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Blueprint for Safety creates multi-agency response to domestic violence

MARQUETTE, MI-- The Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office has been awarded a $400,000 grant to create an interagency approach to domestic violence. Chief Prosecutor Matt Wiese says the money comes from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. It will be used to develop and implement the Blueprint for Safety program, which aims to make sure gaps in the system are addressed and policies are put in place to create a more effective response to domestic violence. “What we...
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Free, online textbooks include factual errors, poor grammar

DETROIT, MI (AP)-- Some who have reviewed the first batch of free, online textbooks commissioned under a Michigan Department of Education grant say they include factual inaccuracies, poor grammar, overgeneralizations, clumsy word choices and cultural insensitivity. Columnist Laura Berman with The Detroit News reports the first four books produced in the Michigan Open Book Project were written by Michigan social studies teachers and lack the editing and review used by traditional publishers....
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In an effort to move beyond recent controversy, Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it will no longer accept reimbursement for any fetal tissue it provides to medical researchers.

The organization has been the subject of negative attention in recent weeks following the release of highly edited sting videos recorded by an anti-abortion group alleging that Planned Parenthood illegally profits from its fetal tissue donation program.

President Obama signed legislation last Wednesday that makes a significant change in the health law's small business rules, following a rare bipartisan effort to amend the Affordable Care Act.

Most people are going to have lower-back pain at some point in their – roughly 70 percent of us. But what do you do when that aching back strikes? The answer is, take it slow.

Getting into physical therapy right away may help, a study finds, but so will the passage of time. The key is not to jump into expensive, invasive procedures that could make things worse.

After a 15-month probe, investigators with the Dutch Safety Board have concluded that a Russian Buk missile took down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine last year.

The crash in July 2014 killed all 298 people on board, most of whom were from the Netherlands.

Just a few weeks ago, the nonprofit Trust for the National Mall staged a music festival — featuring Drake and the Strokes — to benefit the remarkable public space in Washington, D.C., that includes some of America's most recognizable landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and Washington Monument.

Iran's parliament voted Tuesday to support the implementation of the nuclear deal struck by world powers in Vienna in July.

You may not have it marked on your calendar, but this coming Sunday is "adoption day." It's the day Iran must begin sharply curtailing its nuclear program as part of the landmark nuclear agreement reached this summer.

Nonproliferation experts say the steps Iran is about to take will put it significantly further away from having a nuclear weapon. Critics, however, warn of the possibility of cheating.

The man many Republicans would like to see as the next speaker of the House of Representatives has gotten really good at saying "no" over the past year.

Still, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan continues to get top billing as the only Republican who can unite the fractious Republican majority in the U.S. House, the party's largest in more than 80 years.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan is close to joining other states that ban a powder product that makes vodka, rum and other alcoholic drinks when mixed with water.

Powdered alcohol apparently is not widely available in Michigan yet. Lawmakers are taking steps to make sure it never is.

The House on Tuesday is expected to pass legislation and send it to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

The bill would prohibit the sale, use or possession of powdered alcohol.