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Trenton, NJ, United States

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  • ABC News 4
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  • mailtribune
  • KATU News
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  • Winnipeg Free Press
  • Sioux City Journal
  • Philly.com
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Recent articles by Ben:

Virginia school's transgender bathroom ban is back in court

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Gavin Grimm will be back in a Virginia courtroom to fight against his former high school's transgender bathroom policy. A federal judge in Norfolk will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the Gloucester County School Board violated Grimm's rights when it banned him from using boys' bathrooms. The hearing is the latest step in a yearslong legal battle that has come to embody… → Read More

Gunman's resignation email gave no hint of bloodshed to come

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Beach employee who shot and killed 12 people at a municipal building gave no hint of the bloodbath to come when he emailed his resignation letter earlier in the day, saying that he was leaving for "personal reasons" but that "it has been a pleasure to serve. " The two-sentence email from DeWayne Craddock, an engineer with the city utilities department, was… → Read More

Official: Gunman's resignation email had no sign of shooting

The resignation email the gunman sent hours before the shooting at a municipal building was brief, unremarkable and didn't contain anything that foreshadowed the bloody rampage to come, a city official told The Associated Press on Monday. "The document itself is part of the investigative file," city Communications Director Julie Hill said in an email. "If detectives are able to clear it for… → Read More

Virginia Beach attacker notified boss of plans to leave job

The gunman who opened fire inside a Virginia Beach government building, killing 12 people, had notified a superior of his intention to leave his job, officials said Saturday. The assailant, who worked as a civil engineer, was an employee "in good standing" in his department, said City Manager Dave Hansen, who described the man's performance as "satisfactory. " → Read More

Virginia Beach shooting victims were city employees

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The 12 people who were fatally shot in a Virginia Beach government building were remembered Saturday during a somber news conference and prayer vigil as officials sought to put the focus on those who died and not the gunman. Police Chief James Cervera identified the assailant as DeWayne Craddock, who was employed for 15 years as an engineer with the city’s utilities… → Read More

Virginia Beach shooting victims were veteran city employees, remembered at vigil

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The 12 people who were fatally shot in a Virginia Beach government building were remembered Saturday during a somber news conference as officials sought to put the focus on those who died and not the gunman. Police Chief James Cervera identified the assailant as DeWayne Craddock, who was employed for 15 years as an engineer with the city's utilities department. → Read More

Officials ID Virginia Beach gunman as city employee

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The gunman who killed 12 people in a Virginia Beach municipal building was identified by police Saturday as a 15-year city employee who had served in the military and was described by neighbors as quiet and rarely smiling. Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera identified the gunman as DeWayne Craddock, who was employed as an engineer with the city's public… → Read More

12 people killed in Virginia Beach shooting; suspect dead

A longtime city employee opened fire in a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing 12 people on three floors and sending terrified co-workers scrambling for cover before police shot and killed him following a "long gun-battle," authorities said. Four other people were wounded in the shooting, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life, said Virginia Beach… → Read More

12 people killed in Virginia Beach shooting

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A longtime city employee opened fire in a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing 12 people on three floors and sending terrified co-workers scrambling for cover before police shot and killed him following a "long gun-battle," authorities said. Four other people were wounded in the shooting, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his… → Read More

11 people killed in Virginia Beach shooting; suspect dead

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A longtime, disgruntled city employee opened fire at a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing 11 people before police fatally shot him, authorities said. Six other people were wounding in the shooting, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life, said Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera. Virginia Beach mass shooting press… → Read More

Kidnap claim unravels: Baby thrown down hill, mom charged

A mother's claim that her 7-week-old baby was kidnapped quickly unraveled after her infant was found at the bottom of a 75-foot ravine in the North Carolina mountains, law enforcement officials said Friday. Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin announced that the child's mother, Krista Noelle Madden, 35, has been jailed on a count of attempted first-degree murder. → Read More

Slowing, weakening Hurricane Florence a 'horrific nightmare storm'

The storm is expected to slow down, stall and then perhaps wander just off the Carolina shore as it nears the coast Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the more it → Read More

Editor who wrote about Capital Gazette shooter says he has card suspect may have mailed

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Police say they believe a man charged with killing five people in a Maryland newsroom sent a card to a journalist he harassed for years.Norfolk, Virginia, police spokesman Daniel Hudson says the card arrived Thursday at The Virginian-Pil → Read More

'Devastated beyond words': Remembering the victims of the Maryland newspaper shooting

Four journalists and a sales assistant were killed Thursday in a shooting at a Maryland newspaper. Authorities said the gunman entered the Capital Gazette in Annapolis and "looked for his → Read More

Here's what we know about the 5 employees shot to death at the Capital Gazette newspaper

Four journalists and a sales assistant were killed Thursday in a shooting at a Maryland newspaper. Authorities said the gunman entered the Capital Gazette in Annapolis and looked for his victims. The employees killed were Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John → Read More

Would-be gunman launched into Trump tirade before shooting

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) For three months, James T. Hodgkinson lived out of a white cargo van in a gentrified neighborhood just miles from where U.S. laws are made. Fellow YMCA patrons saw him there most mornings working on his laptop. One bartender said he s → Read More

James Hodgkinson, gunman who shot congressman, was living in van, called a loner

The gunman who wounded a top Republican congressman and several others during an early morning baseball practice had apparently been living out a white cargo van for months and was frequently seen working on a computer at a nearby YMCA, where he kept mostl → Read More

Hermine lingers off shore continuing its unsafe storm surges

Hermine continued Monday to twist hundreds of miles off shore in the Atlantic Ocean and was expected to keep swimmers and surfers out of beach waters because of its dangerous waves and rip currents on the last day of the long holiday weekend.We're not look → Read More

Hermine lingers off shore continuing its unsafe storm surges

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Hermine continued Monday to twist hundreds of miles off shore in the Atlantic Ocean and was expected to keep swimmers and surfers out of beach waters because of its dangerous waves and rip currents on the last day of the long holiday weekend. → Read More

Anti-Semitic fliers appear on campuses across the country

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Several colleges across the country are investigating after a rash of anti-Semitic fliers began printing from their network-connected printers or fax machines. → Read More