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MADISON, WI (AP)--   A company looking to dig a huge iron mine near Mellen is complaining state regulators want too much information on its plans to take bulk mineral samples. 

The Department of Natural Resources says Gogebic Taconite needs certain permissions for the sampling, including a storm water permit and an air permit exemption. DNR regulators asked the company for more information on the process last month.

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KINGSFORD, MI (AP)--   Two Kingsford brothers' work to reveal the mysteries of a treasure island in Nova Scotia will be featured in a History Channel series. 

The Daily News of Iron Mountain reports that "The Curse of Oak Island" premieres at 10 p.m. Sunday.  It highlights the work of Rick and Marty Lagina and others, who spent the summer searching the so-called Money Pit on Canada's Oak Island.

The Lagina brothers graduated from Kingsford High School in the early 1970s.  Their interest in the island began as youngsters.

The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Boeing hailed Friday's vote, which proponents said solidifies the aerospace giant's presence in the Seattle area.

"Tonight, Washington state secured its future as the aerospace capital of the world," Inslee declared.

KINGSFORD, MI (AP)--   A man who grew up in the Upper Peninsula has been arrested in the killing of three people in Colorado. 

Harry C. Mapps, 59, was arrested in Oklahoma after a month-long search and is awaiting his return to Colorado to face first-degree murder charges. The sheriff of Pueblo County, Colorado said Mapps set fire to the victims' house November 27 to cover up the killings.

The attack claimed the lives of Kim and Reggie Tuttle and their adult daughter, Dawn Roderick.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A 15-day address verification period for Michigan sex offenders is underway. 

It started on Wednesday. During the period, state law requires all registered offenders to report in person to their local law enforcement agency, sheriff's office or nearest Michigan State Police post to verify their address.

Tier 1 offenders must verify their address annually, during the first 15 days of January.

Tier 2 offenders must verify their address semi-annually, during the first 15 days of January and July.

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DETROIT, MI (AP)--   U.S. officials say Homeland Security agents seized about 6,100 pieces of counterfeit hockey merchandise and other sportswear valued at more than $723,000 during a three-month initiative leading up to NHL Winter Classic events. 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday that jerseys, hats, T-shirts and other items worth more than $32,500 were seized in the Detroit area.

"Operation Team Player" targets counterfeit sports merchandise from all major sports leagues. Most items seized were fake NHL merchandise.

Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.

Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.

A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.

"We ... are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news," the statement said.

Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three had laid the foundation of the current understanding of asset prices.

While it's hard to predict whether stock or bond prices will go up or down in the short term, it's possible to foresee movements over periods of three years or longer, the academy said.

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