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RENO, Nev. (AP) — School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts including Washoe County's have participated in the Pentagon's surplus program. The Washoe County School District has received eight M16 semi-automatic rifles.

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — A Henderson 19-year-old faces arson, reckless disregard and mayhem charges that could get him decades in prison if he's convicted of exploding a 55-gallon drum of diesel in a high school graduation party bonfire. Michael Boyd Jr.'s defense attorney says Boyd will plead not guilty.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Air Force officials say they're changing their policy on enlistment oaths and will allow airmen to omit the words "so help me God" if they choose. An attorney for an airman says he was told by his commanders Aug. 25 that he must swear to God or leave the Air Force. The Department of Defense General Counsel says the language could be left out if the airman preferred.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Elko County Sheriff Jim Pitts says an internal investigation into a former county jail inmate's claims that he was nearly beaten to death by three other inmates in 2012 determined that the accuser was the perpetrator, not the victim of the jailhouse fight. Pitts also denies allegations in the inmate's lawsuit that sheriff's officials tampered with the jail surveillance tape so as to try to cover up the alleged beating.

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