8.25.16:  Multiple tornadoes touch down in central Indiana


(AP) — Multiple tornadoes touched down in central Indiana, tearing the roofs off apartment buildings and sending air conditioners falling onto parked cars.  Thousands of people lost power and about a dozen people sustained minor injuries.

The mayor in Kokoma says there’s “substantial damage” to property.

Howard County authorities say 8 funnel clouds were spotted in the area Wednesday afternoon and a state of emergency was declared for the Kokoma area.

At one point more than 39,000 customers were without power last night.

8.25.16:  Death toll in Italy now at 247



AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — A powerful earthquake and strong aftershocks have reduced three cities in central Italy to rubble.

But rescue workers are continuing to search the ruins, hoping they’ll find someone alive the day after.

So far, 247 people are confirmed dead.

Among the victims is an 18-month-old girl whose mother survived the deadly earthquake of 2009 in nearby L’Aquila and moved away from there after that terrible experience.

Rescue crews are racing against time, looking for survivors from the earthquake.  A firefighters’ spokesman in the city of Amatrice says, “We’re still in a phase that allows us to hope we’ll find people alive.”


8.25.26:  At least 12 dead in American University attack in Kabul



KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) —A nine-hour siege at the American University of Afghanistan has ended, with at least 12 people dead and scores wounded.

An Interior Ministry spokesman says the dead are seven students, three police officers and two security guards.

The attack began Wednesday evening with a suicide car bomb attack at the university entrance. Police killed the two attackers 8 ½ hours later.


8.25.16:  Groundbreaking planned for larger jail in Wexford County



CADILLAC, Mich. (AP) — Local and federal officials are preparing to break ground on a Michigan jail designed to ease overcrowding.

A ceremony kicking off construction of the new Wexford County Jail is set for Thursday in Cadillac.  The 158-bed jail will include sheriff’s department offices.

Officials say the current jail was built in 1962 and has 32 beds, but the average daily inmate count is 90. Capacity for the new jail was based on a study that projected inmate populations during the next 20 years.

The project is receiving $11.5 million in loan funding from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.


8.25.16:  Bill provides $6.5M to bring fresh food to underserved areas



LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A lawmaker is advocating for $6.5 million in funding to make fresh and nutritious food available in underserved communities across Michigan.

The legislation, which will be promoted Thursday at a farmers market on the Capitol lawn in Lansing, would provide grants and loans for grocery stores and local public health agencies.

The goal is to help retailers open, renovate or expand grocery stores primarily in low- and moderate-income areas without enough fruit, vegetables and other fresh food.

Entities receiving the financing would have to accept cards from residents who qualify for government food assistance.

The bill sponsor, Republican Rep. Dave Pagel of White Lake, is an apple farmer who says expanding access to healthy food will help people live healthier lives.


8.25.16:  Mayor takes on mosquitoes after positive West Nile test



WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A mayor in suburban Detroit is declaring war on mosquitoes after the West Nile virus was detected in Warren.

Mayor Jim Fouts is directing city crews to drop insecticide briquettes into Warren’s 17,500 street basins. City inspectors, police and firefighters also will look for standing water where mosquitoes breed.

Macomb County health officials on Wednesday announced a positive test in Warren mosquitoes. Separately, donated blood tested positive for West Nile in Oakland County.

Mosquitoes pick up the virus from infected birds and then pass it to people. The elderly and people with weak immune systems can be at greatest risk for death.

Symptoms can include body aches, joint pain and diarrhea.


8.25.16:  Goalie Solo suspended 6 months



CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo is suspended for six months by U.S. Soccer for disparaging comments about Sweden following the Americans’ early departure from the Rio Olympics. Solo called the Swedes “a bunch of cowards” for focusing on defense rather than attacking the three-time defending champion U.S. team.

Sweden eliminated the Americans 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw in a quarterfinal Olympic match.

The 35-year-old Solo, who was previously suspended for 30 days early in 2015 for her conduct, will not be eligible for selection to the national team until February.


8.25.16:  Cabrera, Upton homer to lead Tigers over Twins 9-4



MINNEAPOLIS (AP)€” Miguel Cabrera had four hits, including his 28th home run, and Justin Upton added a three-run homer as the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 9-4 on Wednesday night.

Matt Boyd (5-2) tied his career-high with seven strikeouts in six innings to win his fifth straight decision.

Cabrera had his fifth four-hit game of the season and was a triple shy of the cycle. He opened the scoring with a deep blast to straightaway center field in the first inning.

Brian Dozier hit his career-high 30th homer for Minnesota, but starter Tyler Duffey (8-10) allowed six runs in three innings as the Twins lost their sixth straight game.


8.24.16:  Death toll rises in central Italy



AMATRICE, Italy (AP) —Italy’s forestry police say they’ve rescued dozens of people from rubble in the town of Pescara del Tronto following this morning’s powerful earthquake.

The town was hard hit and there were earlier reports that at least 10 people were dead there.

Rescue workers in central Italy have been searching other towns as well, and say the death toll is now up to 38.   Those numbers are expected to climb.


The magnitude 6 quake struck in the dead of night and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome.

Some of the harder hit towns include Amatrice and Accumoli.




8.24.16:  Are students ready for college?



WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two out of three of this year’s high-school graduates took the ACT college entrance exam — and the scores suggest many aren’t ready for the rigors of college-level courses.

The testing company says only 38 percent of graduating seniors who took the exam hit the college-prepared benchmark in at least three of the four core subjects tested — reading, English, math and science. That’s down from 40 percent last year. Reaching three of more benchmarks indicates a strong readiness for college course work.

ACT’s Paul Weeks says a decline in scores was expected because the pool of test-takers has increased sharply. More states are paying for ACT testing of public school students.

Nearly 2.1 million graduating seniors took the ACT, up from 1.9 million in the last school year.