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10:34 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Rep. John Dingell To Retire

Rep. John Dingell speaks to students at Eastern Michigan University

WASHINGTON (AP) - A person familiar with his plans says Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, the longest-serving congressman in U.S. history, will announce his retirement later today.  The 87-year-old Dingell was first elected in 1955, filling the House seat vacated by his late father. The person was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of Dingell's announcement.  He became the longest-serving member of Congress last year.  His plans were first reported by The Detroit News and The Detroit Free Press.

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WEMU News
6:58 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Competing Groups Form Around May Vote On Ann Arbor Area Transit

Groups form to both support and oppose a Transit millage issue in May
Credit Facebook/The Ride

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township are expected to decide in May on a proposed public transit tax to raise nearly $4.4 million in annual funding.  The Ann Arbor News reports campaigns with competing messages are taking place after the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority voted last week to place a 0.7-mill transit tax on the May 6 ballot in the three Washtenaw County communities

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Middle East
1:01 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 1:45 am

The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.

"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.

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Around the Nation
12:40 am
Sun February 23, 2014

One Dead, 28 Sickened By Carbon Monoxide At New York Mall

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 3:21 am

A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.

Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.

Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.

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Michigan News
4:50 am
Fri February 21, 2014

U-M gets $8.5 million for kidney data collection

Credit University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The federal government has awarded an $8.5 million, five-year contract to the University of Michigan's Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center to coordinate the United States Renal Data System.  The national data system collects, analyzes and distributes information about patients with chronic kidney disease.   

The university announced the contract Thursday, saying that about 13 percent of Americans have chronic kidney disease. It says that each year, 100,000 Americans develop end-stage kidney disease that requires dialysis or a kidney transplant.

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WEMU News
6:11 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

U of M Board of Regents Take Action on Several Fronts

Credit U of M

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Under pressure to increase the number of minority students, the University of Michigan Board of Regents today approved an Associate Vice President's job that will specifically focus on enrollment management, with an eye towards more diversity of campus.   Provost Martha Pollack announced the position last month, promising to hire someone to help recruit qualified minority students to the university. 

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Michigan News
2:51 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Update

State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr (right) and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, at a news conference in Detroit.
Credit Carlos Osorio / AP

DETROIT (AP) - The office Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr says the blueprint for the city's restructuring through and after bankruptcy is expected to be filed Friday in federal court.       Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes had set a March 1 deadline for the long-awaited plan of adjustment. The plan will spell out how individual creditors will be treated as Orr reduces the city's $18 billion debt.       Spokesman Bill Nowling says Orr's office plans to file the plan with the court Friday.

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Michigan News
2:34 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Senate OKs Road Cash And Medicaid Expansion Changes

Michigan Senator Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw
Credit Michigan Senate

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Senate has voted to spend more for winter road maintenance and to adjust the budget to account for a delay in the expansion of Medicaid. The legislation includes $100 million to fix potholes and help governments with higher-than-usual salting and snow plowing bills. Expanding Medicaid to more low-income adults was supposed to occur in January before senators delayed  it until April.  

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Michigan News
6:24 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Nation of Islam Returns To Detroit

Minister Louis Farrakhan to deliver Keynote Address at Detroit Convention
Credit Brian Jackson

DETROIT (AP) - The Nation of Islam is returning to the place it started for its annual four-day convention.

 The Chicago-based movement kicks off Saviours' Day today at Cobo center in Detroit. Organizers say it will feature workshops, spiritual renewal, fellowship and networking.

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National News
11:21 am
Wed February 12, 2014

A sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday

Museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli said six of the cars were owned by the museum and two — a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil — were on loan from General Motors.
Credit National Corvette Museum

Bowling Green, Ky. — A sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday, damaging eight cars but not shutting down the building.

Museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli said six of the cars were owned by the museum and two — a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil — were on loan from General Motors.

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Michigan News
4:30 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Detroit: Bankruptcy plan will be filed next week

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit says it will file a plan to emerge from bankruptcy next week, just days before a March 1 deadline.

