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As it reopened its doors for business Wednesday, four wooden crosses painted white and decorated with hearts and balloons stood in front of a Nashville-area Waffle House, a stark reminder that just three days earlier it was the scene of seemingly random and lethal bloodshed.

Each victim killed in Sunday's shooting rampage had their photographs and and names on one of the crosses: Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29; Joe R. Perez, 20; DeEbony Groves, 21; and Akilah DaSilva, 23.

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The Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency are setting up locations across the commonwealth for citizens to dispose unneeded prescription drugs.

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The Tennessee Waffle House where four people died in a shooting has re-opened and the company intends to donate its first month of sales to help victims of the deadly attack.

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A prescription painkiller that has been under a cloud for more than a decade is apparently safer than previously believed, a Food and Drug Administration panel concluded Wednesday.

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  Fewer Kentucky children are dying at the hands of an abuser, but the number of cases of child abuse is drastically rising.

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  The president of the Student Government Association at Western Kentucky University says she’s lost confidence in the school’s administrators. 

"Cellal alaa cogu — health has no price," sighs Haja Bah, looking out on a dusty street in the sprawling eastern suburbs of Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital. "But they have forgotten us ... and many are still really suffering."

A group of truck-driving good Samaritans answered a call to help save a man threatening to commit suicide by jumping off a freeway overpass on Tuesday.

Michigan State Police and local officials rounded up a group of 13 semitruck drivers to form a line below a bridge over a Detroit freeway — Interstate 696 — to significantly shorten the fall of the unnamed man if he had leaped.

He was first reported standing on the edge of the bridge above oncoming traffic just before 1 a.m., Lt. Mike Shaw, a Michigan State Police spokesman, told NPR.

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Illinois public health officials say a fourth person has died after using synthetic marijuana.

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Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah has moved its earliest daily afternoon arrival and departure times to and from Chicago back four hours.

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