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Essar Algoma responds to Cliffs with restraining order

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO-- An Ontario steel producer has filed a request for a temporary restraining order against Cliffs Natural Resources. Essar Steel Algoma of Sault Ste. Marie made the request to a federal judge after Cliffs terminated its pellet sale and purchase agreement, saying Essar repeatedly breached the contract. Essar officials say they expect Cliffs to fully honor the contract until the matter is resolved. The case is before a judge in Cleveland, Ohio. Essar Steel Algoma buys...
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Vehicles collide in Marquette Township

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI-- The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two-vehicle crash on US-41 in front of the Ojibwa Express Gas Station in Marquette Township. Wednesday around 11:40 a.m. a Dodge pickup driven by Michael Vilona, 78, of East Troy, Wisconsin was in the center turn lane when he tried to merge into eastbound traffic. He pulled into the path of a Chevy Tahoe driven by Jamie Tasson, 37, of Ishpeming. Both vehicles drove off the right side of the roadway and went into...
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In a shocking move Thursday afternoon, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pulled out of the race for Speaker of the House, throwing the GOP leadership race into chaos and confusion.

According to Republican congressmen coming out of the caucus meeting — where lawmakers were expected to pick a successor to retiring House Speaker John Boehner — McCarthy told Republicans he didn't have a path to victory.

In a stunning turn of events, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has withdrawn from the race to become the next speaker of the House.

McCarthy was the favorite ahead of Thursday's closed-door vote by House Republicans. He was in a three-way race for the top spot in the House with Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Daniel Webster, R-Fla.

Updated at 12:56 p.m. ET.

Corrections officials in Oklahoma used the wrong drug to execute Charles Warner back in January.

Michael Horn, the CEO of Volkswagen's U.S. business, appeared in Congress Thursday to answer lawmakers' questions about the German automaker's use of software in its diesel vehicles to fool emissions tests. VW has said some 11 million vehicles worldwide have the software.

Horn testified on the same day German prosecutors raided offices at Volkswagen's headquarters in Wolfsburg and elsewhere, seizing documents and records as they investigate the emissions scandal.

A bill proposed Wednesday by two U.S. senators would require drugmakers and medical device manufacturers to publicly disclose their payments to nurse practitioners and physician assistants for promotional talks, consulting, meals and other interactions.

These are critical days for the presidential campaign of Jeb Bush.

The former Florida governor has been traversing Iowa this week, in effect reintroducing himself to voters, with the first-in-the-nation caucuses in that state now less than four months away.

This is not where Bush and his advisers expected to be when he got into the race early this year. Back then he was quickly labelled the front runner — the man to beat.

No one calls Bush that anymore, with the topsy-turvy, crowded GOP field with outsiders named Trump, Carson and Fiorina sitting atop the polls.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan drivers pulled over by the police will be able to show proof of their auto insurance on a phone or another mobile device instead of having to provide a hard copy under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. 

The law takes effect in three months.

Snyder, who signed it Wednesday, says the goal is to modernize government and make everyday life easier for residents.

The governor also signed a budget bill providing $4.3 million more to intermediate school districts to increase the number of half-day slots in a preschool program.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $1.9 million to the lawyers who won the landmark gay marriage case at the U.S. Supreme Court.  

Under federal law, there's no dispute that taxpayers were on the hook. Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer challenged Michigan's ban on gay marriage and restrictions on joint adoption.

Attorney General Bill Schuette vigorously defended the gay marriage ban, which was struck down as unconstitutional.

BAYFIELD, WI (AP)--   The U.S. Coast Guard has helped rescue two people and their dog from a sailboat near the Apostle Islands.  

The 29-foot sailboat was taking on water near Sand Island and being pushed aground by winds Tuesday night.

A Coast Guard boat from Bayfield was deployed along with a rescue air crew from Traverse City, Michigan. During the rescue attempt, one of the sailboat's passengers fell overboard but was able to swim ashore.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Public Service Commission says it's looking into safety issues involving natural gas pipeline hookups to certain homes and businesses.  

The commission says some lines serving residential or commercial customers are connected directly to gas storage fields, transmission pipelines, regulated and unregulated gathering lines, oil and gas wells and gas processing facilities.