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NJ Spy Drama :Westminster Choir College Sale No Longer Moving Forward to Chinese Firm

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Lawrenceville NJ, Rider University announced today that it would no longer be moving forward with the sale of Westminster Choir College to Kaiwen Education, a Chinese for-profit company partly owned by the Chinese government. Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Parker Space in the 24th Legislative District, who introduced a resolution (ACR222) opposing the sale, called the announcement a big win.

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FBI Investigated Bigfoot in 1970s

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Ridgewood NJ, according to CBS News just weeks after the Indian Army allegedly discovered the mysterious footprint of the yeti, the FBI released documents Wednesday regarding a 1976 investigation into another hairy mythical creature: Bigfoot.

In 1976, federal investigators responded to a request by Peter Byrne, director of the Bigfoot Information Center and Exhibition, which was sponsored by the Academy of Applied Science in Boston, to analyze mysterious hairs attached to a piece of skin. After the “Washington Environmental Atlas” wrote in 1975 that the FBI had analyzed a scrap of hair and it “was found to belong to no known animal,” Byrne asked whether the FBI had truly conducted this analysis.

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SOMERSET COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTS TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO HAMAS, AND MAKING THREAT AGAINST PRO-ISRAEL SUPPORTERS

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Discussed Bombing Trump Tower and Israeli Embassy in New York

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Basking Ridge NJ, A Somerset County, New Jersey, man was arrested today for attempting to provide material support to Hamas, lying on his application to enlist in the U.S. Army, and making a threat against pro-Israel supporters, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers of the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division, FBI-Newark Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie and FBI Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Michael McGarrity announced.

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US Attorney General William Barr ‘reviewing the conduct’ of FBI’s 2016 probe of Trump team Russia contacts

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WASHINGTON DC, according to NBC news Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that he is “reviewing the conduct” of the FBI’s Russia probe during the summer of 2016, and that the Department of Justice inspector general will release a report on the FBI’s use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process and other matters in the Russia case in May or June.

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Morris County Man Charged with Bomb Making

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NEWARK, N.J. – A Morris County, New Jersey, man has been arrested and charged in connection with allegedly building and exploding a bomb, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Christopher Faschan, 31, of Landing, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with one count each of possession of numerous explosive/destructive devices, possession of precursor materials, and being a felon in possession of explosive materials, firearms and ammunition. He is scheduled to appear April 5, 2019, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court.

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U.S. Attorney’s Office And Law Enforcement Partners Seize 352 Firearms In Fiscal Year 2018

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Newark NJ, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today that the District of New Jersey seized 352 firearms as part of criminal prosecutions in Fiscal Year 2018.

The District of New Jersey worked jointly with its law enforcement partners, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, and numerous agencies of the State of New Jersey.

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FBI indicates Interest in potential Clean Water Act Violations and Possible Cover Up at Apple Ridge in Mahwah

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Upper Saddle River NJ, according to Derek Michalski the moderator of the Facebook group  GreenUSR,  “After proposing on this site an Environmental Debate between incumbent Josh Gottheimer and his opponent John McCann reporter from CBS News called and interviewed me for the story. When I announced this on October 13, 2018 I immediately noticed that mud is no longer being pumped into Pleasant Brook/Saddle River. Today I spoke to the same reporter and she confirmed that she has also reached out to NJDEP and NJ Department of Agriculture for comments. Immediately after she spoke to them Roy Otto from Bergen County Soil Conservation Department called me. When I asked him what sparked his sudden interest in our situation after 10 months of NOT RETUTNING ANY CALLS he said “let’s not talk about what caused me to call you””.

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The FBI and DHS Issue PSA on Exploitation of Remote Desktop Protocol for New Jersey

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Ridgewood NJ, according to Garden State Cyber Threat Highlight the FBI and DHS have Issued a PSA on Exploitation of Remote Desktop Protocol.

Over the last several years, the NJCCIC has received incident reports from New Jersey businesses and organizations that were victims of cyber-attacks perpetrated via network access granted through Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issued a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on Thursday, September 27, detailing threat actors’ increased exploitation of RDP to conduct malicious cyber activities. RDP is a proprietary protocol developed by Microsoft to enable access to a computer or server over a network connection. However, if not properly secured, threat actors can exploit RDP to steal account credentials, compromise identities, and hold sensitive information for ransom. To protect against RDP-based attacks, the FBI and DHS recommend implementing strong passwords and account lockout policies, enabling multi-factor authentication where possible, keeping systems and software updated, and limiting network exposure for all control system devices. For additional information on how to reduce the risks associated with RDP, the NJCCIC recommends reviewing the FBI and DHS Public Service Announcement and the NJCCIC threat analysis Remote Access: Open Ports Create Targets of Opportunity, Undue Risk.

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Lance Backs Secure Elections Act

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Washington DC,  Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) is now the first New Jersey lawmaker cosponsoring the Secure Elections Act – legislation to continue protecting and securing election infrastructure and voting from foreign interference.

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Knife Wielding Man Sentenced to 44 Months in Prison for 2017 Bank Robbery in Fort Lee

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Fort Lee Nj,  A Bronx, New York, man was sentenced today to 44 months in prison for robbing a bank in Fort Lee, New Jersey, at knifepoint in January 2017, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Andres Dominguez, 39, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls to an information charging him with one count of bank robbery. Judge Walls imposed sentence today in Newark federal court. Dominguez was originally arrested on Jan. 13, 2017.

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