7.26.16:  Tim LaHaye dies following stroke



SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Rev. Tim LaHaye, co-author of the best-selling “Left Behind” series that brought end-times prophecy into mainstream bookstores, has died at the age of 90.

LaHaye died Monday in a San Diego, California, hospital, days after suffering a stroke, according to his publicist.

Co-authored with Jerry Jenkins, the 16-volume “Left Behind” series of novels sold more than 80 million copies and popularized a Bible interpretation that said born-again Christians will be instantly taken to God in the rapture, while those left behind on earth endure seven years of tribulation.

LaHaye was a key figure in conservative political groups, encouraging the Rev. Jerry Falwell to create the Moral Majority and, along with his wife, Beverly, starting Concerned Women for America in 1979 as an alternative to liberal feminist organizations.



7.26.16:  Sanders encourages unity



-The Democratic National Convention continues in Philadelphia and last night Bernie Sanders spoke to the delegates saying that the party needs to unite and that Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president.

Sander is trying to urge his avid supporters to tone down their passion and that it is time for the party to rally behind Hillary Clinton.

Also addressing the crowd on the first night, was first lady Michelle Obama.

7.26.16:  ACLU wants Battle Creek to drop anti-panhandling proposals



BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan wants Battle Creek officials to drop proposals being designed to regulate panhandling.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports a letter from the ACLU says a proposed ordinance “will violate the constitutional rights of people who are struggling to survive, will criminalize a great deal of speech other than panhandling and will send a message that poor people are unwelcome in Battle Creek.”

The group’s letter comes as city commissioners hold public discussions on panhandling. Last week, the commission was presented with an outline of possible ideas such as regulating downtown activity or creating laws to curb loitering and aggressive begging citywide.

City Attorney Jill Steele says the city believes it’s addressed concerns but is awaiting input from the public about how to proceed.


7.26.16:  3 Michigan airports get more than $2.1M for runway projects



TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Three Michigan airports are getting a share of more than $2.1 million for runway work and other projects.

U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan announced the funding this week, saying the Northwestern Regional Airport Commission will get more than $1.5 million to rehabilitate runways at Cherry Capital Airport in Grand Traverse County and acquire land adjacent to the airport for development.

Bay County and the cities of Midland and Saginaw will get more than $500,000 to rehabilitate runways and maintain pavement at MBS International Airport. Marquette County will get more than $175,000 to rehabilitate runways, improve structural integrity and remove debris at Sawyer International Airport.

The money is from the Federal Aviation Administration as part of the Runway Incursion Mitigation Program.



7.26.16:  Historic solar flight marks first round-the-world journey



ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Solar Impulse 2 plane has landed in Abu Dhabi more than a year after its initial take off, completing the first round-the-world flight to be powered solely by the sun’s energy.

The pre-dawn landing Tuesday by pilot Bertrand Piccard marks the end of an epic 25,000-mile (40,000-kilometer) journey. The plane made 16 stops, including in India, China, the U.S., Italy, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates — where it first took off.

The Swiss-engineered single-seater aircraft is powered by 17,248 solar cells and runs on battery power at night. Its average airspeed was 46 mph (75khm), though that increased during the day when the sun’s rays were strongest.

It took 70 hours for the plane to cross the Atlantic and 118 hours across the Pacific.


7.26.16:  General Mills expands flour recall after 4 more illnesses



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills is expanding a flour recall issued over a possible link to an E. coli outbreak after four new illnesses were reported.

The recall announced Monday covers several varieties of Gold Medal and Signature Kitchens flour produced on certain dates through February 10.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said flour produced at a General Mills plant in Kansas City, Missouri, is a likely source of the outbreak, which so far has sickened 46 people in 21 states.

The CDC says 13 have been hospitalized, and one person has developed a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

General Mills says the illnesses have been connected with consumers who ate or handled uncooked dough or ate uncooked batter made with raw flour.



7.26.16:  Tigers beat Red Sox 4-2




BOSTON (AP) — Jose Iglesias hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, Justin Verlander pitched six solid innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Red Sox 4-2 on Monday night to spoil Drew Pomeranz’s second start with Boston.

Victor Martinez and James McCann also drove in runs for the Tigers. Detroit pulled within 5 1/2 games of idle AL Central-leading Cleveland.

Verlander (10-6) allowed one run and five hits and struck out five to pick up the victory. He is 3-0 in his last five starts.

Francisco Rodriguez earned his 28th save.

Pomeranz (8-8), recently acquired from the San Diego Padres, gave up four hits and struck out seven in six innings. Both of the runs he allowed came via Iglesias’ homer.


7.25.16:  Democrats gather for a week in Philadelphia



PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bernie Sanders can play peacemaker today between Hillary Clinton supporters and his own as the Democratic National Convention opens in steamy Philadelphia. Sanders is set to meet privately with supporters before the start of the convention. Sanders backers have expressed lingering bitterness over alleged favoritism toward Clinton, the party platform and party leadership.


Bernie Sanders say Debbie Wasserman Schultz is right to resign as Democratic national chairwoman. She announced it yesterday following disclosure of an email suggesting the party favored Hillary Clinton during the primaries, instead of remaining neutral. It’s a crack in the effort to portray unity as the national presidential nominating convention kicks off today. Big protests are planned.

7.25.16:  7-year-old boy dies while swimming in western Michigan



CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 7-year-old boy has died while swimming in a lake in western Michigan while on a church group outing.

The Ottawa County sheriff’s department says a dive team found the child in Crockery Lake in Chester Township on Sunday evening and he was pronounced dead in an ambulance.


Authorities say Natanael Escobar was with a church group from Wyoming and was swimming at Grose Park with an 11-year-old boy when the older child started struggling. They say the younger boy tried to help the older boy, but the 7-year-old didn’t make it back to land.

Crews searched for more than an hour before finding the missing boy.


7.25.16:  Police say area ‘deemed safe’ after shooting



Police in Fort Myers say the area around a deadly nightclub shooting has been deemed safe.

But in an e-mail, police Capt. Jim Mulligan says the street will remain closed as authorities investigate.

The shooting at Club Blu killed two people and as many as 17 people were shot early Monday.

Three people have been taken into custody.

The shooting comes more than a month after a nightclub shooting in Orlando that was the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. The shooting at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 left 49 victims dead and 53 others wounded.