Seniors face big risks from drug overdoses and alcohol-induced deaths

Drug and alcohol abuse has impacted seniors in the United States as much as it has among younger Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the nation’s leading science-based, data-driven federal agency that protects the public’s health. Over 5,000 people ages 65 and over in the U.S. died of a drugContinue reading “Seniors face big risks from drug overdoses and alcohol-induced deaths”

New Jersey’s political bribe collectors are packed to the gills with cash

According to year-end reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, New Jersey’s “Big Six” political fundraising committees started 2023 with large cash reserves although few legislative elections are expected to be competitive this year. “Money isn’t everything. But having more money means you can afford more on media buys, direct mail, get-out-the-vote,Continue reading “New Jersey’s political bribe collectors are packed to the gills with cash”

Fewer Democrats think President Joe Biden should be the nominee in 2024

The share of Democratic voters who think President Joe Biden should be their party’s nominee in 2024 dropped by six percentage points since June, according to polls conducted by Emerson College but only one potential rival appears to be on the horizon. Biden is expected to confirm that he will run for re-election soon, dismissingContinue reading “Fewer Democrats think President Joe Biden should be the nominee in 2024”

Stoves in US homes equal the climate impact of 500,000 gas-powered cars

Natural gas stoves release methane – a potent greenhouse gas – and other pollutants through leaks and incomplete combustion but most of these emissions occur while the appliance is off. Stanford researchers estimated that methane leaking from stoves inside U.S. homes has the same climate impact as about 500,000 gasoline-powered cars and the stoves canContinue reading “Stoves in US homes equal the climate impact of 500,000 gas-powered cars”

Illinois is the ninth state in the country to institute an assault weapons ban

Illinois is the ninth state in the country to ban assault weapons after lawmakers approved legislation that will also stop the sale of high-capacity magazines and switches. Just days after Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Protect Illinois Communities Act into law, the state has already hit a roadblock to implementing the law, as defiantContinue reading “Illinois is the ninth state in the country to institute an assault weapons ban”

Cuban teenager shot and killed while waiting on Biden restrictions in Mexico

Immigration justice advocates are mourning a Cuban teenager who was shot and killed after being forced to wait in Mexico while requesting an appointment to seek asylum in the U.S. with his family. Jairon Abraham Cruz, who was only 17 years old, arrived in Mexico with his family on the same day President Joe BidenContinue reading “Cuban teenager shot and killed while waiting on Biden restrictions in Mexico”

Pictures of the 58,000 Americans who died in Vietnam form the Wall of Faces

Volunteers have tracked down at least one photo for every one of the more than 58,000 U.S. military personnel who died in the Vietnam War for the Wall of Faces, an online project that took more than two decades to complete. More than half of the visitors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.,Continue reading “Pictures of the 58,000 Americans who died in Vietnam form the Wall of Faces”

Doomsday Clock says humanity is on the verge of destroying the planet

Atomic scientists who set the “Doomsday Clock” each year on Tuesday estimated that they believe humanity in 2023 is closer to annihilation than ever before. The clock is now set at 90 seconds to midnight, reflecting the gravest danger ever. Among the factors indicating unprecedented peril for humanity is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and simmeringContinue reading “Doomsday Clock says humanity is on the verge of destroying the planet”

29-year-old woman arrested for posing as New Brunswick High School student

An adult woman who posed as a teenager was able to attend classes at New Brunswick High School for several days after enrolling with fake documents. New Brunswick police said that on January 24, 2023, Hyejeong Shin, 29, was charged with one count of providing a false government document with the intent to verify one’sContinue reading “29-year-old woman arrested for posing as New Brunswick High School student”

Prosecutors drop charges against the mother of slain terrorist Ashli Babbitt

Prosecutors in the nation’s capital have declined to file charges against Micki Witthoeft, who was arrested on traffic charges on the two-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot where her daughter was fatally shot by a police officer. Witthoeft’s daughter, Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed as she tried to gain access to aContinue reading “Prosecutors drop charges against the mother of slain terrorist Ashli Babbitt”

