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6 states bar bosses asking for Facebook passwords

Should employers be asking job applicants for Facebook passwords? This topic has gained a lot of attention following recent reports of hiring managers or employers demanding social media passwords to gain access to private information.

Sandy aftermath: Verizon waives data and voice charges for two week period

Verizon waives data and voice charges for two week period

For the residents of New York and New Jersey devastated by the super-storm Sandy, the news that Verizon is not going to charge them for data and voice usage for two week period is nothing short of silver lining amongst dark ‘Sandy’ clouds.

NBA: Boston 100, New Jersey 75

Newark, N.J. -- Nate Robinson came off the bench for an injured Rajon Rondo Sunday and scored 21 points, pacing the Boston Celtics to a 100-75 victory over New Jersey.

Robinson took the floor after Rondo was held out of the contest due to a tight hamstring, and he responded with a big game, going 8-of-12 from the field, grabbing six rebounds and handing out six assists for the Celtics, who won their seventh straight game.

Marquis Daniels hit a pair of free throws with 7 minutes left in the first half to put Boston up 34-27 and his subsequent lay-in off a Nets turnover ignited an 18-4 run, capped by Garnett's 4-foot jumper with 1:06 left.

Atheists, Christians have duelling signs

New York -- Drivers heading into and out of New York through the Lincoln Tunnel now get an atheist billboard on the New Jersey side and a Christian one in Manhattan.

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, told CNN his group's sign is a "counterpunch" to the Christmas message from American Atheists. He said David Silverman, president of the atheists group, is "denigrating" religion.

The American Atheists ad features a nativity scene with a simple message: "You know it's a myth. This season celebrate reason." At the Manhattan end, drivers read: "You know it's real. This season celebrate Jesus."

NBA: New Jersey 98, Portland 96

Newark, N.J. -- Devin Harris sank a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter Sunday to give New Jersey a lead the Nets nursed to a 98-96 win over Portland.

Harris's trey with 1:12 to go put the Nets up 92-89. He added two foul shots with 13 seconds left to ice the victory, finishing with 25 points and distributing eight assists.

Anthony Morrow contributed 16 points and Brook Lopez had 13 for New Jersey.

The Trail Blazers lost their third straight. They were led by Wesley Matthews, who scored 25 points off the bench, and by starters Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge, who contributed 21 and 20 points, respectively.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Accused insider trading middleman arrested

Somerset, N.J. -- Federal authorities said they arrested a man in New Jersey Wednesday believed to be the middle man for an insider trading operation.

Authorities arrested Don Ching Trang Chu at his home in Somerset, N.J., the Los Angeles Times reported.

Chu works for Primary Global Research, a firm based in Mountain View, Calif., but the firm was not named in the complaint against him, the Times said.

Allegedly, Chu connected hedge funds with personnel at Broadband Corp., a semi-conductor firm in Irvine, Calif.

NHL: Boston 3, New Jersey 0

Boston -- Tim Thomas bounced back from a bad start to record his fourth shutout of the year Monday in the Boston Bruins' 3-0 win over New Jersey.

Thomas, who suffered his first loss of the year Saturday against Ottawa, got back on the winning track against the reeling Devils, turning aside all 28 shots he saw for his 21st career whitewash.

The Bruins netminder improved to 9-1-0 on the season with the victory.

Boston got goals from Michael Ryder, Nathan Horton and Blake Wheeler, and two assists from Mark Recchi, breaking a two-game losing streak.

Martin Brodeur made 21 saves for the Devils, who went 0-for-3 on the power play for their fifth loss in seven games.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

'Munsters' actor checks into rehab

Newark, N.J. -- Butch Patrick's agent says the former child star of the classic sitcom "The Munsters" is being treated for drug and alcohol addiction at a New Jersey rehab.

Patrick, 57, played Eddie Munster on the iconic 1960s show.

He checked into an undisclosed facility "to deal with a lifetime problem of substance abuse," his agent, Jodi Ritzen, told People.com Thursday.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Sony says Michael’s new music is authentic; Jacksons doubt

Michael Jackson continues to make controversies even an year after his death. While fans are eagerly waiting for the release of new Jackson music, some of his family members have dampened the enthusiasm by claiming that the compilation of his songs is not authentic.

Pre-K boy expelled after growing out hair

Trenton, N.J. -- A New Jersey mother who has been letting her 4-year-old son's hair grow out since birth to benefit cancer patients says he was expelled due to his long locks.

Renee Szablewski of Brick Township said her son Jack was expelled from pre-kindergarten at St. Dominic School for violating the hair section of the dress code, which she said was altered to ban long hair for boys after she had already paid half of Jack's $2,500 tuition, the full $75 registration fee, a $10 student activities charge and made $520 in donations, the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press reported Wednesday.