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Michigan murderer who escaped scheduled for court

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A convicted murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison in February faces a court hearing Wednesday on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.

Michael Elliot is being arrai...

Backers, opponents of Michigan ban react to ruling

DETROIT (AP) — A woman who successfully sued the University of Michigan over racial preferences says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold a state ban on using race in university admissions is...

Utility says it's committed to plant site reuse

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Officials with Consumers Energy said they're committed to helping find a new use for the site of a coal-fired power plant in western Michigan that's scheduled to close in two ...

UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy

PARIS (AP) — A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare and illiteracy is high.

Paris-based UNESCO says 774 mi...

Tigers hang on to beat the White Sox

DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer, Justin Verlander pitched seven solid innings and the Detroit Tigers held on for an 8-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

Cabr...

Cheney talks heart health during visit to Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Dick Cheney said during a visit to Grand Rapids that he's "enormously grateful" to the donor who supplied the heart used in a transplant procedure performed on the former ...

Coast Guard finishes lower Great Lakes icebreaking

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has wrapped up more than four months of icebreaking to open shipping lanes on the lower Great Lakes.

Five U.S. and three Canadian vessels worked to cle...

Federal safety officials see alarming surge in rail shipments of hazardous liquids

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the National Transportation Safety Board is expressing alarm at a dramatic increase in hazardous liquids being hauled in freight trains.

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersma...

Biden tells Ukrainian leaders US stands with them

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is warning Russia that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine.

Biden spoke today after meeting with Ukrainian...

A rare win for an American in the Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) — The 118th running of the Boston Marathon was completed without incident and featured the first U.S. citizen in 31 years to win the event.

Former New York City Marathon champion and ...

2 men who died in experimental plane crash ID'd

VENICE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two men who were killed when an experimental plane crashed in a Michigan farm field.

The Flint Journal says Saturday afternoon...

Cheney to visit Grand Rapids, talk heart problems

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney plans to visit Grand Rapids with his cardiologist to discuss Cheney's history of heart problems.

Cheney and cardiologist Jonathan Rein...

Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are considering a boycott after at least 13 of them died Friday in an avalanche.

The Nepal Mountaineering Association says several Sherpas al...

Officials say security tight for Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) — State and local officials are hoping for a safe but still enjoyable day for the 36,000 runners planning to participate in the Boston Marathon and the hundreds of thousands of spectator...

Bruins top Red Wings 4-1, even series at 1-1

BOSTON (AP) — Justin Florek and Reilly Smith scored in a three-minute span in the first period and the Boston Bruins evened their playoff series with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in the Game...

Winter like weather and flooding continue to be a problem in MI

IRONWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula got more than a foot of snow during spring storms this week, breaking at least one daily snowfall record.

In Ironwood, The Daily Globe r...

Michigan prisoner who escaped scheduled for court

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A man who escaped from a Michigan prison in February is due in court next week to face escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.

Records show 41-year-old Michael Elliot is to...

Highway shooting suspect in custody

GRANDVIEW, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in Missouri say a man suspected in a series of random vehicle shootings over the past few weeks lives close to where at least six of the reported shootings happened...

Deadliest single day on Mt. Everest

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — At least 12 people are now confirmed dead in an avalanche on Mt. Everest.

The dead are all Sherpa guides who had set out early this morning to fix ropes for other climbers....

comments West Michigan Whitecaps explode in ninth to beat Cedar Rapids

Mlive– Following back-to-back walk-off extra-inning losses on Tuesday and Wednesday, the West Michigan Whitecaps were not about to let another game slip away on Thursday night.

After giving up th...

Man fatally shot at Kalamazoo sports bar

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 23-year-old man has been fatally shot at a Kalamazoo sports bar.

Kalamazoo Public Safety says officers responded about 1:30 a.m. Thursday to Wayside West afte...

Girl's memorial being held at basketball arena

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An 8-year-old Michigan State basketball fan whose battle with cancer inspired the team's players, coaches and many more beyond the hardwood is to be honored by thousands o...

US judge overturns North Dakota abortion law

— A federal judge has overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland on Wedne...

Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into Ukraine, saying he's hopeful there will be a political and diplomatic solution to the crisis.

Putin is denying that Rus...

Gomes, McAllister lead Indians past Tigers 3-2

DETROIT (AP) — Yan Gomes hit a two-run triple, Zach McAllister allowed a run and four hits in six innings and the Cleveland Indians held on for a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. ...

2 dead in crash with wrong-way driver

PLAINWELL, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead following a crash involving a wrong-way driver on an Allegan County roadway after sheriff's deputies tried to stop the motorist.

The cr...

Snyder signs legislation to speed up adoptions

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation designed to speed up adoptions.

One bill shortens to three months from six months the time needed for finalizing the adoption of a ch...

GM to ask bankruptcy court for lawsuit protection

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors plans to ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that happened before its 2009 bankruptcy.

The automaker's strategy is in ...

Nearly 300 missing in SKorean ferry sinking

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two people are confirmed dead, but officials in South Korea fear the death toll could get much higher following the sinking of a ferry off the southern coast.

Nearly 300...

MI & MSU players headed for draft

(AP) — Michigan State forward Branden Dawson is staying for his senior season.

The school announced Dawson's decision Tuesday.

He averaged a career-high 11.2 points last season. The 6-foot-6 ...