Giant gas exoplanet orbit decaying around F-type star called Kepler 1658

For the first time, astronomers have spotted an exoplanet whose orbit is decaying around an evolved, or older, host star. The stricken world appears destined to spiral closer and closer to its maturing star until collision and ultimate obliteration.   The discovery offers new insights into the long-winded process of planetary orbital decay by providingContinue reading “Giant gas exoplanet orbit decaying around F-type star called Kepler 1658”

East Orange man arrested, police seize $25,500 worth of heroin in Mercer County

Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri says a month-long investigation into narcotics distribution in the Mercer County area has culminated with one arrest and the seizure of $25,500 in heroin. On Thursday, January 26, 2023, members of the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Robbinsville Township Police Department initiated surveillanceContinue reading “East Orange man arrested, police seize $25,500 worth of heroin in Mercer County”

Virgin Atlantic fined $1 million for flying over Iraq in “increased tensions”

Virgin Atlantic faces a $1 million fine from the U.S. government for flying through Iraqi airspace when that was prohibited by the Federal Aviation Administration because of heightened fears of conflict. The U.S. Department of Transportation said Virgin Atlantic, a code-share partner of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, operated “a significant number of flights” that carriedContinue reading “Virgin Atlantic fined $1 million for flying over Iraq in “increased tensions””

Turkish officials call former CIA chief, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a liar

Senior Turkish officials on Thursday called former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a liar, branding his new book misinformation in an attempt to propel him to the presidency. Pompeo, who is laying the groundwork for a 2024 presidential campaign, wrote that in 2019 he tried to “break through” a locked door in Ankara’s presidential complex toContinue reading “Turkish officials call former CIA chief, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a liar”

Who murdered Paterson’s Chrismely Hidalgo, dumped her body in Newark?

At just 22 years of age, Chrismely Hidalgo had already lived a rough life. She was a young mother who occasionally earned money as a prostitute. Drug addiction and mental problems led Hidalgo to her dangerous lifestyle. Hidalgo was last seen in Paterson, New Jersey, an area she frequented to buy drugs, before she wasContinue reading “Who murdered Paterson’s Chrismely Hidalgo, dumped her body in Newark?”

Georgia prosecutors are lying to justify excessive charges, hide police brutality

Police and prosecutors have been lying to the public and to judges in their effort to justify outrageous, sensational charges against environmental activists who oppose a police training facility development in Georgia. The Atlanta Solidarity Fund said police who brought terrorism charges against Stop Cop City protesters justified those allegations by claiming that a group,Continue reading “Georgia prosecutors are lying to justify excessive charges, hide police brutality”

US military operation executed in northern Somalia kills ISIS leaders

U.S. special operations forces have killed a senior Islamic State group official and 10 other terrorist operatives in remote northern Somalia, said Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III. The operation targeted Bilal al-Sudani, a key financial facilitator for the global terrorist organization, in a mountainous cave complex. In a statement from the Pentagon, AustinContinue reading “US military operation executed in northern Somalia kills ISIS leaders”

Kenneth Saal sentenced to 55 years in prison for murder and conspiracy

Kenneth Saal, 33, of Lindenwold, was sentenced by Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Pedro Jimenez Jr. to 45 years in state prison on murder and burglary charges plus a consecutive 10-year sentence on conspiracy to commit murder and witness tampering charges for a crime the judge characterized as “senseless.” Saal pleaded guilty on November 2,Continue reading “Kenneth Saal sentenced to 55 years in prison for murder and conspiracy”

New Jersey woman sent to prison for supporting Syrian foreign terrorist

A female U.S. Army veteran from Sussex County was sentenced to 34 months in prison for concealing her attempts to provide material support to Syrian foreign terrorist organizations. Maria Bell, aka “Maria Sue Bell,” 55, of Hopatcong, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to an information charging her withContinue reading “New Jersey woman sent to prison for supporting Syrian foreign terrorist”

Drug overdose deaths increased over the past 2 decades in the United States

Drug overdose deaths have been rising over the past two decades in the United States, according to an analysis of the most recent data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS). Statistics on deaths from a drug overdose in the United States show that in 2021, 106,699 drug overdose deaths occurred, resulting in an age-adjustedContinue reading “Drug overdose deaths increased over the past 2 decades in the United States”