Shoppers hit the internet for Cyber Monday: First News
Today in New Jersey’s First News:
After the weekend kickoff to the holiday shopping season, more than 126 million Americans are expected to log online and search for deals for today's cyber Monday. While that projection is down a bit from last year, another trend on the rise is the use of mobile devices to shop. Analysts expect around 20 percent of cyber Monday shoppers to use their mobile device for their purchase.
- Online retailers ready to greet shoppers for Cyber Monday / NJ1015.com
- 5 things not to buy on Cyber Monday / Marketwatch
Meanwhile the national retail federation says that early discounts, more online shopping and a mixed economy meant lower numbers for black Friday and the entire thanksgiving weekend. 133 million people shopped in stores and online, but that was down 5.2 percent from last year. Spending is expected to fall from 57 to 50 billion dollars
- Retail group: Black Friday weekend loses allure / NJ1015.com
- Cyber Monday sales expected to be down / USA Today
A new study finds New Jersey has the 7th most-frugal residents among the 50 states and D.C.
- NJ residents make better penny-pinchers / NJ1015.com
Authorities are investigating yet another Middlesex county home invasion that targeted Asian Indian residents. The latest incident took place in old bridge over the weekend. Police say a group of men entered the home, restrained family members and stole cash and jewelry. The incident is the county's 5th such case over the last several weeks. No arrests have been made.
- Police probe 5th home invasion targeting Indians / NJ1015.com
- Old Bridge home invasion / NJ.com
- Police probe 5th home invasion / CBS NY
- Police investigating disturbing home invasion pattern / 7online
There is an update on the Ray Rice case. The embattled former Rutgers star was reinstated Friday after an arbitrator threw out rice's indefinite suspension. His wife, Janay, is breaking her silence. In a two- part interview with NBC's today show, she says her husband has been telling the truth about hitting her in a revel casino elevator in February. Rice says she can't say the same for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell though.
- Janay Rice tells 'Today' show: Goodell not honest / NJ1015.com
- Ray Rice's wife on whether fans can forgive / NBC News
Almost half of New Jerseyans say they've been a victim of identity theft or know someone who has and about the same number know someone impacted by a data breach. That may be why a survey released by Experian's "protect my ID." shows seven-in-ten Garden Staters are worried about identity theft.
- Survey: NJ residents worried about identity theft / NJ1015.com
A rash of weekend gun violence in Newark has left three people dead and several wounded. The incidents happened several hours apart. Police say they don't know yet if the shootings are related
A Monmouth County jury is expected to hear closing arguments this week in the trial of a Middletown man charged with murdering his wife with a frying pan. Patrick Allen is charged with killing Kimberly Allen in 2011. The former securities salesman has been on trial since September.
- Closing remarks to begin in Middletown murder case / Middletown Patch
Here’s a tragic story out of Monmouth County. A Fair Haven councilman is dead after being hit by a car while riding his bike. Councilman Jerome Koch was picking up litter while out riding his bike. He reportedly swerved into the road and was hit by a car. He's survived by his wife and four children.
The FBI is now a part of the search for a college senior who was last seen early Thursday leaving a Philadelphia bar after a night out with friends. On Sunday afternoon, police combed the waters of a nearby canal for 21-year-old West Chester university student Shane Montgomery but found nothing.
- FBI joins hunt for missing college student / NJ1015.com
- Reward for missing West Chester student / 6ABC
Police in south Jersey (Vineland) say a man who fled an accident scene didn't do it for the usual reasons. 21-year-old David Scarpa was arguing with his girlfriend when he backed into a utility pole, however he didn't report the accident right away because he didn't want to deal with his girlfriend yelling at him. He's charged with leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving.
There's already a law on the books that punishes people who take or distribute sexually explicit photos of someone and post them without consent, but a jersey lawmaker says that protection is not enough.
- NJ bill increases penalty for sexy photo leaks / NJ1015.com
Former Jersey Shore star Snooki officially tied the knot over the weekend. Nicole Polizzi married her longtime boyfriend Jionni Lavalle in East Hanover before celebrating at the Venetian in Garfield. The 27-year -old newlyweds have two kids together.
- 'Jersey Shore' star Snooki weds in New Jersey / NJ1015.com
- Snooki and Jionni Lavelle are married / E! News
It's a growing problem in many parts of the Garden State. Municipal courts are being overwhelmed by large numbers of minor drug possession cases. One Jersey lawmaker has come up with a solution.
- Drug court plan proposed by NJ Lawmaker / NJ1015.com
The mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, says the officer who shot and killed 18-year old Michael Brown did not receive a severance package when he resigned over the weekend. Officer Darren Wilson had been on administrative leave since he killed brown in august. A grand jury decided last week not to indict him, sparking days of sometimes violent protests. Today President Obama will discuss the situation with his cabinet, civil rights leaders, law enforcement officials and others.
- Obama to hold White House meetings on Ferguson / NJ1015.com
- Ferguson mayor: No severance package for Wilson / NJ1015.com
- Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown resigns / NJ1015.com
Researchers say still too many parents are putting their infants to sleep with blankets, pillows and unsafe bedding that can lead to suffocation. There are current guidelines that recommend against the practice. Federal researchers say in 1993, almost 7 out of 8 of the 20,000 parents they surveyed used blankets or other soft bedding for their infants. In 2010, more than half the parents surveyed were using unsafe bedding.
New Jersey's red light camera program is coming to an end in a few weeks after a sometimes-rocky five-year run, and that's not soon enough for some critics. The pilot program has endured lawsuits, mass refunds, a dispute over the timing of yellow lights and a computer glitch that voided thousands of tickets. Legislation would be needed to revive the program in 2015.
College loan debt has become more of a problem over the past few years for students and their families, but new numbers suggest the debt burden could start dying down in the near future.
- Some financial relief for college grads / NJ1015.com
An effort is underway to raise money for the child protective services worker who was stabbed in her Camden office earlier this month.
The New Jersey energy resilience bank is now open and will help public facilities finance infrastructure upgrades in the aftermath of sandy to limit widespread power outages during emergencies.
- Meeting the need for 'energy resilience' / NJ1015.com
WEATHER from chief meteorologist Dan Zarrow:
TODAY... Becoming cooler, breezy, and cloudy. Chance for afternoon showers or sprinkles. Highs 53-63
TONIGHT... Fog or drizzle possible. Colder. Lows 26-37
TOMORROW... Rain and snow showers, with little to no accumulation expected. Highs 35-43
To view Dan’s extended 5-day forecast, click HERE.
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