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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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Chilo Ketlhoafetse struts around an eighth-grade classroom like the coolest guy in Botswana, warming the students up to talk about an awkward subject. He calls out "Nomhlaba!" and they respond "Auwe!" nonsense words from a local childhood game. Soon he has the students clicking their fingers, dancing and following his every word.

Within an hour, the students at the Bakgatle Community Junior Secondary School in Mochudi are chanting the only message he wants to get across to them: "Older partners are riskier."

The Taliban have confirmed reports that the group's spiritual leader, Mullah Omar, is dead, and the Afghan-based extremist organization has reportedly chosen a successor.

As Eyder reported on Wednesday, the Afghan government said it had "credible information" that Omar had died in April 2013 in Pakistan.

A University of Cincinnati officer, who was charged in the murder of an unarmed black man during a routine traffic stop, has pleaded not guilty.

Officer Ray Tensing was escorted into a Hamilton County courthouse on Thursday handcuffed and in a prison uniform.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan said because Tensing is facing a potential life-in-prison sentence, she was setting his bail at $1 million.

Months after they left the BBC, car enthusiasts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are headed to Amazon, hoping to recreate the success of the long-running TV show Top Gear. The trio left the BBC under a cloud after Clarkson's contract was not renewed because of a physical attack on a show producer.

"The show will be produced by the trio's long time executive producer Andy Wilman," Amazon announced Thursday, adding that production on the new show, whose name wasn't revealed, will begin soon.

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. 

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