New Jersey failed veterans in state-run homes hit by dozens of COVID-19 deaths, federal report says
A scathing federal report has found New Jersey's two state-run veterans homes were unprepared to keep residents safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, violating their constitutional rights to reasonable care while in state custody.
Tax break for offshore wind energy developer Orsted narrowly approved in New Jersey Legislature
A bill to let Danish offshore wind energy developer Orsted keep tax credits that it otherwise would have to return to New Jersey ratepayers was approved by the slimmest of margins in the state Legislature Friday afternoon.
Virginia preps for more bad weather amid storm of questions
With more bad weather looming, Virginia officials are seeking to reassure the public they are prepared as they reacted to harsh criticism of their response to a storm earlier this week that left hundreds of motorists stranded on Interstate 95.
Murphy ekes out win in NJ, GOP's Youngkin upsets in Virginia
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey narrowly won reelection in his reliably blue state while a Republican political newcomer delivered a stunning upset in the Virginia governor’s race, sending a warning to Democrats that their grip on power in Washington may be in peril.
Virus fight stalls in early hot spots New York, New Jersey
About 54,600 people in New York tested positive for the virus in the last week, a number that has begun to inch up recently. The situation in New York and New Jersey mirrors a national trend that has seen case numbers inch up in recent days. AdNeither New York nor New Jersey is experiencing anything like what they saw last spring, when hospitals — and morgues — were overflowing. New Jersey hospitals are reporting about 2,200 virus patients — up by roughly 300 in the past couple of weeks. New York City's Public Advocate Jumaane Williams urged New York to pause reopening plans.
The Latest: Big West hoops tournaments banning spectators
(AP Photo/Aaron Doster, File)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Big West Conference will hold its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments without spectators, including family and guests of the teams. The Big West’s board of directors decided to start the season without fans in attendance. AdPelicans officials say they are hoping to allow as many as 4,000 fans per game later this season. The Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers have been permitted to have a limited number of fans at games during the pandemic. AdThe governor said about 1,700 to 1,800 fans should be allowed to attend Devils games under the new rules.
The Latest: Oklahoma opens second phase of COVID-19 vaccines
(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)MEXICO CITY — Mexico has received its first shipment of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. ___WASHINGTON — The White House now says it expects to catch up by mid-week on deliveries of coronavirus vaccine doses that were delayed by severe weather. AdBeginning March 1, anyone aged 55 to 64 will be allowed to get a COVID-19 vaccine. ___OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma opened its second phase of coronavirus vaccinations on Monday, providing inoculations to public school teachers and staff and to adults of any age with illnesses that make them susceptible to the virus. There have been 419,853 coronavirus cases and 4,203 deaths due to COVID-19 in Oklahoma since the pandemic began, the state health department reported.
The Latest: Massachusetts braces for snow's arrival, wind
The winter weather prompted school districts to cancel in-person learning on Monday, and many COVID-19 vaccination sites were closed and rescheduling appointments. As much as 2 feet (61 centimeters) of snow was predicted to fall in areas throughout the day Monday and overnight. 11:30 a.m.BOSTON — The second phase of Massachusetts’ coronavirus vaccine rollout is being disrupted by a winter storm that’s causing schedule changes and at least one vaccination location to shutdown. A winter storm warning remained in effect until Tuesday for much of the state. Most of the state remained under winter storm warnings or winter weather advisories that were expected to remain in effect through Tuesday morning.
'A long two days': Major storm pummels Northeast with snow
Although the heaviest parts of the storm had moved through the metropolitan area by Monday evening, lighter snow showers were expected to continue virtually all day Tuesday, forecaster James Tomasini said. “We’re looking at a long two days here,” New York Gov. Across the Northeast, many coronavirus vaccination sites closed Monday. AdHundreds of flights and many trains and were canceled, and aboveground New York City subway service stopped at 2 p.m. In recent days, a storm system blanketed parts of the Midwest, with some areas getting the most snow in several years.
