NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Jersey Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJ-SPCA), based in New Brunswick, has long been mired in controversy.

In January, continued calls to action by animal-rights activists and state-sanctioned reports over the course of nearly two decades, culminated in the adoption of a state law to strip the NJ-SPCA of its police powers.

Former Governor Chris Christie signed the bill, which passed the state Assembly 63-0 with four abstentions, during his final days in office.

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NEWARK, NJ—The legal saga surrounding one of New Jersey's two US Senators, Bob Menendez, and his friend, a Florida ophthalmologist, appears to have come to a close.

The two had already survived a high-profile trial that ended in a deadlocked jury last November, but the Department of Justice (DOJ) said it wanted to try the men again on the same charges.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–After dropping off a child from the youth program she ran, a local woman found herself doing one thing during a traffic stop this summer: waiting.

“I was waiting for some sort of explanation. I thought I must have a taillight out or I must have been speeding. I figured it was routine,” said Laura Eppinger, formerly a program associate for the Rutgers-affiliated New Brunswick 4-H youth club.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–While cyber attacks have been propagated in the past, never before has a wave of this magnitude washed over such a wide gamut of systems on a global level.

Federal agents investigated a string of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against Rutgers University in 2015, and a series of "spearphishing" attacks against Democratic Party campaigns in 2016, but the latest trend in cyberattacks is "ransomware."

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NEW BRUNSWICK—Since Dyn, an Internet performance management company, was notably struck with the largest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack of 2016, universities and industries around the country have clamored down on their cyber defenses.

Experts foresee these types of attacks, which can target public bank accounts or make it difficult to access important internal information, becoming more common.

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