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Back to School 2014

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Are New Jersey kids getting too much homework?

Our kids spend a third of their day in school, but the work doesn't stop there. Perhaps the most dreaded part of back-to-school, for both students and their parents, is the return of homework.

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Parents brace for the ‘back-to-school plague’

It's back to school for most New Jersey children this week, and homework isn't the only thing they will be bringing home with them. Now, is also a time when germs run rampant through the classrooms causing many students to come down with what has become known as the "back-to-school plague."

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends delaying classes for all teens until at least 8:30 a.m. It says lack of sleep has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends delaying classes for all teens until at least 8:30 a.m. It says lack of sleep has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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Pediatricians’ Rx for teen school problems: Later start times

CHICAGO (AP) -- Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens.

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Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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US colleges may screen West African students for Ebola

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

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Dogs affected by kids going back to school

Young people aren't the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer.

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