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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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Wind, rain make a powerful pair as storms hit Michigan

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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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According to a review of the results of 12,000 blood tests, the world of track and field has a doping problem that is as big as the one cycling had at the height of Lance Armstrong's popularity.

That's according to the Sunday Times and Germany's public broadcaster ARD/WDR, which obtained a leak of documents with the bloodwork of 5,000 athletes.

After a bunch of really nice humans helped a hitchhiking robot traverse the length of Canada and most of Germany, the robot was going to try to make it from Massachusetts all the way to California.

HitchBOT is the brainchild of two Canadian social scientists. As Frauke Zeller and David Harris Smith explained it in a piece for the Harvard Business review, it was an experiment meant to spark a discussion "about trust, notions of safety, and about our attitude towards technology."

A Mexican photojournalist, who worked for, among others, the investigative outfit Proceso, has been found dead along with four other people at an apartment in the country's capital.

According to Article 19, a group that advocates for press freedom, Rubén Espinosa is the 88th journalist killed in Mexico.

Calling it the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change," President Obama said his administration would unveil the final version of a proposal aimed at curbing the amount of carbon pollution put out by power plants.

NPR's Scott Horsley reports that the new regulations are actually tougher than the ones unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency in a draft proposal in June of 2014.

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