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    Pupils to sing ‘God bless the USA’

    Students at a Bellingham elementary school can sing the word God during a school assembly after parents objected when that word was removed from a patriotic song they were taught. Parents told WFXT-TV that children at Stall Brook Elementary were taught to sing “We love the USA’’ instead of “God bless the USA’’ during the chorus of the Lee Greenwood song. After parents protested, the school said students would not sing anything during the April 12 assembly. But Superintendent Edward Fleury said Thursday that students could sing “God Bless the USA’’ with its original chorus. Fleury said the school believes the word God is acceptable in patriotic songs. (AP)