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SKorea’s Moon calls for ‘bold decisions’ ahead of Kim summit

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s president today urged both North Korea and the United States to “make bold decisions” to break a deepening diplomatic impasse over the North’s nuclear ambitions, saying he’ll continue to act as mediator. President Moon Jae-in’s comments come ...

Russian pension reform affects vulnerable age group of over-50s

MOSCOW (AP) — When 52-year old accountant Marina Grigoryeva was laid off this year, she figured that at least she would be eligible for a state pension in three years’ time. But measures announced by President Vladimir Putin last week mean that Grigoryeva, who has been looking for a job for ...

US Defense secretary visits Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Defense Secretary James Mattis made a surprise visit to Afghanistan’s war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in the city and wounded 90 others. Accompanied by Gen. Joseph Dunford, ...

Iran, Russia, Turkey presidents meet in high stakes summit

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey met in a high stakes summit in Tehran on Friday to discuss the future of Syria as a bloody military operation looms in the last rebel-held area of the war-ravaged nation, each laying out terms and issues on the battlefield most ...

Current, former leaders reconcile

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe has reconciled with the man who replaced him. The 94-year-old Mugabe had refused to recognize the rule of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and said before the July 30 election that he wouldn’t vote for the ruling party. But ...

India president: Work with Czechs

PRAGUE (AP) — India’s president says there’s a significant potential for cooperation in the defense industry between his country and the Czech Republic. Speaking in Prague Friday after meeting his Czech counterpart Milos Zeman, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind called on Czech defense ...

German protests expose problems

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are preparing for another far-right rally in the eastern city of Chemnitz over the recent killing of a man that was blamed on migrants. About 1,000 people are expected at Friday night’s demonstration, far fewer than immediately after the stabbing of Daniel ...

New Genoa bridge design in works

ROME (AP) — Architect Renzo Piano has signed on to design a new bridge for his beloved hometown of Genoa to replace the one that collapsed Aug. 14, killing 43 people. Piano joined city and regional officials on Friday to present the plans for the bridge, which he said would likely be made ...

Giuliani to AP: Trump will not answer obstruction questions

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump will not answer federal investigators’ questions, in writing or in person, about whether he tried to block the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, one of the president’s attorneys told The Associated Press. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani ...

US adds a strong 201K jobs as unemployment stays at 3.9 percent

WASHINGTON — Hiring picked up in August as U.S. employers added a strong 201,000 jobs, a sign of confidence that consumers and businesses will keep spending despite the Trump administration’s conflicts with U.S. trading partners. The Labor Department said today that the unemployment rate ...

Kavanaugh avoids major missteps, closing 2 days of Senate testimony

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats worked into the night in a last, ferocious attempt to paint Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a foe of abortion rights and a likely defender of President Donald Trump. But after two marathon days in the witness chair in a Senate hearing room, Kavanaugh ...

Black women try to energize voters

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Meeting on the campus of Jackson State University on a recent afternoon, dozens of black women came together to strategize about the upcoming midterm elections, opening the gathering with a freedom song. “The revolution done signed my name,” they moaned, invoking ...

Michigan drops conviction box from job, license applications

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder is ordering the state to no longer ask job applicants and people seeking certain occupational licenses to check a box if they have been convicted of a felony. Snyder, who announced the changes early today, said the box is being replaced with a statement by ...

Amway founder, Magic owner DeVos dies at 92

DETROIT — Billionaire Richard DeVos, co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, died Thursday. He was 92. Family spokesman Nick Wasmiller says DeVos died at his western Michigan home due to complications from an ...

Ford recalls 2M pickup trucks

DETROIT (AP) — Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford is recalling about 2 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America because the seat belts can spark and cause fires. The recall, which covers trucks from the 2015 through 2018 model years, comes about one month after the ...

Nassar loses bid for new sentence

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — Another Michigan judge has rejected Larry Nassar’s request for a new sentence in one of his three criminal cases. Eaton County Judge Janice Cunningham found no grounds to give the convicted sports doctor a new hearing Thursday. He was sentenced to at least 40 years ...

Pilot dies in small plane crash

KIMBALL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot of a small plane has died following a crash in Michigan. The St. Clair County sheriff’s office started looking for the plane early Thursday following a report that it was overdue in arriving at the St. Clair County International ...

Alzheimer’s walk set for Saturday

MARQUETTE — The Alzheimer’s Association will host a community walk from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in Marquette. The walk will start at the Northern Michigan University Jacobetti Complex, then cross Hawley Street at the multi-use path, before proceeding to Presque Isle and returning along ...

Arrest made in drive-by shooting

An Ishpeming man has been arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting that occurred on Aug. 28 at 635 Iron St in Ishpeming. Brandon Lee Schiefel, 24, was arrested Thursday without incident on a 12 count felony warrant issued by the Marquette County Prosecutors Office, according to a release ...

Pie social!

MARQUETTE — For Chocolay Township residents over 60 who are looking to meet others and enjoy a variety of activities close to home, the Chocolay Township Senior Center has much to offer, including a pie social at 1 p.m. Tuesday, said Chocolay Township Senior Center Activities Director Bob ...