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AP-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

August 1, 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:

SPORTS BETTING

ATLANTIC CITY —A fourth Atlantic City casino has begun taking sports bets. Harrah’s started accepting bets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, two days after Bally’s, its sister property in Atlantic City, began accepting them. Longtime customer Alan Kallman, of Monroe Township, placed the first bet at Harrah’s, putting $25 on the New York Yankees to win the World Series. By Wayne Parry.

POLLUTION LAWSUITS

NEWARK — New Jersey is launching six new lawsuits against polluters after a nearly decade-long hiatus. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal stood with Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe and Acting Gov. Sheila Oliver to announce the new policy Wednesday in Newark, near the site of a former lighter plant that leached harmful vapors into homes in the state’s biggest city. By Michael Catalini. With AP Photos.

MANTLE CARDS-AUCTION

Most people who collect sports cards when they are kids usually end up storing them in boxes for years and years. That’s where they stay until something prompts the desire to go through them. For a 76-year-old man from New Jersey who asked to be identified only by his first name, John, it was seeing an ad in a newspaper earlier this year for a 1952 Mickey Mantle card being sold by Heritage Auctions with an estimated value of $3.5 million. By AP Sports Writer Vin A. Cherwoo. SENT: 830 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

— DOG LEFT TO DROWN — As authorities search for the person who left a caged pit bull puppy in the surf to drown, the woman who rescued the animal plans to adopt him.

— SEX TRAFFICKING RING — Authorities in New Jersey have arrested a fugitive wanted for allegedly being involved in a child sex trafficking ring.

— ACCUTANE LAWSUIT — New Jersey’s Supreme Court says plaintiffs suing the maker of an acne drug can’t present some expert testimony that seeks to cast doubt on the drugmaker’s claims.

— BORDER STOP-CHILD PORNOGRAPHY — A man who was stopped at the Maine border with Canada has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on a child pornography charge.

— NJ TRANSIT-CANCELLED TRAINS — At least four New Jersey Transit trains have been cancelled, snarling the commute for rail riders.

— FATAL CRASH-DUMP TRUCK — Police in New Jersey are investigating a crash involving a dump truck that killed a person and injured two others.

SPORTS:

FBN--GIANTS D LINE

EAST RUTHERFORD — With the New York Giants switching to a 3-4 defense, tackles Snacks Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson are going to have to make an adjustment. By Tom Canavan.

FBN--JETS-SAM SPEAKS

FLORHAM PARK — Sam Darnold takes the practice field for the second time since ending his holdout and signing a four-year, $30.25 million deal with the New York Jets. The rookie quarterback is expected to speak to reporters about his contract situation and rejoining his teammates. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video by 7 p.m. EDT.

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