9.19.14:  Missing sailboat found in Lake Michigan


The Coast Guard has found the boat of a man who was reported missing earlier this week.


The 48-year-old was last seen at the Milwaukee Harbor on Tuesday.


The captain of the Lake Express ferry spotted the sailboat about 9 miles off the west coast of Lake Michigan.  The boat was in good condition but the captain was not found on board.

9.19.14:  Ceremonies remember US POWs and missing soldiers


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Prisoners of war from Michigan and soldiers listed as missing in action will be remembered as part of POW/MIA recognition day.


National observances will be held Friday for 83,200 U.S. soldiers unaccounted for from past military conflicts. The POW/Missing Personnel Office says more than 500 Michigan soldiers are among that number.


A ceremony Saturday at the Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Healthcare System will feature a rose in a vase to serve as a reminder to families and loved ones who keep faith awaiting the return of the missing.


The vase will sit on a small table for one person that symbolizes the frailty of prisoners against their oppressors. An empty chair is a reminder of those who have not returned.

9.19.14:  Man faces arson charge in huge California wildfire


PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A man with a long criminal history is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges that he set a huge wildfire still burning in Northern California.


California fire officials say the wind-whipped wildfire burned through 114 square miles of timber and vegetation east of Sacramento and has forced some 2,800 people from their homes. It is just 10 percent contained but had yet to damage or destroy any homes or buildings.


The suspect, 37-year-old Wayne Allen Huntsman, is being held on $10 million bail in El Dorado County Jail.


District Attorney Vern Pierson declined to say what led investigators to Huntsman. Investigators were in contact with Huntsman before his arrest Wednesday night in Placerville.


Huntsman’s sister, Tami Criswell, said she doubts her brother started the fire, but if he did, it wasn’t on purpose.

9.19.14:   GM to introduce new, high-end Cadillac next year


DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will begin building a new, top-end Cadillac sedan late next year at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.


The auto maker says that the rear-wheel drive car will make its debut in the first half of 2015, and that it will reveal the name of the new model soon.


The new Cadillac is part of a $384 million investment GM announced last spring in the assembly plant, which straddles the border of Detroit and the enclave of Hamtramck. That plant also makes the Opel Ampera, the Chevrolet Impala and the Cadillac ELR, a luxury version of the Volt.


9.19.14:  France begins airstrikes on IS in Iraq


PARIS (AP) — France has conducted its first airstrike in Iraq against the militant group Islamic State.


The French presidency says fighter jets struck a logistics depot controlled by the group in northeastern Iraq. It says other operations will follow in the coming days.


France is the first foreign country to publicly add military muscle to U.S. airstrikes against the militants.

9.19.14:  Scotland to remain part of United Kingdom


EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) —Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom.  55% voted against independence.


The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain’s political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to convince Scottish voters to stay. It dashed many Scots’ hopes of breaking free and building their own nation.


Britain’s leaders had argued successfully that Scots are better off staying part of the United Kingdom with England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


The decision to reject independence will ease the worries of some business leaders who had warned they would have to shift their headquarters away from Scotland to England if Scots voted to become independent.

9.19.14:  Big weekend for the Tigers


The Detroit Tigers have a 1/2 game lead on the Kansas City Royals for first place in the AL Central Division.  Both teams were off Thursday but play each other this weekend in Kansas City.


The Detroit Lions will take on the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon.  Meanwhile….Defensive lineman B.J. Raji will need six to nine months to return from right biceps surgery. Raji says he had surgery recently to reattach a tendon following the injury last month during a preseason game. It knocked Raji out for the 2014 season. Green Bay drafted Raji in the first round in 2009.


College football on Saturday:   MI takes on Utah while MSU hosts Eastern MI



9.18.14:  Gala set for Western Michigan’s new medical school


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A celebration is planned for Thursday in honor of the opening of Western Michigan University’s new medical school.


The gala celebrating the Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is to include performances by the university’s Bronco Marching Band and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra as well as a keynote address by Doctor A. Lorris Betz, chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ board of directors.


The Stryker Medical School recently welcomed its inaugural class of 54 students. The Kalamazoo school is named for Stryker Corp. founder Homer Stryker.


The number of medical schools in Michigan doubled from three to six in recent years, largely in response to a shortage of doctors in many areas.

 9.18.14:  State’s jobless rate off 0.3 points to 7.4 percent


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state says Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percentage points to 7.4 percent in the latest month.


The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget released the August employment report Wednesday. The jobless rate was 7.7 percent in July and 9 percent in August 2013.


The national unemployment rate for August was 6.1 percent, down 0.1 percentage points from July.


The state says that Michigan’s civilian labor force fell by 11,000 to 4.731 million in August. It says the number of people working rose 4,000 to 4.382 million.


The state says 348,000 Michigan residents were unemployed but actively seeking work last month.


9.18.14:  Michigan university gets $1 million stained glass


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Christian university in West Michigan has hired a Danish artist to construct four stained glass windows valued at $1 million for its new chapel.


Cornerstone University on the East Beltline in Grand Rapids, commissioned the windows from Peter Brandes to be the hallmark feature of the chapel, scheduled to open in fall 2015. The windows will be funded through donors and completed in about eight months under supervision of the artist.


Brandes says the red, blue and yellow light will invigorate worshippers when the sun fills the room with color. The university president says the windows will serve as a reminder of Cornerstone’s commitment to Christ.


The university is also making a documentary about the windows that will be shown at the chapel.