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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Advance Publications is laying off 60 employees at newspapers it owns in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including 34 at New Jersey's largest newspaper, the Star-Ledger of Newark, the company said.

Star-Ledger Publisher Richard Vezza said the layoffs are the result of a weak economy and an advertising downturn made worse by Superstorm Sandy.

The layoffs by Advance include 12 at The Express-Times in Easton, Pa., 11 at the South Jersey Times and three employees at a group of weekly papers that operate in central and western New Jersey.

Advance Publications is a newspaper group owned by the Newhouse family.

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