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Linn State Technical College’s program calls for screening all first-year students and some returning students for cocaine, methamphetamines, oxycodone and other drugs. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit last month, challenging the constitutionality of the tests.

U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey in Jefferson City granted a temporary restraining order in September and issued a ruling Tuesday that extends that order through Nov. 8.

An attorney for the college says the board of regents will consider its options.

The school has 1,200 students and campuses in three mid-Missouri towns. It says the tests help ensure student safety since its programs include aircraft maintenance, heavy engine repair and nuclear technology.


Blackbeard’s cannon salvaged from shipwreck

BEAUFORT | Researchers have raised a 2,000-pound cannon from the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard’s ship, which has been on the ocean floor off the North Carolina coast for nearly 300 years.

The Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project brought the massive gun ashore Wednesday. Onlookers cheered as the 8-foot-long gun was raised above the water’s surface.

The project is named after the flagship and has been working since 1997 to salvage artifacts from the wreck.

The gun was on public display Wednesday in front of the state Maritime Museum in Beaufort before being taken to a laboratory for further study.

The cannon is encased in a cementlike shell of sand, salt and barnacles. It could take years for researchers to learn exactly what the shell contains in addition to the gun.


Former U.N. inspector gets prison for sex-sting case

STROUDSBURG | A former United Nations weapons inspector convicted in an online sex sting has been sentenced to up to 5 1/2 years behind bars.

Scott Ritter, 50, exchanged explicit messages with a detective posing as a 15-year-old girl, then performed a sex act on himself in front of a webcam.

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