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Moilanen sentenced for murder, attempted murder

HOUGHTON, MI-- A Houghton County man who pleaded to stabbing a Hubbell woman to death and trying to kill her daughter last September has been sentenced. Paul Moilanen, 43, of Hubbell pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the death of Marcy Lavigne and attempted murder in an attack on her 14-year-old daughter. In Houghton County Circuit Court on Monday Moilanen was sentenced to 37½ to 60 years in prison with credit for 346 days already served. He was not present at the sentencing. In...
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Piping plover, Kirtland's warbler populations up in Michigan

LANSING, MI (AP)-- Officials say prospects are improving for two of Michigan's endangered bird species. Field Operations Manager Keith Kintigh of the Department of Natural Resources says populations of Great Lakes piping plovers and Kirtland's warblers have increased this year. The plovers are migratory shorebirds with nesting grounds in Michigan. In 1983, the state had only 13 breeding pairs. This year, 58 nests were found in Michigan. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore had the most. The...
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By the time DeAngelo Cortijo was 14, he had been in more than a dozen foster homes. He had run away and lived on the streets for months, and he had been diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders, attachment disorder, intermittent explosive disorder or posttraumatic stress disorder. He had been in and out of mental hospitals and heavily medicated.

Cortijo, who was born in San Francisco, was taken from his mother after she attempted suicide when he was 3.

Updated 12:08 p.m. ET: Uber Responds

Uber has been fighting challenges to its business model. But a federal judge in California has allowed some drivers to proceed with a class-action lawsuit against the ride-hailing service. The case could affect other big companies in the sharing economy.

Uber challenged the traditional taxi business with an app that brought together people who need a ride with people who have cars. The drivers get paid a rate set by Uber.

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has strongly condemned shootings of law enforcement officers in Texas and Illinois and issued an unequivocal message of support for police.

"We have had four more guardians slain, and frankly our hearts are broken," the attorney general said Wednesday in remarks to a fair housing conference in Washington, D.C. "I offer the families of these officers my condolences, and I ask that all of us come together and keep them in our prayers."

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced Wednesday that she will support the Iran nuclear agreement, giving the White House the final vote needed to protect the accord from a Republican-led effort to defeat the measure.

With her endorsement, Mikulski became the crucial 34th vote needed to sustain President Obama's expected veto should Congress pass a measure to block the agreement.

In a statement, Mikulski says:

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has received federal funding to expand a program that pays private owners to let the public use their land for hunting.  

The $951,400 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the DNR take the Hunting Access Program to the northern Lower Peninsula.

The program started in 1977 in southern Michigan, where most land is privately owned.

A recent outbreak of Salmonella in frozen tuna might have sushi lovers wondering if it's safe to eat that raw fish.

The outbreak in question began in California in March. All told, it sickened 65 people in 11 states. There were 35 cases in California, with another 18 in Arizona and New Mexico. The rest of the cases were scattered across the country, including four in Minnesota.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Federal regulators have lowered their estimate of potentially defective Takata Corp. air bags on U.S. roads.  

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says approximately 23.4 million driver and passenger air bag inflators on 19.2 million vehicles are being recalled and need to be replaced. That's lower than its initial estimate of 34 million inflators.

The agency says some air bags from multiple recalls were counted twice. Takata also included some air bags sold overseas in numbers it gave to the government.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Officials say prospects are improving for two of Michigan's endangered bird species.

Field Operations Manager Keith Kintigh of the Department of Natural Resources says populations of Great Lakes piping plovers and Kirtland's warblers have increased this year. 

The plovers are migratory shorebirds with nesting grounds in Michigan. In 1983, the state had only 13 breeding pairs. This year, 58 nests were found in Michigan. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore had the most.

FENTON, MI (AP)--   Officers from across the state and nation were among hundreds of people attending the funeral for a Michigan State Police trooper who was killed while on motorcycle patrol.  

Services were held Tuesday at Fenton High School for Chad Wolf.  The 38-year-old Wolf died Friday, hours after he was struck by a car hauling a trailer and dragged for miles in northern Oakland County. He had been a trooper since 2008.

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