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"I.C.E." Impostors Scam Undocumented Immigrants

Undocumented Michigan residents have been receiving scam calls from people posing as Immigration officials demanding money. [Ring, ring] It sounds legit: “You’ve reached the Superior Court of California County of Riverside...” It’s unclear how, but the callers find numbers for undocumented immigrants and tell them that if they don’t pay $400 plus for ESL classes, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, or ICE, will deport them. Which is what happened to one undocumented Michigander who...

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Police say a taxi driver fatally struck a man with his cab in western Michigan after the man threatened him with a hammer and tried to rob him. Officers responded about 2 a.m. Thursday after the man was hit by the cab in Grand Rapids. 

Preliminary reports from police indicate the driver was dropping off the man at an intersection when the passenger got out of the taxi and threatened him. Police say the man was struck and killed as the taxi driver tried to flee. Names of those involved weren't immediately released.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the death.

Michigan Representative Bill Huizenga hosted a Town Hall on Facebook Live Wednesday evening, as residents from the 2nd District posted questions to the social media website. Streaming from Washington D.C., Huizenga began his online Town Hall by immediately addressing critics, angered over his support of President Donald Trump’s health care bill.

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Flint is closer to getting 120 million dollars to upgrade its water system as part of an infrastructure budget bill adopted by the state House.

The House agreed to spend 100  million dollars from the EPA and kick in another 20 million from the state. The money will be used to replace lead service lines and water mains and improve the city’s water treatment plant.

   State Representative Sheldon Neeley is from Flint. He says it’s true the city’s water now meets federal safe drinking water standards, but people don’t trust the water is safe.

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Human trafficking victims would get help rebuilding their lives under legislation approved by the Michigan House.
 
     House members unanimously approved the measure on Wednesday. Republican Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian sponsored the bill that could forgive prostitution-related offenses victims were forced to commit, even if they have a prior conviction.
 
     She says the bill would make them eligible for parole and deferral instead of jailing them so that they have a chance to become productive members of society.  
 

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Michigan's most recent high school graduation and dropout rates didn't change much from the year before.
 
     The four-year graduation rate was 79.65 percent in the 2015-16 school year, down slightly from 79.79 percent in the 2014-15 academic year. The dropout rate was 8.91 percent, down from 9.12 percent.
 
     The data was released Wednesday by the Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information.
 

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Almost three years ago, the ferry Sewol sank in rough seas off South Korea. More than 300 people perished, mostly high school students on a field trip.

Now, South Korea's government is trying to raise what's left of the 6,800-ton ship. As NPR's Elise Hu reports from Seoul, nine of the people who were aboard that day in April 2014 remain missing, and families hope to recover those bodies once the Sewol has been lifted out of the water and put in dry dock.

Dozens of divers are involved in the salvage operation, Elise says.

When House Speaker Paul Ryan says he wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act so that people can buy insurance that's right for them, and not something created in Washington, part of what he's saying is that he wants to get rid of so-called essential health benefits.

That's a list of 10 general categories of medical care that all insurance policies are required to cover under the Affordable Care Act.

Police say a taxi driver fatally struck a man with his cab in western Michigan after the man threatened him with a hammer and tried to rob him. Officers responded about 2 a.m. Thursday after the man was hit by the cab in Grand Rapids. 

Preliminary reports from police indicate the driver was dropping off the man at an intersection when the passenger got out of the taxi and threatened him. Police say the man was struck and killed as the taxi driver tried to flee. Names of those involved weren't immediately released.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the death.

Michigan Representative Bill Huizenga hosted a Town Hall on Facebook Live Wednesday evening, as residents from the 2nd District posted questions to the social media website. Streaming from Washington D.C., Huizenga began his online Town Hall by immediately addressing critics, angered over his support of President Donald Trump’s health care bill.

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET

On the final day of the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch, the Senate Democratic leader announced his opposition to the Supreme Court nominee.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Chuck Schumer said Gorsuch "will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation," setting up a showdown with Republican leaders who may attempt to change Senate rules.

Meals on Wheels brings food to hundreds of thousands of homebound seniors and people with disabilities. But President Trump's proposed budget has this community-based program, like many others, facing cuts.

On a hazy morning, Alan Zebker and and Vicki Kysella are organizing packages of food in the back of Zebker's SUV. They're volunteers with Meals on Wheels West in Santa Monica.

They've got their routine down.

"Alan packs the bags; I make the deliveries," Kysella says.

"When she's delivering, I pack more bags," Zebker says.

Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET

A man in his late teens has been arrested in Israel as the "primary suspect" behind a string of phoned-in bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the U.S. and elsewhere.

The arrest was the result of an investigation by Israeli police and the FBI, a police spokesman says.

In 1921, an ad in The Seattle Times touted a brand new candy called "Aplets," a new confection made "from the finest Washington apples and honey and walnuts." A few years later, Aplets were joined by "Cotlets," a similar candy made from an apricot base. In most of the world, "Aplets & Cotlets" were based on a treat called lokum, a word derived from Arabic, but the British and Americans know it as "Turkish delight."

Hungry? Call Your Neighborhood Delivery Robot

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Here's a classic big city dilemma (sorry suburban folks): It's late at night, the weather is bad, and you're hungry. Your favorite restaurant is less than a mile away, but you don't want to leave the house, and you don't want to pay a $5 delivery fee — plus tip — for a $10 meal.

So, what do you do?

Back in the old days, you would have braved the elements — or learned to plan ahead. But those days are coming to an end, at least in Washington, D.C.

A former Russian parliamentarian named Denis Voronenkov, who fled Russia last October and has criticized President Vladimir Putin's government, was killed in Kiev on Thursday, in an apparent assassination that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is reportedly calling "state terrorism."

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