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Judge backs NJ police who killed man

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the family of a New Jersey man who was shot and killed by police after he flashed a toy gun at officers. The judge says an officer was forced to make a split-second decision ...

Christie seeks to dismiss pension lawsuits

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie's administration is seeking to dismiss lawsuits filed by public employee unions seeking to force Christie to pay more money into their pension funds. Christie initially planned to make the state's full ...

Teen swimmer injured in Seaside Park

SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old swimmer was injured while body surfing in Seaside Park. The Toms River resident was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center on Tuesday. Police Cpl. Steve Shadiack tells the Asbury ...

Gunfire at Lakewood condo complex

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — No one was injured when gunshots rang out at a condominium complex in Lakewood. Police were called to the Highpoint Condo between 10 and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Detective Sgt. Greg Staffordsmith tells the Asbury Park Press ...

Teen sentenced to service for trade center climb

NEW YORK (AP) — A thrill-seeking teenager who made a daring ascent of the 1 World Trade Center tower has wrapped up his case, with a judge praising him for taking responsibility. Justin Casquejo (cahs-KAY'-oh) was sentenced Wednesday to 23 days of ...

Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

PHOENIX (AP) — An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi say the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a vacation. The ...

Trenton Employs Violence Reduction Strategy

To help reduce the violence in Trenton, the city has started a violence reduction strategy that includes drug and financial counseling and job training.

Man charged in stabbing of gas station attendant

BRICK, N.J. (AP) — Attempted murder charges have been filed against a southern New Jersey man accused of stabbing a gas station attendant during a robbery. Brick police say bail was set at $540,000 cash for Samuel Patriaco Jr., who also faces ...

911 calls show efforts to save firearms instructor

PHOENIX (AP) — People at a northern Arizona gun range where a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot an instructor with an Uzi desperately tried to keep him alive as they urged 911 dispatchers to send a medical helicopter. Recordings of emergency calls ...

Conviction upheld in man’s attack on ex-girlfriend

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An appellate court has rejected a New Jersey man's bid to overturn his conviction and sentence for running his ex-girlfriend's car off a highway and slashing her face and arm. NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1trzGze) reports that the ...