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Worn tires caused crash

LYON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Investigators say worn tires, not potholes, were responsible for a January crash in suburban Detroit that killed a man and his 9-year-old son.Documents obtained by the Detroit Free Press through a Freedom of Information Act request show that four potholes, including ...

Group can keep dogs for now

DETROIT (AP) - Police say a Detroit animal rescue group is being allowed to keep its dogs as officials work to make sure it's following state guidelines.The Detroit News reports leaders from Detroit Dog Rescue have said that they sometimes get dogs that aren't surrendered by owners. Detroit ...

Father pleads in son’s death

ALLEGAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A southwestern Michigan father has pleaded no contest to manslaughter and first-degree child abuse charges in the death of his 3-month-old son.Jase Colby was found unresponsive in December at an Allegan Township home about 30 miles south-southwest of Grand Rapids. ...

Military buildup: Russia to add 40 new intercontinental missiles

MOSCOW - Russia's military will add over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles this year alone that are capable of piercing any missile defenses, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday in a blunt reminder of the nation's nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.Putin spoke at ...

News guide: A look at Greece’s financial troubles

ATHENS, Greece - Greece is struggling to get a deal with its financial rescue creditors to get more loans. Without one, it could default on its debts, which could be the first step in a chain reaction that sees the country fall out of the euro currency union.Here is a broad look at the key ...

Progress in Ukraine talks reported

MINSK, Belarus (AP) - Negotiators say progress has been made at the latest round of talks on resolving the Ukraine conflict but there has been no breakthrough.The so-called Contact Group of representatives from Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation met Tuesday in the ...

7 killed in attack on police convoy

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) - Seven people, including two police officers, have been killed in what Mexican authorities call an ambush of a convoy in the southwestern state of Michoacan. The state Public Safety Department and Prosecutor's Office say three more officers were wounded.Police were ...

Palestinian government will dissolve

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced the national unity government he formed with Hamas last year will dissolve.Abbas said the move was "because Hamas didn't let it work in Gaza."The government was formed last year before the war between the Islamic militant ...

DR hopes ex-ambassador convicted

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - The attorney general of the Dominican Republic says he hopes the Vatican's former ambassador to the Caribbean nation is convicted of charges that he sexually abused young boys.The Holy See announced Monday that Jozef Wesolowski has been indicted on ...

Bright reason for hope in young people

The first time I met Marcia Grace, she adopted me as her project.She was 5 at the time.Marcia Grace was the niece of my future husband - I didn't know that yet - and the youngest granddaughter of his mother, an intimidating woman of Southern grace and iron will. I was meeting her for the first ...

David McCullough again shows he’s got the Wright-ing stuff

I was not surprised to see historian David McCullough's latest book rocket to the top position on The New York Times Best Sellers list.Not only is "The Wright Brothers" beautifully written in McCullough's familiar narrative style, it reminds Americans of what we once honored and promoted: ...

Al-Qaida’s out but replacement is worse

First, the good news: It turns out President Obama was right. Al-Qaida is being destroyed. One could even say he deserves some credit for this happy turn of events.Which brings us to the bad news: Al-Qaida is dying out because it's being replaced by something far worse.According to a ...

Hillary deploys ‘They hate you’ strategy

Hillary Clinton had one of the worst campaign rollouts in living memory. Her low-key (to the point of inaudibility) announcement video came in the midst of a months-long period of deeply damaging stories about her mania for secrecy (the private email server), which she indulged even at the ...

Estate tax is bulwark against aristocracy

At a time of historic economic inequality, it should be a no-brainer to raise a tax on inherited wealth for the very rich. Yet there's a move among some members of Congress to abolish it altogether.If you're as horrified at the prospect of abolishing the estate tax as I am, I hope you'll watch ...

Elections with suprisingly pleasant surprises

Another election, another surprise. Actually, two elections, in two countries last weekend, with surprisingly pleasant surprises. And in two very large countries: Turkey (population 82 million) and Mexico (119 million), both very important to the United States.In the runup to the Turkish ...

Four reasons why we need a U.P. energy plan

With the planned closure of the Presque Isle Power Plant, the UP's energy future has been the topic of heated debate. As state representative for Michigan's 110th House District, I want to make sure the U.P. has a voice in its energy future.Last week, I introduced House Bill 4683. It would ...

Green activists know how to distort the truth

Millions go to SeaWorld to learn more about sea life and get closer to killer whales. But fewer go now because the documentary "Blackfish" exposed what one reporter called "the darker side" of SeaWorld.The movie, which CNN bought and ran over and over, tells how greedy businessmen take baby ...

Iraqi militia: Yankees stay home

KESSARRAT, Iraq - Ali Ahsan paced back and forth carrying a rifle more than half his height in the searing heat as his militia convoy made a pit stop in the Anbar desert to rest and pray.Unlike the rugged men in fatigues around him, his prepubescent face has barely sprung a whisker. Now that ...

Q&A: Net neutrality rules treat Internet as public utility

NEW YORK - New rules that treat the Internet like a public utility and prohibit blocking, slowing and creating paid fast lanes for online traffic took effect Friday.Cable and telecom industry groups have sued to have the rules thrown out, arguing they are too onerous. But on Thursday, a federal ...

Community forests in U.P. established

BIG BAY, Mich. (AP) - Community forests are being established in southwestern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula through federal grants awarded to two preservation organizations, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.The U.S. Forest Service funding will be used for recreation and ...