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Authorities: Man, 2 children dead after Michigan fire

FLINT (AP) — Authorities say three people, including two children, have died following an early morning fire in Flint, Michigan. Flint Fire Department District Commander Mark Kovach says firefighters responded about 2:30 a.m. Monday and found the two-story home engulfed in flames. Kovach ...

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Advice from lawyer at issue DETROIT (AP) — A woman who’s been serving a no-parole sentence since 1990 could eventually be released from prison if she can convince a judge that her lawyer gave her bad advice. The Michigan Supreme Court recently reopened LaTonya Hobson’s case. A Wayne ...

Dear Annie: Caregiving a strain

Dear Annie: I am an only child. I have always been very close to my mother. When my husband and I married, we got a house a few doors down from my parents’ house. We would visit often after my three children came along. We have unforgettable memories from those years. When we moved to the ...

Dear Annie: What a mess

Dear Annie: I hope you can settle a conflict I have with my boyfriend of almost nine years. One of his adult children has a wife and two children. He wants them to go on vacations with us. The problem is that they are extremely messy. My boyfriend agrees they are extremely messy but will not ...

Outsiders make good as ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ wins big at Tonys

NEW YORK — “Dear Evan Hansen,” the touching, heartfelt musical about young outsiders, has won the biggest theater popularity contest — winning the best new musical trophy at the Tony Awards along with five other statuettes, including best score, book and top actor honors for Ben ...

Michigan brewer combines experience and artistry

LUDINGTON — His boss raves about him, saying his experience is unmatched, while his mentor, whom he’s been living with the last three months, touts his talents and promising future. For Corey Wentworth, new head brewer at Ludington Bay Brewing Co. compliments come at him like songs stuck ...

Michigan city gets new library thanks to couple

HEMLOCK (AP) — A city in central Michigan is getting a new $2.8 million library thanks to an unexpected donation from a couple’s estate. “We did not know they were going to leave their estate. It was a complete surprise to us,” said BillieJo Bluemer, the director of Rauchholz Memorial ...

Cemetery opens Celebration of Life banquet center

TROY— From cracking open a bottle of wine to turning cremated remains into glass dishes, families are finding new options to celebrate the life of a recently deceased loved one at White Chapel Memorial Park in Troy. Innovative in its approach, White Chapel has become the first cemetery in ...

Judge says he’s been suspended

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — A Lenawee County judge accused of sexually harassing a female employee says he’s been suspended without pay for six months. Probate Judge Gregg Iddings says he was notified last week by the Michigan Supreme Court. Court spokesman John Nevin told The Daily Telegram ...

Exhibit explores the brain

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — The Grand Rapids Public Museum is planning a new exhibit that will allow visitors to explore the brain. The exhibit titled “Brain: The World Inside Your Head” opens Sept. 16. It uses special effects, hands-on learning activities, video games, optical illusions and ...

US militias not ready to lay down arms

JACKSON, Ga. — In the woods south of Atlanta, John and Yvette DeMaria are with about a dozen camouflage-wearing, heavily armed Americans huffing and puffing as they scramble to navigate the sprawling piece of property where they train, one weekend a month, to ward off enemies — foreign or ...

Winner of $447M Powerball can claim prize starting today

LOS ANGELES — The holder of the sole winning Powerball ticket worth $447.8 million can claim the prize as early as today, lottery officials said. The ticket matching all six numbers was sold in Southern California, and whoever owns it will claim the 10th largest lottery prize in U.S. ...

Orlando marks Pulse anniversary

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Church bells throughout Orlando were to ring 49 times at noon today, a year after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Gov. Rick Scott ordered U.S. flags around Florida to be flown at half-staff, a giant rainbow flag will be unveiled at the Orange County ...

Lots at explosion site sold

NEW YORK (AP) — A property owner that was charged with causing a gas explosion that leveled three New York City buildings has sold the building's lots for over $9 million to Nexus Building Development Group. The New York Post reported property owner 57-year-old Maria Hrynenko is currently ...

Moscow protests continue but Navalny arrested

MOSCOW Protests spearheaded by prominent opposition figure Alexei Navalny were taking place across the country today, but Navalny himself was reportedly arrested outside his Moscow home en route to the centerpiece demonstration in the capital city. Navalny’s wife, Yulia, said on his ...

Japan seeks to expand arms deals with Southeast Asia

CHIBA, Japan — A defense official said today that Japan is seeking to increase its sales of military equipment to Southeast Asian nations amid growing tensions with China and North Korea. The move is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to bolster Japan’s military role and its sales ...

Puerto Rico upholds statehood demand in contentious vote

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s governor is vowing to turn the U.S. territory into the 51st state after statehood won in a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about the vote’s legitimacy. Gov. Ricardo Rossello told a couple hundred ...

Romanian military jet crashes

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Authorities say that a Romanian military fighter jet has crashed in a wheat field near the Black Sea port of Constanta. The pilot ejected from the plane. A spokesman for the Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport told The Associated Press that the Russian-made MiG 21 Lancer ...

Elephant kills monk

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An elephant that was part of a Sri Lankan Buddhist procession attacked and killed a monk, police said today. Police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody said three elephants were walking in the procession Sunday night when one suddenly went on a rampage and attacked the ...

Weather

Marquette and vicinity: Today, showers likely, mainly after 5 p.m. Patchy fog. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a high near 75. West wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Tonight, showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 2 ...