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Children Perish in Newark Fire, NJ Woman Wounded in Batman Shooting Top State News

Other top stories include a former Paramus High School valedictorian killed while jogging and a boy who died after a sand tunnel he was digging at the beach collapsed on him.

A 3-year-old girl, 4-year-old boy, believed to be siblings, died in a rear apartment on the third floor, while a 6-year-old girl, a teenager and a man died in the front apartment on the same floor of the building, fire officials said. The mother of the two children who died in the front apartment was giving birth at a nearby hospital on the day of the fire, officials told NJ.com

A 23-year-old Sussex County woman was among the 70 injured when a gunman opened fire and killed 12 people early Friday morning at a movie theater screening of the new Batman movie in Aurora, Colo.

Gabrielle Reuveni, a rising junior and track and cross-country athlete at Washington University in St. Louis, was struck by a vehicle while running near her family's vacation home in Pennsylvania. Also read: 

A large hole collapsed on a young boy who was digging in the sand in Long Branch on Tuesday afternoon. The boy was rushed to Monmouth Medical Center for treatment and later died at the hospital. Also see:  and  

A man who ignored repeated requests to drop a handgun outside the High Velocity Sports Bar on Route 166 was shot and killed by a Beachwood police officer late Thursday, the Ocean County Executive Assistant Prosecutor said.

A Galloway man has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal hit-and-run in Atlantic City last week, after he struck a man in a wheelchair who was attempting to cross the street, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor James P. McClain said Thursday.

Essex County College Student Killed by NJ Transit Bus

A 22-year-old Essex County College student was killed by an NJ Transit Bus Thursday in Bloomfield. The preliminary investigation indicates Johnson was rushing to catch the bus to get to his job when he was struck and killed.

Amid student protests, the Rutgers University Board of Governors voted this week to increase tuition, fees and room and board costs for the 2012-13 school year by 2.2 percent.



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