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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

December 24, 2018

Good morning! 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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TOP STORIES:

TRENTON _ Delays and cancellations were two words that tried the patience of commuters in New Jersey as the state’s mass transit systems wrestled with a series of challenges in 2018. The problems on the rails and roads dominated much of the daily news as one of the top stories in 2018, leaving new Gov. Phil Murphy to promise improvements. By Shawn Marsh. SENT: 941 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ POKER PLAYER WINS $1 MILLION _ A man playing poker at an Atlantic City casino has won $1 million on a $5 bet.

_ DEADLY HIT-AND-RUN _ An 82-year-old driver who allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident has been charged with murder.

_ FIRE-WOMAN KILLED _ Authorities say they found the body of a woman inside a home that caught fire in New Jersey.

_ STOLEN CAR PURSUIT-YOUTHS CHARGED _ Authorities say the driver of a stolen car struck three police cruisers during a pursuit that went through two New Jersey towns and ended with the arrests of five juveniles.

SPORTS:

STORY OF THE YEAR

_ Crimes of sexual abuse committed by doctor Larry Nassar and the chaos they provoked have been named the Story of the Year in balloting by Associated Press members and editors. The second- and third-place finishers announced Monday are the Eagles winning their first Super Bowl championship and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow sports gambling to expand beyond Nevada. The stories were selected by AP members and editors. The Nassar saga earned more than double the number of votes than the other finishers. By Eddie Pells.

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