Regional Briefs – February 12, 2017

Hilton Sued for Paying Son More Than Mom

NEWARK – A Hilton hotel paid a female housekeeper less than her son for the same work, New Jersey officials alleged in a civil rights suit Friday, The Associated Press reported. Rosa Lopez got $8 an hour while her son was paid $9. She was fired after complaining.

Suspects Posed as City Workers to Rob Homeowner

CLIFTON, N.J. – Three men posing as Clifton city employees robbed a woman who had invited them into her home to check water valves, The Record reported. Two of them lead her into her basement while the third stole jewelry.

Christie Approves Uber And Lyft to Operate in NJ

TRENTON – It’s now legal for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to operate in New Jersey, The Associated Press reported. Gov. Chris Christie on Friday signed off on a bill to regulate the services. Also included is a provision to eliminate the 7 percent sales tax paid by limousine owners.

Underdog to Frontrunner: Don’t Spend So Much

TRENTON – Outgunned and outspent, Democratic candidate for New Jersey governor Jim Johnson on Thursday asked the frontrunner in the primary to stop spending so much, The Associated Press reported. He wants Phil Murphy to agree to a $15 million cap. Murphy, an ex-Goldman Sachs executive, had no response.

New York Hunters Kill 1,539 Bears During 2016 Seasons

ALBANY – Bear hunters in New York state killed 1,539 black bears during the 2016 hunting seasons, The Associated Press reported. The heaviest dressed-weight bear reported was 555 pounds, taken in the Franklin County town of Brandon.

Worker Fatally Pinned Between Forklift, Van in NYC

QUEENS – A construction worker died after he became pinned Saturday between a forklift and another vehicle in Long Island City, the Daily News reported. Rakesh Ram, 28, of Brooklyn, had been driving the forklift when he put it in neutral and stepped out. It rolled forward and pinned him.