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Essar Algoma responds to Cliffs with restraining order

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO-- An Ontario steel producer has filed a request for a temporary restraining order against Cliffs Natural Resources. Essar Steel Algoma of Sault Ste. Marie made the request to a federal judge after Cliffs terminated its pellet sale and purchase agreement, saying Essar repeatedly breached the contract. Essar officials say they expect Cliffs to fully honor the contract until the matter is resolved. The case is before a judge in Cleveland, Ohio. Essar Steel Algoma buys...
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Vehicles collide in Marquette Township

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI-- The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two-vehicle crash on US-41 in front of the Ojibwa Express Gas Station in Marquette Township. Wednesday around 11:40 a.m. a Dodge pickup driven by Michael Vilona, 78, of East Troy, Wisconsin was in the center turn lane when he tried to merge into eastbound traffic. He pulled into the path of a Chevy Tahoe driven by Jamie Tasson, 37, of Ishpeming. Both vehicles drove off the right side of the roadway and went into...
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On Campus, Older Faculty Keep On Keeping' On

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Ken Nickerson could have retired from his job as a professor of biological sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 10 years ago, when he turned 62.

He could have retired five years ago, when the university offered faculty a year's salary to step down as part of a buyout to encourage more of them to leave.

He could have retired last year, when, in yet another buyout offer, administrators dangled the equivalent of 90 percent of one full year's salary in front of faculty who would finally agree to go.

But Nickerson stayed.

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Officials at Northern Arizona University say a suspect is in custody following a shooting at the campus of the Flagstaff school in the early hours of Friday morning. One person was killed; three other victims are in the hospital.

"The first call of shots fired came in at 1:20 a.m.," the school says via Facebook. It adds that the campus is not on lockdown.

Other details aren't yet available; a news conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. ET Friday.

National Dialogue Quartet, a group that helped preserve Tunisia's dreams of democracy in 2013, has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize, with the Nobel Prize Committee citing its "decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia."

"We are here to give hope to young people in Tunisia, that if we believe in our country, we can succeed," said Ouided Bouchamaoui, president of The Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, a group that's part of the Quartet.

Kevin McCarthy Gone, In 60 Seconds

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There was chaos on Capitol Hill Thursday after frontrunner Rep. Kevin McCarthy withdrew his name from the House speakership election. The closed-door House Republican meeting that was supposed to emerge with a speaker nominee spilled out into the hallway outside of the House Ways and Means Room in the Longworth Office Building. That's where reporters rushed lawmakers to find out exactly what had happened and where the conference might go from here.

Here's a peek into that hallway, in 60 seconds:

After the mass shootings in Roseburg, Ore., last week, the national media gave a lot of attention to the fact that the local sheriff, John Hanlin, is an ardent supporter of gun rights. He'd written a letter to Vice President Joe Biden shortly after the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre of schoolchildren at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., saying gun control was not the answer. In the letter, Hanlin pledged not to enforce gun regulations he believed to be unconstitutional.

What wasn't widely reported was how common views like Hanlin's have become in law enforcement.

Today, in a federal courtroom in Tucson, Ariz., for the first time an agent of the US Border Patrol will be arraigned on charges of murder for shooting and killing a Mexican national across the international border.

On Oct. 10, 2012, Agent Lonnie Ray Swartz, standing behind the border fence in Nogales, Ariz., shot 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was walking along a sidewalk in Nogales, Sonora. The agent claims he acted in self defense against rock-throwers on the other side.

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2015 Nobel Peace Prize Announced

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