New Jersey residents skeptical of new beach access regulations

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. – New Jersey residents and environmental groups sparred with mayors and business groups Monday over how much control towns should have over public access to beaches. Under new proposed rules, municipalities would be asked to create their own plans for where, when and how to allow public access.

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Gov. Christie: Union’s labor complaint a ‘good sign’

PRINCETON, N.J. — The unfair labor practice claim filed against Gov. Chris Christie by the state’s largest public workers union is a sign that contract negotiations are going well, Christie said Friday. “I know I’m doing well because they’ve already sued me once,” the Republican governor told a public forum.

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Billionaire Pickens says Obama lacks energy plan

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens faulted President Barack Obama on Friday, saying the president has failed to develop the energy plan he promised Americans as a presidential candidate in 2008.

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Adoptees may get access to records, birth parents

TRENTON – Adult adoptees in New Jersey who want to find their biological parents are hoping that a three-decade battle in the Legislature over giving them access to their birth records will end with a stroke of Gov. Chris Christie’s pen.

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Israel’s religious gays battle for acceptance

JERUSALEM – A once unimaginable movement is emerging from within Israel’s insular Orthodox Jewish community: homosexuals demanding to be accepted and embraced, no matter what the Bible says.

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Factory closure draws scrutiny of NJ’s business climate

BORDENTOWN, N.J. – The sense of good will Ocean Spray Cranberries has built up over 70 years in Bordentown has quickly dried up as the community reacts to news that the company will close the plant and move its operations to Pennsylvania. Bordentown, with almost 4,000 residents, will lose about $1 million in tax revenues and utility contributions.

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Tech-savvy 23-year-old will run N.J. town

Alex Torpey, 23, plans to solve fiscal and security problems in the northern New Jersey community where he’s been elected village president using the same tools he used to win election: social media, new technology and strategic marketing.

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Afghan Boy, 6, Has Rare Surgery in NJ Hospital

LIVINGSTON, N.J. – A 6-year-old Afghan boy born with his bladder outside his body has been reunited with the U.S. soldier who arranged for his rare operation at a New Jersey hospital. Muslam Hagigshah’s journey to get the care needed to live a normal life brought him from an impoverished community in eastern Afghanistan to an affluent suburb just outside New York City.

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Casualties of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan mourned while nation celebrates bin Laden’s demise

TRENTON, N.J. – Families and friends of U.S. troops recently killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan face a swirl of emotions as they bury their dead while the nation marks the killing of the terrorist mastermind of Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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Jerusalem hosts first marathon, days after bombing

JERUSALEM — More than 10,000 runners dashed alongside ancient sites Friday in the Jerusalem’s first marathon, just two days after a bombing in the city killed a British woman and wounded dozens of others.

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