Census delay helps GOP in one statehouse, Dems in another
In past decades, the Census Bureau has given Virginia and New Jersey priority in receiving their redistricting data so they can complete the process in time to run their elections. That’s too late to accommodate Virginia and New Jersey, so they will have little choice but to conduct elections this year under the existing boundaries. He said if legislative redistricting were rushed in time for the 2021 election, it would likely be with incomplete census data. AdThe House of Delegates lines that were created in 2011 were drawn by a Republican-controlled chamber to benefit the GOP. That in turn fueled a Democratic gain of six seats in the 2019 House elections, flipping the chamber to Democratic control.
The Latest: South Korea enforces tough measures in prisons
The others are the lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, insurance commissioner and Kansas Supreme Court chief justice and four Republican leaders in the GOP-controlled Legislature. The legislative leaders and the state’s Republican attorney general passed, for now, because not all health care workers and nursing home residents have received theirs. The governor also said Wednesday that “hundreds” of other, non-elected state officials have been made eligible for early vaccines by their agencies. The others are the lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, insurance commissioner and Kansas Supreme Court chief justice and four Republican leaders in the GOP-controlled Legislature. Most of those Republicans said they didn’t want to jump in line ahead of health care workers, nursing home residents or other vulnerable Kansans.
The Latest: China tests millions in port over virus cluster
(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)BEIJING — Authorities in China’s northeastern port city of Dalian are testing millions of residents after seven new coronavirus cases were reported there in the last 24 hours. It has a deal to secure up to 100 million doses of the potential vaccine produced by AstraZeneca. Koca said the first shipment of three million doses of CoronaVac would be shipped to Turkey on Sunday and arrive Monday. He said Turkey could get 4.5 million doses until the end of March and would have the option buy up to 30 million doses. Indonesia has reported nearly 700,000 COVID-19 cases, the largest caseload in Southeast Asia and second in Asia only to India’s 10.1 million confirmed cases.
'Unbelievable' snowfall blankets parts of the Northeast
“If you do not have to be on the roads, please don't travel,” said New York Gov. “This is the fastest rate of snowfall I've ever encountered,” he said. Boston had more than 9 inches (23 centimeters) of snow early Thursday morning, breaking the previous record for the date of 6.4 inches (16.3 centimeters) in 2013. Parts of northern New England saw as much as 7 inches (18 centimeters) of snow per hour, said Margaret Curtis, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. Snow totals topped 3 feet across a wide swath of New Hampshire, and Maine's southernmost county saw 1 to 2 feet.
'If not one thing, it's another': Storm rolls into Northeast
A woman waits for a Long Island Rail Road train in the Queens borough of New York as snow falls at the start of an oncoming snow storm, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. Snow was falling from northern Virginia to points north of New York City by late afternoon. “Our theme today ought to be, ‘If it’s not one thing, it’s another,’” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said as he gave residents storm guidance that's new this year — mask up if you help your neighbors shovel. In New York City, officials braced for the biggest storm in about three years.
Justices order review of Colorado, New Jersey worship limits
The high court’s unsigned decisions did not rule that limits imposed by Colorado Gov. But they did throw out federal district court rulings that rejected challenges to the limits. The High Plains Harvest Church in the rural town of Ault in northern Colorado sued Polis, while a Catholic priest and a rabbi challenged the restrictions in New Jersey. Last month, the Supreme Court split 5-4 in holding that New York could not enforce certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues. The high court subsequently ordered a new look at California worship service restrictions that had been challenged.
US vaccinations ramp up as 2nd COVID-19 shot nears
Nurse Melissa Valentin shows a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to be applied to medical personnel at the Ashford Presbyterian Community Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Packed in dry ice, shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine began arriving Tuesday at more than 400 additional hospitals and other distribution sites. That projection assumes swift authorization of the Moderna vaccine, which also requires two shots for full protection. Elsewhere around the world, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is being given in Britain and Canada. The Moderna vaccine was more than 94% effective overall at preventing COVID-19 illness, and 86% effective in people 65 and older.
Gala ignites political dispute over COVID-19 restrictions
The New Jersey restaurant that hosted the political gala put on by the New York Republican Club was ordered temporarily closed Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, over potential violations of coronavirus guidelines. (Courtesy New York Republican Club via AP)A New Jersey restaurant that hosted a political gala put on by a New York Republican club was ordered temporarily closed Friday over potential violations of coronavirus guidelines. Phil Murphy, also a Democrat, has tightened restrictions on indoor gatherings recently in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases. New York Young Republican Club President Gavin Wax scoffed at the criticism online, saying the group had done nothing wrong. New York state reported 30,000.
