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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
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....

Anxious school officials are denouncing Michigan's plan to potentially close an unspecified number of chronically low-performing 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 jury has convicted a Georgia man accused of pouring scalding water on a gay couple as they slept
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....

Tornadoes that touched down in central Indiana left no one seriously hurt
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Tornadoes that touched down in central Indiana tore roofs off apartment buildings, sent air conditioners falling onto parked cars and cut power to thousands of people, but left no one seriously injured....

A Mississippi firefighter who received the world's most extensive face transplant after a burning building collapsed on him says he feels like "a normal guy" for the first time in 15 years
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....

A Mississippi man who tried to travel to Syria with his fiancee to join the Islamic State group has been sentenced to eight years in prison on federal terrorism charges
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....

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
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....

Mobile homes again will fill front yards around southern Louisiana, just as they did after Hurricane Katrina, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency brings in the temporary housing for thousands of people displaced by catastrophic flooding
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Mobile homes will fill front yards across southern Louisiana again, just like after Hurricane Katrina, as federal authorities bring in temporary housing for thousands of people displaced by catastrophic flooding....

A national organization promoting Sept. 11 as a day of service and remembrance is asking presidential candidates to stop campaigning and running political ads on the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks
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....

As one of Miami's notorious "cocaine cowboys" in the 1980s, Mickey Munday made millions flying loads of drugs, but is now converting a vacant lot into a park dedicated to love
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....

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Business and economic development groups from across south Louisiana have teamed up to launch the Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund, which aims to give grants to companies hurt by the historic flood

Applications for US unemployment benefits stay below 300,000 for 77th straight week

The mayor of Kokomo says crews from elsewhere in the state are coming to the central Indiana city to help restore power and clean up debris in the tornado-hit community

Police in Salem are investigating the detonation of an explosive placed inside a news box for an LGBT newspaper as a possible hate crime

Police in Pennsylvania say two men and a 17-year-old boy are facing charges after they exploded two M-80 firecrackers on a turtle, killing the reptile

Officials in Alabama say a man has been rescued after falling roughly 40 feet into a hold of a ship out of Norway

NASA says it's simulating a splashdown of its Orion spacecraft, this time with crash test dummies, as it prepares to eventually send humans to Mars

A 5-year-old boy in New Jersey has picked up the lunch tab for his police department

Sheriff's officials in Florida say a deputy fatally shot a suicidal man who refused to follow orders during a brief confrontation in a backyard near Orlando

Federal aviation investigators say a pilot told air traffic controllers that fuels pumps aboard the plane were failing before it plunged to the ground and caught fire near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, killing six people from Mississippi