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Tanker truck overturns on Iron County road

STAMBAUGH TOWNSHIP, MI-- The driver of a tanker truck was taken to the hospital, following a rollover crash in Stambaugh Township. Troopers from the Iron Mountain Post responded Tuesday around 12:30 p.m. to County Road 424 near Seasonal Road. They say the truck was eastbound around a curve when the driver lost control. The truck went into the ditch and up an embankment, where it struck an unoccupied passenger vehicle parked for construction purposes. The tanker then overturned in the roadway....
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UAW threatens strike in contract talks with Fiat Chrysler

DETROIT, MI (AP)-- The United Auto Workers union is threatening to go on strike against Fiat Chrysler. The company says in a statement Tuesday that it received a strike notice from the union and it continues to work toward reaching an agreement. A letter to Fiat Chrysler that was posted on the UAW website says the union is terminating its contract with FCA at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Union members overwhelmingly rejected a tentative contract agreement with the company last week. Union leadership...
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Oktoberfest 2015

"Laughing Whitefish" Printing Plate from John Voelker's 1965 book

Looking for a way to get rid of that old beater?

Life has not quite returned to normal yet for Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teenager who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school. The 14-year-old is now touring parts of the Middle East, along with his father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed.

For the first time, primitive human kidneys have been created in a laboratory dish, by using stem cells.

Although the kidneys cannot perform the functions of a fully formed adult kidney, the researchers hope the achievement will someday lead to new ways to treat people suffering from kidney failure.

Grapes, including raisins, are the third largest crop in California grossing almost $6 billion in 2014. Harvesting the labor-intensive crop takes thousands of workers. But a new raisin grape variety bred in Central California could severely decrease that need for workers.

It takes a lot of hand labor to harvest raisins, three or more rounds of pruning, quality control and picking. And to pay those workers costs a lot of money. That's why the raisin industry is desperately searching for a way to spend less on labor creating a larger profit margin.

U.S. troops in Afghanistan lowered the flag and boxed up their gear at the end of last year as President Obama declared the formal end to 13 years of U.S. combat operations.

With his ambulance sirens blaring, Edmund Hassan is speeding to a home in South Boston, after getting a call that someone there is unconscious. He's deputy superintendent of Boston Emergency Medical Services, and he suspects an opioid overdose. These days, he says, his workers have to administer Narcan, the drug that reverses that kind of overdose, roughly three times in every eight-hour shift.

The United Nations Refugee Agency and Kickstarter have joined forces in an effort to raise money to help migrants fleeing the violence in Syria.

In a video, Anne-Marie Gray, executive director and CEO of USA for UNHCR, said this "human tragedy" is the "largest migration crisis of our time."

And, she added, "We all have a responsibility."

It seems the entire world is wrestling with immigration emergencies today. And lest you think the Western Hemisphere's crisis is over, consider the look on Oscar Ortega's face.

He just got a WhatsApp message that made his eyes pop.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan is getting more than $7 million to help state police handle untested sexual assault evidence kits, combat human trafficking and other efforts.  

State police director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue announced the funding Wednesday. Grants also will to help improve criminal history records and conduct sex offender enforcement.

The grants include nearly $1.4 million from the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative.

The tradition of lavish, super-indulgent dinners in America, says Becky Libourel Diamond, author of the soon-to-be-published book The Thousand Dollar Dinner, comes from the fact that our country has always been known as the Land of Opportunity for Pursuers of Happiness.

Pass the champagne and caviar.

In Napa, Calif., a company called Free Flow Wines fills and dispenses reusable wine kegs, which are used by restaurants and bars for serving wine on draft. Every month, the company rinses and refills about 10,000 of the stainless steel casks, each of which eliminates the need for 26 clunky wine bottles.

This is a small win for the environment, since glass bottles are heavy and require energy to ship.