Governors ratchet up restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving
Phil Murphy said Monday as he restricted indoor gatherings to 10 people, down from 25. The move closes many nonessential indoor businesses and requires the wearing of masks outside homes, with limited exceptions. Philadelphia banned all indoor dining at restaurants and indoor gatherings of any size, public or private, of people from different households, starting this Friday. Fourteen men were charged earlier this fall in an alleged plot to kidnap the governor in anger over her COVID-19 restrictions. Still, several other GOP governors were taking incremental steps, or resisting even those — continuing to emphasize “personal responsibility” rather than government edicts.
The Latest: Iowa's governor orders statewide mask mandate
Kim Reynolds has dropped her opposition to a statewide mandate for mask use to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The mandate applies only when people are within six feet of others for 15 minutes and they aren’t members of their households. ______NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson has begun a new late-stage trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine, this time on a two-dose regimen. Gavin Newsom said he was pulling the “emergency brake” Monday on the state’s efforts to reopen its economy as coronavirus cases surge more dramatically than during a summer spike. ___BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday the number of new coronavirus cases is flattening following two weeks of new restrictions, but it’s too early to tell whether more will be necessary.
Virus surge: Schools abandon classes, states retreat
“It should frighten all of us,” Dr. David Peterman, CEO of Idaho's Primary Health Medical Group, said of the virus numbers. Reflecting what has largely been a divide between red and blue states, Republican Gov. In other states, officials have tightened restrictions, though not as much as when the virus first hit in the spring. Utah's governor put in place a statewide mask mandate, while Indiana's governor extended his state's mask rule for another month. Michigan’s largest school district, Detroit, said it will suspend in-person classes next week for its roughly 50,000 students, joining other districts that have shifted to online-only classes.
Virus pushes twin cities El Paso and Juarez to the brink
“You can’t cut El Paso without cutting Juarez, and you can’t cut Juarez without cutting El Paso.”In other developments Tuesday, Illinois Gov. Also, the University Medical Center of El Paso erected heated isolation tents to treat coronavirus patients. El Paso County recorded about 1,400 new cases Tuesday, just short of the previous day's record of 1,443. Other Mexican border cities have complained about people entering from U.S. cities that are suffering from virus outbreaks. Dr. Hector Ocaranza, the city and county health authority in El Paso, said the heavily Latino city's family-based culture has been a contributing factor in the spread.
The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster
(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections related to a new cluster centered on a garment factory. — Boston schools will switch to all-remote learning in response to rising coronavirus cases in the city. Kelly said Wednesday that two-thirds of the state’s confirmed cases now are outside the Wichita and Kansas City region. On Wednesday, the state reported its first patient to the field hospital on the state fairgrounds in West Allis outside of Milwaukee. ___ROME — The Italian region of Lazio, which includes Rome, is imposing an overnight curfew to combat surging coronavirus infections.
Plot puts focus on governors' safety amid threats, protests
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya File)A plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor has put a focus on the security of governors who have faced protests and threats over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The only time a U.S. state governor died of assassination was in Kentucky in 1900, when Kentucky Gov. In the same city this spring, current Kentucky Gov. In April, a man was charged after being accused of making threats against Beshear and Kentucky State Police troopers online. ___Follow Mulvihill at http://www.twitter.com/geoffmulvihill__Thurs article has been updated to show that former Kentucky Gov.
New Jersey governor: Trump fundraiser 'put lives at risk'
President Donald Trump arrives at Morristown Municipal Airport to attend a fundraiser at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Morristown, N.J. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)TRENTON, N.J. – President Donald Trump's fundraiser at his Bedminster golf club hours before he announced he had contracted the coronavirus was wrong and “put lives at risk,” New Jersey Gov. Guests at that event said it included a photo opportunity with Trump and an indoor roundtable with him that one attendee said lasted 45 minutes or more. “The actions leading up to and following this event have put lives at risk,” Murphy said at an afternoon news conference. But Dr. Rich Roberts, a pharmaceutical executive from New Jersey who made a video describing the event, said he sat a seat away from Trump during the indoor roundtable. Hopefully, we’ll get through it.”Of the 206 guests at the event, Murphy said, 184 have been contacted by health officials in New Jersey.
