The fire in the three-story building in Garfield was reported around 1:30 a.m., authorities said. The building was already...

This undated photo provided by the Connecticut State Police shows Peter Manfredonia. A woman who said she was abducted by Manfredonia, a college student suspected of killing two people in Connecticut, has been found safe in New Jersey, police said Monday, May 25, 2020. Manfredonia was last seen Sunday walking along railroad tracks in East Stroudsburg, Pa. (Connecticut State Police via AP)

College student wanted in 2 Connecticut slayings is captured

May. 27, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A college student sought by police as a suspect in a crime spree including two slayings in Connecticut has been captured in Maryland, police said Wednesday night. Peter Manfredonia, 23, had been the subject of a six-day search involving several police agencies and the FBI. He was...

Erika Bermudez becomes emotional as she leans over the grave of her mother Eudiana Smith after she was buried in Bayview Cemetery Saturday, May 2, 2020, in Jersey City, N.J., Bermudez was not allowed to approach the gravesite until after cemetery workers had buried her mother completely; other members of the family and friends stayed in their cars. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

AP PHOTOS: Funerals become lonely affairs amid pandemic

May. 27, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Mohammad Altaf, the generous spirit. Eudiana Smith, the trailblazer. Servius Collin, the caretaker. All were taken by COVID-19. And in death, all were robbed of the funerals they deserved. As the coronavirus pandemic worked its way toward 100,000 U.S. deaths, a wave of shaken...

This June 8, 2016 photo shows the exterior of the former Showboat casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein, the owner of the Showboat hotel said, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, that he is planning a $100 million year-round indoor water park next door to it, and will break ground on the project in August. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Showboat owner planning $100M water park in Atlantic City

May. 27, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The owner of Atlantic City's Showboat hotel plans to build a $100 million year-round indoor water park next to it and will break ground in August, he said Wednesday. Bart Blatstein, the Philadelphia developer who runs the Showboat as a hotel that does not offer gambling, applied...

Turnpike, parkway toll hikes, $24B construction plan get OK

May. 27, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Turnpike Authority voted Wednesday to increase tolls on two of the state’s major highways and approve a $24 billion construction plan that the hike will fund. The board's 7-0 vote came despite pleas from many people to delay it. They said the agency should not...

People walk on a mostly empty beach Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Belmar, N.J., during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Governor: State hits goal of 20,000 daily coronavirus tests

May. 27, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey surpassed its goal a few days early of conducting at least 20,000 coronavirus tests per day, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday. There were 30,000 tests Saturday, the Democrat said, before the tally dipped over the Memorial Day holiday. Then on Tuesday, there were 24,000...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

May. 27, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Move to yellow a beginning, not an end Reading Eagle May 26 It’s unquestionably good news that Gov. Tom Wolf plans to relax restrictions next week in the counties still classified as red under his process for...

Authorities probing 2 triple shootings in New Jersey city

May. 27, 2020 7:24 AM EDT

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Two triple shootings that occurred within two days in a northern New Jersey community do not appear to be connected, authorities said. The first shooting in Paterson occurred late Sunday, when three people — including a 15-year-old — were wounded on a city street,...