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Winter like weather and flooding continue to be a problem in MI

IRONWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula got more than a foot of snow during spring storms this week, breaking at least one daily snowfall record.

In Ironwood, The Daily Globe r...

Michigan prisoner who escaped scheduled for court

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A man who escaped from a Michigan prison in February is due in court next week to face escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.

Records show 41-year-old Michael Elliot is to...

Highway shooting suspect in custody

GRANDVIEW, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in Missouri say a man suspected in a series of random vehicle shootings over the past few weeks lives close to where at least six of the reported shootings happened...

Deadliest single day on Mt. Everest

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — At least 12 people are now confirmed dead in an avalanche on Mt. Everest.

The dead are all Sherpa guides who had set out early this morning to fix ropes for other climbers....

comments West Michigan Whitecaps explode in ninth to beat Cedar Rapids

Mlive– Following back-to-back walk-off extra-inning losses on Tuesday and Wednesday, the West Michigan Whitecaps were not about to let another game slip away on Thursday night.

After giving up th...

Man fatally shot at Kalamazoo sports bar

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 23-year-old man has been fatally shot at a Kalamazoo sports bar.

Kalamazoo Public Safety says officers responded about 1:30 a.m. Thursday to Wayside West afte...

Girl's memorial being held at basketball arena

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An 8-year-old Michigan State basketball fan whose battle with cancer inspired the team's players, coaches and many more beyond the hardwood is to be honored by thousands o...

US judge overturns North Dakota abortion law

— A federal judge has overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland on Wedne...

Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into Ukraine, saying he's hopeful there will be a political and diplomatic solution to the crisis.

Putin is denying that Rus...

Gomes, McAllister lead Indians past Tigers 3-2

DETROIT (AP) — Yan Gomes hit a two-run triple, Zach McAllister allowed a run and four hits in six innings and the Cleveland Indians held on for a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. ...

2 dead in crash with wrong-way driver

PLAINWELL, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead following a crash involving a wrong-way driver on an Allegan County roadway after sheriff's deputies tried to stop the motorist.

The cr...

Snyder signs legislation to speed up adoptions

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation designed to speed up adoptions.

One bill shortens to three months from six months the time needed for finalizing the adoption of a ch...

GM to ask bankruptcy court for lawsuit protection

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors plans to ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that happened before its 2009 bankruptcy.

The automaker's strategy is in ...

Nearly 300 missing in SKorean ferry sinking

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two people are confirmed dead, but officials in South Korea fear the death toll could get much higher following the sinking of a ferry off the southern coast.

Nearly 300...

MI & MSU players headed for draft

(AP) — Michigan State forward Branden Dawson is staying for his senior season.

The school announced Dawson's decision Tuesday.

He averaged a career-high 11.2 points last season. The 6-foot-6 ...

Convicted murderer of Michigan state trooper on life support

Mlive -- Eric John Knysz, the convicted murderer of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II, has attempted suicide and is “on a ventilator at this time,” First Lt. Chris McIntire of t...

Flooding threatens homes along Michigan rivers

— Flood warnings are in effect along rivers in a wide swath of Michigan's Lower Peninsula as rising water from heavy rain and snow melt-off threatens some homes.

The National Weather Service repo...

Tributes planned to mark Boston Marathon bombing

— Between 2:30 and 3 o'clock this afternoon, a flag-raising ceremony and a moment of silence will be held at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to mark the one-year anniversary of the explosions...

Israeli families gather for ritual Passover meal

JERUSALEM (AP) — Families across Israel have gathered for Passover meals commemorating the liberation of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt as described in Scripture. In Judaism, it's called ...

Phelps back in the pool

— US swimmer Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement and will take part in an event in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26, with an eye on possibly competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The last time th...

Grand Haven A.D. lost fight with cancer

Grand Haven Public Schools Athletic Director, Robin Bye, passed away on Saturday. He had been battling cancer and was 56-year-old.

Bye had been with the school system for 34 years.

A crisis team wi...

Congressional report presses for e-cigarette rules

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new Congressional report says concerns about electronic cigarettes underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry.

The report released Monday highlights several ...

Gale warnings in effect for part of Great Lakes

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Gale warnings are in effect for Lake Michigan and Lake Superior as forecasters warn of hazardous conditions along the shoreline.

The National Weather Service says the wa...

More chemicals shipped out of Syria

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog says Syria has to ratchet up its movement of raw materials for poison gas and nerve agents if it is to meet dea...

Watson wins second Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Bubba Watson has earned his second green jacket in three years by taking advantage of a two-hole turnaround at the Masters on Sunday.

Watson was three shots behind third-round...

Father of Michigan sextuplets dies at age 39

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The father of Michigan's first surviving set of sextuplets has died at age 39.

A relative says Ben Van Houten suffered a heart attack Wednesday night after setting up a tram...

Gov. Snyder signs bill to block scrap metal thefts

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation intended to crack down on sales of stolen scrap metal.

Michigan scrapyards that buy copper wire, air conditioners and catalytic c...

10 people killed in crash between bus and FedEx truck

—One 18-year-old says more than 40 students on board a fiery bus were able to escape through a window that someone had kicked open.

But others weren't as fortunate.

Authorities in Northern Cal...

Iraq's deputy PM escapes assassination attempt

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi lawmaker says the country's deputy prime minister escaped an assassination attempt in which militants dressed as soldiers opened fire at his convoy west of Baghdad.

Lawmak...

100,000 sellout for Real Madrid-Manchester United

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — It took less than a day for all tickets to sell out at the 100,000-plus seat Michigan Stadium for the Aug. 2 preseason exhibition game between world soccer powerhouses Manche...

