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Judge approves class action in Verizon pension case retirees can sue over fund shift

Verizon Communications Inc.’s pension beneficiaries can sue the company as a group over its transfer of $8.5 billion in plan obligations to Prudential Insurance Co. of America, a federal judge in Texas ruled.

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Returning Paterson cops must go through retraining

While the city police department hoped to deploy the officers, laid off in 2011, by late April, training refreshers and civil service paperwork will delay their return to July.

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Analysis: N.J. gas tax still taboo

The $1 billion state fund that pays for transportation upgrades is tapped out, and there is no political will in Trenton, by Republicans or Democrats, to increase New Jersey’s 10.5-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax, which provides the main cash for the state Transportation Trust Fund.

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Immigration reform moves closer to reality with deal on workers' pay

Big business and major labor unions appeared ready Friday to end a fight over a new low-skilled worker program that had threatened to upend negotiations on a sweeping immigration bill in the Senate providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants already in the U.S.

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Kelly: Competing composers fight for recognition of their tunes as New Jersey's state song

Seventeen years after winning a contest to give New Jersey a state song, composer Patrick Finley of Teaneck is still trying to convince politicians to give his tune "New Jersey, My Home" their official stamp of approval.

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Three-alarm fire forces evacuation of spa and adult day care center in Fair Lawn

A three-alarm fire swept through a building on Broadway containing a spa and a medical day care center for adults on Friday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of about 60 people, authorities said.

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Winning NJ Lottery numbers drawn


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Armed retired police officers to patrol Lodi elementary schools

The school board approved a shared services agreement with the borough that will allow armed, retired police officers to guard the district’s elementary schools.

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Non-profit events and notes for the week of April 1


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3 dozen indicted in Atlanta cheating scandal

The former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools and nearly three dozen other administrators, teachers, principals and other educators were indicted Friday in one of the nation's largest test cheating scandals.

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