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Exploratory drilling in Western U.P. stops

GOGEBIC COUNTY, MI-- Highland Copper has temporarily halted drilling at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Exploration of the one-mile-square section of the park stopped because of unseasonably warm weather. A permit issued by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources stipulates that drilling take place only on frozen ground, preferably when there’s more than a foot of snow cover. The provisions are meant to protect the surface of the drilling area. Orvana Resources—a subsidiary of...

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CORNELL, MI--   One person was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Delta County Thursday. 

WLUC-TV says a driver lost control of their vehicle on County Road 416 in Cornell around 8 a.m.  The vehicle left the road and struck several trees. 

The driver was transported to St. Francis Hospital, but died en route.  They were the only person in the vehicle. 

The accident remains under investigation.  

BARAGA, MI (AP)--   Cheerleaders with the Wakefield-Marenisco School District have apologized to Native American tribes for an offensive poster that was displayed at a basketball game. 

The sign said, "Hey Speedboys, Get Ready to leave in A Trail of Tears!! Round 2." Trail of Tears is known as a historical reference to the forced removal of Cherokee Indians in the 1830s.

The Daily Mining Gazette says the sign was displayed at a Feb. 7 game between Wakefield-Marenisco and Bessemer, whose nickname is Speedboys.

ISHPEMING, MI--   A fire at an abandoned house in Ishpeming has been classified as arson. 

The fire broke out at a building at 600 North First Street February 19. 

City police say two juveniles have been identified as suspects.  They allegedly lit a cardboard box with a lighter in the back of the house.  The two tried to put out the fire until it got out of control, and they fled the scene. 

The house was a total loss. 

The Michigan State Police Fire Investigator and K-9 assisted Ishpeming police in the investigation.  

Ihander found guilty

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MENOMINEE, MI--   A Menominee Township man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend. 

Gregory Ihander, 49, was accused of stabbing 43-year-old Jolene Eichhorn of Carney to death and putting her body in the trunk of her car in September of 2015. 

The Menominee County trial lasted a week-and-a-half.  The jury took more than eight hours to deliberate before it delivered the verdict Thursday.

Sentencing is set for April 13.  

GOGEBIC COUNTY, MI--   Highland Copper has temporarily halted drilling at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. 

Exploration of the one-mile-square section of the park stopped because of unseasonably warm weather.  A permit issued by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources stipulates that drilling take place only on frozen ground, preferably when there’s more than a foot of snow cover.  The provisions are meant to protect the surface of the drilling area.

The war against ISIS is entering a tough new phase, as Iraqi fighters with growing U.S. assistance push into western Mosul, warns the senior American commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend.

"ISIS is a brutal, brutal enemy," said Townsend, speaking in Erbil as Iraq's security forces were about to attack Mosul's airport with help from the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition.

President Trump has promised to build a wall along the 2,000 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.

A third of the border already has a barrier, thanks to the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was signed by then-president George W. Bush. That initiative ran into issues with landowners near the Rio Grande. If the wall goes forward as Trump promises, more lawsuits may be coming.

At a joint news conference in Mexico City on Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged the tension between the U.S. and Mexico. After talks with his Mexican counterpart, Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, Tillerson said that "in a relationship filled with vibrant colors, two strong sovereign countries, from time to time, will have differences."

In baseball, if a pitcher wants to intentionally walk a batter, he has to actually lob the four pitches outside the strike zone. It's a technique often used to bypass a particularly strong batter, or to set up a double play.

But that rule now appears poised to change.

The Major League Baseball commissioner's office has proposed a rule change to have the pitcher forgo actually throwing four balls — instead, the bench would simply signal to the umpire that the batter will be intentionally walked.

Murders are on the rise in the United States.

The national murder rate jumped dramatically in 2015, and early indications are that it rose again in 2016, though official numbers aren't available yet.

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