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Michigan fraternity rolling tub 170 miles to help hospital

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)-- Members of a college fraternity are on a roll between two of the largest cities in the Upper Peninsula. Tau Kappa Epsilon at Lake Superior State University is pushing a tub on wheels, from Marquette to Sault Ste. Marie. Fraternity members left Friday and hope to reach their destination by late afternoon or evening Saturday. The red tub with three wheels is on a roughly 170-mile roll on highway M-28. The fraternity is trying to raise money for St. Jude Children's...
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Michigan looks to create tax-free accounts for disabled

LANSING, MI (AP)-- The Michigan Legislature is voting to let residents with disabilities open tax-free savings accounts to pay for long-term needs such as education and housing. The accounts would offer tax advantages similar to 529 college savings plans. The House unanimously approved half of a four-bill package Thursday. Families could deposit up to $14,000 annually. Under another bill pending in the House, Michigan would disregard the accounts when determining if someone with disabilities...
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This September alone, three high school football players died after injuries sustained on the field. The latest, a 17-year-old quarterback from New Jersey, suffered a ruptured spleen during a game just over a week ago.

In some high schools across the U.S., deaths such as these — and an increased focus on the risk of head injury and concussions — have raised concerns among parents and diminished interest in the sport. At others, like the Maplewood Richmond Heights High School in suburban St. Louis, the football programs have disbanded altogether.

Caron Butler has had a stellar career. The two-time NBA All-Star has contributed his talents on the court to the Miami Heat, the LA Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks, where he was part of a championship team in 2011.

Yet, before he got to the NBA, his life was headed in a very different direction. He had a rough upbringing in Racine, Wis., and took an unusual route to get to the pros, which included numerous drug arrests, a stint in prison and a close call that could have changed his entire life — all before he turned 18.

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Many Americans are reassessing Pope Francis' triumphant U.S. tour because of his meeting with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis. Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and a lifelong Catholic, shares his perspective and talks more faith and politics with host Michel Martin.

High school football is taking a hit across the U.S. as mounting research shows that the sport is linked to repeated head trauma and a number of deaths in the country. In St. Louis, a school district has disbanded its football team, citing injuries and waning demand for the sport.

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NATO in Afghanistan says it will lead an investigation into an airstrike in Kunduz this weekend that hit a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital, killing 22 people — an attack that the humanitarian organization, also known as Doctors Without Borders, has called "a war crime."

Taliban forces stormed the Afghan city of Kunduz on Monday; after several days of fighting, Afghan forces claimed to have retaken the city.

Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he wants to challenge Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for the post of House speaker, saying he's a better communicator and has more credibility with the party's conservative base.

"I am running for Speaker of the House of Representatives because I want to lead the way on tackling the toughest issues facing the United States of America," Chaffetz said in a statement released today.

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The Coast Guard says it has located several objects floating in the water near the spot in the Bahamas where a 790-foot cargo ship and its crew of 33 went missing last week after issuing a distress satellite notification amid hurricane-force winds and waves.

U.S. Coast Guard pilots searching for a third day for the El Faro — a roll-on, roll-off container ship — found life jackets, containers and an oil slick on the water.