11.27.15:  2-day-old baby allegedly tests positive for meth



PAW PAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Michigan are investigating a couple after their 2-day-old baby allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine.

The Van Buren County sheriff’s office says in a release that the 35-year-old man and 25-year-old woman could face child abuse, maintaining a drug house, drug possession and other charges.

Sheriff Dale Gribler says in a release that Children’s Protective Services and deputies went to the parents’ Paw Paw Township home Tuesday to check on the newborn’s welfare.

Deputies later spoke with the parents, and found materials used to make methamphetamine after searching the home.

No arrests were made. Gribler says the case will be forwarded to prosecutors for review.


11.27.15:  Holiday shoppers get a head start on Thanksgiving



UNDATED (AP) — The Super Bowl of shopping has begun. For some, it started right after Thanksgiving Day dinner, with stores such as Wal-Mart and Toys R Us opening in the late afternoon Thursday.

The National Retail Federation expected about 30 million people to shop on Thanksgiving, and about 99.7 million on Black Friday.

And for the first time, more shoppers are expected to visit retailers’ websites on their smartphones than on desktop computers and tablets this weekend.


11.27.15:  Farm recalls produce used in Costco salad linked to E. coli



SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California farm is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad that’s been linked to an outbreak.

Nineteen people in seven states have been sickened. Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. of Tracy, California, has recalled a mix of diced celery and onion used in Costco chicken salad and other foods containing celery.

The Food and Drug Administration says the company is acting “out of an abundance of caution.”


11.27.15:  First family gets unwanted visitor



WASHINGTON (AP) — One tourist says she heard a man take a big, deep breath and whisper to himself, ‘All right, let’s do this,’ before he climbed over the White House fence yesterday afternoon.

The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody on the North Lawn.

At the time, President Barack Obama and his family were spending Thanksgiving at the White House.


11.27.15:  Remembrance ceremony in Paris



PARIS (AP) — The names and ages of the 130 victims of the Paris terror attacks have been read aloud at a ceremony this morning honoring those killed.

It was two weeks ago today that attackers struck at a rock concert, on the terraces of bars and restaurants and outside a stadium.

Most of the victims were in their 20s and 30s and were attending the concert.

Meanwhile, France’s foreign minister says destroying the Islamic State group’s Raqqa headquarters is the main objective of the international military campaign.

Laurent Fabius says “neutralizing and eradicating” Islamic State is an objective that all countries agree upon.

IS has claimed responsibility for the downing of a Russian passenger plane over Egypt, as well as the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.


11.27.15:  Volunteers spend today serving instead of shopping




HOUSTON (AP) — A growing number of churches in Houston and elsewhere are offering an alternative to the usual Black Friday shopping rush as a way of celebrating the Christmas season. It’s called Bless Friday.

Participants engage in service projects coordinated by participating congregations. Events include delivering cookies to patients and families at a medical clinic, preparing gifts for sailors arriving at the Port of Houston, cleaning a local prayer garden, decorating the homes of the mentally challenged and volunteering at homeless centers and food banks.

Bless Friday was organized by Houstonian Chuck Fox, who says it’s easy to “lose sight of the real reason for Christmas, remembering and honoring Jesus.” Fox says the idea of service came during a sermon he heard. Bless Friday started in Houston in 2000. Fox says participating churches this year include some in Seattle and New York.


11.27.15:  The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears win



DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford threw for five touchdowns and the Detroit Lions picked up their third straight win by trouncing the Philadelphia Eagles 45-14. Stafford was 27 of 38 for 337 yards and no interceptions as the Lions dropped the Eagles to 4-7. Calvin Johnson had eight receptions for 93 yards and three touchdowns for the 4-7 Lions, who held DeMarco Murray to 30 yards on 14 carries.



GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers lost for the fourth time in five games as Jay Cutler threw for 200 yards and a touchdown in the Chicago Bears’ 17-13 victory at Lambeau Field. The Bears scored their touchdowns in the second quarter on Cutler’s three-yard pass to Zah Miller and Jeremy Langford’s one-yard run. Aaron Rodgers threw for 202 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the 7-4 Packers, who had first-and-goal at the Chicago 8 in the final minute before dropping a half-game behind the NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings.

11.25.15:  Michigan, Fiat Chrysler reach deal on tax credits


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Fiat Chrysler and Michigan have reached a deal so the automaker must invest $1 billion in Michigan facilities to qualify for a maximum of $1.93 billion in tax credits over the next 15 years.

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved the amended tax agreement Tuesday. It’s the second deal with one of the Detroit Three carmakers as Gov. Rick Snyder tries to get a handle on billions in business tax credits for which the state is liable.

Many of the credits were issued during the recession to keep auto jobs in Michigan.

Economic development officials say the state will get better predictability on the size and timing of credits being claimed.

The deal revises an agreement the automaker struck with the former Michigan Economic Growth Authority in 2010.


11.25.15:  Grand Rapids’ oldest black Baptist church marks anniversary


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The oldest, continuing black Baptist congregation in Grand Rapids has been celebrating its 125th anniversary this fall.


Messiah Missionary Baptist Church marked the anniversary with a banquet last week and a worship service on Sunday.

Three churches have occupied the same site since the original church was built in the 1890s. The first pastor was the Rev. Robert Gillard. He was a former slave, who served the congregation for five years before retiring.

About 800 people are members of the church today.

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11.25.15:  Piper the border collie temporarily off bird-chasing duties


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Piper might be down, but he’s not out.

The bird-chasing border collie is hanging out at Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport but off the runway for a couple months as he and owner Brian Edwards wait for his fractured toe to heal.

Edwards, also an airport operations supervisor says the 7-year-old dog was running after his first snowy owl of the season on Tuesday when he yelped. They were testing a new pair of dog boots designed to keep ice from collecting on Piper’s paws, and Edwards believes the boots might have tripped up Piper.

Piper has been clearing the runway at the northern Michigan airport for about a year. Edwards says the canine has chased away roughly 2,450 birds this year, including gulls, loons, ducks, geese and owls.