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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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Oktoberfest 2015

"Laughing Whitefish" Printing Plate from John Voelker's 1965 book

Looking for a way to get rid of that old beater?

Jerry Parr, the Secret Service agent credited with saving the life of President Ronald Reagan, has died.

The Washington Post reports that Parr died at a hospice center in Washington. He was 85.

Parr became part of history when John W. Hinckley Jr. opened fire in 1981. As he described in many interviews since then, Parr heard the shots and immediately pushed Reagan into a waiting limo.

No information is private online — the phrase is hardly news to anybody who actively uses the Web for work, play and in between. Here's a CNN headline dating back to 2013 that minces no words: "Online privacy is dead."

That particular CNN article focused on the revelations about the scope of Web data available to the federal government. The ensuing pushback still ripples out as privacy advocates and many tech companies try to rein in government access to what Americans say and do online.

Who is a Jew? It's an age-old question that in Israel been determined by government-selected rabbis in the decades since the country was established in 1948.

But now a group of Orthodox rabbis is challenging the state's control on determining who is and isn't Jewish — a status that affects many important aspects of life in Israel.

The parents of 7-year-old Lihi Goldstein weren't thinking about their daughter's future wedding when they adopted her as a toddler. Israelis Amit and Regina Goldstein picked the blue-eyed girl from a crowd of children at an orphanage in Ukraine.

As the debate over gun ownership and gun control is renewed following the shooting deaths of nine people, including the gunman, at an Oregon community college earlier this month, there's a voice of an evangelical leader whose views might be different than some would expect.

For generations, John Harris's family has arranged lavish funerals for Cockney East Enders. But London is changing, and Harris has been quick to adapt.

He watches the latest procession go by: Two regal white horses with plumes of feathers fastened to their foreheads, trot through an East End borough, drawing a gleaming white Victorian carriage. Inside is a coffin bedecked with flowers. Eight black, custom-made Jaguar limos follow. The conductors wear three-piece suits with coattails, top hats and carry canes.

Want to follow what the presidential candidates are saying on Facebook, but not quite ready to turn over your news feed to pleas for money, stilted memes and behind-the-scenes pics from Iowa and New Hampshire?

Interested in hearing more from, say, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but a little hesitant to declare to your Facebook friends that you "like" them?

There's a hack for that!

When you think of a nuclear meltdown, a lifeless wasteland likely comes to mind — a barren environment of strewn ashes and desolation. Yet nearly 30 years after the disaster at the nuclear reactor in Chernobyl, in the former Soviet Union, a very different reality has long since taken root.

In and around Chernobyl, wildlife now teems in a landscape long abandoned by humans. The area has been largely vacant of human life since 31 people died in the catastrophe and cleanup.

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