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  • Jeffrey Willis on trial: Jury selection marks start of Rebekah Bletsch murder trial

    MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Jury selection is starting in the trial of a western Michigan man who is charged with killing a jogger, one of two homicides pinned on him in the Muskegon area. Jeffrey Willis is accused of shooting Rebekah Bletsch in 2014 in Muskegon County’s Dalton Township. Investigators say bullets in the body matched a gun found in his vehicle. Because of widespread publicity, hundreds of people could be screened as potential jurors, starting Tuesday. Willis was arrested […]

  • Hearing scheduled in Michigan on sex offender custody case

    SANDUSKY, Mich. (AP) — A hearing is scheduled in Michigan on a judge’s order that initially gave a convicted sex offender joint legal custody of a child born to a woman who said the man raped her when she was 12. Attorneys representing the woman and 27-year-old Christopher Mirasolo are to appear Tuesday afternoon before Judge Gregory Ross in Sanilac County. In September, Ross granted the woman sole physical custody and Mirasolo joint legal custody after DNA tests showed he […]

  • Trump says predecessors didn’t honor fallen; response heated

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For U.S. presidents, meeting the families of military personnel killed in war is about as wrenching as the presidency gets. President Donald Trump’s suggestion Monday that his predecessors fell short in that duty brought a visceral reaction from those who witnessed those grieving encounters. “He’s a deranged animal,” Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, tweeted about Trump. With an expletive, she called Trump’s statement in the Rose Garden a lie. Trump […]

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  • $100M lawsuit filed over Michigan Marine recruit’s death

    DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan family of a Marine recruit has filed a $100 million lawsuit alleging his fatal plunge in a stairwell was the result of negligence by officers and others. Raheel Siddiqui died in 2016 in Parris Island, South Carolina. His death was declared a suicide. But the U.S. Marine Corps also said it had uncovered widespread hazing of recruits and young drill instructors dating back to 2015. The 20-year-old Siddiqui was from Taylor, Michigan. His family filed […]

  • Trump, McConnell insist they’re together for GOP agenda

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Monday to work together on the GOP goal of overhauling federal taxes, proclaiming that despite reports to the contrary their relationship is just fine. “We’re probably now closer than ever before,” Trump said alongside McConnell in a hastily scheduled joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden. “My relationship with this gentleman is outstanding,” added Trump, who spent August attacking McConnell for failing to pass legislation […]

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    Corruption probe prompts reviews of NCAA teams; MSU conducting review

    (AP) — The spate of arrests, details of under-the-table bribes to teenagers and the expected downfall of one of the sport’s best-known coaches has triggered uncomfortable soul-searching among the institutions at the heart of college basketball, including internal reviews by more than two dozen schools of their own prominent programs. At stake is the future of a business that, over the span of 22 years ending in 2032, will produce $19.6 billion in TV money for the NCAA Tournament, known […]

  • Army Sgt. Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion, misbehavior

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a Taliban captive for five years after abandoning his post in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior-before-the-enemy charges that could put him in prison for life. “I understand that leaving was against the law,” said Bergdahl, whose decision to walk off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009 prompted intense search and recovery missions, during which some of his comrades were seriously wounded. “At the time, I had no intention […]

  • Spirits run high during ‘Make a Wish’ fundraiser walk in Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Walk for Wishes West Michigan at John Ball Zoo over the weekend raised money for local families to fulfill their wishes. Despite the cloudy skies, everyone was in high spirits on Saturday morning. “Just the impact of the wish continues on today as we are able to give back to Make a Wish. We can be able to help grant wishes to other kids, “said Teresa Bouwens. Bouwens is taking her family to Disney world […]