Here are the top New Jersey news stories for Thursday:

⬛ 200-foot flames burn nearly 4,000 acres in NJ: Wildfire updates
Containment lines are holding. Smoke will rise from the scene for days.

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⬛ Shocking, heartbreaking reason PA mom strangled boy to death, NJ cops say
Ruth DiRienzo-Whitehead drove to Cape May and and into the ocean off Beach Avenue at Cove Beach after allegedly strangling her son, according to police.

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⬛ Top cops charged: One with sex assaults, another with cover-up
"The badge doesn't make you untouchable, and your office does not give you a right to act with impunity," said Attorney General Matthew Platkin.

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⬛ NJ courts have ended school strikes before — what about Rutgers?
Rutgers has not sought a court order to get 9,000 striking faculty members off the picket lines at the request of Gov. Phil Murphy.

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⬛ Homeless after fire, woman drove pickup stuffed with dying pets
Dogs running around the parking lot of a Sussex County shopping center and a strong odor drew attention to a Chevrolet Silverado stuffed with live and dead dogs and cats on Monday.

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