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AP-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

September 16, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New Jersey. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the AP_New Jersey bureau at 609-392-3622. News editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 609-392-3622 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

FUGITIVE SOUGHT

HAZLETON — Federal authorities suspect a man accused of having threatened President Donald Trump and other officials may have stolen a truck overnight from the same northeastern Pennsylvania business he is believed to have burglarized earlier this month.

COUNTY PARK-BODY

FREEHOLD — A community college honors student has been convicted of felony murder in the death of a convicted marijuana dealer found shot in a New Jersey park last year.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-HURRICANE HISTORY-ATLANTIC CITY

ATLANTIC CITY — The Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944 hit the New Jersey Coast 74 years ago on Sept. 14, destroying most boardwalks — including Atlantic City’s — and leaving Atlantic and Cape May counties in ruins. Most of the nine people who died in the storm in New Jersey drowned or were hit by debris on Long Beach Island, Atlantic City and Sea Isle City, according to weather historian David Ludlum’s “New Jersey Weather Book.” The category 2 storm didn’t make landfall until Long Island, New York, but hugged the coast as it traveled north, pushing vast amounts of water into New Jersey. State Climatologist David Robinson called it New Jersey’s most physically destructive tropical system of the 20th century. Michelle Brunetti Post, Press of Atlantic City. SENT: About 650 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

SHORE TOWNS-BRIDGE CLOSURE — A bridge that connects two New Jersey shore towns will close in mid-September for about eight months for renovation.

SHORE SWIMMER DEATH — Authorities say a man died in an apparent drowning while swimming in rough water off a beach at the New Jersey shore.

TROPICAL WEATHER-PET RESCUE — A Long Island animal rescue organization has opened its doors to animals from tropical storm-slammed areas of Virginia and South Carolina. Moved very late for Sunday AMs.

SPORTS:

FBN--DOLPHINS-JETS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Miami Dolphins and New York Jets renew their AFC East rivalry with both teams trying to open the season 2-0. Ryan Tannehill helped lead the Dolphins through multiple weather delays in the longest game in NFL history for a season-opening win. Meanwhile, Jets rookie Sam Darnold shook off a disastrous start and had a solid debut in New York’s rout at Detroit. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 1 p.m. EDT.

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