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UPDATE: Wildfire reported near Republic

UPDATE: As of 10:30 Friday morning the County Road 601 wildfire was 100 acres in size and 95 percent contained. No injuries or structural damage are reported. Thirty DNR firefighters remain on the scene, and three of the four township fire departments that responded Thursday returned on Friday. __________________ REPUBLIC, MI-- A wildfire has consumed more than 70 acres in Humboldt Township. Department of Natural Resources firefighters and crews from four township fire departments are...
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Suspect accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Marquette home

MARQUETTE, MI-- A Gwinn man has been charged with breaking into a Marquette home and stealing cash. The Marquette Police Department says on July 25 Robert Wallace Oakland, 25, entered the residence, broke into a safe, and more than $10,000 in cash. Officers contacted Forsyth Township Police, who allegedly found a large portion of the stolen money at Oakland’s home. Oakland is charged with second-degree home invasion and safe breaking. He remains lodged at the Marquette County Jail on a $50...
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The Plan To Give Pell Grants To Prisoners

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch made a rare joint appearance earlier today — in prison.

They visited a state-run facility in Jessup, Maryland to announce a new plan meant to help some of the 700,000 inmates who are released each year.

It's a pilot program to give prisoners access to federal Pell grants that would pay for college classes behind bars.

"The cost-benefit of this does not take a math genius to figure out," Duncan said. "We lock folks up here, $35-40,000 every single year. A Pell grant is less than $6,000 each year."

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Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who was originally granted only a 20-day visa to visit Britain will now receive the six-month one he applied for. A spokesperson for the U.K. Home Office explains the head of the department, Theresa May, was not consulted over the staff's decision to allow only a shorter stay.

"She has reviewed the case and has now instructed Home Office officials to issue a full six-month visa," the spokesperson says. "We have written to Mr. Ai apologizing for the inconvenience caused."

Alan Cheuse, the novelist, teacher and longtime literary commentator for NPR, has died at the age of 75. His daughter, Sonya, confirmed that he died Friday of injuries sustained in a car accident in California two weeks ago.

"On behalf of the family, we are in deep grief at the loss of our beloved father, husband and grandfather," Sonya Cheuse told NPR. "He was the brightest light in our family. He will always remain in our hearts. We thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support."

Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

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Chert Hollow Farm sits nestled between rows of tall trees and a nearby stream in central Missouri. Eric and Joanna Reuter have been running the organic farm since 2006. That means they don't plant genetically modified crops and can only use a few approved kinds of chemicals and fertilizers.

"We've traditionally raised about an acre and a half of pretty intensively managed produce, so it's a very productive acre and a half," Eric Reuter says.

Close on the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that granted Texas the right to refuse to issue Confederate-themed license plates, a federal judge has effectively vacated a state injunction in Virginia that kept officials there from similarly blocking such plates.

Judge Jackson L. Kiser will issue a separate written order on whether the 1,700 Confederate license plates that have already been issued can be recalled by the state.

The State Department's latest dump of Hillary Clinton's emails may dominate the news cycle in the coming days, but her campaign also released another crucial document on Friday — a clean bill of health for the Democratic front-runner.

The confirmation comes from Lisa Bardack, a New York-based doctor who has been Clinton's physician since 2001. In a letter, she declares Clinton "a healthy-appearing female," saying that Clinton exercises regularly, eats plenty of vegetables and fruits, doesn't smoke, and "drinks alcohol only occasionally."

Many of the foods that we chow down on every day were invented not for us, but for soldiers.

Energy bars, canned goods, deli meats — all have military origins. Same goes for ready-to-eat guacamole and goldfish crackers.

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A judge entered pleas of not guilty to 33 federal hate crime counts against Dylann Roof, the white suspect accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston, S.C., last month.

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