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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

December 31, 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.

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TOP STORIES:

NEW JERSEY-NEW LAWS

TRENTON _ A ban on smoking at public beaches, a state mandate for health insurance and the ability for courts to take away guns from people who pose a danger are among the laws going into effect in the new year in New Jersey. There are about two dozen new laws taking effect in 2019, according to a tally kept by the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services. By Mike Catalini. SENT: 550 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ INMATE LETTER _ An appeals court has reversed sanctions against an inmate who sent a letter to a prison nurse asking for a date when he got out.

_ TURNPIKE TOLLS _ If a new year is beckoning, Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls must be about to go up.

_ CRAB FISHING _ Federal fishing managers are holding the line on the quota for a commercial important species of crab that is fished off of the East Coast.

_ 22-YEAR-OLD IN CHARGE _ At an age when most people struggle to balance their checking account, Intashan Chowdhury is being asked to balance a $6.5 million municipal budget.

_ MAN TRIES TO IGNITE SELF _ Police say an Ohio man poured gasoline on himself and tried to light it on fire at a New Jersey gas station.

_ COW ON THE LOOSE _ A cow that escaped a truck bound for the slaughterhouse in New Jersey has given birth.

SPORTS:

FBN--JETS-SEARCH ON

FLORHAM PARK _ The search for a new coach has begun for the New York Jets. After firing Todd Bowles on Sunday night, the team is focused on bringing in someone who will be able to lead a franchise that has missed the playoffs for eight straight seasons but has a promising young quarterback in Sam Darnold and expects to be busy in free agency this offseason. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

BKW--T25-RUTGERS-MARYLAND

COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ Fourth-ranked Maryland strives to stay unbeaten in a Big Ten game against Rutgers. By Ian Quillen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at noon ET.

HKN--CANUCKS-DEVILS

NEWARK _ The New Jersey Devils will look for their third straight win when they play host to the Vancouver Canucks in a New Year’s Eve matinee at the Prudential Center. Vancouver is 8-2-1 in its last 11 games. UPCOMING. 600, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

BKC--NJIT-DUQUESNE

N.J.I.T. plays Duquesne at A.J. Palumbo Center.

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