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Heatstroke deaths are 100 percent preventable

With temperatures soaring across the country, the NHTSA urges everyone to remember that heatstroke can be deadly to kids left in hot cars. Heatstroke is the leading cause of death for children under 14 in motor vehicle incidents  (other than crashes) . There have already been 10 deaths in 2015. Follow these tips to prevent heatstroke: Never leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle, even if the windows are partly open, or the engine is running and the air conditioning is on. Don’t let children play in an unattended vehicle. Make a habit of looking in the vehicle before locking the door and walking away. Take steps to remember not to leave a child in a vehicle by…
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) SECRETARY ATTENDS USCG GRADUATION

  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson shakes the hand of a Coast Guard recruit during a graduation ceremony, Friday, July 31, 2015, at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. Following the graduation, the members of recruit company LIMA 191 will have completed basic training and will be deployed to Coast Guard units around the world. Coast Guard Photo by Chief Warrant Officer John Edwards CAPE MAY,  — Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson attended a recruit graduation ceremony, Friday, at the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. Johnson provided a speech that applauded the recruits of LIMA 191 on their accomplishment and handed out graduation certificates to each member of the company. Coast Guard Training Center Cape…
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County Courthouse Evacuated After Discovery of ‘Suspicious Items’

The Bergen County Courthouse was evacuated Thursday. In this photo, people return into the building after the building was cleared. The Record -TARIQ ZEHAWI/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER   HACKENSACK: The Bergen County Justice Center was evacuated at about 11:30 Thursday after sheriff's officers were alerted to "suspicious items" in the building. Security personnel evacuated the building within the next half hour and after an hourlong search to ensure that the building was safe, people were permitted to return to the courthouse building, said Anthony Cureton, a spokesman for the Bergen County Sheriff's Office. The building, at 10 Main St., was cleared within an hour and reopened to the public at 1 , Cureton said. There were no reported injuries and the evacuation…
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FBI Investigating Death Threats Against PennEast Pipeline Employees

The FBI is investigating letters that were sent to the PennEast pipeline company threatening to kill people connected to the proposed $ billion project, officials said Thursday. The company that is proposing the bistate natural gas pipeline traversing two New Jersey counties has received letters with threats credible enough that representatives have called the authorities to investigate, according to Patricia Kornick, company spokeswoman. Kornick said threats were contained in a handful of letters that escalated and PennEast contacted the FBI in April. The company also hired a private security firm to "ensure the safety and security of our employees," she said. But Gary Salata, a Ewing resident and a vocal PennEast opponent, said he received a call on Tuesday from…
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SOUTH JERSEY COAST GUARDSMAN AWARDED FOR LEADERSHIP

Petty Officer 3rd Class Noel Cordero receives the Douglas A. Munro Inspirational Leadership Award during a ceremony at the Navy League of the United States National Convention held June 19, 2015. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley A crewmember at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, received the 2015 Douglas A. Munro Inspirational Leadership Award during a ceremony at the Navy League of the United States National Convention held June 19. Petty Officer 2nd Class Noel Cordero, a storekeeper in the supply division of Air Station Atlantic City, was recognized for her performance of duty while assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley during 2014. Cordero singlehandedly operated the supply division of her Alaska-based ship as…
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Wrong Way Fatal. Driver’s Blood Alcohol 3 Times Legal Limit

INDICTED: Linden NJ cop who drove in fatal wrong-way crash charged, sources say Share More:  Two Linden men — city police Officer Frank Viggiano, and city resident, Joseph Rodriguez, both 28 — were killed, and a third man, Linden Officer Patrik Kudlac, 23, was critically injured when the car in which they were riding, driven by fellow off-duty Officer Pedro Abad, crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer as Abad was traveling north in the southbound lanes of the West Shore Expressway on March 20, 2015. Authorities have said Abad had a blood-alcohol level of .24, three times the legal limit, when the accident occurred. Photograph: Fatal accident on the south bound West Shore Expressway just before Arthur Kill Road. (Courtesy: Irving Silverstein / Staten…
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New Jersey State Troopers to Wear Body Cameras

The New Jersey State Police will spend $ million to acquire 1,000 body cameras for troopers, Gov. Christie's office said Tuesday while also announcing new guidelines aimed at expanding disclosures about investigations of officers' use of force. While state police cruisers have had dashboard cameras for years, this will be the first time troopers will wear cameras. The equipment is expected to be rolled out during the next few months, with all troopers on patrol getting the gear by the middle of next year. The force numbers over 1,500, though not all troopers police the roads. The agency will pay for the cameras from its general equipment fund. In addition, the Attorney General's Office is offering $ million in forfeiture…
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Arrests of Americans Aiding ISIS Soar, Fueled by Social Media

The charges range from providing material support to terrorists to weapons possession to conspiracy. Most of those charged are US citizens. And 16 were stopped at the airport with a ticket in their pockets with apparent plans to join the Islamic State. Arrests nationwide of Americans on ISIS-related charges are growing, and FBI Director James Comey said the threat from the terror organization has become a bigger menace to the United States than al-Qa'ida -- the group responsible for the 9/11 attacks -- fueled by recruitment efforts through Twitter and social media that have led to a spike in arrests in the past few months. Speaking last week at a national security conference at Aspen Institute, the director said the…
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NJ Beaches Filled, Sandy Homes Empty

