Two state Supreme Court justices have removed themselves from decisions related to the stalled recount of presidential ballots in Michigan. State Supreme Court Justices Robert Young and Joan Larsen took themselves off the case because both are on President-elect Donald Trump’s list of potential United States Supreme Court nominees. That still leaves a three-to-two Republican majority on the court. The Trump campaign convinced a lower court to shut down the recount. Trump won Michigan in...

Kalamazoo police searching for murder suspects

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Police say a 20-year-old Western Michigan University student has been fatally shot at an apartment near campus and they're seeking two men seen fleeing the area. Kalamazoo public safety officers and campus police responded about 10:30 p.m. Thursday to a call about the shooting and found the man dead of an apparent gunshot wound. Witnesses told police two men fled on foot and were believed to have driven away. Police didn't immediately disclose details about the circumstances of the shooting....

Donald Trump in Grand Rapids again

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He's back. Donald Trump is returning to Grand Rapids Friday evening as part of his nationwide “thank you tour.” It’s the first time Donald Trump has been back to Michigan since his election as President. One month ago, Trump held a rally in Grand Rapids with Vice President-elect Mike Pence the day before the election. Just a week before that, he held a rally in Grand Rapids on October 31st. The time campaigning in the area may have paid off. Donald Trump won the state of Michigan over Hillary...

Grand Rapids to adopt 'Vital Streets' plan Tuesday

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Grand Rapids officials will vote this Tuesday on a new comprehensive plan for the city’s streets, and it may be good news for bicycle enthusiasts if the vote carries. Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and City Commissioners heard details of the newly developed Vital Streets Plan at the City Commissioners Meeting last Tuesday. Vital Streets is a city master plan for Grand Rapids roads that shapes how pedestrians, bicycles, transit, cars and freight vehicles will share the city’s streets. “We had a number...

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Sonya Hughes, Vice President of Inclusion with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell, project director of WGVU’s grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.

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In the battle for Mosul, Islamic State fighters who aren't killed are usually taken away for questioning by Iraqi or Kurdish intelligence. But there are also local Iraqis accused of helping ISIS — and they're put through a judicial process of sorts. One such case was heard recently in a makeshift courthouse, where a displaced judge from Mosul presides. The Sheikhan criminal court occupies a municipal office building north of Mosul. The courtroom is a medium-sized office with light brown...

The question of what to do with Adolf Hitler's birth house has plagued his home country of Austria for decades. If it were up to the government in Vienna, authorities would simply tear it down. That's what Germany did more than a quarter-century ago to the Berlin bunker where Hitler committed suicide in 1945. The site is now covered by a parking lot, with a plain plaque providing the only hint of what used to be there. But many Austrians disagree with taking that approach to Hitler's birth...

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U.S. intelligence officials have determined that Russia interfered with the 2016 election, specifically to help Donald Trump win the presidency, The Washington Post first reported on Friday. In addition to hacking into Democratic organizations, Russians hacked the Republican National Committee's computer systems, according to the Post — but they did not release any information that might have been retrieved from Republican networks. "Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with...

Bacteria are way smarter than we give them credit for. No, I'm not talking about "brain smarts." Bacteria don't have neurons. I'm referring to "chemical smarts": the ability to make, break down or gobble up whatever compound they want. Even if they've never been exposed to it before. Scientists have found a superbug — hidden 1,000 feet underground in a cave — which is resistant to 70 percent of antibiotics and can totally inactivate many of them. But here's the kicker. This bacterium has been...

"Today I'm 50 years old and when I heard your story on the radio I did the unexpected, I cried." That's Scott Walker of Portland, Ore., writing to us about our series last week on dyslexia. "I know that must sound ridiculous but, after 50 years of fighting my fight there was someone else that really understood." Walker says he felt a sense of belonging as he listened to Gabrielle Emanuel's piece on All Things Considered . And he wasn't alone. On Twitter, on Facebook and in our email inboxes...

When Cindy Hunter received her Medicare card in the mail last spring, she said she "didn't know a lot about Medicare." She and her husband, retired teachers who live in a Philadelphia suburb, decided she didn't need it because she shared his retiree health insurance, which covered her treatment for ovarian cancer. "We were so thankful we had good insurance," she said. So she sent back the card, telling officials she would keep Medicare Part A , which is free for most older or disabled...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEZ30K5dBWU If you live in Kenya there's a jingle you hear on television and radio a lot. "Things are now modern!" they sing. "Things are now developed." It's an ad for a type of banking service called M-PESA that's run entirely through your mobile phone. You set up an account with the phone company. You can send and receive funds by text. Or, if you need to make a cash deposit or withdrawal, you do it through a vast network of agents — small-time vendors in...

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