New Jersey law seeks to stem pollution in minority areas
Phil Murphy signed into law Friday a measure giving state regulators power to deny development permits to businesses whose operations pollute predominantly Black and other minority communities. He signed the bill alongside state lawmakers and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, who has introduced similar legislation in Washington. They’re defined as census tracts where 35% of the population has low income, or where 40% of households are minority or have limited English proficiency. The law gives regulators the authority to deny permits in such instances for the first time. Current law applies broadly and makes it difficult to deny permits, according to state officials.
Murphy criticizes YouTube stars for 'Jersey Shore' gathering
FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2012, file photo, the unoccupied house made famous by the cast of MTV is shown in Jersey Seaside Heights, N.J. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said that the YouTube stars who rented out the "Jersey Shore" house on Sept. 14, should "be taken to task" after an estimated 1,000 people showed up, many flouting COVID-19 social distancing rules. Phil Murphy said Wednesday that YouTube stars who rented out the “Jersey Shore” house Monday should “be taken to task” after an estimated 1,000 people showed up, many flouting COVID-19 social distancing rules. Murphy estimated the crowd numbered about 1,000 people and said it took seven or eight police departments to break up. The orignal “Jersey Shore” series ran on MTV from 2009 to 2012, following the adventures of a group of 20-somethings as they spent summers in the beach town of Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
Ready to return, 4,000 Atlantic City casino workers told no
In this image taken from video, Jeffery Payne, a server in the VIP lounge at Caesars casino in Atlantic City, N.J., discusses the continuing unemployment of many casino workers during an online meeting from his home, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Many Atlantic City casino workers were ready to return to work on July 2 until Gov. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. After 3 1/2 months of being out of work amid the coronavirus outbreak, thousands of Atlantic City casino workers got the call they had been waiting for: It was time to go back to work. I wanted this nightmare to go away, said Mineli Polanco, a costumed beverage server at the Borgata. You feel like a straw: sip on it, and when you don't need it anymore, throw it away.There were 26,450 people working full or part-time in Atlantic City casinos in March just before the shutdown.
The Latest: Biden wins New Jersey's Democratic primary
WASHINGTON The Latest on Tuesday's primary elections in New Jersey and Delaware (all times local):8:30 p.m.Former Vice President Joe Biden has won New Jerseys mostly mail-in Democratic presidential primary. Biden faced Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on the ballot Tuesday, even though Biden has accumulated enough delegates to become the party's presumptive nominee. New Jerseys already-late primary got pushed a month later because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Democratic Gov. ___8:25 p.m.Joe Biden has won Delaware's Democratic presidential primary, while President Donald Trump has won the state's Republican presidential primary. Biden, a longtime senator from Delaware before serving two terms as vice president, is already the party's presumptive nominee.
Governors' companies among recipients of virus relief loans
The governors of at least seven states have ties to companies that received loans through the Small Business Administrations Paycheck Protection Program. Jim Justice's family businesses qualified for loans. Larry Hogan also received loans. Governors' successful efforts to tap the loan program came, in some cases, as they faced pushback against the economic effects of their virus policies. PlumpJack Management Group LLC, Newsom's winery and hospitality company, received a loan worth $150,000 to $350,000.
Virus concerns grow as do crowds flocking to Jersey Shore
(AP Photo/Wayne Parry)BELMAR, N.J. As coronavirus-related restrictions are eased and temperatures climb, people are flocking back to the Jersey Shore. We cannot let up on our social distancing or our responsibility just because the sun is out, the governor said. They act like it's over now.She was at the beach with a friend who is a nurse in a Jersey Shore hospital filled with coronavirus patients. Michael Scott, another 20-something on the Belmar beach, said he and his friends have modified their behavior this summer, including at nightclubs. We are especially concerned after the gatherings we saw at the Jersey Shore, added the state's health commissioner, Judith Persichilli.
