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Marquette BLP planning solar panel array

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)-- The Marquette Board of Light and Power is clearing land to erect solar panels that can be purchased by customers to get energy from the sun. The BLP says it will be cheaper for customers to buy panels in the solar garden than to put them on their house. Energy created by the panels would be credited to customer accounts. The utility's assistant director for operations, David Lynch, tells The Mining Journal that the panels could cost around $500 each. As many as 400 solar...
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Gas prices fall 23 cents in past week to $1.81

DEARBORN, MI (AP)-- AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have decreased by about 12 cents in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $1.81 per gallon on Sunday. That's about $1.06 less than it was at the same point last year. The last time the average statewide gas price was at the $1.81 mark was Feb. 25, 2009. The lowest average price was about $1.71 per gallon in the Saginaw, Bay City and Midland areas, while...
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Submit your car donation form by December 31st and you can still claim a 2015 deduction even if your car has not yet been picked up or sold.

Amazon has released a glimpse of what its much-anticipated drone deliveries could look like, although it warns the service is still very much in a testing phase.

As the U.S. chowed down on turkey, stuffing and leftovers, Pope Francis visited Uganda, Kenya and the Central African Republic for a six-day trip, continuing his focus on the developing world.

There's a building in Mountain View, Calif., where energy-saving technologies of the future are being tried on for size.

Step inside, and the first thing you notice is the building is dead quiet: no noisy air whooshing through louvers.

That's because the building uses passive cooling instead of traditional air conditioning. Cool ground water passes through a system of small tubes running below the ceiling.

A court in Jerusalem has convicted two Israeli teenagers in the 2014 kidnapping and killing of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy, a crime that heightened tensions in the run-up to the Gaza war that summer.

The two teenagers, who were not named because they are juveniles, are expected to be sentenced in January.

As NPR's Emily Harris reports, a ruling on the accused ringleader, 31-year-old Yosef Haim Ben-David, has been delayed. She tells our Newscast unit:

As the United Nations summit on climate change got underway in Paris, protesters have gotten much attention.

A High Court judge in Belfast has ruled that Northern Ireland's abortion restrictions are incompatible with human rights.

Currently, abortion is permitted only when the life of the mother is under threat or her long-term health would be compromised by carrying the fetus to term. Monday's decision will put pressure on lawmakers to allow for the procedure in some other instances.

Judge Mark Horner said that banning the procedure in the case of rape, incest, and when the fetus has fatal abnormalities violates the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Obama administration has announced some changes to the visa waiver program, which allows travelers from some 38 countries including France, Belgium and other European countries, to come to the U.S. without a visa.

The White House announced several steps, including attempting better tracking of past travel, fines for airlines that don't verify passport data, assisting other countries on the screening of refugees and with border security.

Cecile Richards is walking a fine line: She paints the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic as one of many attacks linked to "hateful rhetoric."

She doesn't specifically say that rhetoric motivated the attack Friday in Colorado Springs.

The president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America spoke with NPR on Monday morning about the attack that left three people dead: a mother of two children, an Iraq war veteran, a police officer.

Sophie Sartain had long worked in documentary filmmaking as a writer and editor. For her first film as a director, she turned the camera on her own family.

About seven months after Baltimore was rocked by a night of riots, the first police officer implicated in Freddie Gray's death is being put on trial.

As NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports, the case is being closely watched in the city, and residents believe that a lot is at stake.