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Senator's trial, bridge scheme sentencing among year's top stories

In 2017, New Jerseyans elected a new governor, saw their senior U.S. senator stand trial on federal corruption charges and endured a brief government shutdown.

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Congress takes a holiday break with much to do in new year

The Republican-led Congress narrowly passed a temporary spending bill to avert a government shutdown, doing the bare minimum in a sprint toward the holidays and punting disputes on immigration, health care and the budget to next year.

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With 5 Grammy nods, SZA emerges as music's breakout star

After SZA created the drums-drenched, reggae-tinged song "Consideration," she thought she had finally found the sound of her debut album. But there was one problem: Rihanna heard the song and wanted it.

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's 'middle-class miracle' favors wealthy

You wouldn't know it from President Donald Trump's rhetoric, but the tax overhaul coming into effect is heavily tilted to the rich. It also leaves "Obamacare" in place, despite his assertion that the tax plan repeals the health care law. Nothing about the plan provides the fuel to achieve economic growth at the levels he's predicted.

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Triumphant Trump celebrates tax win _ but some fear backlash

A triumphant President Donald Trump and jubilant fellow Republicans celebrated the passage of their $1.5 trillion tax overhaul Wednesday as a "historic victory for the American people." The American people, however, will need some convincing.

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Riletta Cream, longtime local official, widow of heavyweight champion, 91

A longtime county official in New Jersey who was the widow of former world heavyweight boxing champion Jersey Joe Walcott has died. Riletta Cream was 91.

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Senate passes bill to let some re-enroll in pension

The New Jersey Senate on Monday approved a bill to allow a handful of public officials to re-enroll in the pension system after being kicked off when elected to a new office.

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Report: Christie allies at NJ Transit got promotions, raises

New Jersey Transit hired or promoted 10 employees with ties to Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration in recent years, moves that all came with raises, including some as high as $70,000, a newspaper reported.

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Police giving extra security after threat to Cory Booker

The mayor of Newark, New Jersey, says the city is helping to provide extra security following a threat on the life of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker.

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Murphy begins rounding out his Cabinet, filling 3 slots

New Jersey residents have a clearer picture of who will possibly take on the Trump administration in court, write the state's roughly $35 billion budget and oversee the department in charge of Atlantic City.

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Murphy surveys hurricane damage in Puerto Rico, pledges help

New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy traveled to Puerto Rico on Friday and met with hurricane victims as he surveyed the damage caused by Hurricane Maria nearly three months ago.

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Black women seek rewards from Democrats after Alabama race

Once again, black women showed up for Democrats, with nearly all of them voting in Alabama for new Sen. Doug Jones, just as they did for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot in other states over the last few months.

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Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

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African American Chamber of NJ holds anniversary celebration

Dozens of business leaders were among about 100 people that attended the annual year-end holiday celebration by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) recently in Plainsboro.

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Former 'Apprentice' star Omarosa denies White House firing

Former "Apprentice" star Omarosa denies she was fired from her job at the White House — and she's teasing that she has stories to tell about what she's seen and heard there.

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Murphy names his pick to lead New Jersey's treasury

Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy said Wednesday he is nominating a Democratic assemblywoman to be New Jersey's next treasurer.

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Atlantic City casino to train minority youths as workers

Dominick White has a bleak but clear-eyed view of his Atlantic City home in a public housing project known for crime and drugs.

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Ferguson reviewing nearly 8,000 old court cases

The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is reviewing nearly 8,000 municipal court cases from before 2014 to determine which should be thrown out, a process expected to take about six months, the attorney for the St. Louis suburb told a federal judge Tuesday.

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Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.

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Report: Firm buying Revel casino for $200M; Straub denies it

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A Wall Street ratings firm said Monday that a Colorado company is buying Atlantic City's former Revel casino for $200 million, but the mercurial owner of the shuttered casino insists there's no deal.

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