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story.lead_photo.caption A field of debris is all that remains Monday after a house exploded Sunday morning in the Lebanon, Wis., killing a 64-year-old man who lived there. Authorities said the cause of the explosion had not been determined.

2 ex-students accused in school gun theft

RED BOILING SPRINGS, Tenn. -- Two former students are accused of breaking into their Tennessee high school and stealing an AR-15 style rifle and two bullet-resistant vests from the resource officer's gun safe, authorities said.

Clay and Macon County authorities said that Lee Clark and Adam Cisneros were spotted on video inside Red Boiling Springs School last week. Deputies say the items were found buried behind Clark's home.

WTVF reported that Macon schools director Tony Boles cited a sheriff's office policy allowing officers to take personal guns to campus along with their service weapons.

Groups advocating against gun violence are questioning how the former students got into the safe.

Beth Joslin Roth of the Safe Tennessee Project said she was concerned about how easily Clark and Cisneros got into the gun safe after crawling through a window to gain access to the school. She also wondered why an officer would have an AR-15 at school, given its military design for a high rate of fire.

Special Operations forces' ethics probed

WASHINGTON -- The head of U.S. Special Operations Command has ordered an ethics review of his commando forces, after a number of recent incidents of bad behavior and criminal allegations against troops.

Army Gen. Richard Clarke, the commander for Special Operations Command, said that "recent incidents have called our culture and ethics into question and threaten the trust placed in us." And, he said the review will focus on how the command recruits special operators, how it educates and trains the force and how it addresses ethical failures when they occur.

Ken McGraw, a spokesman for Special Operations Command, said Monday that Clarke ordered the review last Friday and expects it will be complete by the end of November.

The announcement comes after several high-profile cases of alleged misconduct by Navy SEALs. Late last month, a SEAL platoon in Iraq was ordered home amid charges of drinking and an allegation of sexual assault.

Also last month, a military jury acquitted a Navy SEAL of murder charges involving the death of a wounded prisoner in Iraq in 2017.

McGraw said two teams are being created: an advisory panel made up mainly of former senior U.S. military leaders and a review panel comprised of the various military units in the special operations command, including Army Rangers, Green Berets, Army Delta units, Navy SEAL teams and special warfare units, and Marine and Air Force special operators.

Iraqi deportee's body to be buried in U.S.

DETROIT -- The body of a 41-year-old Iraqi-born man who died in Baghdad after being deported from the U.S. in June will be returned to Michigan for burial.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Andy Levin of Michigan announced that he and the family of Jimmy Al-Daoud had secured the return of his body. Levin says Al-Daoud died of a "diabetic crisis."

Al-Daoud lived in the Detroit area. He was deported in June for committing multiple crimes. He was among hundreds of Iraqi nationals who were arrested to enforce deportation orders.

Rita Bolis, Al-Daoud's sister, says the family is "comforted that he will be laid to rest next to our mom."

Levin says the Chaldean Community Foundation will cover the costs of repatriating Al-Daoud's body. The transfer is expected to be completed this month.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said last week that Al-Daoud's roughly 20 convictions include assault, domestic violence, home invasion and disorderly conduct. They said he was given enough "medicine to ensure continuity of care" when he was deported.

Oklahoma lawmaker seeks vote on gun law

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A Democratic state lawmaker from Oklahoma City filed paperwork Monday seeking a public vote on whether to reject a law that would allow people in the state to openly carry firearms without a background check or training.

State Rep. Jason Lowe's referendum petition targets a law passed overwhelmingly last session that quickly became the first signed by the state's new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt. It is scheduled to take effect Nov. 1.

"This bill was railroaded through the Legislature to the governor's desk," said Lowe, who was flanked at a press conference by church leaders and members of the gun safety group Moms Demand Action.

Lowe said he was inspired to start the petition after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio this month that left more than 30 people dead.

Dubbed "constitutional carry" by its supporters, the law would allow most residents 21 and older to carry concealed or unconcealed firearms without a license. Firearms would still be prohibited in certain locations, including public buildings, schools, professional sporting events, casinos and bars.

Currently, those wishing to carry a firearm in public must apply for a license.

-- Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

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A driver waits to be rescued Monday after getting stuck at an intersection in Collinsville, Mo., while attempting to drive through a flooded stretch of road.

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