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May 22, 2013

Judge rejects plea from men who sought to join al Qaeda affiliate

NEWARK (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday refused to overturn the prison sentences of two New Jersey men convicted on terrorism charges, rejecting the argument that the decision was tainted by the Boston Marathon bombing.

The two men, Mohamed Alessa, 23, and Carlos Almonte, 27, were sentenced on April 15 to 22 years and 20 years respectively after pleading guilty to conspiring to join al Shabaab, an Islamic insurgent group in Somalia with links to the al Qaeda terrorist network.

May 18, 2013

US Airways plane makes unusual belly landing at Newark airport

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A US Airways flight made an emergency landing on its belly at Newark Liberty International Airport early on Saturday after the plane’s landing gear failed to deploy, but no one was injured, airline and government officials said.

Piedmont Airlines flight 4560, operating for US Airways from Philadelphia with 34 passengers and three crew members, landed safely at 1 a.m., and passengers were evacuated on the tarmac and transported to the terminal, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said in an email.

May 15, 2013

Scandal-hit Rutgers names first female athletic director

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Rutgers University picked a woman to head its athletic programs on Wednesday, as New Jersey’s largest public college looks to move on from a scandal that saw several top sports officials resign.

Julie Hermann, 49, who was a senior executive atheletic director at the University of Louisville, will be the first woman to hold the post of athletic director at Rutgers.

May 14, 2013

Father of 4-year-old N.J. boy who shot friend is charged

NEWARK (Reuters) – Police in New Jersey have arrested the father of a 4-year-old boy who fatally shot a 6-year-old friend while playing with one of the father’s guns, which had been left unsecured in a bedroom.

The Atlantic City prosecutor’s office charged 33-year-old Anthony Senatore with six counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one disorderly persons charge for allowing minors access to a loaded firearm.

May 12, 2013

Police end hostage standoff in New Jersey; suspect dead

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A tense weekend standoff in a South Trenton, New Jersey, neighborhood ended early on Sunday with a hostage taker dead and three children rescued, authorities said.

Police shot Gerald Tyrone Murphy, ending the 37-hour standoff and saving the lives of three unidentified children he had held hostage, New Jersey State Police Colonel Rick Fuentes said at a news conference Sunday morning.

May 11, 2013

Armed man with hostages barricaded inside New Jersey house

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – An armed man with multiple hostages remained barricaded inside a Trenton, New Jersey, house on Saturday after a standoff with law enforcement negotiators overnight, police said.

Trenton police declined to say how many hostages were inside the home with the man, who has been barricaded there since Friday afternoon, or explain their relationship to him.

May 10, 2013

U.S. judge blocks sale of basketball star Bryant’s jersey, rings

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A federal judge has temporarily blocked an auction house from selling basketball great Kobe Bryant’s jerseys, championship rings and other memorabilia worth up to $1 million in a case stemming from a dispute between the Los Angeles Laker and his mother.

The All-Star guard has asked the courts to halt the sale of his belongings, which are in possession of his mother, Pamela Bryant, saying he had not been consulted and only learned of the sale in a press release issued by Goldin Auctions.

May 7, 2013

New Jersey Governor Christie has surgery to reduce weight

NEW YORK/NEWARK, May 7 (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie, who has struggled with obesity for much of his adult
life, said on Tuesday he underwent lap band surgery in February
to lose weight, a move he said had nothing to do with a possible
run for the White House in 2016.

The blunt-spoken, popular Republican said he made the
decision to protect his health and his family.

May 7, 2013

Hip hop star Lauryn Hill gets three months for tax evasion

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A U.S. magistrate judge sentenced Grammy-winning hip hop artist Lauryn Hill to three months in prison, three months in home confinement and a $60,000 fine on Monday for federal tax evasion.

Hill pleaded guilty last year to three counts of failing to file tax returns on more than $1.8 million of income between 2005 and 2007 and faced up to three years in prison.

May 6, 2013

Hip hop artist Lauryn Hill gets 3 months in jail for tax evasion

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A U.S. judge sentenced Grammy-winning hip hop artist Lauryn Hill to three months in prison, three months in home confinement and a $50,000 (32,171 pounds) fine on Monday for federal tax evasion.

Hill had pleaded guilty last year to three counts of failing to file tax returns on more than $1.8 million between 2005 and 2007 and could have been sentenced to three years in prison.

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      "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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