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Woodbridge Marine's Death in Afghanistan in Top State News

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A Woodbridge resident , one of six Marines whose helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. U.S. Marine Corporal Kevin Reinhard, 25, was on a helicopter mission when the aircraft went down in the southern Afghani province of Helmand.

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Nearly two dozen protesters  Friday in solidarity with "Move to Amend," a nationwide movement against what organizers call "corporate personhood." Thousands across the nation held demonstrations on the eve of the two-year anniversary of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that banned limits on corporate spending on political campaigns.

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Democrats believe they are within spitting distance of securing enough support to override a veto of same-sex marriage legislation if Gov. Chris Christie chooses not to support it. State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, one of the bill's sponsors, estimated the chamber had between 24 and 27 supporters for legislation to allow for same-sex marriage in New Jersey. [Wall Street Journal]

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A complaint filed Thursday  on two counts of sexual exploitation of a 5-year-old girl. Mahoney allegedly abused the girl on multiple occasions and streamed footage of the sexual assault over the Internet, according to New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department's Criminal Division.

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Alli McGrath, a single mother of two, was recently diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. But she and other ADHD sufferers have found their medicine in short supply, as some Toms River pharmacies have had difficulty .

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About five years ago, Michael Cooper and his dad and older brother—both named Robert— that utilizes soccer to provide autistic kids an opportunity to exercise, improve motor planning and practice their social skills. Cooper's dedication to "Soccer Stars" recently won the Highland boys' soccer midfielder and defender a $2,500 scholarship as one of three runners-up in the national Inspereum Soccer Awards. 

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A new law gives individual school districts the ability to not only  to the November ballot, but also pass budgets without voter approval. Supporters of the legislation, signed by Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday, say this move is related to low voter turnout in the April elections.

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