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Inside the ISIS Case That Ensnared 5 Friends

They appeared to be a tight circle of friends. There was Nader Saadeh, a 20-year-old New Jersey man who federal prosecutors say began trolling the internet for jihadist websites before leaving for Jordan in an apparent effort to join ISIS. His older brother, Alaa Saadeh, 23, told a friend to lie if the FBI came knocking. Samuel Topaz, a talented musician and classmate of Nader Saadeh at Fort Lee High School, was converted by him to Islam. He posted "selfies"…
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DEP Adopts Dangerous Coastal (CAFRA ) Rules – putting our Coast, First Responders, at Risk

ATLANTIC STRONG: The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has just adopted the new Coastal Area rules. These rules open up our coasts for more development without the consideration of sea level rise, putting more people in harm’s way. There is no program to do resiliency or restore natural systems. Instead of looking to strengthen coastal protections and encourage more regional planning we end up with more loopholes and waivers, weakening coastal protections instead of strengthening them. “These new…
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16 Flights Hit by Laser Pointers; 1 Pilot Injured

Four more flights in the region were hit by laser pointers Thursday night, including one in which a pilot was injured, officials said, after a dozen flights were targeted on Wednesday. "Four commercial aircraft pilots reported that lasers illuminated their aircraft when they flew over New Jersey and Pennsylvania last night," the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement Friday. "The events occurred between 9 and 10:30 One pilot reported an injury." The FAA did not specify the type of…
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NJNG Soldiers Reunite with Families

  Buses carrying Soldiers with A Company, 2-113th Infantry, New Jersey Army National Guard, pass under an American flag on their way to the National Guard Armory in Jersey City, , June 25, 2015, for a welcome home ceremony. The approximately 170 Citizen-Soldiers returned home from a nearly yearlong deployment where they conducted a security force mission in Southwest Asia in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve. ( Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/Released)
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Responders Train to Handle Oil Train Derailment

Responders Training to Handle Oil Train Derailment. Dozens of firefighters, police officers and emergency managers in Bergen County are training to handle a potential oil train derailment in a series of drills given this week by CSX, the railroad company that hauls millions of gallons of volatile crude oil through the region. These "tabletop exercises" are the first regionwide drills to address safety concerns about the enormous growth in the amount of crude oil hauled through 11 Bergen County towns…
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NJ Transit to Buy Train Cameras Recommended by Federal Safety Board

NJ Transit's board will vote on a $7 million contract Wednesday to install inward facing cameras in locomotives and rail cars with engineer's cabs. Inward facing cameras have been recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board after several train crashes, including the fatal May 12 Amtrak derailment outside Philadelphia that killed 8 passengers and injured 200. NJ Transit started the process to buy the cameras earlier this year, prior to the Amtrak crash, said Jennifer Nelson, an NJ Transit spokeswoman.…
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Bomb Threats Force Relocation of a Paterson Summer School Program

Paterson, NJ: About 90 students taking summer classes in Paterson were evacuated to other locations Wednesday morning after authorities received bomb threats against Schools 3 and 8, officials said. City police and the Passaic County Sheriff's bomb squad checked both locations and found no explosives, officials said. The students from School 3 were relocated to the Father English Community Center nearby, while the youths from School 8 went to St. Agnes School, officials said. Classes resumed at those locations, officials…
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Exercise Brings Heavily Armed Officers Into PATH Stations

Newark, NJ: The attention of many PATH riders was grabbed Tuesday when the Port Authority Police Department's Emergency Services unit carried out a training operation at several New York and New Jersey locations. Decked out in bulletproof vests, helmets and guns, Port Authority police were posted around the stations as part of an enhanced safety program called Operation Safe PATH, which helps both new and veteran Port Authority officers "get acquainted" with the system's various stations and surrounding areas, Port Authority…
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Denville School Shooter Drill Goes Beyond Lockdown

Denville , NJ:   Rockaway Officer Scott Haigh ripped off his belt and wrapped it around the doorknob on the inside of room B23 at Valleyview Middle School in Denville as others stacked desks, chairs, and tables behind a door to prevent a shooter from entering the room. Haigh, a school resource officer at Morris Hills High School, pulled tightly on the belt, successfully stopping the shooter from getting inside the room. It was a much more successful tactic then…
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