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People hold signs and chant slogans in front of a McDonald's during a rally supporting a $15-an-hour minimum wage in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Fast-food cooks and cashiers are striking today, joining home care and other workers in pressing for a more livable wage. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
People hold signs in front of a McDonald's during a rally supporting a $15-an-hour minimum wage in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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NJ’s minimum wage going up in 2017 … but not by much

Lawmakers hold off on the $15 minimum wage idea.

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lab test medicine health care (Zeljko Bozic, ThinkStock)
Zeljko Bozic, ThinkStock
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How ready is NJ for bioterrorism or the next natural disaster?

New Jersey is graded on its ability to handle a public health emergency.

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Business people
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Thirty-somethings of today have it harder than their parents, NJ economist says

Is the American Dream becoming more and more out of reach?

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How to make a 2017 resolution you won’t give up on before February

Psychologists in New Jersey say there are ways to successfully fulfill promises made for 2017.

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Slight drop in NJ sales tax takes effect January. Will you notice?

The first of the tax cuts adopted along with the nearly 23-cent increase in the gas tax takes effect on Sunday – but while everyone benefits, few may notice.

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Largest Bike Share Program In US Underway In New York City
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Will bike-share systems become the norm for NJ’s growing cities?

Bayonne officials exploring the idea of introducing a citywide bike-share system may benefit from taking some pointers from a couple neighboring towns.

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Slammed chair sparks mass panic as Jersey Gardens shoppers flee ‘shooting’

Panicked shoppers and employees of The Mills at Jersey Gardens scrambled for the exits Monday afternoon after reports of gunfire at the busy shopping center.

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Bishaun Y. Williams (Newark Police)
Bishaun Y. Williams (Newark Police)
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Newark man broke into carjacked Uber … and went to sleep, cops say

Bishaun Y. Williams, 19, has been charged with receiving stolen property — but not with robbery.

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Christmas gifts
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This NJ teacher made sure every one of her students got a Christmas gift

At the Community Charter School of Paterson, about 87 percent of the more than 500 students there qualify for free lunch. Teacher Jennifer Olawski said she wanted to give each of these kids something to open on Christmas morning.

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Frank John (Perth Amboy Police)
Frank John (Perth Amboy Police)
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Missing NJ kids returned, but cops still looking for man now charged with kidnapping

Two children who were reported missing Friday night were found Saturday. But police said they are still looking for the 48-year-old man they were last seen with on Friday.

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