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A Thai Malay Muslim drug user breaks up the kratom leaf into a pan to form part of a popular cheap narcotic drink. NJ officials are looking to ban the sale of kraton in NJ. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
A Thai Malay Muslim drug user breaks up the kratom leaf into a pan to form part of a popular cheap narcotic drink. NJ officials are looking to ban the sale of kraton in NJ. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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Kratom – An herbal drug that is trending, deadly and legal in NJ

It has been around for years and can easily be bought in New Jersey tobacco shops, gas stations and on the internet. Kratom - an organic herb which grows naturally in Southeast Asia - is quickly becoming a "go-to'" drug for young people because of its opioid-like effects.

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Smoke from a brush fire in Keyport
Smoke from a brush fire in Keyport (KG Junior vis Monmouth County Police, Fire and EMS)
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Brush Fire in Keyport

Multiple fire departments and the NJ State Forestry Service responded to a large brush fire in Monmouth County Friday afternoon.

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Bruce Jenner
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Bruce Jenner Opens Up: ‘Yes, I Am a Woman’

Bruce Jenner sat down with Diane Sawyer for a deeply personal and revealing interview tonight (April 24), revealing that he is, indeed, a woman.

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Taylor Swift Slams Media for ‘Shaming’ Her Love Life

Taylor Swift opens up about what media attention has done to her relationships in the new issue of Glamour UK.

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Front entrance to the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
Front entrance to the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst ( Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)
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World War II bomb found at college detonated by military disposal unit

A World War II era bomb, found during a building project at Middlesex County College, was successfully detonated Thursday night by a military disposal team at Joint Base McGuire-Dix Lakehurst. 

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The jughandle/exit ramp from the Parkway at exit 109 in Lincroft/Red Bank. (Google Maps)
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Parkway Exit 109 Improvement Plans Unveiled

If you've ever gotten off the Parkway at exit 109 on the Red Bank/Lincroft border, especially during rush hour, you know things can be a little...chaotic.

The NJ Turnpike Authority is planning improvements to the area to make it easier for drivers to navigate.

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Christie Rampone/Derek Jeter/Jon Stewart
Christie Rampone, Derek Jeter, and Jon Stewart are among this year's nominees for the NJ Hall of Fame. (Craig Barritt/Rich Schultz/Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Jon Stewart, Derek Jeter Among NJ Hall of Fame Nominees

The NJ Hall of Fame has released the names of this year's nominees, and now is your chance to vote for the Class of 2015 inductees!

There are some big names in the mix...who will get your vote?

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Depressed teen
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Smartphone app could help detect mood disorders in teens

The teenage years can be difficult ones, especially for children dealing with anxiety, depression and peer pressure, but a new tool may soon be available to help teens navigate through these challenges.

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Jax after her first performance on Wednesday's "American Idol"
Jax after her first performance on Wednesday's "American Idol" (YouTube)
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Jersey’s Jax reaches ‘Idol’ top 5 – gets tapped for concert tour

Arena Anthem Night on "American Idol" propelled East Brunswick's Jax into the show's top five and onto the summer tour.

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Gov. Chris Christie eats "Tonight Dough" ice cream on the Tonight Show as Jimmy Fallon tries to share
Gov. Chris Christie eats "Tonight Dough" ice cream on the Tonight Show as Jimmy Fallon tries to share (YouTube)
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Chris Christie on ‘Tonight Show’ – I’ll announce in May or June

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie returned to late-night TV on Wednesday and gave perhaps his most specific estimate, to date, of when he might announce he's running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

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Chilly temperatures are back – possible freeze tonight

For the first time in nearly two weeks, both high and low temperatures across New Jersey will end up below normal, with the potential for sub-freezing temperatures on Friday morning.

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B.E.A.T. Center, Toms River (Tom Mongelli, Townsquare Media)
B.E.A.T. Center, Toms River (Tom Mongelli, Townsquare Media)
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B.E.A.T. Center – Now the real work begins

The glamor of the Jon Bon Jovi press conference now a memory, organizers of the B.E.A.T. (Bringing Everyone All Together) Center begin turning it into reality. Once there, they say, a major part of their ongoing function will be to help drop-ins overcome food insecurity - something many never experienced until Superstorm Sandy.

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