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North Jersey clergy welcome Pope Francis' message

The groundbreaking interview with Pope Francis, in which he calls for a more merciful church that welcomes fallen and excluded Catholics, had many faithful in North Jersey curious, hopeful and welcoming change.

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Restaurant mini-review: Raymond 's ∗∗½

A quick look at a North Jersey restaurant.

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All joking aside, N.J. Supreme Court says judges can't do standup

The state Supreme Court said Judge Vincent Sicari, a successful comedian, could be seen as biased because of off-color jokes about minorities and children.

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Passaic River towns getting $3 million grant for debris-clearing projects

The money comes from a 2003 bond act dedicated to flood control and wastewater treatment projects. The administration estimates that most grants would be in the rage of $100,000, and towns that show a willingness to put up matching funds would receive priority consideration.

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Man struck and killed by NJ Transit train

The man was on the tracks just north of the Goertzen Plaza crossing when the train struck him at about 5:30 a.m.

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'50 most influential marijuana users' includes several from N.J. as well as 3 U.S. presidents

The New Jerseyans include fifth-ranked Stephen Colbert, No. 6 Jon Stewart, 29th-ranked Martha Stewart and No. 33 Susan Sarandon.

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Police merger: Bergen freeholders' plan would put county police under sheriff's command

"The county police will continue as its own division under the sheriff's department, headed by the chief of police," freeholder says

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As Obamacare looms, 30 hospitals in NJ, NY and PA form 'alliance'

About 30 hospitals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the Hudson River valley are joining in the largest alliance in the nation to help them deal with challenges of the Affordable Health Care Act, The Star-Ledger reports in a story for Thursday.

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Unclaimed remains of 25 veterans receive military burials across NJ

Under a crisp, clear blue sky Wednesday morning, 25 veterans — whose remains had been transferred into polished mahogany urns — received the military burial they have so long deserved.

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Congressional reports slaps Port Authority's handling of toll hike

The Government Accountability Office found that, in the absence of state or federal oversight, the Port Authority imposed a steep toll hike in 2011 with little public input.

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