Dec 9th, 2013 - International News
— South Africa's parliament has begun a special session honoring Nelson Mandela.
The session began Monday afternoon in Cape Town, with an announcement that members of Mandela's family were sitting in the gallery.
Kgalema Motlanthe, South Africa's deputy president, began the proceedings with a speech. He described how Mandela's influence in South Africa and around the globe caused a "sweeping feeling of sorrow" worldwide following his death.
Motlanthe said: "He belongs to all humanity. ... Mandela's ideals saturate the face of the Earth."
Mandela died Thursday at age 95.
— President Barack Obama will pay tribute this week to Nelson Mandela, making the long trip from Washington to South Africa Monday to attend a national memorial service for the anti-apartheid icon.
Tuesday's memorial service will also serve as a rare reunion of nearly all of the living American presidents. George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, will accompany Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Air Force One. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter will travel separately to South Africa.
George H.W. Bush is the only living president who will not attend. His spokesman said the 89-year-old is no longer able to travel long distances.
The American leaders will join dozens of other dignitaries and tens of thousands of mourners at the memorial service at a Johannesburg stadium.
Mar 10th, 2014 - Local News
GRANDVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Students gathered Sunday afternoon to share memories of a Grandville hockey player who was found dead on the day of a playoff game.
Laughter cut through the tears on Sund...
Mar 6th, 2014 - Local News
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — If it's March, it must be time to try to set another world record in Grand Rapids.
Gilda's LaughFest organizers in the past three years have overseen record-setting att...
Mar 10th, 2014 - State News
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Officials say Michigan's tourism industry is expected to grow as the state begins advertising more in Canada, Europe and China.
The state's tourism industry experienced a ba...
Mar 6th, 2014 - State News
RAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend $25 million on navigation projects in the Great Lakes, including dredging of harbors choked with silt because of low water leve...
Mar 10th, 2014 - National News
EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California say there are no reports of injuries and no danger of a tsunami following a powerful 6.9-magnitude quake off the coast.
More than 1,000 pe...
Mar 6th, 2014 - National News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican congressmen have delivered Ash Wednesday speeches condemning widespread persecution of the world's Christians.
Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne said that in the weeks l...
Mar 10th, 2014 - International News
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — What was first thought to be possible debris from a missing Malaysian Airlines passenger jet turns out to be moss covered trash.
Rescue helicopters and ships rushed ...
Mar 6th, 2014 - International News
Ukraine (AP) — Lawmakers in the embattled Crimean region of Ukraine have decided to hold a referendum March 16 on whether Crimea should become part of Russia.
One lawmaker says, "This is our res...
Mar 10th, 2014 - Sports News
— LaQuinton Ross scored 22 points to lead Ohio State past No. 22 Michigan State 69-67 yesterday. The Spartans failed to score over the final 4:30 as Ohio State scored the game's final four points. A...
Mar 6th, 2014 - Sports News
UBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — D.J. Augustin scored 26 points off the bench and Joakim Noah had a triple-double as the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 105-94 on Wednesday night.
Noah finished w...
Jan 24th, 2014 - Health News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nutrition facts label on the back of food packages is getting a makeover.
The Food and Drug Administration says knowledge about nutrition has evolved since the early 19...
Nov 7th, 2013 - Health News
DETROIT (AP) — More than half of child booster seats that went on sale this year earned a top rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The institute, which is funded by insurers, r...