Ex-first lady Rosalynn Carter honors Betty Ford

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Rosalynn Carter called fellow former first lady Betty Ford a "role model" during a visit to Grand Rapids on what would have been the late Mrs. Ford's 96th birthday.

WXM...

Man gets life behind bars in trooper's death

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A 20-year-old man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a Michigan state trooper during a traffic stop has been sentenced to life in prison without the possib...

Toyota recalls about 6.4 million vehicles globally

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places.

No injuries or crashes have been r...

Underwater pings relocated in hunt for missing jet

PERTH, Australia (AP) — An analysis of the latest underwater signals picked up by a ship searching for a missing Malaysian airliner is providing reason for some optimism.

The head of the search e...

Baseball team's home opener is 3 months after fire

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan minor league baseball team has honored firefighters at its home opener, which comes three months after a blaze destroyed part of the ballpark.

A blust...

Whitecaps Home Opener 2014

It was just three months ago that fire took out the structure along the first base line, including the team locker room, concession stands and suites. Also destroyed were irreplaceable team memorabil...

No Sounds Coming from Indian Ocean

PERTH, Australia (AP) — The head of the coordinated search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 says crews will continue listening for faint sounds from deep in the Indian Ocean, like they heard on Satu...

Obama Says Wage Gap for Women Still Exists

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages. They are linking Obama's executive action...

New Crash Test Ratings Out in 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Only two of nine midsize SUVs got the highest rating in crash tests done by an insurance industry group.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says General Motors' Chevrolet E...

Potential Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

LONDON (AP) — Doctors in London researching spinal cord injuries say they've had success using an experimental treatment on four patients now.

They've gotten them to stand and move their legs by ...

Convicted Trooper Killed to be Sentenced

Eric Knysze will hear his sentence for the death of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield.

The 20-year old was convicted earlier this year of shooting Butterfield when the trooper pulled...

State Closes Day Care

PORTLAND, Mich. (AP) — An in-home day care in Ionia County has been shut down after a 5-month-old died last year after being put to sleep in an adult bed.

The state found owner Diane Hillis viola...

Former First Lady in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Rosalynn Carter is scheduled to visit Grand Rapids to honor the 96th anniversary of the birth of fellow former first lady Betty Ford. The Ford Presidential Foundation says...

Plans to Attract More Auto Jobs to Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is planning to boost efforts to attract and retain automotive industry jobs in engineering and design, software and coding, systems integration and skilled trades.

Nigel F...

Flyers So-So About Airlines Performance

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are falling behind schedule more often and mishandling more bags, but customers aren't making a federal case out of it.

Academics who study the airline industry say that co...

Illegal Machinary Bound for Iran Seized

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested four people who allegedly planned to send to Iran industrial machinery that could be used to make missiles.

A Civil Guard statement Monday said...

Missing Woman Located

Montcalm County Sheriff’s report searchers have found a missing Greenville area woman.

81-year old Betty Jane Updike went missing Saturday afternoon after wandering away from her home. Police ...

Phillips Trial Will Wait For Handwriting Experts

Testimony will resume in about three months in the case of Katherine “Baby Kate” Phillips disappearance.

The judge in Ludington is giving Sean Phillips defense team time to have their own h...

Long-Time News Anchor/Interviewer to Retire

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Walters plans to make her final appearance on "The View" on May 16, part of a daylong retirement celebration that will include ABC News naming its New York headquarters after...

Whitecaps Win Sunday and Return to Restored 5th/3rd Ballpark Tuesday

DAYTON, OH – Austin Kubitza threw five strong innings and Ben Verlander was 2-for-4 with two RBI as the West Michigan Whitecaps knocked off the Dayton Dragons, 5-1, on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Thir...

Tigers Fall to Baltimore - Verlander Critiques Outing

DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander was on the mound, giving the Detroit Tigers a good shot at keeping the distinction of being baseball's only undefeated team.

Chris Tillman, though, outpitched Verl...

Attempted Abduction of Teenage Girl in Battle Creek

Battle Creek authorities are looking into a reported attempted abduction this weekend.

Police say the 13 year old girl was walking her dog when she was approached by two men in a car.

The gi...

UN Workers Killed in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The United Nations mission in Somalia says gunmen inside an airport have shot and killed two consultants working for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Nichol...

Body Found in Indiana: Police Won't Confirm it is Missing Kalamazoo Woman

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a woman has been found in a northwestern Indiana lake near where they conducted a January search for a missing Michigan doctor.

Indiana State Polic...

Kalamazoo man, 56, missing after skiing onto lake

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Kalamazoo police say they think a missing 56-year-old man broke through the ice after going cross country skiing on a lake.

The Department of Public Safety says the Kalama...

House proposes $500 million roads spending minimum

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan House leaders have proposed roads funding of at least $450 million in the 2015 budget year and at least $500 million annually by 2018.

Republican House Speaker Jase...

Second trip into nuclear dump expected today

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Crews investigating a radiation leak from the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico plan to make a second trip into the half-mile-deep ...

Underwater search begins

Underwater search begins

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Crews searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner have just a few days left before pings from the plane's two data recorders could stop t...

West MI Whitecaps open season on the road

(mlive)- The West Michigan Whitecaps kicked off the 2014 season with a bang on Thursday, rallying for three unanswered runs to overcome a late deficit in a thrilling 5-4 win over the Dayton Dragons in...

Midpoint of 40 Days for Life

Grand Rapids is reaching the midpoint of the spring "40 Days For Life". For several days a peaceful prayer vigil has taken place in front of the Heritage Clinic on East Fulton Street. Several in the...