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By Eric M. Johnson and Emily Flitter ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) - Students still shaken from a shooting rampage days earlier that claimed 10 lives were welcomed back on Monday by grief counselors and comfort dogs to their community college in southern Oregon, but classes remained canceled through the week. The campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, about 180 miles (300 km) south of Portland, was reopened to students and staff to allow them to retrieve vehicles and other belongings left behind in the pandemonium of Thursday's massacre. The reopening also was aimed at helping restore a sense of normalcy on campus before classes and other activities at the college of some 13,000 students - about 3,000 enrolled full time - were set to resume next Monday, school officials said.
The US Supreme Court opened a new term Monday in which divisive social issues will likely be addressed: the death penalty, contraception and affirmative action. While the upcoming presidential election will certainly debate these issues, the highest court in the land will remind the nation that, at the end of the day, it has final say on the fundamental rights of American citizens. The court reaffirmed its independence just hours into the new term with a decision that struck a blow to President Barack Obama's crackdown on insider-trading.