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Most NJ schools to try out new standardized test

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Most New Jersey school districts will try out a new standardized test next year before it goes statewide in 2015. The state plans to use the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers to replace its ...

Fort Bliss 9/11 memorial to feature Pentagon stone

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A piece of the Pentagon has been delivered to Fort Bliss as part of an effort to broaden the number of 9/11 memorials in the U.S. Retired New Jersey police inspector Steven Saymon traveled to the West Texas Army post Monday to ...

NJ looking at forgiving medical school loans

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New doctors in New Jersey could have their medical school loans forgiven if they practice in low-income communities for a decade. The state Assembly's higher education committee unanimously advanced the measure on Monday. Under ...

Atheist group uses NJ billboard for protest

PITMAN, N.J. (AP) — An atheist group that has been protested a southern New Jersey community's "Keep Christ in Christmas" banner has taken a new tactic this year. The Madison, Wisc.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has rented a billboard in ...

10 librarians receive $5,000 awards for service

NEW YORK (AP) — Some were praised as inspirations for young people, others for their work on digital projects and still others as tireless researchers. The American Library Association announced Tuesday that 10 librarians were named winners of the ...

NRA official criticized over Nazi argument in NJ

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Anti-Defamation League says a National Rifle Association board member from New Jersey was out of line to suggest similarities between gun control efforts and Nazism. Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs ...

Woman killed, husband hurt in NJ crash

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Police say a 77-year-old woman has been killed and her husband has been seriously injured after their car collided with a pickup truck in Toms River. Police Chief Michael Mastronardy tells The Star-Ledger (bit.ly/1cvXt3M) ...

Jersey City set to open mysterious old safes

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Two mysterious safes discovered in a wall of the Jersey City mayor's office will be opened this week. The Jersey Journal (http://bit.ly/1bItQyq) reports locksmiths will be at city hall on Tuesday afternoon. Mayor Steve ...

Hoboken wants to be urban flood protection model

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Hoboken is looking to become a national model for flood prevention. Mayor Dawn Zimmer is advocating for better planning and increased funding for flood-prone urban areas. Zimmer wants to incentivize the use of green roofs and ...

NJ judge temporarily blocks child support act

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A judge has temporarily blocked New Jersey from withholding trade licenses to people who owe back child support when they had no capacity to pay. The preliminary injunction was issued in the case of Patrice Dowe. He accrued ...