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School groups denounce potential closure of Michigan schools
DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- It would be a mistake for state officials to start closing underperforming Michigan schools for academic reasons because it would devastate communities while not improving student achievement, concerned educators said Wednesday....

Man gets 40 years for pouring scalding water on gay couple
ATLANTA (AP) -- A judge sentenced a Georgia man to 40 years in prison Wednesday for throwing scalding water on a gay couple sleeping in an apartment, leaving them with severe burns that required surgery....

Burned firefighter feels normal again after face transplant
NEW YORK (AP) -- A Mississippi firefighter who received the world's most extensive face transplant after a burning building collapsed on him said Wednesday that he feels like "a normal guy" for the first time in 15 years....

Mississippi Islamic State recruit gets 8 years in prison
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- A Mississippi man who once tried to join the Islamic State group credited arresting FBI agents with saving his life as he was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday, telling a federal judge he didn't then understand what the Islamic State represented....

Soldier who killed 5 Dallas officers showed PTSD symptoms
The Army reservist who killed five Dallas police officers last month showed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after returning home from Afghanistan in 2014, but doctors concluded that he presented no serious risk to himself or others, according to newly released documents from the Veterans Health Administration....

Park Service celebrates 100 years, seeks minorities' support
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) -- When Asha Jones and other Grand Canyon interns arrived for their summer at the national park, they were struck by its sheer immensity, beauty and world-class hiking trails. Soon, they noticed something else....

Yellowstone tourists face detour for fire but landmarks open
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) -- Some tourists heading to Yellowstone National Park during the busy summer season are facing an hourlong detour Wednesday as a wildfire in neighboring Grand Teton National Park kept a highway closed....

Alaska roadkill thieves target moose meant for charity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Thieves coming across dead moose on Alaska roads are stealing the carcasses, making away with hundreds of pounds of meat that normally goes to a program run by state troopers that gives it to the needy and others willing to butcher the carcasses, officials said Wednesday....

Family of gun instructor killed by girl with Uzi sues range
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) -- The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor who was accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has sued the business, alleging it should not have allowed a child to use the high-powered weapon....

Paisley Park, home of Prince, opens for public tours Oct. 6
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Paisley Park, the private estate and studio complex of the late rock superstar Prince, will open for daily public tours starting Oct. 6, the trust company overseeing his estate announced Wednesday, and the company that runs Elvis Presley's Graceland will manage it....

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