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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

March 22, 2019

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’s 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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NEWARK _ New Jersey’s attorney general has sued a California company that sells gun parts that can be turned into working firearms. The suit announced Friday alleges U.S. Patriot Armory violated New Jersey’s consumer fraud laws when it advertised and sold gun parts to an undercover investigator last month. By David Porter. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.


COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker has netted the first endorsement from a sitting lawmaker in the early-voting state of South Carolina. State Rep. John King tells The Associated Press that he’s backing the senator from New Jersey in part because he feels Booker’s experience combating corruption as Newark mayor will help him do the same for the country as president. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 347 words, photos.


_ TRAFFIC STOP-OFFICER DRAGGED _A man who allegedly grabbed a police officer’s tie and dragged him while fleeing a traffic stop has been convicted of eluding but acquitted of aggravated assault.

_ TRAVEL BASEBALL TEAM-THEFT _ Authorities say the manager and treasurer of a youth travel baseball team in New Jersey stole $6,500 from the organization.

_ HIGH SCHOOL-DATA BREACH _ Officials say several high school students in northern New Jersey hacked into their schools’ computer systems to try and change their grades.

_ BANK FRAUD-HOTEL OWNER _ A hotel management company operator from New Jersey has been charged with submitting fraudulent loan applications to a Maryland bank to buy millions of dollars in commercial and residential properties.

_ HOSPITAL-MERGER TALKS _ A New Jersey Catholic hospital is discussing plans to merge with one of the state’s largest hospital systems.


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