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Tractor trailer causes multiple-vehicle crash in Marquette

MARQUETTE, MI-- A tractor trailer hit a line of vehicles in Marquette Monday afternoon, causing a chain reaction of crashes. City Police say around 12:37 a line of vehicles eastbound on Wright Street was stopped near the Industrial Parkway intersection to let several bicyclists cross the street. A tandem tractor trailer approaching the vehicles was unable to stop and struck the last car in line, causing a series of crashes. Three people were taken to UP Health System Marquette for various...
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Investigation into Harris burning vehicle, death continues

HARRIS TOWNSHIP, MI-- A Wilson man has died from injuries he sustained in a burning vehicle in Menominee County Friday. The Hannahville Tribal Police Department says officers found the vehicle on fire near the Sweetgrass Golf Course around 12:10. David Tovar, 45, got out of the vehicle, but had been badly burned. Tovar was airlifted to UP Health System Marquette, then transferred to a hospital in Ann Arbor, but succumbed to his injuries. Officials believe the case is a suicide, but police...
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Among the institutions devastated by the flooding in South Carolina is the home of a ballet company.

Dancers from around the world have come to Columbia to dance in the Columbia Classical Ballet Company, founded more than 20 years ago by Radenko Pavlovich.

Now the company's 32 members have nowhere to rehearse or take classes. Their building, renovated just this summer, has been completely destroyed.

During the flooding, water reached up to the ceiling of the studio. Costumes and music scores were ruined.

The signs read: "Take 'em down, Renoir sucks" and "We're not iconoclasts, Renoir just sucks at painting."

Led by Max Geller, a handful of people protested Monday outside Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.

Their grievance?

The fact that paintings by renowned French impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir are hanging in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

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America's retirement statistics are grim: about 40 percent of Baby Boomers have nothing saved for retirement, about a third of Americans who are currently retired rely on Social Security for almost all of their income, and the outlook for current workers isn't much better. About half of private sector employees have no retirement plan on the job.

It sounds like a politician's dream: a machine that can tell you exactly what to say to change a voter's mind.

Well, that's what a political scientist has come up with — at least, a first tentative step in that direction.

Using text from a pro-Obamacare website and testing different combinations of sentences on volunteers, an algorithm created by Northeastern University assistant professor Nick Beauchamp was able to identify optimally persuasive terms that make people more inclined to support the landmark health care law.

Under the cover of darkness and using a crane, workers removed a 6-foot granite structure from the grounds of the Capitol in Oklahoma City.

The Ten Commandments monument has been the subject of controversy and debate for years. Back in June, the state Supreme Court decided that the religious display on public property violated the Constitution.

At the time, angry lawmakers even threatened to impeach the high court justices.

We want to cut through the spin with a new feature we're calling "Break It Down."

Break It Down is going to be a regular part of our campaign coverage. We're going to try some new things. It might read a little differently from time to time. But our goal is to zoom in on what the candidates are saying, and give you the factual breakdown you need to make a sound judgment.

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