NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Single-cup coffee pods, refrigerated iced coffee, and pre-made, ready-to-drink coffee are giving grocery retail sales a “jolt,” according to a report from the trade magazine Supermarket News (SN).

A "pod" or "k-cup" is coffee, tea, or even hot chocolate, that is sealed inside filter paper. Pods are also known as coffee capsules, or pads, and are round soft and pliable, according to coffeewarehouse.com.

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PERTH AMBOY, NJ—A Perth Amboy motorist was charged in connection with the hit and run death of 83-year-old pedestrian Percio Hernandez.

Hernandez, a resident of Perth Amboy, was pronounced dead on December 26 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

The crash occurred on December 16, ten days earlier, and the charges were announced nearly a week later on December 23 after the driver turned himself in.

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NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ–DeVry University, a for-profit school with a location in North Brunswick and dozens of others in the US, has agreed to a $100 million settlement of a federal lawsuit over claims made in its advertising.

The suit alleged that the school misled prospective students with ads promising high employment success upon graduation, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on December 15.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On December 12, a 53-year-old plumber pled guilty to stealing from an elderly person he knew, including having her sign over the deed to her own home to him.

For the past several years, Fady Chedid was living in the home at 11 Hartwell Street, which initially belonged his 88-year-old victim, Julia Ribar.

But Chedid apparently had Ribar sign over the property to a company he controlled in 2013, around the time that he had her put in a nursing home out-of-state.

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WASHINGTON, DC—A recent shift in some key sectors of the economy "has led to millions [of] workers [only] working part-time hours" when they'd prefer to be working full-time, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

"Part-time workers face shortages of pay and work hours and deserve policy remedies for their problems," said EPI President Lawrence Mishel.  "They are a sizable and growing share of the workforce [and] policymakers need to address their problems."

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