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Defense Furloughs Reduced

The Pentagon is moving to ease the pain of mandatory, unpaid furloughs that civilian employees have had to bear for a month because of budgetary pressures, cutting the number of days off from 11 to six, The Associated Press has learned.

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McGuire Dix Lakehurst Joint Base Cancels July 4th Fireworks Due to Furloughs – Does it Matter to You? [POLL]

The Fourth of July just isn’t the Fourth of July without a good, old fashioned fireworks display.

It’s also been a sort of tradition at the McGuire Dix Lakehurst Joint Base each year, so as to allow civilian guests to be able to not only view the fireworks; but allow them to develop an appreciation for what goes on at the base

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Pentagon To Cut Civilian Furlough Days

U.S. military officials say the Defense Department leaders trying to find ways to deal with mandatory budget cuts are poised to trim the number of civilian furlough days from 14 to at least 11 and allow the military to exempt thousands of additional workers from the unpaid day off requirements.

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Newark Airport control tower (Wikimedia)
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FAA: Air Traffic System Soon At Full Operation

The Federal Aviation Administration says it's suspended all employee furloughs and says air traffic facilities will begin returning to regular staffing levels.

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Domestic Violence
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NJ Rape Program Threatened by Funding Cuts

There are concerns about the future of rape prevention and victim support programs in New Jersey.

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Newark Airport control tower
Newark Airport control tower (Wikimedia)
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Congress Approves Bill To End Airport Delays [VIDEO]

 Congress easily approved legislation Friday ending furloughs of air traffic controllers that have delayed hundreds of flights daily, infuriating travelers and causing political headaches for lawmakers.

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Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal B
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FAA Furloughs Kick In, Some Flight Delays Appear; Real Test Is Today

Commercial airline flights moved smoothly throughout most of the country on Sunday, but experts say the first real test is Monday when traffic increases amid furloughs of air traffic controllers resulting from government spending cuts.

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President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Illegal immigrants Released Due To Sequester

Hundreds of illegal immigrants have been released by the Obama administration due to budget pressures. Officials have also scaled back border agent hours, drug patrols and staffing at border crossings — all during the peak illegal border-crossing season.

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Seanator Mike Lee (R-Utah)
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Weekly Address: Guns, Budget [VIDEO]

President Barack Obama says each of his proposed steps to reduce gun violence should get a vote in Congress — even an assault weapons ban that both parties agree stands little chance at passing.

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Trenton-Mercer Airport Faces Sequester Nightmare [AUDIO]

After years of little activity, Trenton-Mercer Airport in Ewing is now flying high, as the commercial carrier Frontier Airlines continues to expand operations and offer travelers more flights to different cities.

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