TRENTON, N.J. — Cory Booker dominates a poll of likely voters with less than a week to go before New Jersey's special U.S. Senate race primary on Tuesday.
The Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday shows 54 percent of likely Democratic primary voters support the Newark mayor.
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone gets 17 percent, Rep. Rush Holt receives 15 percent and Assembly Speaker Shelia Oliver is backed by 5 percent.
Steve Lonegan trumps Alieta Eck 74 to 10 percent among likely Republican primary voters.
Booker leads Lonegan 54 to 29 percent among registered voters surveyed in the race to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
The poll of 2,042 New Jersey voters has a higher sampling error among the smaller subsets of Democratic and Republic voters. -- (AP)
Riley Cooper has returned to the Philadelphia Eagles after he was caught on video using a racial slur and given four days off.
The team says Cooper is expected to be at practice Tuesday. The Eagles and Patriots are to hold a joint practice.
The wide receiver was fined by the Eagles after his slur became known Wednesday. He left the team Friday to seek counseling.
The video of Cooper was taken at a Kenny Chesney concert in June. Cooper apologized profusely Wednesday and Thursday. -- (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles excused Riley Cooper from all team activities on Friday after the wide receiver was caught on video making a racial slur.
Cooper said the last few days have been incredibly difficult and he will step away to seek counseling.
"My actions were inexcusable," he said. "The more I think about what I did, the more disgusted I get. I keep trying to figure out how I could have said something so repulsive, and what I can do to make things better."
Cooper apologized profusely Wednesday after a video of him using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert last month surfaced on the Internet. The Eagles immediately fined him.
"Right now, I think it's important for me to take some time to reflect on this situation," Cooper said. "The organization and my teammates have been extremely supportive, but I also realize that there are people who will have a tough time forgiving me for what I've done. The best thing for me, and for the team, is to step away for a period of time."
The Eagles did not set a timetable for Cooper's return.
"He will meet with professionals provided by the Eagles during this period of time to better help him understand how his words have hurt so many, including his teammates," the team said in a statement.
Cooper spoke to the media again after practice Thursday, telling them his meeting with teammates a night earlier was "extremely emotional." Teammates Michael Vick, Jason Avant and others expressed forgiveness for Cooper. LeSean McCoy also said he forgives Cooper, but "I can't really respect somebody like that."
Cooper, who grew up in Clearwater, Fla., was selected in the fifth round of the 2010 draft by the Eagles out of the University of Florida. He has just 46 catches and five touchdowns in three years with the Eagles, but has been practicing with the starters since Jeremy Maclin's season-ending injury last week.
"As long as it takes, and whatever I have to do, I'm going to try to make this right," Cooper said. -- (AP)
Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has been fined by the team for making a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert that was caught on video, leading him to say he's "ashamed and disgusted" with himself.
The video of Cooper making the slur surfaced Wednesday on the Internet.
"I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, to Jeffrey Lurie, to Howie Roseman and to my teammates," Cooper said in a statement released by the team. "I owe an apology to the fans and to this community. I am so ashamed, but there are no excuses. What I did was wrong and I will accept the consequences."
Cooper is entering his fourth season in the NFL. He has 46 catches and five touchdowns in three years with the Eagles.
"We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper's words," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. "This sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in a civil society. He has accepted responsibility for his words and his actions. He has been fined for this incident." -- (AP)
CARSON CITY, Nev. — O.J. Simpson won a small victory Wednesday in his bid for freedom as Nevada granted him parole on some of his convictions in a 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery involving the holdup of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel room.
But the decision doesn't mean Simpson will be leaving prison anytime soon. Because he was convicted on multiple charges, Simpson still faces at least four more years in prison on sentences that were ordered to run consecutively
The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners on Wednesday released an order approving the former NFL star's parole request.
Simpson appeared before a two-member parole panel last Thursday to plead for leniency. He expressed regret for his actions and said he's tried to be a model inmate while behind bars.
Lovelock Correctional Center officials say he's had no disciplinary actions against him.
Simpson was convicted in December 2008 on charges including kidnapping, robbery, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to nine to 33 years for the 2007 stick up of two memorabilia dealers, Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong.
Simpson still faces time for four weapon enhancement sentences, following by consecutive terms for two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
During last week's parole hearing, a graying Simpson told Parole Commissioner Susan Jackson and hearing officer Robin Bates, a retired Nevada prison warden, that he was sorry for his actions.
"I just wish I never went to that room," the 66-year-old Simpson said. He added he has made amends with Beardsley and Fromong.
While in prison, Simpson has earned pennies an hour working in the prison gym, keeping equipment sanitized and umpiring and coaching games in the prison yard.
He said he made a promise to the warden when he arrived at Lovelock Correctional Center 90 miles east of Reno that he would that he would be "the best person" they ever had at the facility, adding, "I think for the most part I've kept my word on that."
He also said he's acted as jailhouse counselor of sorts to other inmates, some of whom are serving time for similar crimes.
But Simpson said his deed was different.
"They were trying to steal other people's property," he said of other prisoners. "They were trying to steal other people's money.
"My crime was trying to retrieve for my family my own property," Simpson said.
While Simpson remains behind bars, his best chance at freedom lies with Clark County District Judge Linda Marie Bell, who is considering whether he deserves a new trial.
During a hearing in May, Simpson's current lawyers Patricia Palm and Ozzie Fumo argued his trial attorney, Yale Galanter, botched Simpson's defense and had a conflict of interest in the case.
Bell has yet to issue a decision. If she rules in Simpson's favor, prosecutors will have to decide wither to retry him, offer a plea deal, or set him free with credit for time served. -- (AP)