No smoking, drinking or eating as Atlantic City casinos open
Smoking, drinking and eating will all be prohibited when Atlantic City's casinos reopen after being shut for three months due to the coronavirus outbreak under rules imposed by New Jersey Gov. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. Atlantic City tried Prohibition once before. But New Jersey will ban both, again, when Atlantic City's nine casinos reopen after more than three months of coronavirus-related shutdowns. We would like to be full-bore open; we're just not there yet.Before the pandemic, Atlantic City had started to regain its groove, reclaiming its former spot at the nation's No. A significant portion of Atlantic City's casino customers comes from New York, which leads the nation in total virus cases.
Masks, travel restrictions, testing as virus cases surge
Indonesia was expected to pass the 50,000 mark for confirmed infections on Thursday. India reported a record high 16,922 cases on Thursday, taking the national total to 473,105, with nearly 15,000 deaths. China reporting 19 newly confirmed cases nationwide amid mass testing in the capital. The virus has been blamed for over 120,000 U.S. deaths the highest toll in the world and more than 2.3 million confirmed infections nationwide. ___Follow AP coverage of the virus outbreak at https://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak
NY, NJ, Conn. to quarantine visitors from worse-off states
NEW YORK New York, Connecticut and New Jersey will require visitors from other states with high infection rates to quarantine for 14 days. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the travel advisory Wednesday at a briefing joined via video feed by New Jersey Gov. Cuomo said visitors from states over a set infection rate will have to quarantine. As of Wednesday states over the threshold included Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas.
Borgata reopening July 6; invited guests can come July 2
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. Atlantic City's top casino won't be opening its doors to the general public until July 6, four days after most of its competition. The Borgata tells The Associated Press it will host an invitation-only trial period starting July 2 the first day Atlantic City casinos can reopen. But the general public will have to wait until 10 a.m. on July 6 to get in. The Borgata is taking advantage of a friends and family period authorized by the state and announced Monday by Gov. It plans to phase some of them in over the coming weeks as it becomes evident how business levels and customer compliance with health and safety regulations are unfolding.
Some governors balk at Trump request to send troops to DC
RICHMOND, Va. Some governors are rejecting President Donald Trump's request to send National Guard troops to Washington, D.C., for a massive militarized show of force in the nations capital after several days of unrest over the death of George Floyd. Ralph Northam rejected a personal appeal from Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Monday to send thousands of the states National Guard members to Washington D.C., the governor's office said. John Carney's office said the state did not send troops because Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser did not request additional assistance, a reason Northam also cited. Utah is sending approximately 200 National Guard troops. When the South Carolina National Guard is activated, we are prepared to respond as long as needed, Capt.
Gloomy summer looms as pandemic cancels US festivals, trips
On a typical summer day, the Ship Bottom Brewing beer house on New Jersey's Long Beach Island is packed. Along Virginia’s coast, a long list of festivals have already been canceled, and the usually bustling Virginia Beach oceanfront sits quiet and empty. “It’s surreal and sobering,” said Mike Standing, 50, a Virginia Beach restaurateur and hotel owner. Cities and towns across the country also are sorting out what the pandemic will mean for municipal pools, beaches and summer camps. Last year, the summer staple drew nearly 1.4 million visitors for its livestock shows, carnival rides, fried food and big-name concerts.
Newark, NJ, hands out bottled water
Officials in New Jersey's largest city began offering bottled water Monday to residents who may have been drinking tap water contaminated with lead for months or possibly years. NEWARK, New Jersey (CNN) - Officials in New Jersey's largest city began offering bottled water Monday to residents who may have been drinking tap water contaminated with lead for months or possibly years. Newark is taking the advice of the US Environmental Protection Agency and providing bottled water from four city centers, Mayor Ras Baraka and Gov. No safe level of leadThere is no safe level of lead in drinking water, experts say. The EPA recommended the same in its letter, which was meant to "address concerns" and inspire enforcement of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
NJ judge in 2018 teen rape case resigned
CNN image(CNN) - A New Jersey judge who said a teenage boy accused of rape should get leniency because he came from a "good family" and got good grades resigned on Wednesday. Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James Troiano made the remarks in 2018, when denying a request for a 16-year-old boy accused of raping an intoxicated 16-year-old girl to be tried as an adult. Troiano and his family had received death threats, according to the New York Times, and there have been multiple calls for him to resign. Phil Murphy reacted to the news and said he was "gratified that Judge Troiano will no longer sit on the bench." In June, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court reversed Troiano's decision and sent the case back down for further judgment.