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Israel finds body where American went missing

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli police say a body has been found in the same area where a religious student from New Jersey disappeared last week.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says authorities are in the process of identifying the body.

The body was found in the Jerusalem Forest, the same area where seminary student Aharon Sofer disappeared last week while hiking.

Authorities have been searching for the 23-year-old Sofer, who is from Lakewood.

Rosenfeld would not say whether there were any signs of foul play.


NJ lawmakers seek phone records in bridge probe

(Information in the following story is from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.),

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey lawmakers investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures have subpoenaed AT&T for phone records of a top aide to Gov. Chris Christie.

Lawmakers are requesting a month of data, including text messages, sent or received by Regina Egea (eh-JEE'-uh). She testified in July that she texted the governor her thoughts about December testimony on the bridge probe but later deleted the messages.

Christie said he does not remember receiving the messages.

It is not clear whether AT&T will turn over the records without a search warrant.

Committee co-chairman Assemblyman John Wisniewski tells The Record newspaper the committee's lawyer advised it was an appropriate way to seek information.

The U.S. attorney's office has advised the committee not to call any more witnesses while it probes what happened.


Mass jobless filing for laid-off casino workers

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - One of the region's largest mass-filings for unemployment and other benefits will begin next week for newly laid-off Atlantic City casino workers in an outreach effort so large it had to book part of the city's convention center.

The Showboat and Revel are shutting down this weekend, putting more than 5,000 workers out of work. Trump Plaza will add even more when it closes Sept. 16.

The main casino workers' union, Local 54 of Unite-HERE, is starting a resource center next week to help ex-casino workers file for unemployment, register for health insurance, and get information on food stamps and other assistance.

It will run from 9-to-5 from Sept. 3 through 10 at the convention center, then will move to an as-yet undetermined location following the Trump Plaza shutdown.


Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Prosecutors in Arizona say they will not file charges in the death of a firearms instructor who was showing a vacationing 9-year-old New Jersey girl how to fire a fully automatic Uzi machine gun.

The gun recoiled when she squeezed the trigger and Charles Vacca was shot in the head.

The girl's name and hometown have not been released.

Chief deputy Jace Zack with the Mohave County Attorney's Office says the instructor was probably the most criminally negligent for allowing the child to hold the gun without enough training.

The accident has raised questions about whether children that young should be handling such powerful weapons and has increased awareness about gun tourism.

Shooting ranges with high-powered weapons have become popular attractions in Hawaii and Las Vegas. They draw bachelor parties, newlyweds and tourists from countries that bar citizens from many types of guns.


Cristobal churns surf along Jersey shore

(Information in the following story is from: Home News Tribune (East Brunswick, N.J.) ,

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The rip current risk remains high along the New Jersey coast as Hurricane Crisobal whips up waves that swept a teenager out to sea.

The National Weather Service says long period swells associated with Cristobal will continue to churn the ocean into Thursday evening.

Family members on Thursday will hold a funeral for the 17-year-old who died after he was rescued from the surf at an unguarded beach at Sandy Hook.

Relatives tell the Home News Tribune Sarmard Rizvi was knocked down by a wave on Tuesday. Ali Rizvi says it was a heartbreaking scene once his cousin slipped.

Dozens of lifeguards recovered the South Plainfield resident. But he died at a hospital on Wednesday.


Christie to discuss Sea Bright's sea wall

SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (AP) - Governor Chris Christie is heading to a Jersey shore town still rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy.

Christie is planning to make an announcement about Sea Bright's sea wall on Thursday.

The governor will be joined by Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin.

The governor's office has been touting Superstorm Sandy rebuilding milestones all week.


NJ gives firm $6M tax credit to move one floor

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey is giving an Atlanta-based company $6 million in tax credits to move its rented office space up one floor in a Jersey City high-rise.

Payment processing firm First Data has offices in New York and recently rented space for 26 employees on the 39th floor of 101 Hudson Street.

The Jersey Journal reports the state Economic Development Authority approved the tax credit over 20 years, saying First Data was considering a move to Atlanta. The EDA says the expansion to the entire 40th floor will result in 74 new jobs.

In a statement, Mayor Steve Fulop praised the EDA's decision, saying state officials are helping to bring more businesses to his city.


Human remains at NJ chemical plant identified

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - Authorities have identified human remains that were found at a chemical plant in northern New Jersey.

The bones were discovered at the Hercules Chemical Company in Roxbury in November 2013.

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office says forensic scientists and a forensic odontologist have identified the person as 29-year-old Ronald Blanco of Wharton.

The prosecutor's office says there is no indication of trauma or suspicious activity that would suggest Blanco died as the result of a crime.


Four-alarm fire rips through New Jersey church

(Information in the following story is from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.),

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the cause of a four-alarm fire that ripped through a church in northern New Jersey.

The blaze broke out late Wednesday night at the Central Baptist Church in Paterson.

Church members safely fled as flames devoured the wooden structure.

Battalion Chief Brian McDermott tells The Record newspaper the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office is investigating to make sure the church was not targeted. He says the investigation was prompted by how quickly the fire spread.

The church as razed early Thursday because the steeple was in a precarious position.

One firefighter was treated and released for an unknown injury.


Bricktown police seek school burglary suspect

BRICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Police are seeking a man who broke into a school in Brick Township and stole $50 and school supplies.

Police say a staff member at St. Dominic's School encountered a man wandering the halls on Monday. The man said he wanted to know about sending his children to the school.

The man started filling out paperwork, but left abruptly.

Police say he was captured on surveillance video later that evening using what appeared to be a set of keys to open the front door of the school. He went to the main office before leaving the building.


Rocket launch from Wallops Island tests new tech

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA is reviewing data from a rocket launch that tested a new sub-payload deployment method for suborbital rockets.

NASA says a Black Brant IX suborbital rocket was launched at 5 a.m. Thursday from the agency's Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The new deployment method uses small rocket motors to eject sub-payloads from a rocket's main payload. Thursday's test included releasing vapor traces in space.

The agency says vapor clouds resulting from the test, along with the launch, were seen as far away as southern New Jersey, western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The NASA Sounding Rocket Program Office is reviewing data on the test's performance.


Six Flags Great Adventure plans new roller coaster

JACKSON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure plans to build a new roller coaster for 2015.

The theme park announced on Thursday Looping Dragon will join the park's other thrill rides.

The park says 24 riders sitting in face-off seats will pitch forward and backward pendulum-style until the ride completes a full revolution seven stories in the air. Riders will be suspended upside down and then the ride will reverse direction.

Great Adventure opened what it calls the world's tallest and fastest drop ride this summer. Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom hoists riders 415 feet in the air and dropped back to the ground at 90 mph.

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