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Mom charged after boy accidentally shoots sister

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl was shot and seriously wounded by her 12-year-old brother as he played with a handgun in their Newark, New Jersey home, and the children's mother faces child endangerment charges. City police tell NJ.com ...

Newark fire displaces more than 40 people

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two homes were destroyed and two others were severely damaged when a multialarm fire roared through a neighborhood in Newark, displacing more than 40 people. No injuries were reported in the four-alarm fire, which broke out ...

Woman struck, killed in hit-and-run crash

NUTLEY, N.J. (AP) — An elderly woman was struck and killed by a van while trying to cross a street in northern New Jersey. Nutley police say the accident occurred around 11:40 a.m. Saturday in the area of Centre Street and Ravine Avenue. The ...

Man sentenced for fatally shooting acquaintance

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey man who fatally shot an acquaintance he had argued with has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison. Jarrett Palmer had pleaded guilty last month to aggravated manslaughter in the December 2011 shooting ...

Man gets 33-year sentence in park sex assault

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A man convicted of attacking and sexually assaulting a woman in a central New Jersey park has been sentenced to 33 years in prison. Mercer County prosecutors say the attack occurred in 2005, but Humberto Gonzalez wasn't charged ...

Feds investigating Connecticut plane crash

CLINTON, Conn. (AP) — Federal officials are beginning an investigation of the crash of a small plane that went down near a Connecticut home and left the New Jersey pilot with only minor injuries. Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration ...

Fire spreads to 3 houses in Newark, no injuries

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A fire official says three homes are burning in Newark, New Jersey, but all residents apparently got out in time and no injuries have been reported. Capt. John Brown of the Newark Fire Department says the blaze broke out at 295 ...

Hit-and-run driver seriously injures 2 brothers

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (AP) — Investigators are searching for a hit-and-run driver who seriously injured two brothers at a northern New Jersey movie theater. Hudson County authorities say the car jumped a curb around 9:50 p.m. Friday and struck ...

Judge won’t lower bail for fatal stabbing suspect

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — A state judge has refused to lower the bail of a southern New Jersey man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend. The ruling issued Friday marked the second time that Rocco Carsillo failed to have his $500,000 bail reduced. ...

Police: Woman hurt in fire dies from her injuries

NEPTUNE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a woman hurt in a fire at a central New Jersey apartment complex this week has died from her injuries. Neptune police say 40-year-old township resident Kimia Braxton died Friday at a hospital, three days after ...