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  • Dog takes ‘pugshot,’ bail paid in cookies after NJ ‘arrest’

    CAPE MAY, N.J. — A dog is home after police in a New Jersey shore town posted its mugshot on social media. Cape May Patrolman Michael LeSage found Bean the pug in a yard on Sunday. He tells The Star-Ledger of Newark he tried to get the dog to hop into his police car, but her legs were too short so he had to lift her. Police posted a photo of Bean on Facebook with the caption: “This is what […]

  • Jared Kushner’s family firm accused of pushing out tenants in Brooklyn

    NEW YORK — The hammering and drilling began just months after Jared Kushner’s family real estate firm bought a converted warehouse apartment building in the hip, Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Tenants say it started early in the morning and went on until nightfall, so loud that it drowned out normal conversation, so violent it rattled pictures off the walls. So much dust wafted through ducts and under doorways that it coated beds and clothes in closets. Rats crawled through holes […]

  • 7-year-old survives dad’s drunk crash, killed by another car while getting help: police

    ROMULUS, Mich. — Police say a 7-year-old girl was struck and killed as she tried to get help after her father drunkenly crashed into an abandoned vehicle on an interstate in suburban Detroit. State police spokesman Lt. Mike Shaw says DeSandra Thomas sent text messages to police about her father’s crash before she was struck on I-94 near Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus early Sunday. She died instantly. “Here’s a 7-year-old girl that’s not going to go to prom,” he […]

  • San Francisco to consider tax on companies to help homeless

    SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to tax large businesses to pay for homeless and housing services in a city struggling with income inequality. Supporters collected enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot. It would raise about $300 million a year to expand shelter beds and provide housing for people who are homeless or at risk. The money would come from an average half-percent tax increase on companies’ revenue above $50 million each […]

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    Dad cleaning gun fatally shoots 6-year-old girl in the head

    SALEM, Ind. — Indiana police say a 6-year-old girl was shot in the head and killed when the handgun her father was cleaning accidentally fired in southern Indiana. Indiana State Police say Makayla S. Bowling was pronounced dead at a hospital after the shooting in rural Salem Friday night. Police say her father was cleaning the gun inside a home Friday night and thought the weapon was unloaded, but it discharged, striking the girl in the head. The father’s name […]

  • NJ crash involving 5 school buses sends 17 to hospitals

    MEDFORD LAKES, N.J. — A crash in New Jersey involving five school buses has sent more than a dozen people to area hospitals, but no serious injuries have been reported. The crash happened Monday afternoon in Medford Lakes. WCAU-TV reports the buses were picking up children from the JCC Camps at Medford. An emergency dispatcher says 17 people have been taken to area hospitals and there are as many as 35 patients, but the injuries appear to be minor. There […]

  • New Jersey looking to add 6 medical marijuana dispensaries

    TRENTON, N.J.  — New Jersey is seeking to double its number of medical marijuana dispensaries, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. Murphy said in a statement that the state is requesting applications for six new dispensaries, up from the six that now operate in the state. The program has grown under the Democratic governor, who has vowed to expand it. Officials say 10,000 new patients have become eligible under the program since January, bringing the total to 25,000. The freshman governor, […]

  • Amazon’s Prime Day runs into snags swiftly

    NEW YORK — Amazon’s website has run into some snags quickly on its much-hyped Prime Day. Shoppers clicking on many Prime Day links Monday got only an abashed-looking dog with the words, “Uh-oh. Something went wrong on our end.” Customers reported glitches, empty pages and problems seeing products that were available. The annual day of deals began at 3 p.m. ET Monday, about the same time that more than 24,000 reports of problems with the site were registered by DownDetector. It […]

  • Parts of Puerto Rico still without power as others celebrate return of electricity

    ADJUNTAS, Puerto Rico — It was finally a night to celebrate in this village tucked into the mountains of central Puerto Rico. People pressed TV remote buttons, clicked on fans and plugged in refrigerators as electricity again flowed into homes that had been without power since two major hurricanes devastated the U.S. territory nearly a year ago. Lights are slowly coming on for the more than 950 homes and businesses across Puerto Rico that remain without power in hard-to-reach areas. […]

  • Trump says he sees no reason why Russia would’ve interfered with 2016 election

    HELSINKI — President Donald Trump says he sees no reason why Russia would interfere in the 2016 election, but leaders from both parties have come out against what the president said and reiterated U.S. intelligence communities’ findings that Russia did interfere in the election. Trump resisted when asked Monday to condemn Russian meddling in the election. Instead, he complained about a Democratic National Committee computer server and emails belonging to Hillary Clinton, the Democrat he defeated to win the presidency. At […]