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TOP STORIES:

US SENATE-NEW JERSEY

UNION CITY — For months, Republican Senate candidate Bob Hugin has assailed Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez in TV ads, calling the two-term incumbent corrupt because of now-dismissed federal corruption charges, whittling down the incumbent's double-digit lead in the polls to single digits. Now, with less than three months until voters go to the polls in Democratic-leaning New Jersey, where the Senate race is at the top of the ticket, Menendez is unleashing his own TV advertising fusillade, with two new 30-second spots this week criticizing the wealthy former pharmaceutical executive as greedy. By Mike Catalini. SENT: About 1090 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-SINGER RESCUES MAN

HILLSIDE — It's been a little over month, and Rose DiMeo still can't say enough about an R&B legend who is responsible for her son being alive. Ted Wizard Mills, the original lead singer of R&B group Blue Magic, pulled her 20-year-old son, Joseph, from his car before it burst into flames July 14 on Route 22 in Hillside. "He's my son's angel," said DiMeo, a Clark resident. "Because of him, he's still here," she said. Since the accident, DiMeo said her son is in critical condition and has had multiple skin graft surgeries for severe burns at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. SENT: About 700 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

DRUGS SEIZED-DELAWARE PORT — Authorities say nearly 100 pounds of cocaine has been seized from a Delaware port where it was hidden in boxes of pineapples headed to New Jersey.

GAS PRICES — Gas prices in New Jersey continue to dip with the approach of the Labor Day weekend and the end of the summer driving season.

SPORTS:

GLF--NORTHERN TRUST

PARAMUS, N.J. — U.S. Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka shared the lead with Jamie Lovemark at The Northern Trust. Adam Scott was one shot behind, with Dustin Johnson another shot back. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. EDT.

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