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Tech students explore history

HOUGHTON - Most historical presentations in the Copper Country cover aspects of the mining era.But the recent decades have their own compelling traits and trends to examine. Some of them were on display at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton Tuesday at the reception for its newest exhibit, "The ...

Mystery donor boosts Keweenaw historic park’s 2016 budget

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - An anonymous donation of $100,000 accounts for nearly a quarter of the Keweenaw National Historical Park's 2016 budget approved Tuesday by the park's Advisory Commission."That will go a long way toward our grant program," said John Sullivan, commission vice chairman.Of the ...

No fails: School referendums passed by voters

All three school district millages on Houghton and Ontonagon county ballots yesterday were approved by voters.Stanton Township Public Schools asked for a $3.4 million bond proposal for renovations and additions to the E.B. Holman School. The proposal passed 239-189.Ewen-Trout Creek Consolidated ...

Craft show is like visit to Santa’s workshop

HOUGHTON - Shoppers can get a head start on their holiday shopping this weekend, as the Deer Hunters' Widows Craft Show once again fills the Copper Country Mall."Last year was absolutely awesome," crafter Gail Plute said.Plute sells a variety of items, made by herself and daughters Cheryl ...

IRS phone scam sweeping area

HOUGHTON - Local callers are among the targets in a nationwide deluge of automated calls by parties pretending to represent the IRS.The phone scam regards supposedly unpaid tax bills. The calls typically ask for payment with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.As of late Monday afternoon, the ...

What to do if contacted by this scam

People who owe, or might owe, federal taxes should hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers are available to help with payment questions. People who don't owe taxes should fill out the IRS impersonation scam form at www.treasury.gov/tigta, or call TIGTA at 800-366-4484. Complaints ...

Senior center holds fundraisers to celebrate 1-year anniversary

CALUMET - After searching much of 2014, members of the Calumet and Laurium Holistic Senior Center found a building for their activities, and now they're ready to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the facility.Located at 307 B Sixth St. in the former Peninsula Gas Building, center volunteer ...

Petroleum politics: TransCanada asks to suspend pipeline review

TORONTO (AP) - After waiting seven years for a decision, the company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas has asked the U.S. State Department to suspend its review of the project. The move comes as the Obama administration increasingly appeared likely to reject the ...

What’s ahead in 2016 campaign for president

WASHINGTON (AP) - Election Day 2015 is Tuesday, which means we're a year away from the big Election Day to come - the one with the next president on the ballot. Here's a look at some of the milestones ahead before the end of the 2016 presidential campaign.A DEBATE OVER DEBATESNov. 10: The next ...

Google will let artificial intelligence reply to emails

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is putting a different twist on the concept of "automated reply" with a new tool that aims to write artificially intelligent responses to your email.The technology is part of an update to Google's Inbox app for managing and organizing email. The feature announced ...

EPA says Volkswagen cheated a second time on pollution tests

WASHINGTON (AP) - Volkswagen cheated a second time on emissions tests, programming about 10,000 cars with larger diesel engines to emit fewer pollutants during testing than in real-world driving, according to the U.S. government.The German automaker installed software designed to defeat the ...

Lawyer: Judge made mistakes, no longer ordering ‘pay-or-stay’ sentences

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area judge accused of illegally sending people to jail if they couldn't immediately pay fines made mistakes but now offers payment plans, his lawyer said Monday.The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking an order prohibiting "pay-or-stay" sentences in ...

10 things to know today: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. FIRST 10 BODIES OF EGYPT PLANE CRASH IDENTIFIEDThe Russian jet, flying from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg crashed over the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people onboard.2. COMPANY ...

Houghton case heads to high court

LANSING - A Houghton County medical malpractice case involving a therapist's alleged false accusations of sexual abuse is headed to the Michigan Supreme Court.According to appeals court documents, the Supreme Court will rule on a motion to dismiss the case on the basis the mental health ...

Systems Control office opens at SmartZone

HOUGHTON - A new MTEC SmartZone company celebrated its satellite office in Houghton with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Lakeshore Center Friday afternoon.Systems Control, an Iron Mountain-based electrical construction company, opened its Houghton office in May.It had been looking at opening ...

30th year for Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly’s food pantry drive

HANCOCK - Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly have been doing its annual food pantry donation drive for more than 30 years, and the tradition continues Nov. 7 when members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at Michigan Technological University will be collecting bags of food.Julie Beck, LBFE ...

Zombie run is healthy fun — if you survive

L'ANSE - Drizzly weather may have slowed participation, but survivors of Thursday's second Zombie Run/Walk 5K on the L'Anse School Trail had a good time regardless."I heard some good screams," said Kim LaBerge of Baraga County Memorial Hospital, the event's sponsor.The event is an untimed fun ...

Kids can become energy detectives at the library

HOUGHTON - The Portage Lake District Library invites kids and their families to learn how to become a Sherlock "Homes" energy detective and search for clues to energy waste on Tuesday, November 3, from 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Participants will learn ways to cut energy losses in their home and save ...

DHHS study shows shortage of mental health professionals

LANSING - Amid a national shortage of psychiatrists, Michigan is among the states that lack enough mental health professionals and facilities, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services."There is a shortage of service providers, psychiatrists and physicians ...