Regional Briefs – August 21, 2015

New Jersey Unemployment At Lowest Since 2008

TRENTON – New Jersey’s July unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent, its lowest since September 2008, according to federal figures released Thursday, The Associated Press reported. The report is good news for Gov. Chris Christie as he seeks the presidential nomination.

Owner Says Daily News No Longer On the Market

NEW YORK – Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman said in an internal memo Thursday that the tabloid is no longer for sale after meeting several potential buyers, The Associated Press reported. The paper reportedly loses $20 million a year.

Woman Accidentally Leaves $35K Worth of Jewelry in Taxi

BROOKLYN – A Sunset Park woman left a bag in the trunk of a taxi containing $35,000 worth of jewelry, including a $15,000 engagement ring she designed herself, the New York Post reported. Mariko Spigner, 42, realized her mistake as soon as the taxi pulled away Wednesday. The TLC says they’re investigating.

Man, 70, Survived Week in Woods With Just Rain Water

AVON, N.Y. – A 70-year-old man who fell while walking the woods said Wednesday he survived a week outdoors by drinking rain water, The Associated Press reported. Donald Farrell was following two deer off a trail when he lost his footing and fell, unable to get up. He lay there until a cousin who was searching for him heard his cries.

Cops Accused of Using Force In Occupy Protest Face Trial

NEW YORK – A federal appeals court ruled that two NYPD officers can be sued for pepper-spraying an Occupy Wall Street protester, the Wall Street Journal reported. Imani Brown alleged that the officers falsely arrested her in 2011 the morning the protest camp was disbanded.

DMV Rep Arrested for Taking Bribes for Passing Exams

BUFFALO – A Buffalo DMV clerk pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking bribes to help people pass learner’s permit tests, The Associated Press reported. Michael Young, 49, provided the answers to test-takers who had previously failed. He faces a year in prison.