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Man denied entry at party opens fire

EAST ORANGE, N.J. —A man who was denied entry to a private party at an apartment near Seton Hall University left and returned with a handgun, fatally shooting a university student and wounding four people, sending screaming partygoers rushing out the door and climbing out windows.

Seton Hall student Jessica Moore, 19, died from her injuries at 3:20 p.m. Saturday, said Katherine Carter, a spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

The other four victims were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, but one has since been released, said East Orange police Sgt. Andrew Di Elmo.

Di Elmo says the victims did not know the shooter, who fled from the apartment on foot. Police are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect's capture.

Convict claims caffeine, stress led to false confession

NEWPORT, Ky. —A Kentucky man has been convicted of murder in his wife's death after a jury rejected defense claims that his statements to police were made under high stress fueled by large amounts of caffeine and a lack of sleep.

The Newport jury deliberated about 1.5 hours Friday before convicting Woody Will Smith in the May 2009 strangulation of Amanda Hornsby-Smith. The Kentucky Enquirer reported that the jury also recommended a life sentence. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 20.

Attorney Shannon Sexton had told jurors Smith did not kill his wife, but that excessive caffeine from sodas, energy drinks and diet pills left him so sleep deprived and mentally unstable that he had falsely confessed to police. Prosecutors said Smith attacked his wife during a fight.

Ga. county wants to save money with boring signs

DARIEN, Ga. —A rural Georgia county is losing about 550 street signs a year to thieves and a commissioner says he has a solution: Make the names boring.

McIntosh County Commissioner Mark Douglas serves a rural county about 60 miles south of Savannah. He says signs marking Green Acres, Boone's Farm and Mary Jane Lane are frequently stolen.

He suspects the thieves are targeting those signs because they share names with a popular TV series, a low-cost wine or, in the third case, a slang term for marijuana.

County Manager Luther Smart says the area is paying $17,000 a year to replace the signs.

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