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Ontonagon County snowmobile crash kills Iowa man

ROCKLAND TOWNSHIP, MI-- An Iowa man has been killed in an Ontonagon County snowmobile accident. Undersheriff Gerald Balcomb says the incident happened Wednesday around 10:35 p.m. about a quarter-mile south of Old Victoria Road in Rockland Township. He says Brady Allan Kuennen, 36, of Waucoma, Iowa was riding on Trail No. 12 when he lost control of the snowmobile, fell off, and struck a tree. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation. The Sheriff’s O...
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High schoolers to compete in History Smackdown

CALUMET, MI-- Students in the Copper Country are getting teams together for this year’s High School Local History Smackdown. The Smackdown—now in its 14th year—tests teams’ knowledge of local history, geography and geology related to Keweenaw, Baraga, Ontonagon, and Houghton counties. This year’s competition will pay special attention to Keweenaw National Historical Park, Isle Royale National Park, and the National Park Service, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year. The registration ...
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A fire and a riot broke out in a prison in the city of Monterrey in northern Mexico Wednesday night, killing at least 52 people and putting 12 in the hospital, says Nuevo Leon Governor Jaime Rodriguez, whose state includes the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey.

The riot at the prison in northern Mexico began with a dispute between two groups around 11:30 p.m. local time, Rodriguez said at a Thursday morning news conference. The prison was brought back under control at 1:30 a.m., state officials in Nuevo Leon said earlier today.

Morgan Stanley has reached a $3.2 billion settlement with state and federal authorities, the New York Attorney General's office announced today.

In the deal, the investment bank acknowledges that it misrepresented the risks of mortgage-backed securities leading up to the 2008 housing and financial crisis.

Will HealthCare.gov Get A California-Style Makeover?

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When 28-year-old Charis Hill discovered that the cost of medication to treat her degenerative arthritis had risen to $2,000 a month, she chose to be in pain instead.

"I felt like an invalid," said Hill, who lives in Sacramento and at the time had only catastrophic health coverage. She said the month without the medicine made it hard to get out of bed.

Paying for drugs isn't a problem for Hill now. She has a more robust Covered California health plan, and she gets assistance from a drug company.

A federal grand jury is said to have begun hearing evidence in the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died after he was placed in a chokehold by a white police officer, NPR's Joel Rose reports, citing two sources familiar with the investigation.

The grand jury is determining whether Officer Daniel Pantaleo violated Garner's civil rights as he moved to arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.

Far from our galaxy, in the vast darkness of space, two massive black holes merged into a single, larger hole.

And now researchers say they have detected rumblings from that cataclysmic collision as ripples in the very fabric of space-time itself. The discovery comes a century after Albert Einstein first predicted such ripples should exist.

Who is among the least likely to use online dating sites? A few years ago, you would have been correct to guess college students or those in their early 20s, a group surrounded by peers and in the prime of their bar-hopping years. But a newly released Pew Research Center study finds the use of online dating sites by 18- to 24-year-olds has nearly tripled just since 2013, making this group now the most likely to use the web to find partners.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   The U.S. House has approved legislation to clarify the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to notify the public about danger from lead in their drinking water.  

The bill is the first approved by Congress to respond to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Flint stopped using treated water from Detroit and switched to the Flint River in 2014 to save money. Regulators failed to ensure the water was treated and lead from aging pipes leached into the water supply, contributing to a spike in child lead exposure.

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   A state agency has revised Michigan's quarantine for the emerald ash borer to include four more counties in the Upper Peninsula.  

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said Wednesday that the quarantine for the bug now includes Baraga, Dickinson, Marquette and Menominee counties. The agency said the bug has been detected in traps in Dickinson and Marquette counties.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Officials with Upper Peninsula Power Company say the utility gave more than $100,000 to U.P. charitable causes last year. 

Spokesman Dave Forsberg says UPPCO provided direct grants and volunteer support to ten counties within its service territory.  Contributions were made in five primary categories: Arts and Culture; Community and Neighborhood Development; Education; Environment; and Human Services and Health.

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