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Local builder gets contractor certification through Pella

NEGAUNEE — Michael’s Homes, winner of the 2016 Home Builders Association of the Upper Peninsula’s Builder of the Year Award, was selected as the Upper Peninsula’s only Pella Certified Contractor. The Pella Certified Contractor Program is a program in which Pella Windows and Doors ...

Dutch design lab blends naturalistic and futuristic

NEW YORK — The first U.S. museum exhibit devoted solely to the experimental and futuristic work of Dutch design studio Joris Laarman Lab is now on view at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. The works — mainly furniture, along with an unusual radiator and a newly ...

Revisions

MARQUETTE — Whether or not you realize it, Revisions is quickly becoming Marquette’s go-to shop for the most unique gifts and lifestyle goods you never knew you needed. Everyone from hipster to grandparent is sure to find something they love. What started as a small online business back ...

Custody order put on hold in sex offender case

DETROIT — A judge on Tuesday put an order on hold that granted a convicted sex offender joint legal custody of a child born to a woman who said the man raped her, and she became pregnant, when she was 12. Sanilac County prosecutors said the case started when the now-21-year-old mother ...

A cigarette, a car backfire: Small sparks can make big fires

SAN FRANCISCO— A carelessly discarded cigarette, a downed power line, a car’s backfire or a chainsaw’s pull. Just about anything could have started any one of the wildfires now tearing through Northern California, authorities said. “Every spark is going to ignite a fire,” said Ken ...

Vanuatu volcano evacuees face 2 weeks before going home

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The 11,000 residents of a Vanuatu island who were evacuated from an erupting volcano will likely need to wait at least two more weeks before they can return home, officials said today. Government ministers have decided to extend a state of emergency on Ambae ...

Couple wed 75 years killed in California wildfire

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Mike Rippey stood among pieces of metal, porcelain and other remnants of the California home where his 100-year-old father and 98-year-old mother had died in the raging wine country wildfires. Rippey said Tuesday his brother had discovered their bodies after driving to ...

Spanish Cabinet meets on Catalonia

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish Cabinet met in Madrid today to work out its response to an announcement from the head of the wealthy Catalonia region that he was proceeding with a declaration of independence, further fueling Spain’s worst political crisis in decades. Prime minister Mariano ...

State briefing

Trench collapse victim identified WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified the man killed in a trench collapse in western Michigan and say the man who was rescued was his father. Wyoming firefighters said Tuesday the collapse killed 30-year-old Christopher James Godfrey, who was ...

93-pound Petoskey rock to be displayed in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — A 93-pound (42-kilogram) Petoskey rock illegally removed from Lake Michigan will be permanently displayed in Detroit. State parks chief Ron Olson tells The Associated Press that the big specimen will be moved to Michigan’s popular Outdoor Adventure Center, east of downtown ...

Climber kills self after avalanche

BOSEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Just two weeks before renowned climber Hayden Kennedy killed himself following the death of his girlfriend in an avalanche in Montana, he wrote on a climbing blog that he had watched too many friends die in the mountains over the last few years. “I’ve realized ...

Hotel questions revised timeline of Las Vegas massacre

A day after authorities revised the timeline of events on the night of the Las Vegas mass shooting, the hotel where the gunman was staying is casting doubt on the changes. Police said earlier this week that they believe Stephen Paddock shot a hotel security guard through the door of his ...

Video of fatal attack on Kim Jong Nam shown at women’s trial

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — Security video footage showing the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader being attacked at a Malaysian airport and the two suspects hurrying away afterward were presented at their murder trial on Wednesday. Kim Jong Nam was seen arriving at the ...

Spain on edge before possible Catalan secession declaration

BARCELONA, Spain — The focus of the deepening clash between Catalan separatists and Spanish authorities is shifting to the regional parliament for a key session likely to include a historic declaration of independence that Spain has pledged to crush. Catalan president Carles Puigdemont ...

Michigan inmate’s published book raises ethics questions

COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan inmate’s book that was published this summer is raising questions as to whether a prison writer should profit from tragedy. Curt Dawkins, 49, is imprisoned for fatally shooting Tom Bowman of Kalamazoo while on drugs in 2004. He’s serving life without ...

Great pumpkins!

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island grower is first in the world to achieve a trifecta in the hobby of growing gargantuan foods: world records for heaviest pumpkin, longest long gourd and now, heaviest squash. After previously breaking two records, Joe Jutras got his third during the weekend ...

Deadly California wildfires force thousands to flee

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — An onslaught of wildfires across a wide swath of Northern California broke out almost simultaneously then grew exponentially, swallowing up properties from wineries to trailer parks and tearing through both tiny rural towns and urban subdivisions. At least 10 were dead, ...

1,000 leads later, all still stumped by Vegas gunman

LAS VEGAS — More than a week after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history investigators are stumped about the key question: What led a 64-year-old high-stakes gambler to kill 58 people and wound hundreds of others at a country music concert? It’s an answer they may never ...

Another official facing manslaughter charge in Flint water case

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A special prosecutor said Monday the he will add a charge of involuntary manslaughter against Michigan’s chief medical executive in a criminal investigation of the tainted water crisis in Flint and an extraordinary outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Dr. Eden Wells ...

Officer killed, suspected in custody

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Authorities apprehended a 19-year-old student accused of fatally shooting a Texas Tech University police officer at the campus police station. University officials issued an alert saying the suspect was taken into custody Monday night and that the campus lockdown order ...