Convicted murderer of Michigan state trooper on life support

Mlive -- Eric John Knysz, the convicted murderer of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II, has attempted suicide and is “on a ventilator at this time,” First Lt. Chris McIntire of t...

Flooding threatens homes along Michigan rivers

— Flood warnings are in effect along rivers in a wide swath of Michigan's Lower Peninsula as rising water from heavy rain and snow melt-off threatens some homes.

The National Weather Service repo...

Tributes planned to mark Boston Marathon bombing

— Between 2:30 and 3 o'clock this afternoon, a flag-raising ceremony and a moment of silence will be held at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to mark the one-year anniversary of the explosions...

Israeli families gather for ritual Passover meal

JERUSALEM (AP) — Families across Israel have gathered for Passover meals commemorating the liberation of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt as described in Scripture. In Judaism, it's called ...

Phelps back in the pool

— US swimmer Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement and will take part in an event in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26, with an eye on possibly competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The last time th...

Grand Haven A.D. lost fight with cancer

Grand Haven Public Schools Athletic Director, Robin Bye, passed away on Saturday. He had been battling cancer and was 56-year-old.

Bye had been with the school system for 34 years.

A crisis team wi...

Congressional report presses for e-cigarette rules

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new Congressional report says concerns about electronic cigarettes underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry.

The report released Monday highlights several ...

Gale warnings in effect for part of Great Lakes

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Gale warnings are in effect for Lake Michigan and Lake Superior as forecasters warn of hazardous conditions along the shoreline.

The National Weather Service says the wa...

More chemicals shipped out of Syria

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog says Syria has to ratchet up its movement of raw materials for poison gas and nerve agents if it is to meet dea...

Watson wins second Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Bubba Watson has earned his second green jacket in three years by taking advantage of a two-hole turnaround at the Masters on Sunday.

Watson was three shots behind third-round...

Father of Michigan sextuplets dies at age 39

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The father of Michigan's first surviving set of sextuplets has died at age 39.

A relative says Ben Van Houten suffered a heart attack Wednesday night after setting up a tram...

Gov. Snyder signs bill to block scrap metal thefts

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation intended to crack down on sales of stolen scrap metal.

Michigan scrapyards that buy copper wire, air conditioners and catalytic c...

10 people killed in crash between bus and FedEx truck

—One 18-year-old says more than 40 students on board a fiery bus were able to escape through a window that someone had kicked open.

But others weren't as fortunate.

Authorities in Northern Cal...

Iraq's deputy PM escapes assassination attempt

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi lawmaker says the country's deputy prime minister escaped an assassination attempt in which militants dressed as soldiers opened fire at his convoy west of Baghdad.

Lawmak...

100,000 sellout for Real Madrid-Manchester United

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — It took less than a day for all tickets to sell out at the 100,000-plus seat Michigan Stadium for the Aug. 2 preseason exhibition game between world soccer powerhouses Manche...

Ex-first lady Rosalynn Carter honors Betty Ford

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Rosalynn Carter called fellow former first lady Betty Ford a "role model" during a visit to Grand Rapids on what would have been the late Mrs. Ford's 96th birthday.

WXM...

Man gets life behind bars in trooper's death

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A 20-year-old man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a Michigan state trooper during a traffic stop has been sentenced to life in prison without the possib...

Toyota recalls about 6.4 million vehicles globally

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places.

No injuries or crashes have been r...

Underwater pings relocated in hunt for missing jet

PERTH, Australia (AP) — An analysis of the latest underwater signals picked up by a ship searching for a missing Malaysian airliner is providing reason for some optimism.

The head of the search e...

Baseball team's home opener is 3 months after fire

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan minor league baseball team has honored firefighters at its home opener, which comes three months after a blaze destroyed part of the ballpark.

A blust...

Whitecaps Home Opener 2014

It was just three months ago that fire took out the structure along the first base line, including the team locker room, concession stands and suites. Also destroyed were irreplaceable team memorabil...

No Sounds Coming from Indian Ocean

PERTH, Australia (AP) — The head of the coordinated search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 says crews will continue listening for faint sounds from deep in the Indian Ocean, like they heard on Satu...

Obama Says Wage Gap for Women Still Exists

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages. They are linking Obama's executive action...

New Crash Test Ratings Out in 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Only two of nine midsize SUVs got the highest rating in crash tests done by an insurance industry group.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says General Motors' Chevrolet E...

Potential Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

LONDON (AP) — Doctors in London researching spinal cord injuries say they've had success using an experimental treatment on four patients now.

They've gotten them to stand and move their legs by ...

Convicted Trooper Killed to be Sentenced

Eric Knysze will hear his sentence for the death of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield.

The 20-year old was convicted earlier this year of shooting Butterfield when the trooper pulled...

State Closes Day Care

PORTLAND, Mich. (AP) — An in-home day care in Ionia County has been shut down after a 5-month-old died last year after being put to sleep in an adult bed.

The state found owner Diane Hillis viola...

Former First Lady in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Rosalynn Carter is scheduled to visit Grand Rapids to honor the 96th anniversary of the birth of fellow former first lady Betty Ford. The Ford Presidential Foundation says...

Plans to Attract More Auto Jobs to Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is planning to boost efforts to attract and retain automotive industry jobs in engineering and design, software and coding, systems integration and skilled trades.

Nigel F...

Flyers So-So About Airlines Performance

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are falling behind schedule more often and mishandling more bags, but customers aren't making a federal case out of it.

Academics who study the airline industry say that co...