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TOP STORIES:

CHRISTMAS NIGHT HOME INVASION

BLOOMFIELD — A man convicted of tying up a New Jersey woman and two girls and robbing them during a Christmas night home invasion has been sentenced to life in prison.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-WILD WEST CITY

BYRAM —Sand shifts under wooden wheels as a stagecoach glides toward the Golden Nugget Saloon. Onlookers know a band of thieves will soon stick up the coach's passengers near the general store. Still, the gathered crowd suspends disbelief to soak in a slice of the Old West that survives "by the grace of God" in northern New Jersey, said Mary Benson, manager of Wild West City. Opened in the spring of 1957, Wild West City is a family-owned, western-themed park created by the American Foundation for the Preservation of the Old West. By David Zimmer, The Record. SENT: About 1250 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

GAS PRICES — Gas prices in New Jersey and around the nation have remained stable going into the Labor Day weekend and the end of the summer driving season.

SPORTS:

BC-FBN--GIANTS-CUTS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants will cut their roster to the NFL's 53-man limit on Saturday. By Tom Canavan.

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