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Floor beam replacement on the Pulaski Skyway in the Tonnelle Circle area
Floor beam replacement on the Pulaski Skyway in the Tonnelle Circle area (NJ DOT)
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Weekend Pulaski Skyway closures have begun

Full weekend closures of the Pulaski Skyway have begun. 

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Missing poster for Nicholas Figueroa on a wall in Manhattan
Missing poster for Nicholas Figueroa on a wall in Manhattan (Matthew White, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Manhattan fire – Search continues for at least 2

NEW YORK (AP) -- Emergency workers are searching for at least two people still missing after an apparent gas line explosion leveled three apartment buildings as investigators piece together what exactly caused the blast that injured 22.

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Category: Nation & World
Boston police officers stand at the location of a shooting involving a fellow officer
Boston police officers stand at the location of a shooting involving a fellow officer (CBS Boston)
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Police officer wounded, suspect killed in Boston shootout

BOSTON (AP) -- A suspect in a motor vehicle stop opened fire on police on Friday evening and seriously wounded a decorated officer before being killed by other officers at the scene, authorities said. An apparent bystander also was shot.

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A stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France
A stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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German pilot visited glider field near crash site as a child

SISTERON, France (AP) -- The German co-pilot accused of crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps frequented a gliding club near the crash site as a child with his parents, according to a member of the club.

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) chases a loose ball ahead of Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) in the first half
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) chases a loose ball ahead of Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) in the first half (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
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Nets snap Cavaliers’ 4-game win streak with 106-98 victory

Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez each scored 20 points, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped the Cleveland Cavaliers' four-game winning streak with a 106-98 victory on Friday night.

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Michigan State's Denzel Valentine (45) celebrates with Travis Trice (20) after a regional semifinal against Oklahoma in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament
Michigan State's Denzel Valentine (45) celebrates with Travis Trice (20) after a regional semifinal against Oklahoma in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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March Madness – Big-time programs battling for Final Four berths

Saturday night's games will decide half the Final Four, and the big boys have pushed the Cinderellas off the dance floor.

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Category: Sports
Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass (30) is fouled while going to the basket against New York Knicks center Andrea Bargnani (77) and forward Cleanthony Early (17) during the second half
Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass (30) is fouled while going to the basket against New York Knicks center Andrea Bargnani (77) and forward Cleanthony Early (17) during the second half (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Celtics hold off Knicks for 96-92 win

NEW YORK (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points and Jae Crowder had 17 points and nine rebounds as the Boston Celtics held off a late rally to hand the New York Knicks their 59th loss, matching a franchise record, 96-92 on Friday night.

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Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (32) goes up for a shot against Philadelphia 76ers' JaKarr Sampson (9) and Jerami Grant (39) during the first half
Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (32) goes up for a shot against Philadelphia 76ers' JaKarr Sampson (9) and Jerami Grant (39) during the first half (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Paul, Jordan lead Clippers in 119-98 rout of 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Chris Paul scored 25 points, DeAndre Jordan had 17 points and 20 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers cruised to a 119-98 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

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Jon Hamm beside his  Don Draper grey suit and objects from the series, "Mad Men" that were donated to the National Museum of American History, Friday.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Jon Hamm beside his Don Draper grey suit and objects from the series, "Mad Men" that were donated to the National Museum of American History, Friday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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‘Mad Men’ is ending but its relics find new life at Smithsonian

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Don Draper is making his exit with "Mad Men" this year, but his image as a 1960s advertising man will live on at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Amanda Knox
Amanda Knox in 2014. (Giuseppe Bellini, Getty Images)
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Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italy high court

ROME (AP) -- Italy's highest court on Friday overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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