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White House: Trump would accept less money for wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Both sides in the long-running fight over funding President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall appear to have moved toward each other, but a shutdown of one-fourth of the federal government entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight. In fact, a top White ...

Pakistan’s former PM imprisoned

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An anti-graft tribunal sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison for corruption on Monday, drawing criticism from his party, which said the decision was a “black spot” on the justice system. The verdict came after Sharif was removed from ...

Ginsburg up, working after surgery

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is up and working as she recuperates from cancer surgery. A spokeswoman for the court, Kathy Arberg, also says that Ginsburg remained in New York at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on Sunday. No information has been released ...

Man enters plea in fatal crash

BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 50-year-old man has pleaded no contest in a crash that killed two teenage siblings as they walked near a roadway in southeastern Michigan. The Monroe News reports that a judge accepted Raymond Reyome‘s plea on Dec. 14. He is charged with two counts of ...

Veto could harm transparency

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s auditor general is criticizing Gov. Rick Snyder’s veto of a bill that would have guaranteed access to certain information held by state agencies, especially information held in electronic form. Snyder called the bill an “unconstitutional overreach” ...

Michigan Legislature races clock to finish lame-duck session

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan's Republican-led Legislature raced Wednesday to pass bills in the final days of a contentious lame-duck session, as the fate of several key bills hung in the balance before newly elected Democrats take over top offices in January. The GOP will continue to control ...

Michigan students de-stress by spending time with cows

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The therapy dogs have competition. With finals this month, Michigan State University students can unwind by spending quality time with the school’s dairy cows at the Dairy Cattle Teaching and Research Center. Ten dollars gets 30 minutes of cow brushing time. The ...

Kidnapping conviction stands

DETROIT (AP) — An appeals court has affirmed the conviction and long prison sentence of a Wisconsin woman who lived under an alias for 16 years while trying to dodge a kidnapping case in Michigan. Kim Johns was accused of kidnapping her former lover at gunpoint in 2000 and taking her on an ...

Wetlands, lakes would lose under bill

LANSING — Michigan legislators were poised Tuesday to remove legal protections from many of the state’s wetlands and other inland waterways, which provide wildlife habitat and perform vital tasks such as preventing floods. A bill approved by a House committee would eliminate a requirement ...

Priest travels US spreading Gospel, 1 good deed at a time

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Father Jim Sichko has a 50-state congregation and a simple mandate from the pope: Go forth and do good deeds. That’s why the Roman Catholic priest found himself standing by the drive-thru of a popular Hollywood fast-food joint on a recent windy, rain-swept afternoon ...

Turkey train crash leaves 9 dead

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at a station in the Turkish capital Ankara today, killing nine people and injuring 47 others, officials said. The 6:30 a.m. (0330 GMT) train from Ankara to the central Turkish city of Konya ...

Michigan Legislature OKs bill to limit tougher regulations

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer and other future governors would have a tougher time adopting stricter environmental and other state regulations under a Republican-backed bill sent to Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday. He vetoed similar legislation in 2011, but this ...

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 ...