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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....

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....

Nonprofit asking Clinton, Trump to stop campaigning on 9/11
NEW YORK (AP) -- A national organization promoting Sept. 11 as a day of public service and remembrance is asking presidential candidates to stop campaigning and running political ads on the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks....

Fan-made 'Star Trek' sets become tourist attraction in NY
TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (AP) -- On its many voyages through space, the Starship Enterprise has endured bridge-shaking blasts from enemy ships and infiltration by scheming aliens. Now it's being invaded by tourists....

Branching out: Stick sculptor gains global following
BOYLSTON, Mass. (AP) -- The towering, whimsical shapes Patrick Dougherty creates by twisting and weaving sticks together have gained him an international following. Now, the artist who lives in a log cabin near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is back in New England to build two more of his almost cartoon-like stick sculptures....

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....

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