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DNR: Mich. bears on move

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering a warning about bears in the state.The DNR has responded to dozens nuisance bear complaints so far this year as bears are on the move. The agency says that adult bears have been moving in mating season while ...

UAW, state kick off contract talks

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Officials representing the state of Michigan and United Auto Workers are kicking off contract talks.The UAW said Friday the union and state are expected to start negotiating after an official handshake. The current contract covering roughly 17,000 workers expires Dec. ...

Women swindler gets prison

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - A western Michigan man has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison after women lined up to tell a judge how the sweetheart swindler broke their hearts and emptied their wallets.Authorities say at least 19 victims lost $300,000. Jeffrey Lee Lucas used romance, ...

Planned Parenthooxd’s ‘Modest Proposal’

In his satirical solution to Ireland's prolific poor, especially among Catholics whose fish diet was thought to enhance fertility, Jonathan Swift suggested a new menu item: Succulent 1-year-olds for dinner.His essay "A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People from Being a ...

GOP becoming merely a congressional party

In five of the past six presidential elections, the Republican Party has lost the nation's popular vote to the Democrats. In those same six presidential contests, 18 states and the District of Columbia, totaling among them 242 electoral votes (you need only 270 to win the White House), have ...

Iran nuke deal: historic catastrophe?

Distinguished scientist Freeman Dyson has called the 1433 decision of the emperor of China to discontinue his country's exploration of the outside world the "worst political blunder in the history of civilization."The United States seems at this moment about to break the record for the worst ...

Capitalism critique rankles some Christians

"A new command I give you: love one another." - John 13:34So said a troubled rabbi named Jesus 2,000 years ago in his Last Supper with his disciples. Shortly afterward he was captured, tortured and executed. The Bible says that three days later, he rose from death. The faith founded upon that ...

Capitalism critique rankles some Christians

"A new command I give you: love one another." - John 13:34So said a troubled rabbi named Jesus 2,000 years ago in his Last Supper with his disciples. Shortly afterward he was captured, tortured and executed. The Bible says that three days later, he rose from death. The faith founded upon that ...

Sky clearing for Obama’s second-term pursuit of peace

WASHINGTON - In a world scarred by war and threats of still more of it, Barack Obama clings in the final quarter of his presidency to the hope that his lasting legacy will be as a peacemaker.Despite having already received a surprise Nobel Peace Prize, given essentially on the hope that he ...

Pretend your next breath is your last

Three summers ago, just days after my 55th birthday, my 4-year-old grandson stood next to me at the bathroom sink and stared into the mirror as I dabbed a few drops of liquid makeup around my face and started spreading it around.He was trying to be patient, as he knew I had to finish whatever ...

No one is entitled to sanctuary from the law

According to the Wall Street Journal, the last serious attempt to count the number of federal criminal laws appears to have been made in 1982 by a retired Justice Department official named Ronald Gainer. He failed, but the estimate then was "...50 titles and 23,000 pages of federal law." Many ...

Abortion reality refutes justice theory

I wonder what John Rawls would think of the market for fetal livers.The great liberal philosopher isn't quite a household name, but his influence on contemporary American liberalism and political philosophy is hard to overstate.Before his death in 2002, Rawls was arguably the foremost proponent ...

Is Obama witting or witless on Iraq nuclear deal?

"I was elected to end wars, not start them." - Barack Obama"The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it." - George OrwellA question has hung in the air since Barack Obama first moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and began his "fundamental transformation" of this country: Did he intend harm, ...

South Carolina heals by applying unity

In South Carolina these days, no one speaks his name.The 21-year-old man-boy, who allegedly murdered nine people and incited unity instead of the race war he hoped for, has been condemned to an eternal slog not toward fame but to ignominy.He is no one."We don't say his name," Gov. Nikki Haley ...

Graham dares to work across partisan aisle

In the matter of selecting a 2016 presidential nominee, the Republican Party could go a lot farther and do a lot worse - and almost certainly will - than to choose U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.What sets Lindsey Graham conspicuously apart from so many of the merchants of venom ...

Colorado theater shooter guilty

Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was convicted Thursday of killing 12 people and wounding scores of others in a methodical attack on a midnight movie premier. Here's a look at the key elements of the case:---THE CRIMEAbout 420 people were watching a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight ...

Victims, public officials react to shooting verdict

How some survivors and public officials reacted to Thursday's conviction of 27-year-old James Holmes:"It's unreal. Someone attempted to murder me, in a movie theater, when I was just doing nothing. ... Finally, this is coming to a close." - Jansen Young, who was wounded in the attack. She went ...

Somali militant leader, others killed in US drone strike

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - A senior commander and other members of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab have been killed in a U.S. drone strike in southwestern Somalia, Somali and U.S. officials and a militant commander said Thursday.The attack Wednesday night near the rebel-held town of ...

10 things to know today: Friday, July 17

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT CHATTANOOGA SHOOTERFederal officials say they have no evidence yet that anyone but the 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was involved in the rampage that killed ...

Train derails, leaking crude

CULBERTSON, Mont. (AP) - More than 20 cars on an oil train derailed in rural northeastern Montana and at least two of them were leaking crude, authorities said. Some area homes were evacuated.There were no immediate reports of injury or fire, but of the 21 cars that derailed only two remained ...