By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - During his first few years in office, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie racked up a big tab for entertaining guests, including during sporting events in the state's luxury boxes at MetLife Stadium and other venues, according to a report on Monday. In particular, he spent $82,594 on 58 occasions during the 2010 and 2011 NFL football season at the East Rutherford stadium, the report from the nonprofit New Jersey Watchdog said. Like other New Jersey governors, Christie has access to what is now a $95,000 annual spending account and house seats in New Jersey's professional sports stadiums. The discretionary account can be used to pay for hosting events in the governor's official capacity, whether at the State House, the governor's residence or a sporting venue, spokesman Kevin Roberts said in an emailed statement.
By Lisa Maria Garza and Steve Barnes VAN, Texas/LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Emergency crews were cleaning up on Monday from tornadoes that killed at least four people and injured 50 others in Texas and Arkansas that were part of a twister series to hit central states overnight, flattening buildings and snapping power lines. A husband and wife were killed near a trailer park in Van, Texas, about 70 miles (115 km) southeast of Dallas, a town of about 2,500 people where scores of homes were reduced to splinters. The National Weather Service said an EF3 tornado packing winds of around 140 mph (225 kph) hit the town. Near the west Arkansas town of Nashville, a baby girl about 18 months old was pulled from the wreckage of a mobile home where her parents died in a tornado there.
BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez has been charged with trying to silence a witness in a double murder case against him by shooting him in the face and leaving him for dead, prosecutors said Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said he was creating a task force to investigate nail salons and crack down on worker abuse following a report of widespread exploitation and health problems of manicurists.
Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who was convicted last month of murdering an acquaintance in 2013, was charged on Monday with the non-fatal shooting of a man believed to be a witness to another murder of which Hernandez is accused. Prosecutors in Boston on Monday charged Hernandez, 25, with violating Massachusetts witness intimidation for shooting a man in the face in February 2013 after the man made a remark about a 2012 double shooting, according to the Suffolk County prosecutor's office. Hernandez, who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, is awaiting trial on charges he shot dead two Cape Verdean nationals outside a Boston nightclub in 2012 after one of them inadvertently spilled a drink on him.