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Plan: Protect students with more school police, counselors

Michigan's law enforcement and education leaders are calling on the Legislature to spend $100 million annually to staff schools with more police officers and counselors after last month's massacre at a Florida high school. The plan outlined Thursday also proposes spending $20 million to harden schools against threats. Under the proposal, every school building in the state would be visited by law enforcement to identify safety issues. It would be mandatory for threats against schools to be...

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Authorities say a woman has died after being pinned by a U.S. Postal Service vehicle in Michigan. The Ann Arbor News reports the woman who died Wednesday in Washtenaw County's Lyndon Township may have been a postal employee delivering packages, but her identity wasn't immediately confirmed.

The woman was pinned in front of a home that sits on a hill about 45 miles (72 kilometers) west of Detroit. Chelsea Area Fire Chief Robert Arbini says it wasn't immediately known how the woman became pinned, but the vehicle may have rolled after being parked.

Darren Nichols has been hired as executive director of the Great Lakes Commission. Nichols succeeds Tim Eder, who left last year to work for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The commission is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It represents the interests of the eight Great Lakes states before the federal government on water management and protection issues. The involved states include Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

Body found in Boardman River in Traverse City identified

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Authorities have identified the body of a man found near the mouth of the Boardman River in northwestern Michigan. The Traverse City Police Department announced Wednesday the body was identified as that of 45-year-old Herbert Beaulieu, who was living in Suttons Bay and was originally from Minnesota.

A judge has ordered to trial a former school maintenance worker accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl who was later found dead. Kentwood District Court Judge William Kelly listened to several witnesses and police recordings before deciding Wednesday to order Quinn James to stand trial on four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Michigan's Legislature has passed a statewide ban on the antidepressant tianeptine sodium. House lawmakers voted 102-6 Wednesday to classify the drug as a Schedule II controlled substance, placing it in the same highly restrictive category that cocaine, marijuana and opiates fall under. The bill cleared the Senate last month and now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk for approval upon a procedural Senate vote Thursday.

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Worries about a possible trade war helped send stock prices down sharply Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrial average losing nearly 3 percent of its value.

The Dow finished at 23,598, a decline of 724 points. The drop left both the Dow and the Standard and Poor's 500 index in negative territory for the year.

The big budget deal reached this week in the House doesn't include a long-sought-after provision to stabilize the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. But the $1.3 billion plan, set to fund the government through September, has lots of new money for medical research, addiction treatment and mental health care.

To reach the Martinez home in Puerto Rico's central mountains, social worker Eileen Calderon steers around piles of dirt, treacherous potholes and power company trucks that block the road. Finally, we pull up to a sagging cement home, the roof done in by Hurricane Maria. Laundry hangs under a tarp, and a cat is tied to a leash outside the door.

Paul R. Pillar served in the CIA for 28 years. He is a nonresident senior fellow at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University.

Forget all your preconceptions about how the world has changed over the past several decades. Here's all the data you need in a shiny new tool that tracks the planet's progress toward becoming a better place for everyone.

Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who spent his career at Newsday expanding coverage beyond local issues to include international stories first as a reporter, then as a columnist and editor — all while vehemently crusading for racial equality — has died at his home in Harlem, N.Y. He was 76.

Payne's son Jamal told Newsday that the retired journalist was working on a book about Malcom X when he had a heart attack in his home office Monday evening.