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Judge reserves ruling on ‘under God’ pledge suit

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A judge has heard arguments in a family's lawsuit against a New Jersey school district over the Pledge of Allegiance. Attorneys argued Wednesday on the Aberdeen Matawan school district's motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The ...

Roundtable Addresses Heroin Epidemic

Members of law enforcement, legislators and treatment experts gathered to discuss ways to combat heroin abuse in New Jersey.

Man admits carjacking, trapping woman in car trunk

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man has admitted carjacking a New Hampshire woman after she got lost and stopped at an office building to get directions. Joseph DeFreitas and an alleged female accomplice initially faced charges ...

Man gets prison term for filing false tax returns

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a northern New Jersey man is headed to prison for using stolen identities to file false tax returns and obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars in refund checks. Hakeem Awe, of Irvington, received a ...

2 college students face sexual assault charges

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) — Two northern New Jersey college students are accused of sexually assaulting a woman following a fraternity party last weekend. Authorities were notified after the woman went to a hospital Saturday morning. Bergen County ...

Knife-wielding man shot by police dies from wounds

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a knife-wielding man who was shot and wounded by police at a northwestern New Jersey home this week has died from his injuries. Warren County prosecutors announced Tuesday that 36-year-old Thomas Read Jr. ...

2 indicted in slaying of man found in burning car

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two men have been indicted on murder charges stemming from the shooting death of a man whose body was found inside a burning car in Trenton earlier this year. Mercer County prosecutors say 20-year-old Joeryan Foreman and ...

Contractor sentenced for defrauding customer

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey contractor who was paid nearly $100,000 to renovate a New York City home has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for defrauding her of the money. Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say Raymond Norville ...

Illegal immigration rising in NJ, Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigrants entering illegally into the U.S. are increasingly making states along the East Coast their home rather than states closer to the Mexican border. A new report by the Pew Research Center finds that New Jersey, Florida ...

Lodi teacher offered plea deal in office crash

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors are offering a plea deal to a Lodi teacher accused of driving drunk when he rear-ender a police car, leaving the officer with a traumatic brain injury. Michael Ettz would face seven years in prison if he accepts ...