1.19.17:  Trump to return to Washington today




WASHINGTON (AP) —President-elect Donald Trump is expected to return to Washington today, in preparation for tomorrow’s inauguration.

Trump popped in to D.C. last night, attending two fundraisers and having dinner at his hotel before returning to New York.

Tonight, Trump, following tradition, will stay at Blair House, the president’s guest house.

Advisers who’ve spoken with him say he’s been thinking of spending his first night at the White House in the Lincoln Bedroom.


1.19.17:  Student arrested while handing out constitution sues college



BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A Battle Creek community college is being sued by a student and two others who say they were arrested while peacefully distributing the U.S. Constitution last fall.

Michelle Gregoire says she was told she needed permission to distribute written materials. A lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court accuses Kellogg Community College of violating free speech rights and other protections. A group called Young Americans for Liberty is also a plaintiff.

The lawsuit says Kellogg Community College allows “expressive activity” only at an information table in the Student Center. Gregoire and others were arrested while talking to students outside the performing arts center and then locked in jail for hours. The prosecutor dropped the case.

The college says it will review the allegations in the lawsuit.



1.19.17:  Century-old inn can be sued for girl’s burns



ARCADIA, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court says an inn near Lake Michigan can be sued for injuries suffered by a girl who burned her foot in the hidden leftovers of a beach bonfire.

The court overturned a decision by a Benzie County judge who said the century-old Watervale Inn was protected by a Michigan law that limits liability on businesses that provide recreation.

In a 3-0 decision, the court says that law doesn’t apply in the case of a 10-year-old girl. The court says the potential for injury while hunting or fishing is much greater than the passive activity of making sand castles.

The Watervale Inn argued that hot coals were hidden under sand. Nonetheless, the court says there’s evidence that the inn knew guests sometimes made fires on the beach.


1.19.17:  Even in Alaska, temps as low as -59 are hard to handle




ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The temperature in Alaska’s second-largest city never reached 30 degrees below zero last winter, but Mother Nature is making up for it this year.

At Fairbanks International Airport, the mercury dipped to minus 50 on Wednesday.

Meteorologist Christopher Cox of the National Weather Service says Fairbanks averages 11 to 12 days of temperatures that reach 40 below zero or colder each winter.

He attributes the recent cold snap to a low pressure trough that moved in from Siberia.

Clouds that reflect heat back to the surface protected Fairbanks until Tuesday afternoon.

Cox says the clouds are expected to be back Thursday, and the temperature could increase by 10 to 20 degrees.

The official coldest spot in the state was 130 miles west of the city, in the village of Tanana,  which hit minus 59.


1.19.17:  At least 30 firefighters died as building collapsed



TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — State media in Iran are reporting that at least 30 firefighters have been killed and some 75 people are injured after a high-rise building on fire collapsed.

Onlookers wailed in grief as the iconic structure called the Plasco building crumbled to the ground today in Tehran.

Firefighters had battled the fire for several hours before the building collapsed.


1.19.17:  Avalanche buries hotel



MILAN (AP) — Crews have been working to find survivors following an avalanche in Italy.  It buried a mountain hotel in central Italy and at one point at least 30 people were missing.

A man staying at the hotel says he escaped when he went outside to get something out of his car.  His wife and two children were buried inside.  Some guests have been texting messages saying they are trapped inside.


That mountainous region of central Italy has been struck by a series of quakes since August.

1.19.17:  Wings win in a shootout and Pistons beat Hawks




AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 26 points to lead the balanced Detroit Pistons to a 118-95 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

Each of Detroit’s starters scored in double figures, and the Pistons shot 49.5 percent from the field. Tobias Harris had 19 points, Reggie Bullock finished with 15 and Andre Drummond added 13 points and 17 rebounds.

Detroit raced out to a 42-18 first-quarter lead and never trailed.

Paul Millsap had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks.



DETROIT (AP) — Thomas Vanek and Frans Nielsen scored in a shootout, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a comeback 6-5 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

The Red Wings rallied from 3-0 and 4-1 deficits in the first period, and with 3:04 remaining in regulation, Gustav Nyquist scored to pull them into a tie.

In the shootout, Tuukka Rask and Petr Mrazek stopped the first shots they faced before Vanek scored for the Red Wings and Brad Marchand countered with a goal for the Bruins. Nielsen, who like Vanek joined the team last summer as a free agent, scored on the team’s third attempt and Vatrano missed the net with a chance to extend the 1-on-1 duels.

The Bruins were dominant early before blowing a chance to keep Detroit at a distance in the Atlantic Division standings.


1.18.17:  Gov. Snyder delivers 7th State-of-the-State



(AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his 7th State of the State address last night in Lansing.

He pointed out a number of accomplishments, including the fact that Michigan’s per capita income is growing faster than the national average.  Job growth has continued to climb steadily since 2010 and unemployment is at its lowest point since 2001.


The Governor plans to head to Washington Thursday.

He wants to discuss the Medicaid expansion, which has provided health insurance to 600,000 low-income adults in Michigan but which is in jeopardy as Republicans seek to repeal the federal health care law.  Snyder says Michigan should be “speaking up” about the expansion.

1.18.17:  Shortness of breath prompts Bush hospital visit




(AP)–A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush says the 92-year-old was taken to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath.

Spokesman Jim McGrath says that Bush has responded well to treatments and that doctors are pleased with his progress. McGrath says the oldest living U.S. president was taken to the hospital on Saturday and he hopes that he can go home soon.

Bush served as U.S. president from 1989 to 1993. He has a form of Parkinson’s disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility.


Bush was hospitalized in Maine in 2015 after falling at his summer home and breaking a bone in his neck.

He served as US president from 1989 to 1993.


1.18.17:  Target lowers 4Q profit and sales outlook




NEW YORK (AP) — Target is lowering its fourth-quarter profit and sales outlook after the discounter says it had sluggish holiday sales and traffic in its stores that offset a surging online business.

Target says revenue at stores opened at least a year for the November and December period were down 1.3 percent. The company now says that the key barometer for a retailer’s health will decline 1 percent to 1.5 percent in the quarter, compared to guidance of down 1 percent to up 1 percent.

Target says costs associated with shifting its efforts to online services and a highly promotional environment hurt fourth-quarter margins.

The lower expectations is a setback for Target, which is trying to reinvent itself to be more nimble in a changing landscape. It also underscores the challenges for the industry.