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Seeking sex with a 9-year-old girl gets man 12 years in jail

A Georgia man living in Long Island, N.Y., was sentenced this week to 121 months in prison for traveling from New York to New Jersey to have sexual contact with a minor, said U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman. Richard J. Simone…

Middlesex County bank robber pleads guilty

Peter Greer, 40, of New Brunswick, pleaded guilty this week before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden in Newark federal court to an information charging him with two counts of bank robbery. According to documents filed in this case and…

Middlesex County man admits to two bank robberies

Peter Greer, 40, of New Brunswick, pleaded guilty this week before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden in Newark federal court to an information charging him with two counts of bank robbery. According to documents filed in this case and…

America has one Ebola victim, but no surgeon general

The American infected with the Ebola virus, Thomas E. Duncan, died Wednesday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, but the country does not have a surgeon general. Duncan had been receiving the experimental drug brincidofovir since Saturday and as of yesterday afternoon, he was…

Lord of the Rings actor critical of Fox News fantasies

Actor Viggo Mortensen, best known for his role as Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings films, called Fox News “appallingly shallow and manipulative” for advancing a conservative political agenda. Mortensen said it’s possible to “find out anything” using new…

NASA grants $50 million to 7 teams studying life in the universe

NASA has awarded five-year grants totaling almost $50 million to seven research teams nationwide to study the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. “With the Curiosity rover characterizing the potential habitability of Mars, the Kepler mission…

Republicans are reckless, dangerous and dishonest

Republicans are reckless with public money, irresponsible with human life and notoriously dishonest. The federal debt was only about $1 trillion when President Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, but it climbed to $4.4 trillion by the time trillion when…

Carmen Berkley addressed civil rights symposium

“Racism is not over, brothers and sisters,” said Carmen Berkley, the keynote speaker today at the Eleventh Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Human and Civil Rights Symposium at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. “In 2014, it’s built into our…

Astronauts complete 6-hour spacewalk

Astronauts Reid Wiseman of NASA and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency completed the first of three Expedition 41 spacewalks at 2:43 p.m. EDT Tuesday. The spacewalkers worked outside the Quest airlock of the International Space Station for 6…