Asbury Park beaches and boardwalk have been restored since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Most of AP damage affected businesses. Asbury Park Strong photos / Stanley Brick (C) Seaside, NJ: Beaches along New Jerseys pristine seacoast have been filled with beachcombers. Boardwalks have been rebuilt along  Superstorm Sandy path of devastation. May businesses have reopended, and beach life continues. However, in every town along the coast, many homes flooded during the 2012 storm Sandy remain unusable. Thousands of homeowners simply do not have money for repairs. Most are second homes not covered by insurance.
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3 Brothers, 3 Life Terms: Fallout from the Fort Dix Plot

"We dreamed an American dream," Ferik Duka says, lighting another cigarette. "We loved this country. We still do." Across the spacious Cherry Hill living room, his wife, Zurata, nods. So does their son Burim, 24, whose older brothers, Dritan, Shain, and Eljvir, are serving life sentences for conspiring to kill American military personnel at Fort Dix. The charges followed a 16-month federal investigation that yielded hundreds of hours of surveillance video and audio recordings. The trial in US District Court in Camden took three months, and jurors deliberated for six days before delivering their verdict Dec. 22, 2008. For the Dukas -- a family of ethnic Albanian Muslims who emigrated to the United States illegally in 1984 -- the truth…
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Inside the ISIS Case That Ensnared 5 Friends

They appeared to be a tight circle of friends. There was Nader Saadeh, a 20-year-old New Jersey man who federal prosecutors say began trolling the internet for jihadist websites before leaving for Jordan in an apparent effort to join ISIS. His older brother, Alaa Saadeh, 23, told a friend to lie if the FBI came knocking. Samuel Topaz, a talented musician and classmate of Nader Saadeh at Fort Lee High School, was converted by him to Islam. He posted "selfies" on Facebook wearing the dark head and face scarves favored by Islamic State fighters. According to court filings, they were captioned: "Which assassin am I, or am I all of them?" Munther Omar Saleh, 20, was studying electrical circuitry at…
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Could Twitter Stop the Next Terrorist Attack?

Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity, according to industry and government officials. In private meetings on Capitol Hill, industry officials have told lawmakers and congressional staff that they already ban grisly content like beheadings and alert law enforcement if they suspect someone might get hurt, as soon as they are aware of a threat. But tech officials also said they worry that the proposed legislation is too broad and would potentially put companies on the hook legally if they miss a tweet, video or blog that hints of an attack. They said the result would probably be a deluge…
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The Garden State (NJ) State Agricultural Perserved, Not for Pipeline

The State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) has provided a procedural overview that highlights many potential roadblocks for pipeline development in New Jersey. These procedures deny attempts for intrastate gas pipelines and electric utilities to cut through preserved farms. The procedures show statewide implications for pipeline companies to adhere to, including no other mechanism to obtain rights of land without condemnation, and setbacks to obtain eminent domain. It includes a long approval process for right of easement, compensation of impacts to land owners and SADC, in addition to forcing the company to use a higher assessment value for preserved farms based on if they were developed. “We applaud SADC’s position that they cannot sign away their easements on preserved farmland. The…
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Fire Emits Toxic Fumes Across NJ

NORTH BRUNSWICK, (WABC) -- Most of a massive fire that tore through a North Brunswick, New Jersey warehouse is under control, officials say, but as a precaution, evacuated residents will not be allowed to return to their homes Wednesday night. By late afternoon, the fire was 85 percent out, and the Environmental Protection Agency said the air quality surrounding North Brunswick appeared to be safe. The five-alarm fire broke out just after 2:30 inside the DCH Collision Center on Livingston Avenue. The fire was mainly in the center of the building Wednesday morning when it started. "We were trying to maintain it from running the length of the building towards the south and we were unsuccessful in doing that," said…
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Man With White Supremacist Ties Set Car on Fire While Making Meth

Bail will remain at $350,000 for a Florida man with 27 prior convictions in two states and alleged ties to a white supremacist group who burned up a car while making methamphetamine behind an East Windsor diner earlier this month, a state judge ruled Tuesday. Richard Pearson, 40, appeared before Superior Court Judge Timothy Lydon for a bail reduction hearing on charges of maintaining a drug manufacturing facility, aggravated arson, theft and destruction of evidence stemming from a July 10 arrest in East Windsor. Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor John Boyle said Pearson, who is wanted in Florida and has 22 prior arrests in Massachusetts, was sitting in a 1991 Chevy parked behind the Americana Diner on Route 130 when police…
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Mercer County to PennEast Pipeline: Get off Baldpate Mountain

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes has denied PennEast Pipeline access to lands owned by Mercer County for the purpose of surveying the property. The company had been previously performing soil borings on Baldpate Mountain to complete data required to facilitate the project. The county deemed this activity as potentially environmentally harmful and previously opposed the pipeline in fall of 2014. Jeff Tittel, Director of the Sierra Club released the following statement: “We thank Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes for denying PennEast permission to Baldpate Mountain. The Mountain is an environmentally sensitive county park where PennEast was drilling and surveying for a potential pipeline. They should never been allowed in the first place, but we are happy to hear of this decision.”…
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Hudson County Judge to Preside Over Trial in Temple Firebombing

The state's top jurist on Monday tapped a veteran judge in Hudson County to preside over the trial of a 23-yearold man accused of plotting to firebomb several Jewish facilities and threaten the lives of judges and prosecutors in Bergen County. Effective immediately, Superior Court Judge Joseph V. Isabella will be assigned to the criminal division in Bergen County to conduct the trial of Aakash Dalal, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner said. Isabella also will continue to fulfill his duties in Hudson County. Following a state Supreme Court ruling last month, Bergen County Assignment Judge Bonnie Mizdol decided on July 10 to have an outside judge preside over the case in Hackensack rather than move Dalal's trial to another county. Mizdol…
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