Here are the top New Jersey news stories for Friday:

⬛ Police in hotel shootout with homicide suspect in Woodbridge

Royal Albert Palace catering hall and Raritan Hotel in Woodbridge after a shooting 6/13/24
Royal Albert Palace catering hall and Raritan Hotel in Woodbridge after a shooting 6/13/24 (ABC 7 Eyewitness News)
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WOODBRIDGE — A suspect wanted in a New York City homicide was fatally shot by police outside a New Jersey hotel early Thursday morning.

Attorney General Matt Platkin said at a press conference Thursday afternoon via Zoom the person shot at the Royal Albert Palace catering hall and Raritan Hotel on King Georges Road in Woodbridge was tracked to New Jersey by an Automatic License Place Reader (ALPR). NYPD police went to the hotel along with Woodbridge police on surveillance.

⬛ Commuter bus company in NJ declares bankruptcy

CoachUSA bus at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford
CoachUSA bus at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford (CoachUSA)
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Suburban Bus riders should not notice any differences as the commuter line's parent company begins started voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Coach USA, which operates commuter lines around the country and Megabus filed Tuesday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The intention is to sell some assets, ensure continued service and maximize the value of its businesses for a potential sale. Agreements are already in place to sell several lines including Suburban to Bus Company Holdings, an affiliate of The Renco Group. Other lines will be sold to Avalon Transportation.

⬛ Taylor Swift fans will want to check out Shore town's attraction

Taylor Swift in 2006 (inset) NJ childhood Shore town exhibit (Google Maps, Michael Buckner,Getty Images)
Taylor Swift in 2006 (inset) NJ childhood Shore town exhibit (Google Maps, Michael Buckner,Getty Images)
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The Jersey Shore town that Taylor Swift called home during childhood summers has a brand new exhibit that’s bound to attract Swifties from all over.

Swift’s family has actually loaned throwback photos of the megastar as the centerpiece of this Taylor Swift collection at Stone Harbor Museum.

“It’s not just about the items, it’s about the fact that her family wanted us to have personal family photos from some time ago that were taken while they were staying in Stone Harbor,” Fischer said in a written release.

⬛ New Jersey simplifies working paper application for teens

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Teens under the age of 18 who are looking for a job in New Jersey are being reminded that they need working papers before they can start.

But don’t worry. The process is a lot easier these days because minors and their caregivers can access working papers at MyWorkingPapers.nj.gov, according to The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

⬛ Several parent groups in NJ labeled as conspiracy extremists

SPLC adds NJ groups in extremist report (SPLC, Canva)
SPLC adds NJ groups in extremist report (SPLC, Canva)
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Several parents groups in New Jersey were dubbed “anti-government” by a nonprofit legal advocacy organization in its “year in hate and extremism” annual report.

Southern Poverty Law Center has added the New Jersey Project and New Jersey Parents Involved In Education, along with six local chapters of Moms for Liberty.

“Anti-government groups are part of the antidemocratic hard-right movement,” the SPLC defined the category in its 2023 report and corresponding map.

⬛ Terrifying trend in home invasions

Canva/Townsquare Media illustration
Canva/Townsquare Media illustration
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Burglars are using high tech to prevent residents from calling for hep during a burglary.

The tech is also being used to disable surveillance cameras and other home security measures.

The worst rated fast-food restaurants in NJ - 2024

250 of the most popular fast-food restaurants in America were analyzed to see how well each stacks up against the competition.

Gallery Credit: Mike Brant

New additions to NJ DOT's 2024 collection of humorous safety messages

The NJ DOT continued to use a series of humorous seasonal safety messages on its' over 200 electronic signs around New Jersey.

Gallery Credit: Dan Alexander

POP QUIZ: Can you guess these NJ theme parks from Google Earth images?

Gallery Credit: Dan Zarrow

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