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Texas college students rally against gun law with sex toys
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Hundreds of University of Texas students waved sex toys at a campus rally during the first day of classes, protesting a new state law that allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms....

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....

A Miami 'cocaine cowboy' finds redemption with love locks
NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) -- When he was one of Miami's notorious "cocaine cowboys" in the 1980s, Mickey Munday made millions of dollars flying loads of drugs for Colombia's Medellin and Cali cartels....

Accidental overdoses killed 8 people a day in Ohio last year
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Accidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl again rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday....

Prison company fights to seal documents about strip searches
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America wants to seal from public view documents in a lawsuit that claims female visitors to a Tennessee prison were forced to undergo strip searches to prove they were menstruating....

At least 12 tornadoes strike Indiana, Ohio; no bad injuries
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A wave of severe storms produced at least a dozen tornadoes in Indiana and Ohio, damaging homes and businesses but causing no serious injuries, authorities said Thursday, as crews worked to restore power and remove fallen trees....

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....

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