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AP-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

August 21, 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:

FRATERNITY HOUSE-DEADLY FALL

BELLEFONTE — Former members of a Penn State fraternity are due in court for a preliminary hearing on charges related to the February 2017 death of a pledge after a night of hazing and drinking. The hearing Tuesday before a district judge will determine if there’s enough evidence to send charges against several of the defendants in the case to county court for trial. It could last several days. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates as warranted from hearing, then 300 words and photos by 6 p.m.

3D GUN-LAWSUIT

SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle is scheduled to hear arguments on whether to block a settlement the U.S. State Department reached with a company that wants to post blueprints for printing 3D weapons on the internet. The federal agency had tried to stop a Texas company from releasing the plans online, arguing it violated export regulations. But the agency reversed itself in April and entered an agreement with the company that would allow it to post the plans. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 551 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE

— POLICE OFFICER-MISCONDUCT CHARGES — Prosecutors say a longtime New Jersey cop passed along information about police activity to help people he knew avoid arrest and also had sex with a woman while on duty instead of arresting her for outstanding warrants.

— CHILD SEX ASSAULTS — A southern New Jersey man who sexually assaulted several children in Atlantic City has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

— FOUNTAIN VANDALIZED — Authorities in New Jersey are searching for the suspects who vandalized a park fountain.

— REPLICA GRENADES IN LUGGAGE — Authorities say two suspected hand grenades found in a woman’s checked bag at Newark Liberty International Airport this week were actually novelty bottle openers.

— ATLANTA MEGAPROJECT-AMAZON — As Amazon.com prepares to select its site for a second headquarters, Atlanta leaders want to know more about plans for a colossal development project downtown.

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