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FOOTBALL HEROES

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) -- Defensive backs Jack Long and Shane Simpson are heroes -- and not just on the gridiron. The Missouri Western football players saved a toddler from a hot car. The players were driving from practice when they saw a woman frantically beating on the window of a car. They stopped to help. Turns out Teresa Gall had accidentally locked her 17-month-old grandson in the car with the keys. She couldn't break the window. But Simpson was able to bust out the window with just one swing. Gall tells KSHB-TV she offered to pay the players, but they refused.

GROUPON-GRADUATE CLASS

CHICAGO (AP) -- It's another deal from Groupon. But this time it isn't for pizza or jeans. The Groupon deal is for tuition. National Louis University in Chicago is offering a reduced rate for an introductory graduate level teaching course. Groupon has offered language and fitness classes before, but this is the first for a deal with academic credit. The course costs $950 on Groupon. That's nearly 60 percent off the regular tuition.

BLACK SWAN

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) -- Stormy the black swan is back home on Block Island. The swan was blown out to sea during Tropical Storm Irene. Debbie-Jo Horton says someone must have let the swan out its corral at the Abrams Animal Farm. The Block Island Times reports firefighters rescued the swan off the Rhode Island coast. After recuperating at an animal shelter, Stormy is back with his partner Sunny the swan. The folks at the farm decided on the names after the big storm.

NEW YORK TAXIS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Soon, New Yorkers won't be just hailing a cab -- they'll be whistling for a van. Some Big Apple cabbies are now behind the wheel of the Ford Transit Connect small van. Ford says their new yellow cabs started picking up passengers late yesterday. The van is one of two new vehicles approved by the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission. The other is the Nissan NV200 van, which will go into taxi service in the fall of 2013. The new cabs will replace the fleet of less fuel efficient Crown Victorias. Ford is set to stop making the Crown Vic in a matter of days.

MODEL SHIP COMBAT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- It's war at sea -- on a Washington state pound. Monday, the captains of model battleships met in combat. Their remote-controlled ships are up to six feet long and fire bb-gun cannons. Nick Myers has been a member of the Northwest Naval Combat club for about three years. He tells the Tacoma News Tribune if they can't buy what they need, they make it. The model ships can cost a grand apiece. But Phill Lowe says it's "still about boys who want to play with toys and beat them up."

DRINKING ED

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- University of Oregon freshmen are getting an early taste of alcohol -- education. Classes don't start for a couple of weeks. But AlcoholEdu for College is being offered to the Class of 2015 online. Students 21 and younger are expected to take the course. The university's Jennifer Summers tells The Eugene Register-Guard many students think binge drinking is common. But she notes almost a-third of students don't drink at all. She says the point of alcohol education is to help students make "well-informed decisions."

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