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Newark officials must  of emails related to the $100 million donation Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave to city schools, an Essex County Superior Court judge ordered on Friday. Judge Rachel N. Davidson also opposed the city's motion to dismiss a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, which filed a lawsuit against Newark on behalf of a local organization, the Secondary Parent Council, according to the order.

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The Princeton Regional Planning Board  for faculty housing, though opponents vowed to fight the decision. The project was approved years after the Institute first proposed building near the Princeton Battlefield State Park.

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Eight days after raiding North Bergen's Department of Public Works, the state Attorney General is now focusing on allegations the superintendent used his employees to drain and fill his pool, clean his barbecue, clear snow from his drive and string Christmas lights along the veranda of his imposing three-story home. All of the work, they say, is on the town's dime. [NJ.com]

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Brick's bald eagles are in good company. The state  last week from endangered to threatened for the non-breeding season, reflecting significant population improvements, according to a statement from the Department of Environmental Protection.

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The brown suede boots from China looked as if they were made by UGG Australia, but the label was missing an "i"—a dead giveaway that these "Australia" boots were counterfeit. The boots, and millions of dollars of other fake merchandise, were stopped at New Jersey ports, federal officials said Friday. [Asbury Park Press]

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The CVS Pharmacy in Main Street in Chatham may have recently  of the breast cancer drug tamoxifen with fluoride tablets for children. Parents who have filled fluoride tablets since Dec. 20 should check the pills for the letters "SCI" stamped on one side and the numbers "1007" stamped on the reverse side.

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Muslim leaders and state and federal officials are set to discuss New Jersey's response to the NYPD's secret surveillance program. Several in the Muslim community who were invited to a meeting on Saturday in Trenton say they hope the state attorney general will announce a formal investigation into the matter. [Fox News]

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Police are still  of an anonymous bomb threat emailed to administration at Bridgewater-Raritan High School around 11 p.m. Thursday—but the school has been deemed safe and classes have resumed. According to Bridgewater Township Police Lt. Al Nicaretta, the email was sent to high school principal Lew Ludwig, who immediately notified superintendent of schools Michael Schilder.

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West Deptford's battle with Sunoco over the Eeagle Point refinery is over. West Deptford's township committee , 3-1, with one abstention, Thursday night to approve a $15 million settlement with the oil company over eight years' worth of property tax appeals.

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For the first time since 2008, recreational fisherman in New Jersey will be allowed to  that are shorter than 18 inches. In a 5-3 vote Thursday evening, the New Jersey Fisheries Council approved regulations for the 2012 season of a 17.5-inch minimum size.

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An NJ Transit train conductor and his accomplice are accused of  to defraud the transit agency of thousands of dollars of ticket money over a one-year period. Conductor Robert Broschart, 49, of Howell and Philip Swanger, 45, of Bradley Beach were arrested following a seven-month investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office and NJ Transit Police.

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A 19-year-old Rutgers student taught a Lodi teen how to make the Molotov cocktails used in firebombings of two Bergen County synagogues and encouraged the attacks, authorities said Friday. Aakash Dalal, formerly of Lodi, allegedly showed Anthony Graziano, the teen who , how to make the Molotov cocktails used in firebombings of  in Paramus and Congregation Beth El in Rutherford, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said.

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