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Lake Hopatcong (Google Street View)

Snake Search Ends - The snake expert who still believes there is a 16-foot anaconda living in Lake Hopatcong says he is done looking after he got an ominous phone call last week warning him to give up the search, or else. Gerald Andrejcak says he won’t look anymore but he knows the giant snake is still out there and when it's found there will be a lot of questions that need answers. State officials gave up thier search last week saying there was no evidence the snake exists.

Working More, Not Less - are you working longer hours than you used to? a new survey finds even with big advances in technology, the vast majority of us are working more, not less.

Fighting Slows - Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of fighting as international efforts intensify to end the three-week-old conflict. The Israeli military says it hasn't carried out any attacks in Gaza since 9:30 p.m. Sunday. It says troops are pressing on with efforts to destroy the cross-border tunnels constructed by Hamas for attacks inside Israel. Following an emergency meeting Sunday night, the U.N. Security Council has called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in Gaza.

Legalizing Suicide
- The New Jersey legislature is considering a bill that would allow terminally ill patients with less than six months to live to take their own lives with the help of a doctor. New FDU-Public Mind poll asks Garden Staters their thoughts on the measure.

Beach Smoking Ban - The question of banning smoking on New Jersey's beaches still awaits a decision by Gov. Christie. Lawmakers passed a bill in June that would ban smoking at all public beaches. Christie has yet to sign the bill. It would give towns the right to set aside 15-pecent of thier beaches for smokers.

Mosquito Myths - The mosquito problems have not been as bad this year as in years past.There are a lot of myths about mosquitoes, including myths about defense against them and even how serious a threat they pose.

Parkway Accident - Bad accident on the Parkway this weekend. A 45-year old woman crossed into the center lane Sunday hitting a pick up. She and her elderly mother were killed. Two 14-year olds in the car were also hurt. A couple and thier two kids in the truck were also hurt.

A friend grieves at the site where two Randolph High School football players died in a car crash (PIX 11)

Football Players Die in Crash - In Randolph, a car full of high school football players ran off the road and crashed. killing two of the kids inside. Police say the car was speeding when it hit a tree. The two boys that were killed had been friends since they were little and preparing for the upcoming season when they went foir a ride with friends. One of the kids that was killed had survived a bad accident last April.

Growing Homeless Population - What's causing New Jersey's homeless population to grow? One expert says there's many factors.

Bridge Reopened - The Route 49-bridge is open again this morning after being shut down after two barges broke free in the river and hit the Salem bridge supports. An inspection showed no damage. The bridge closure caused some delays getting back from the shore Sunday.

Scissor Attack - A fight over a woman ended with one man being stabbed with a pair of scissors. It happened this weekend in Englewood Park. Police say the argument started when a local man thought another guy was being disrespectful to his date. Punches were thrown and then out came the scissors. The victim is hospitalized with a punctured lung. The attacker is in jail.

Dispute Ends Festival - A scuffle with police brought the Carribbean Festival to a close in Jersey City this weekend. One of the organizers of the event fought with officers as they argued over a permit issue then member of the crowd got into the scuffle. The event was abruptly shut down and everyone was told to go home.

Mold Removal Guidelines - Have you found mold in your home? Thinking about getting it removed? Believe it or not there's aren't many requirements to being a mold technician and a proposed law would try and create some guidelines.



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