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 I'm Eric Scott. Welcome to First News Plus, with exclusive and extended versions of the top New Jersey stories featured in our 5 to 6 a.m. weekday broadcast and more.          
A student takes the PARCC test
A student takes the PARCC test (CBS New York)
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PARCC tests – NJ parents, students worry about the impact of opting out

With testing for the controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) set to begin at most schools on Monday some parents are still wondering what will happen if they have their children opt out of the test.

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Fire fatality – Authorities identify man killed in Ocean Twp. blaze

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities have identified the man who was killed along with his dog when a fast-moving fire swept through his southern New Jersey home this week.

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Barnegat Bay in Toms River
Barnegat Bay in Toms River (Barnegat Bay Alliance)
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Kayaker rescued from icy Barnegat Bay

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- Emergency responders came to the aid of a man who fell out of his kayak on Barnegat Bay.

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Department of Homeland Security main office in Washington D.C
Department of Homeland Security main office in Washington D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Obama signs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security funded

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has signed a one-week funding bill for the Homeland Security Department, keeping the agency open after a showdown that went right up to the brink.

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Cruise-scamming travel agent must sell his house to repay victims

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) -- A former travel agent from New Jersey has been ordered to sell his house and car to pay restitution to 20 customers who paid him for a Mediterranean cruise that never happened.

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Mike Drewniak (L) and his attorney at legislative Bridgegate hearing
Mike Drewniak, left, at a legislative Bridgegate hearing last May. (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Former Christie spokesman tabbed for NJ Transit post

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie has been named to a policy position at the state's transit agency.

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Frefighters on a ladder spray water onto the Avalon at Edgewater apartment complex in Edgewater
Frefighters on a ladder spray water onto the Avalon at Edgewater apartment complex Jan. 21. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
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Report on massive apartment complex fire describes heroics

EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — A report on a massive apartment fire in northern New Jersey last month describes heroic actions by firefighters as they battled a fast-moving blaze.

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(Oksana Kostyushko, ThinkStock)
(Oksana Kostyushko, ThinkStock)
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NJ Lottery winning numbers drawn Friday Feb. 27

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Here are the winning numbers selected Friday night in the New Jersey State Lottery:

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SUV recall – Fiat Chrysler recalls 467,000 vehicles for stalling

DETROIT (AP) -- Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 467,000 Dodge and Jeep SUVs worldwide to fix a faulty fuel pump relay at the root of a potential stalling problem.

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Preventable injuries kill 6 children each day, report says

Every day, six children are killed from an injury in the home and 10,000 go to the emergency room for such injuries, most of which are preventable, according to a new report by Safe Kids Worldwide.

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