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Power outage affects some in Forsyth/West Branch Townships

UPDATE: UPPCO crews found that an insulator on an American Transmission Company line that serves Sawyer failed. Power was returned to customers just before 10 p.m. Wednesday. _______________________ GWINN, MI-- More than 1,500 people in the Gwinn area are without power Wednesday night. Upper Peninsula Power Company reported two outages in Forsyth and West Branch townships around 6:30 p.m., which is affecting about 38 percent of UPPCO customers in the area. There’s no word yet on what caused...
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Student entrepreneurs finding NMU's program one of the most affordable

MARQUETTE, MI-- Northern Michigan University offers one of the 15 most affordable bachelor’s degrees in entrepreneurship in the country. That’s according to independent college search and rankings site AffordableSchools.net. NMU’s major is designed for students who want to start their own businesses or work in a range of business environments. Lead researcher with AffordableSchools Raj Dash says job growth for careers relating to entrepreneurship studies ranges from 7 to 15 percent between...
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This is the long story of a short street: Schnell Drive, two blocks of brick homes in Arabi, La., just east of New Orleans in St. Bernard Parish.

When we first visited in the fall of 2005, Donald and Colleen Bordelon were often the only two people on Schnell Drive. They had stayed in their home through the storm and the flood, and through the weeks after when the first floor was still filled with water.

With the passage of a new law earlier this year, North Dakota has become the first state to legalize law enforcement use of armed drones.

Though the law limits the type of weapons permitted to those of the "less than lethal" variety — weapons such as tear gas, rubber bullets, beanbags, pepper spray and Tasers — the original bill actually aimed to ensure that no weapons at all were allowed on law enforcement drones.

The sponsor of the original bill, Republican state Rep. Rick Becker, said he wasn't happy with how that part of the law turned out.

Late August may be the absolutely worst time to launch a political TV blitz. But a Democratic superPAC, Priorities USA Action, is offering up a minicampaign this week and next, warning Republicans that their heated rhetoric on immigration is captured on videotape and being prepped for prime time later in the race.

Boeing is moving to settle a lawsuit accusing it of mishandling its 401(k) plan for thousands of workers. The case is part of a legal assault by a consumer rights attorney to stop companies from offering employees high-cost, bad retirement plans.

A decade after Hurricane Katrina — the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history — President Obama told a crowd in New Orleans that the storm was a "man-made" calamity that had as much to do with economic inequality and the failure of government as it did the forces of nature.

"What started out as a natural disaster became a man-made disaster — a failure of government to look out for its own citizens," the president said in a speech at a newly opened community center in the Lower Ninth Ward, a predominantly black neighborhood that was devastated by Katrina.

Picking a mate can be one of life's most important decisions. But sometimes people make a choice that seems to make no sense at all. And humans aren't the only ones — scientists have now seen apparently irrational romantic decisions in frogs.

Little tungara frogs live in Central America, and they're found everywhere from forests to ditches to parking lot puddles. These frogs are only about 2 centimeters long, but they are loud. The males make calls to woo the females.

Simmons College announced it will close the campus master's degree program in business, the only one of its kind in the nation exclusively for women.

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Tropical Storm Erika has caused extensive flooding and landslides on the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, killing at least four people and cutting power and water to many residents.

The storm dumped 9 inches of rain on the mountainous island late Wednesday.

"The situation is grim. It is dangerous," Ian Pinard, Dominica's communications minister, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.

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