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Food Pantries Low on Food for Holiday Season

Volunteers and food bank officials say demand is up and supplies are running out to help New Jersey's hungry this holiday season.

Ex-school official sentenced for theft of GED fees

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A former central New Jersey school official who stole more than $26,000 in student GED application fees has been sentenced to a 364-day county jail term. Patricia Ruggeri of East Brunswick must also make full restitution ...

Dog that survived gassing headed to Rose Parade

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Things are coming up roses for a scrappy New Jersey beagle who survived a dog pound gas chamber. Daniel will be among eight shelter dogs riding on a float in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day in Pasadena, Calif. In 2011, Daniel ...

Only 3 students scored college-ready in Camden, NJ

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The new school superintendent in Camden, N.J., says it was a "kick-in-the-stomach moment" when he learned that only three district high school students who took the SAT in the 2011-12 school year scored as college-ready. Paymon ...

NJ teacher on leave after shouting video posted

FAIR LAWN, N.J. (AP) — Officials have placed a teacher in northern New Jersey on leave while they investigate a video posted online that shows a man yelling at a student in a classroom. The man is obstructed by the student in the video and the ...

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 ...