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Bruce Crossing resident killed in motorcycle crash

HAIGHT TOWNSHIP, MI-- A man has died in a motorcycle accident in Ontonagon County. Troopers from the Wakefield Post say a motorcyclist was discovered by a passing driver Wednesday around 4 p.m. in an area of trees off of Bond Falls Road near Forest Road 5333 in Haight Township. The driver of the motorcycle—identified as Daryl Neuman, 64, of Bruce Crossing—was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say Neuman was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The cause of the accident remains...
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Lawsuit wants plans mandated for dealing with big oil spills

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)-- An environmental group is suing the federal government, contending it gives pipeline owners and operators a free pass on developing plans for dealing with oil spills into inland waterways. The suit filed Thursday by the National Wildlife Federation says the federal Oil Pollution Act prohibits operators from handling, storing or transporting oil until their spill response plans get federal approval. The plans are supposed to make sure enough resources are available to...
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"Laughing Whitefish" Printing Plate from John Voelker's 1965 book

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Chaos ensued in the halls of Congress Thursday when Rep. Kevin McCarthy unexpectedly took himself out of the running to replace John Boehner as speaker of the House.

The reason for the pandemonium and, yes, even tears: No one knows where this goes from here.

Here are the four likely ways it gets resolved:

A Scottish nurse who recovered from Ebola in January has been medevaced from Glasgow to London in a Royal Air Force C-130 Hercules transport plane specially equipped for infection control.

Doctors say Pauline Cafferkey is suffering "an unusual late complication" from her previous Ebola infection. They note that "Pauline previously had the Ebola virus and this is therefore not a new infection."

Over the summer, the Texas Forensic Science Commission, which sets standards for physical evidence in state courts, came to an unsettling conclusion: There was something wrong with how state labs were analyzing DNA evidence.

It seemed the labs were using an outdated protocol for calculating the probability of DNA matches in "mixtures"; that is, crime scene samples that contain genetic material from several people. It may have affected thousands of cases going back to 1999.

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Mexico says that it will allow a team of international experts to revisit the case of 43 students who went missing last year.

NPR's Carrie Kahn reports that the United Nations' top human rights official recommended the move after a visit to the country.

Carrie filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the U.N.'s High Commissioner on Human Rights, recommended the experts re-examine the site where the government says the bodies of the students were burned.

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