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Fire near Republic completely contained

HUMBOLDT TOWNSHIP, MI-- The County Road 601 fire in Humboldt Township has been 100 percent contained. DNR incident commander Pete Glover says firefighters are working 50 to 100 feet in from the edges of the 80-acre blaze. They’re using foam and water to mop up any hot spots. Officials say no injuries have been reported; no structures have been damaged; no new hotspots have been found outside the fire line; and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. The fire was reported Thursday...
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Suspect accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Marquette home

MARQUETTE, MI-- A Gwinn man has been charged with breaking into a Marquette home and stealing cash. The Marquette Police Department says on July 25 Robert Wallace Oakland, 25, entered the residence, broke into a safe, and more than $10,000 in cash. Officers contacted Forsyth Township Police, who allegedly found a large portion of the stolen money at Oakland’s home. Oakland is charged with second-degree home invasion and safe breaking. He remains lodged at the Marquette County Jail on a $50...
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Looking for a way to get rid of that old beater?

Eight months ago, Mexico's first lady, known for her fondness of designer clothes and European vacations, made a public promise to sell a multi-million-dollar mansion bought under controversial circumstances. She's purchasing the home, at below market rates, from a contractor with lucrative connections to her husband.

The scandal has been one of the biggest to rock the president's administration. And months later many questions remain regarding the questionable purchase — and the first lady hasn't sold her house.

In 1953, Dr. John Clements realized something fundamental about the way the lung functions — an insight that would ultimately save the lives of millions of premature babies.

The story begins in 1950, when the U.S. Army sent Clements, a newly graduated physician, to the medical division of what was then called the Army Chemical Center in Edgewood, Md. Clements was interested in doing research in biochemistry. His commanding officer was of a different mind.

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This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

As Martin O'Malley neared the launch of his presidential campaign, the former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor said he wouldn't think of announcing his bid "anyplace else," even as the city exploded with riots after the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who was fatally injured while in police custody.

The flooded streets and destroyed homes of the New Orleans neighborhood known as the Lower Ninth Ward were among the most powerful and iconic images from Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath 10 years ago.

Now, much of New Orleans is back — more than half of the city's neighborhoods have recovered some 90 percent of their pre-storm population.

That's not the case for the Lower Ninth.

Today, there's a feeling of desolation on nearly every block of the predominantly African-American neighborhood.

Wind, rain make a powerful pair as storms hit Michigan

11 hours ago

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   Storms carrying strong winds and rain have pounced on Michigan, cutting power in some areas, snapping trees and knocking over at least one recreational trailer on the Mackinac Bridge.

The bridge connecting the peninsulas was temporarily closed at one point Sunday as winds hit 65 mph. Power outages were reported in the Traverse City area.

Storms rolled into Michigan's thumb region, and forecasters say southeastern Michigan could be vulnerable to high winds throughout the evening.

Louis Sachar knows a few things about writing for kids. His first book, Sideways Stories From Wayside School, came out in 1978 — and the wacky collection is still in print.

His 1999 Newbery Medal winner, Holes, centers on a boy wrongly confined to a juvenile detention facility. It's mysterious and creepy, and it's still flying off the shelves.

So if he says kids will love a scary eco-bioterror-mystery-thriller-comedy, you just might trust him.

Eggs are becoming more expensive and scarce recently because so many chickens have died from avian flu. So bakers, in particular, are looking for cheaper ingredients that can work just as well. (This story previously aired on All Things Considered on July 22, 2015.)

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