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Michigan News
4:19 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Most fuel from spill removed from Detroit River

DETROIT (AP) — Officials say diesel fuel that spilled into the Detroit River from a U.S. Coast Guard cutter has been contained.

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Capitol News
1:56 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Budget experts predict an extra $1.1 billion in state government revenues over 3 years

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan legislative budget experts say state government is taking in hundreds of millions of dollars more than expected eight months ago.

A report released Tuesday from the House Fiscal Agency in Lansing estimates Michigan collected $433 million more than projected in the last budget year and will collect about $327 million more this year.

The estimates are similar to ones given in December by the Senate Fiscal Agency. All told, lawmakers could have $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion more to work with than expected in May.

Legislators will meet Friday to get a consensus estimate on revenues. They're already talking about cutting taxes, though Gov. Rick Snyder has held off on calling for tax relief.

Next month, he will propose a budget for the fiscal year starting this October.

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7:08 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work

Boeing workers cry after learning that the Boeing machinists union voted to accept the company's latest contract offer to keep the assembly of the Boeing 777X airplane in Washington state.
Ted S. Warren AP

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.

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Around the Nation
12:52 am
Sun December 1, 2013

'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash

Actor Paul Walker in March.
Joel Ryan AP

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.

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Crime
9:16 am
Thu November 14, 2013

New Tips Sought In Year-old Murder of EMU Student

Credit Courtesty Photo

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - New tips are being sought in the case of a 23-year-old Eastern Michigan University student whose December bathtub drowning was ruled a homicide.

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Europe
7:29 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Three U.S. Economists Win Nobel Prize

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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Courts
2:17 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Feds question policy about Mich. court translators

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The federal government doesn't seem impressed with a new policy aimed at expanding translation services in Michigan courts.

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Education
10:32 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Stephen Ross to Give $200M to U. of Michigan

Stephen Ross donates $200 million to the University of Michigan. $100 million for the The Ross School of Business that already carries his name, plus $100 million for athletics.

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Education
7:10 am
Thu August 8, 2013

ACLU Sues Ann Arbor Schools Over 7th Hour Student Fee

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the Ann Arbor Public Schools over a plan to charge students $100 per semester to take seventh-hour classes.  The ACLU said it filed the suit Wednesday on behalf of two high school students, saying the fees violate the Michigan Constitution.   ACLU Michigan Director Kary Moss says students "should not be forced to pay the price for budget shortfalls." She says the constitution makes it clear that "public education should be as free as the air we breathe."  District spokeswoman Liz Margolis says school officials haven't yet received the complaint an

Education
7:16 am
Fri July 19, 2013

U of M to Launch Search For New President

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan Board of Regents has appointed an advisory committee to help search for the school's next president.      The board on Thursday announced the appointment of seven faculty members to work with the board and a search firm. Russell Reynolds Associates will be paid a $300,000 flat fee with expenses not to exceed $50,000.

In April, President Mary Sue Coleman announced she would step down when her contract expires in the summer of 2014. She will leave as the university's fourth longest-serving leader.

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Education
7:14 am
Fri July 19, 2013

U of M To Provide Tuition Help To Michigan's Immigrant Community

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan Board of Regents will offer in-state tuition to immigrants who've been living in Michigan without legal permission. The university currently charges those students out-of-state tuition, which is much higher.

During their meeting Thursday in Ann Arbor, U-M regents also passed the proposal that allows members of the military to receive in-state tuition, regardless of where they live. The policy revisions go into effect in January.

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Sports
4:21 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

With Playoff Expansion, Baseball Goes Wilder

Manager Fredi Gonzalez was the face of frustration when his Atlanta Braves collapsed last year and missed the playoffs on the last day of the season. If this season's rules had applied, he might've been smiling: The Braves and the Boston Red Sox would've made the postseason.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams Friday, adding a second wild-card in each league.

The decision establishes a new one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records who are not division winners, meaning a third-place team could win the World Series.

This is the only change in baseball's playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added.

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