(AP) - The second phase of New Jersey's black bear hunt is off to a wet start with rain falling over the state. Hunters can only use firearms during the hunt, which runs from Monday through Saturday. The six-day hunt could end early if the number of bears killed reaches 30%. But the hunt could be extended by four days if the  minimum of 20% harvested bears are not  tagged. The first phase of the bear hunt took place in October. Hunters using archery and muzzleloaders bagged 265 bruins during that segment. The most bears killed during the first phase were in Sussex County.

RED BANK, N.J. (AP) - Two people are dead and three others hospitalized in what authorities say was an apparent drug overdose in a home in Red Bank. Police were called to the home on Bank Street early Sunday morning. The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office says a 35-year-old and a 29-year-old were pronounced dead at the scene. Three other people were taken to a hospital. Their conditions are not known. Authorities have not released any names. Officials are awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine the cause of death. However, foul play is not suspected.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey lawmakers have advanced legislation to permit immigrants who cannot prove they're in the country legally to obtain drivers licenses. The Democrat-led Assembly Judiciary Committee approved the bill Monday in a packed committee room in the statehouse annex building. The legislation would create a two-tiered driver's license system. One license conforms to federal REAL ID requirements that include proof of legal residency. Another license would permit people without a legal status to obtain a license. The National Conference of State Legislatures says 13 states and the District of Columbia permit immigrants without legal status to obtain drivers licenses.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - At least three media outlets have been told they'll have to buy a ticket if they want to cover this year's Miss America competition. The Miss America Organization has denied press credentials to its longtime hometown newspaper, The Press of Atlantic City, the Washington Post, and Bravura, a magazine that has given extensive coverage to Miss America. No reason was given for the denials. The competition originated in Atlantic City and except for a brief detour to Las Vegas, has been based there for most of its nearly 100 years. It is being held later this month in Connecticut.

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