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State democrats select Dana Nessel over Pat Miles as Attorney General candidate

Democrats want Dana Nessel as their candidate for state attorney general in 2018. The party held its endorsement convention Sunday. Thousands gathered to vote on who should be on the ballot. It was at times a bitter race, but former U.S. Attorney Pat Miles conceded to Nessel. Nessel is one of the Michigan attorneys who fought for gay marriage rights and won at the U.S. Supreme Court. Miles went into the convention with organized labor’s endorsement – which usually means victory. But Nessel’s...

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The mayor of Flint says Gov. Rick Snyder rejected her face-to-face plea to reverse his decision ending free bottled water.
 
     Mayor Karen Weaver met with the governor Monday, 10 days after he said water distribution would end, based on improved water quality. For months, Flint's lead levels have been far below the federal action level.
 

   An electrical cable that leaked hundreds of gallons of mineral oils into the Straits of Mackinac will be inspected – as soon as the weather clears up.

Unified Command is a team of local, state and federal officials that responded to the spill reported earlier this month. The owner of cable line, American Transmission Company is also on the team.

The plan is to send a remotely operated vehicle – or R-O-V under the water to inspect the line.

Pamela Manns is a spokesperson for Unified Command. 

The National Weather Service says the recent wintry weather helped the city of Flint set a seasonal snowfall record.An inch of sleet fell over the weekend at Bishop International Airport, bringing the snowfall total for the 2017-2018 season to 84.5 inches.

The previous record for Flint was 83.9 inches (213 centimeters) in the 2013-2014 season. More snow is in the forecast this week in Flint, so the total for the 2017-2018 season could continue to rise.

A Bavarian-themed city in Michigan will soon welcome its visitors with a nearly $1 million archway. The Saginaw News reports that a new steel and concrete archway crossing M-83 will welcome people to Frankenmuth, a city northwest of Detroit that serves as a popular tourist destination. The towers are taller than 26 feet.

Authorities say three people are dead and a fourth is critically injured after a police chase and crash following a gun shop burglary in southwestern Michigan. The Berrien County sheriff's office says a break-in was reported early Sunday at the Black Arsenal Gun Store. Lincoln Township police determined several guns were missing.

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Following the Supreme Court health care ruling to uphold subsidies nationwide, President Obama said Thursday that the Affordable Care Act is "here to stay."

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President Obama, commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling today to uphold a key provision of his signature health care law, said after numerous challenges, the Affordable Care Act has been "woven into the fabric of America" and "is here to stay."

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We are reporting today on the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision to uphold the nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act. One of the three justices who opposed the ruling was Justice Antonin Scalia, who issued a strong dissent.

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Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

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The Affordable Care Act survived its second Supreme Court test in three years, raising odds for its survival but by no means ending the legal and political assaults on it five years after it became law.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday handed the Obama administration a major victory on health care, ruling 6-3 that nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act are legal.

"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," the court's majority said in the opinion, which was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. But they acknowledged that "petitioners' arguments about the plain meaning ... are strong."

In the Medieval era, kings and queens hosted feasts adorned with surprisingly complex edible sculptures depicting humans and animals alike. Outside the castle walls, of course, people struggled to put enough food on the table — much less, worry about its presentation afterward. But in the modern United States, food sculpture is the art of the people. Nowhere is this truer than the butter sculptures so common at Midwestern state fairs.

The giant ostrich-like rhea, despite its largely useless vestigial wings, seems to be something of a flight risk.

Last year, we brought you the story of one of the birds — native to South America — that escaped from a farm in the U.K., startling cyclists and otherwise wreaking mayhem in the English countryside.

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