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Students Move In For A New Year At UWF

The sun was shining, the humidity was high and the cicadas were singing as car load after car load of new students unloaded their belongings and started moving into the University of West Florida’s dorms for the beginning of a new year. “We’re excited” said UWF President Martha Saunders, who was out greeting new students as they lugged their suitcases and garbage bags filled with clothes, books and other assorted college student necessities. She says there are a lot more students to greet...

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The sun was shining, the humidity was high and the cicadas were singing as car load after car load of new students unloaded their belongings and started moving into the University of West Florida’s dorms for the beginning of a new year. 

Updated Aug. 23 at 4:34 p.m. ET

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the state of Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to inmate Adree Edmo.

The panel of judges agreed with Federal District Judge B. Lynn Winmill's ruling in Edmo's favor last December, writing that his findings were "logical and well-supported" and that, "responsible prison officials were deliberately indifferent to Edmo's gender dysphoria, in violation of the Eighth Amendment."

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"There was no attempt to hide the importation," Jaime Ruiz told NPR on Friday. He said the gun parts were correctly labeled and still had their original trademarks. And all three shipments were headed to a legitimate seller and distributor.

"It's kind of an unusual situation," Ruiz said.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has just completed three weeks of radiation treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the U.S. Supreme Court disclosed Friday.

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DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies, in for Terry Gross, who's off this week. Actor Peter Fonda died last Friday in Los Angeles. He was 79. Fonda was part of an intergenerational Hollywood family - the son of Henry Fonda, the sister of Jane Fonda and father of Bridget Fonda.

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