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Feb 11, 2014

N.J. traffic jam victims ask Christie to resign, if he knew

, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Valerie Howard-Fadul
recalled feeling “excruciating” pain after the anesthesia wore
off, when her usual 45-minute drive home across the Hudson River
after a medical eye treatment stretched into five hours in the
now infamous bridge traffic jam orchestrated by aides of New
Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Howard-Fadul, 55, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was one of the
motorists ensnared in last September’s epic tie-up. She and
others joined political activists on Tuesday to call for
Christie’s resignation – if he played a role in the traffic

Jan 31, 2014

Suspicious powder sent to sites near Super Bowl: police

/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Law enforcement officials on Friday were investigating letters containing a suspicious powder sent to locations in New York City and New Jersey, where the Super Bowl will be played on Sunday.

No injuries were reported and police in New York, where one envelope was sent to the offices of former mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said they had determined the substance was harmless.

Jan 24, 2014

U.S. man gets probation in celebrity iPad hack attack

, Jan 24 (Reuters) – A San Francisco man was
sentenced to three years’ probation on Friday for stealing the
personal information of some 120,000 Apple iPad users, including
big-city mayors, a TV network news anchor and a Hollywood movie

But the man, Daniel Spitler, avoided a possible 18-month
prison sentence for what a New Jersey judge described as his
evident remorse.

Jan 10, 2014

Playwright, poet and activist Amiri Baraka dies at 79

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – African-American playwright, poet and activist Amiri Baraka, known for politically charged works that explore themes of race, died on Thursday at age 79 at a hospital in his native New Jersey, a representative said.

Baraka had been in failing health and passed away at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, surrounded by family, said his booking agent Celeste Bateman.

Jan 8, 2014

Four men plead not guilty to murder in N.J. mall carjacking

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Four men pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to murder and other charges in a fatal carjacking at an upscale New Jersey mall, where a lawyer was slain in front of his wife after holiday shopping.

Prosecutors said two of the men attacked Dustin Friedland, 30, a Hoboken lawyer, on December 15 as he and his wife were loading gifts into their luxury SUV in the parking lot of the Mall at Short Hills in Millburn, New Jersey, about 21 miles west of New York City.

Dec 21, 2013

Four men arrested in deadly N.J. shopping mall carjacking

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Four men were arrested and charged with murder in the carjacking and death of a lawyer who was shot in front of his wife after shopping at a New Jersey mall, authorities said on Saturday.

Two of the attackers accosted Dustin Friedland, 30, on Sunday evening as he and his wife were loading gifts into their 2012 silver Range Rover in the parking lot of the upscale Mall at Short Hills, about 10 miles west of Newark.

Dec 16, 2013

Fatal carjacking makes Christmas shopping at US mall a nightmare

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Police on Monday were seeking an armed pair of suspected carjackers who a day earlier shot to death a man Christmas shopping with his wife at a high-end New Jersey mall and then fled in the couple’s luxury SUV, prosecutors said.

The couple had walked out of the Mall at Short Hills in Millburn, New Jersey, not far from New York City, at about 9:10 p.m. EST on Sunday (0210 GMT on Monday), and headed for the parking deck, where the man opened the door of their 2012 silver Range Rover for his wife. As he approached the driver’s door, he was confronted by a gunman, said Thomas Fennelly, chief assistant prosecutor for Essex County.

Dec 4, 2013

Live Nation to provide free concert tickets under legal settlement

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Concert promoter Live Nation Worldwide Inc. must provide free tickets and discount vouchers to hundreds of thousands of customers to settle claims that it overcharged for shows at a New Jersey arts center, a judge has ruled.

The settlement stems from a 2009 lawsuit alleging that concertgoers at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, were overcharged for tickets by the use of deceptive practices.

Nov 27, 2013

Former New York disc jockey held on sex charge

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Retired rock radio disc jockey Dave Herman was ordered to remain in federal custody on Wednesday on charges he attempted to transport a 7-year-old girl to the U.S. Virgin Islands from New Jersey to engage in sexual activity.

Herman, 77, was arrested at the St. Croix airport on October 24, where prosecutors say he was expecting to meet the girl.

Nov 22, 2013

‘Jersey Shore’ cast member under federal investigation : publicist

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Former “Jersey Shore” cast member Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino is facing a federal investigation into his finances, his publicist said on Thursday.

The probe centers on his businesses, which include MPS Entertainment, Situation Productions and a clothing line, Situation Nation, according to the website TMZ, which first reported on it.

    • About David

      "I write on and co-ordinate coverage of European consumer goods companies from London. These include food groups such as Nestle, Unilever and Danone, drinks companies like Diageo, Heineken and SABMiller, and cigarette groups British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco. I have previously worked in Milan covering Italian financial news and before that specialised on the car industry and the engineering sector, and also have some experience of commodity coverage."
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