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Gun Settlement in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS-- City officials have agreed to return hundreds of firearms that police confiscated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, part of a deal to resolve a lawsuit filed by gun lobbying groups. The settlement agreement filed Tuesday in federal court calls for the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation to drop their case if the city follows a plan for returning guns to owners whose weapons were seized after the 2005 hurricane.

New Schools Urged in Chicago

CHICAGO -- Chicago Public Schools Chief Arne Duncan recommended that the school board approve plans for 20 new schools, including the district's first high school aimed at gay and transgender teenagers. The schools are expected to open in the fall of 2009 and 2010. The Board of Education is scheduled to vote Oct. 22.

-- From News Services

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