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Michigan fraternity rolling tub 170 miles to help hospital

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)-- Members of a college fraternity are on a roll between two of the largest cities in the Upper Peninsula. Tau Kappa Epsilon at Lake Superior State University is pushing a tub on wheels, from Marquette to Sault Ste. Marie. Fraternity members left Friday and hope to reach their destination by late afternoon or evening Saturday. The red tub with three wheels is on a roughly 170-mile roll on highway M-28. The fraternity is trying to raise money for St. Jude Children's...
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Michigan looks to create tax-free accounts for disabled

LANSING, MI (AP)-- The Michigan Legislature is voting to let residents with disabilities open tax-free savings accounts to pay for long-term needs such as education and housing. The accounts would offer tax advantages similar to 529 college savings plans. The House unanimously approved half of a four-bill package Thursday. Families could deposit up to $14,000 annually. Under another bill pending in the House, Michigan would disregard the accounts when determining if someone with disabilities...
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Oktoberfest 2015

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

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Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he wants to challenge Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for the post of House speaker, saying he's a better communicator and has more credibility with the party's conservative base.

"I am running for Speaker of the House of Representatives because I want to lead the way on tackling the toughest issues facing the United States of America," Chaffetz said in a statement released today.

The Coast Guard says it has found a life ring belonging to the El Faro, a 790-foot cargo ship with 33 crew aboard that has been missing and unreachable since it issued an emergency satellite notification last week in the Bahamas.

The life ring, found about 75 miles northeast of the roll-on, roll-off container ship's last known position was spotted by a Coast Guard C-130 and recovered by an MH-60 helicopter.

A Coast Guard statement says:

Saul Mindiola is running for mayor of Pueblo Bello — a farm town of 16,000 residents tucked in Colombia's snow-capped Sierra Nevada. The view makes it clear how the place got its its name, which means "beautiful village" in Spanish.

What is being described as "catastrophic flooding" has inundated South Carolina and much of the Mid-Atlantic, as Hurricane Joaquin — despite staying well offshore — has fueled torrential rains in the region.

President Obama has declared a state of emergency in worst-hit South Carolina. Rain and flood warnings for much of the U.S. East Coast continue through today. The rainfall will reach into the Southeast and the Tennessee Valley with flash-flood threats in several states, including parts of New Jersey, Georgia and North Carolina.

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Good Gourd! What's With All The Weird-Looking Squash?

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When Virginia farmer Charles Martin first got into the pumpkin game a decade ago, he started small, with a half-acre plot of traditional round, orange jack-o-lanterns. Today he grows 55 varieties of gourds, squash and pumpkins, and he's always looking for something new.

If your company hasn't launched a wellness program, this might be the year.

As benefits enrollment for 2016 approaches, more employers than ever are expected to nudge workers toward plans that screen them for risks, monitor their activity and encourage them to take the right pills, food and exercise.

What It's Like To Take Photos Of A Dying Man

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For more than 10 years, disease had slowly eaten away at He Quangui's lungs, leaving him, for the most part, bedridden.

But Quangui was no smoker — he was a Chinese gold miner. Quangui was stricken with silicosis, a respiratory illness caused by inhaling silica dust. An estimated 6 million Chinese miners suffer from the debilitating disease pneumoconiosis — of which silicosis is one form.

The news of John Boehner's resignation as Speaker of the House has many wondering what comes next in such a deeply divided Congress.

NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with House Democratic Leader and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi about the role of the speaker and her take on the current climate of the House. She said it has a full agenda and that it can "be one that is a successful path to the future or it can be a calendar of chaos, and that really is up to the Republicans."

Interview Highlights

On current climate of the House