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  • Teacher: Catholic school fired me for sharing letter about church's 'homosexual problem'

    Saint Dominic teaches about 230 girls in grades seven through 12. JERSEY CITY — A Clifton woman says she was fired from the all-girl Saint Dominic Academy in Jersey City after she shared with her students a letter from a Catholic leader who blames gay priests for the "rot" and "corruption" of the Catholic Church. Joan Simon, 55, told The Jersey Journal she gave the school's juniors and seniors a copy of the letter in September and, upon her return following a leave...
  • Stop calling me a 'sexual predator,' N.J. mayor tells opponent and critics

    The Democrat filed requests for temporary restraining orders against four people, including his Republican opponent and an alleged victim. Faced with allegations on social media of sexual misconduct with young boys, Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman requested restraining orders this week against four people -- including his Republican opponent and an alleged victim -- to keep them from making defamatory statements about him. Reiman, a Democrat running for his fifth term...
  • Woman charged with neglecting 2 poodles that she'd turned over to a shelter

    Both dogs couldn't see properly and had waste stuck to their bodies An Elizabeth woman is facing animal cruelty charges for the condition of two poodles she recently gave to a animal shelter, the Union County Prosecutor's Office announced. Prosecutors say Maria Acevedo, 45, turned over her two black poodles to the Elizabeth Animal Shelter on Sept. 27.  Shelter employees who examined the dogs were alarmed, and alerted Elizabeth Police, the office said. One of the...
  • 'Blackbird' flies into dead of night and finds mystic world

    This is magic that is defined by its glamorous and mystical nature.   Anyone who knows me even a little will know I am very firmly rooted in the rational and real. And yet, I love stories of the supernatural and magic, even those stories people insist happen to them. Ghost stories, otherworldly visitors, fairies, possessions, all of it thrills me to no end.  Despite my deeply rooted rational approach to reality and reliance on empirical evidence for those things in...
  • Here's where the heated battle between Menendez and Hugin stands in newest Senate poll

    The latest poll on the New Jersey Senate race was released Wednesday. WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez held a seven-point lead among likely voters in a Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday, the latest survey to give him a steady but narrow advantage over Republican challenger Bob Hugin. Menendez, D-N.J., led Hugin, a former Celgene Corp. executive, 51 percent to 44 percent. He held a 11-point lead in a Quinnipiac poll released Oct. 3. Five percent of...
  • WATCH: CNN's Kaitlan Collins reveals why White House aides don't want Jared Kushner involved in a diplomatic crisis

    Journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing at the hands of the Saudi Arabia government, and while this crisis has dominated headlines, one person has been out of the spotlight. On Wednesday, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins explained Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner’s complex role and relationship with Saudi Arabia, and why he is not speaking out about this human rights situation. “The more this becomes a full-blown diplomatic crisis, the more scrutiny there is on Jared Kushner …

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  • Exclusive: Reddit CEO Talks Fending Off Russian Interference

    Reddit, the fifth-most visited U.S. website, according to the analytics firm Alexa, has been on the offensive against suspicious accounts linked to Russia, which its CEO Steve Huffman said have attempted to put...Photo Credit: LightRocket via Getty Images/SOPA Images, File
  • Drug-resistant salmonella from chicken sickens nearly 100

    At least 92 people in 29 states have been infected with a strain of multidrug-resistant salmonella after coming into contact with a variety of raw chicken products, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Twenty-one of the sick patients have been hospitalized, though no deaths have been reported. The source of the raw chicken is unclear from lab tests, and no single common supplier has been identified. The strain has shown up in samples from a variety of raw chicken...

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  • WATCH: Lady Gaga reveals her engagement in emotional speech

    Lara Spencer reports the buzziest stories of the day in "GMA" Pop News.

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  • Tears flow as Mexico Beach residents come home after Michael

    MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — With stunned faces and tears, residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach returned home for the first time Wednesday about a week after Hurricane Michael hit to find pieces of their lives scattered across the sand and a community altered. Nancy Register sobbed uncontrollably after finding no trace of the large camper where she’d lived with her husband. She was particularly distraught over the loss of an old, black-and-white photo of her mother, who died of cancer. Husband […]

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  • Some Akron Fright Fest employees fired after visitors say they experienced mock rape

    AKRON — Several Akron Fright Fest employees have been fired after some visitors said they experienced a mock rape at the haunted house. According to Jeremy Caudill, managing partner of Melanie Lake Inc. at Kim Tam Park, they have parted ways with the fright master and operater who provided and oversaw all the haunted house acts and activities at Akron Fright Fest. Employees who worked in the area where the incident allegedly occurred have also been fired. In a statement, Caudill […]
  • Man arrested for driving drunk 10 times

    Stark County – A car crash led to a man’s drunk driving arrest. The Ohio State Highway Patrol Canton Post says it is Sean Ray McMaster’s 10th offense. According to their report, on Sunday he was driving on Cleveland Avenue at Heckman street and turned left in front of another car. That caused a crash. Investigators say he tried to leave, but someone who saw the accident happened to follow him. Eventually McMaster returned to the crash scene. McMaster’s was […]
  • 7th grader with neuromuscular disorder scores first touch down with help from teammates

    PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Tuesday night’s River Ridge Middle School Knights game is one Gavin Lambert will never forget. He waited until the end of the 4th quarter for his big moment, and under the bright lights he said, “It feels like an honor.” One he never expected. “Most kids wouldn’t care, most kids would be like you’re in a wheelchair deal with that,” Lambert told WFTS. But these aren’t “most kids” and Gavin’s mom, Dawn Lambert, knows that. “It is […]

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  • Hoboken woman accused of bribing voters in 2013 indicted

    Authorities allege she provided at least three voters with vote by mail applications and paid them $50 each. The Hoboken woman accused of bribing voters in 2013 has been indicted on a pair of federal offenses, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey announced Wednesday.  The two-count indictment charges Lizaida Camis with one count of using the mail to promote a voter bribery scheme and one count of conspiracy to use the mail to promote a voter bribery scheme. Camis, 55,...
  • Top Democrats hire ex-Bridgegate lawyer for Murphy staffer sex assault investigation

    In Germany, Gov. Phil Murphy says he's unfazed by the state Legislature's investigation how his administration handled allegations of sexual assault against an ex-staffer. State lawmakers have hired a prominent New Jersey defense attorney who was involved in the Bridgegate case that dogged former Gov. Chris Christie to work on their investigation into the the sexual assault controversy facing Gov. Phil Murphy's administration. State Senate President Stephen...
  • Police Say Teenager Baked Grandfather's Ashes Into Cookies

    The student and a friend baked the cookies and shared them with at least nine classmates at their public charter high school near Sacramento.
  • Whitney Houston exhibit full of artifacts opens at N.J. museum (PHOTOS)

    Even Houston's personal Bible is included in this new Grammy Museum exhibit at Prudential Center
  • MLB says the Astros were definitely not cheating

    CLEVELAND  — Major League Baseball has closed its investigation into cheating allegations against the Astros in the American League Division Series with the Indians. After MLB says it investigated  two incidents involving someone with the team using a cellphone to take photographs of the visiting dugouts in Cleveland and Boston during games this October. But in a statement, it says they “consider the matter closed.” The statement says their thorough investigation showed the person who was...
  • Southwest Missouri man accused of using Facebook to sell sex with teenager

    LAMPE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been charged with attempting to sell a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old girl on Facebook. The Springfield News-Leader reports that 18-year-old Kaleb Billings, of Lampe, is jailed in Stone County on the child sex trafficking charge. No attorney is listed for him in online court records. Charging documents say that when deputies responded earlier this month to a disturbance, Billings told the deputies he had listed the girl on social media for sale […]

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  • Drug-resistant salmonella hits Ohio

    At least 92 people in 29 states have been infected with a strain of multidrug-resistant salmonella after coming into contact with a variety of raw chicken products, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Twenty-one of the sick patients have been hospitalized, though no deaths have been reported. The source of the raw chicken is unclear from lab tests, and no single common supplier has been identified. The strain has shown up in samples from a variety […]
  • 5 months after Grandview teen graduates h.s., her family is planning her funeral

    GRANDVIEW,  Mo. — Just five months ago, 18-year-old Alaysia Nelson made her parents proud when she graduated from Grandview High School. Now, Harold and Sheronda Nelson can hardly believe they are preparing for their daughter’s funeral. ”It’s just so unreal and difficult. Alaysia had that great smile and that uplifting spirit. She was and still is an inspiration for so many people especially teenagers who are depressed, “ Alaysia’s dad, Harold, said. ”She was just so bubbly and fun. She was […]

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  • Cops say man charged with molesting kids showed them cabin where it happened

    Police said the man admitted to sex acts with one of the boys, and said he still had the young victim's soccer jersey It's been roughly 30 years since David Zechmeister, now 78, sexually assaulted two boys when they were between 10 and 12 years old, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office alleges. When officers showed up at Zechmeister's Gibbsboro home last year, he admitted to having a "sexual relationship" with one boy and showed police the cabin where some of the...
  • KCPD ask for help finding missing 29-year-old woman

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 29-year-old woman. Police said Mlebinge Edward is “intellectually disabled” only understands Swahili and has a seizure disorder. They’re concerned she will try to hide if confronted. She was last seen Tuesday around 7 p.m. near Spruce Avenue and East 26th Street wearing a yellow T-shirt and dark pants with white splotches on them that look like paint. Police ask that if you see Edward, […]

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  • Toddler battling leukemia receives princess room makeover

    BOCA RATON, Fla. — It’s best simply said: a bedroom of her dreams. Volunteers with Special Spaces Boca Raton recently worked around the clock to give a Delray Beach toddler, who is battling acute leukemia, a place as special as she is. It’s what they do. And the little girl’s reaction showed the makeover was truly magical. “Lily eats dreams and lives princesses. She gets up every morning and puts on her princess dress,” said Peggy Peterson with Special Spaces […]

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