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Drowning reported in Houghton County

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI-- A downstate man has drowned in Lake Superior near a Houghton County park. Sheriff’s deputies were called Wednesday around 12:50 p.m. to McLain State Park. They say a stranded swimmer, identified as Andrew Kneeshaw, 49, of Grand Blanc, was yelling for help off shore. A nearby surfer helped Kneeshaw to land and started CPR. Law enforcement and medical personnel also performed CPR at the scene. Kneeshaw was taken to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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Paddle boarder in distress rescued in Marquette

MARQUETTE, MI-- A paddle boarder had to be rescued from Lake Superior near Picnic Rocks in Marquette Wednesday. The City Fire Department was called out around 6 p.m. in response to a distress call. Two lifeguards on a jet ski were deployed and stayed with the person until the Coast Guard arrived and brought the paddle boarder to shore. The Marquette Fire Department is reminding kayakers and paddle boarders to know their skill level and limitations before going out onto Lake Superior.
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Whirlpool recalls 40,000 Jenn-Air ovens due to burn risk

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BENTON HARBOR, MI (AP)--   Whirlpool is recalling more than 40,000 of its Jenn-Air brand ovens after customers reported burns due to faulty oven racks. 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the extendable rack inside the oven can fall out. Whirlpool received eight incident reports from customers, including one who reported second degree burns to the back and arm.

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Some Michigan sentencing rules struck down as illegal

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Supreme Court says the state's sentencing guidelines are

unconstitutional if they increase mandatory minimum prison terms based on factors not found by a jury.

In a 5-2 opinion Wednesday, the state's top court says it must apply some key U.S. Supreme Court decisions to Michigan's sentencing rules. The ruling means many convicts could be returning to local courts for another hearing.

The opinion was written by Justice Bridget McCormack, a former University of Michigan law professor whose specialty is criminal law.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   The U.S. House has passed legislation to overhaul how the Veterans Administration

operates and handles problem employees.  

The bill includes an amendment by Congressman Dan Benishek, called the Demanding Accountability for Veterans Act.  It would require the VA to name those in the department who are responsible for fixing problems identified in Inspector General reports. 

It also requires the IG to identify parts of their reports that the VA has asked it to alter, and allows for the removal of problem employees without extended delays. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   A paddle boarder had to be rescued from Lake Superior near Picnic Rocks in Marquette Wednesday. 

The City Fire Department was called out around 6 p.m. in response to a distress call.  Two lifeguards on a jet ski were deployed and stayed with the person until the Coast Guard arrived and brought the paddle boarder to shore. 

The Marquette Fire Department is reminding kayakers and paddle boarders to know their skill level and limitations before going out onto Lake Superior. 

It's no secret that the water at some of the 2016 Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro has some problems.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro got a whiff of one in April. But the AP has just put some science into it by commissioning tests over a five month period.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources says the risk of wildfire is rising in several

areas of the state. 

Warm temperatures and a lack of rain have produced high to very high fire danger.  Those conditions are expected to last into the weekend. 

DNR fire prevention specialist Dan Laux says firefighters have been responding to more wildfire calls over the past few days.  He wants residents to heed the following safety tips:

IRON RIVER, MI--   Iron County residents can have a Cone with a Cop Thursday afternoon in Iron River. 

Officers with the Michigan State Police, the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Iron River Police Department, Caspian-Gaastra Police Department, and Crystal Falls Police Department will be at the Iron River McDonald’s from 1-3.  It’s a twist on Coffee with a Cop events held across the country. 

Officials hope residents will feel comfortable asking questions, expressing concerns, or simply getting to know the officers in a neutral space. 

A court in Egypt has delayed reading the verdict in the re-trail of three Al Jazeera journalists who have been accused of aiding a terrorist organization.

The BBC reports:

"Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste were sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in June 2014.

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