Stores open all of Thanksgiving Day? That story and more in today' Monmouth and Ocean County News from Townsquare Media.

A protective vest prevented an Asbury Park cop from being seriously injured by a Woodbridge man wielding a steak knife on Main Street yesterday morning. Prosecutors say the cop was slashed in the hand trying to subdue the man. A fellow police officer shot the 22-year old in the stomach in self defense. The Woodbridge man is charged with attempted murder and other counts.

An object that was believed to be an unexploded device was removed from Sandy Hook yesterday afternoon. According to reports, the corroded canister was found near a former gun battery. The State Police Bomb Squad took it to the US Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit.

A Monmouth County Sheriff's Officer and his wife are credited with helping to deliver the baby of a couple that came to his Ocean County home. Friends of Detective Jose Rivera were dropping off their children at Rivera's house Friday when the wife went into full labor. The mother and 7 lb 10 oz baby girl are said to be doing well.

Many of us need a jolt from time to time in today's fast-paced society, but you're being advised against counting on so-called energy drinks. Food Science Experts say they put a demand on the body that will eventually wear you out. They say kids should never need an energy beverage. Vitamins and a healthy diet are good alternatives for adults.

Stores have already begun putting out Christmas displays, and it's not even Halloween yet. Now comes word that many stores may be open all day on Thanksgiving. It's a trend that started last year with major retailers opening for part of the day but are now considering all day shopping to kick off the holiday season.

Walmart says Tracy Morgan and company are at least partially to blame for the injuries they suffered, including the death of a man in Morgan's entourage, in a crash on the Turnpike in June. The company says Morgan and others weren't wearing seat belts in their limo when the Walmart truck hit them.

Jon Bon Jovi's $35.5 million NYC penthouse has caught the eye of Heidi Klum. She was spotted checking out the Soho duplex after recently selling her L.A mansion.

It's manufacturing week in NJ and our state hopes to change the public's view on production in the Garden State. Over half of our state's 240,000 manufacturing jobs are in what's called advanced manufacturing, which includes chemical, electronic, and fabricated metal. The State Labor Commissioner says these aren't the factories of your grandparents. Many of these jobs require more skills and are solid career paths for high school graduates because the training is shorter. Advanced manufacturing jobs require smaller facilities, allowing them to be competitive in our state's high cost real estate market.