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Michelle Obama surprises students at Motown Museum

DETROIT — Michelle Obama surprised a group of Detroit college students on Tuesday afternoon, walking into the Motown Museum as the young men of color took part in a roundtable discussion on education. The former first lady was greeted with smiles, looks of astonishment and applause after ...

Chain drops ‘crack fries’ label

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan-based bar and restaurant chain plans to change the name of its “Crack Fries” in January to distance itself from a word associated with the drug epidemic. A post on HopCat’s website by BarFly Ventures CEO Mark Gray says the recipe and ingredients ...

Charges against officials dropped

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor has dropped charges of failing to report child abuse against two school officials in a case where an art teacher threw a chair in his southwestern Michigan classroom , hitting and injuring an 11-year-old student. Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic ...

Modeltowner girls beat Gremlins, 59-54

By EDDIE O’NEILL Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — The Gwinn Modeltowners needed all 12 of the points they scored in the fourth quarter in order to win a very tough road girls basketball tilt with the Houghton Gremlins Monday, 59-54, at the Houghton Gym. “We played better ...

Bears stun Rams, 15-6

CHICAGO (AP) — Eddie Goldman led a dominant effort by the defense, and the Chicago Bears shut down Jared Goff and Los Angeles’ high-powered offense in a 15-6 victory over the NFC West champion Rams on Sunday night. The Rams (11-2) missed a chance to secure a first-round playoff bye and ...

Church renovation lifts Christmas spirits in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas, offering visitors a look at ancient mosaics and columns that have been restored to their original glory for the first time in 600 ...

Reports: UK’s May, facing defeat, to postpone Brexit vote

LONDON (AP) — The British government’s Brexit plans were thrown into chaos today, with Prime Minister Theresa May making an emergency statement to lawmakers amid signs she would postpone a Parliamentary vote that will decide the fate of her divorce deal with the European Union. The House ...

Slovak hospitals detain mothers

KEZMAROK, Slovakia (AP) — Monika Krcova did not want to follow the official guidelines and remain in the Slovakian hospital for four days after her third baby’s birth. And so she escaped. Like many other Roma, she tells horror stories about giving birth in the hospital: How doctors at the ...

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Democrats have raised the prospect of impeachment or the real possibility of prison time for President Donald Trump if it’s proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation ...

Trump looking at several candidates for chief of staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing at least four people to serve as his next chief of staff, after plans for an orderly succession for departing John Kelly fell through. The high-profile hiring search comes at a pivotal time as the president looks to prepare his White ...

GM fights government to retain tax credit for electric cars

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation’s largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers. Preserving the $7,500 tax ...

Driver charged in fatal crash

TAYLORS, S.C. (AP) — Police have initially charged a man with driving under the influence after his van ran off a road and killed all four children inside. Authorities say the van left the road near Taylors early Friday and crashed into several trees. Greenville County Coroner B. Parks ...

Gas prices rise in state

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up 6 cents in the past week to about $2.34 per gallon following a string of declines linked to lower oil prices . The Dearborn-based auto club says early today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded ...

Wintry storm ices roads across much of US Southeast

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A lingering storm kept dumping immobilizing snow, sleet or freezing rain across five southern states, leaving dangerously icy roads and hundreds of thousands of people without electricity. Authorities urged people to stay home today in areas where driving was ...

Father, 5-year-old son die in Drummond Island house fire

MARQUETTE — A father and son died in a house fire Sunday on Drummond Island in Chippewa County. Chippewa County Sheriff Michael Bitnar said in a press release that 911 calls indicated 30-year-old Kyle Ray Messenger and his 5-year-old son were inside the house when emergency responders were ...

Paris riots show difficulty of fighting warming with taxes

PARIS (AP) — The “yellow vests” in France are worrying greens around the world. The worst riots in Paris in decades were sparked by higher fuel taxes, and French President Emmanuel Macron responded by scrapping them Wednesday. But taxes on fossil fuels are just what international ...

Marquette diocese forwards Lenz sexual abuse case to Vatican

MARQUETTE — The Diocese of Marquette has completed its preliminary investigation into an allegation against Father Frank Lenz of sexual misconduct with a minor in the early 1970s. The case has been forwarded to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith at the Vatican, which has ...

History set straight

To the Journal editor: Socialist Pilgrims in Jamestown? Nope. Pilgrims starving to death because of socialism? Nope. Just more right wing misinformation. More of the Newt Gingrich-like talking points. Jamestown was a business venture and the first colonists worked the land in a common ...

Liz Taylor practiced serial monogamy

Like my uncle Yoske who was almost a perfect monogamist, Elizabeth Taylor was almost a true serial-monogamist. After all, she had, at times, romantic relationships with more than one man. I could have searched further, but these pure serial-monogamists are not easy to come by, and their lives ...

Ukraine: Shipping traffic resumes following Russia standoff

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Shipping traffic has resumed to and from Ukraine’s ports on the Sea of Azov following a standoff with Russia, a Ukrainian minister said today. Commercial ships were moving through the Kerch Strait linking the Sea of Azov with the Black Sea, Infrastructure Minister ...