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    Congress adopts bill of rights for sexual assault survivors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved legislation outlining a federal bill of rights for survivors of sexual assault. The bill would ensure that survivors in federal criminal cases have the right to a sexual assault evidence collection kit, to be told of the results and to be notified in writing before the kit is destroyed. Lawmakers say they are troubled by the number of untested rape kits that remain in the country, despite efforts to reduce a national backlog. The […]

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    House OKs plan for $170 million to fix Flint water system

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a plan to provide $170 million to help Flint, Michigan, rebuild its lead-poisoned water system. Wednesday’s 284-141 vote came nearly a year after Michigan officials declared a public health emergency in the city. The Senate approved $220 million for Flint and other communities with lead contamination two weeks ago. The effort went nowhere in the Republican-run House until Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi struck a deal late Tuesday. Because the […]

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    ‘All My Children’ creator Agnes Nixon dies at 93

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Agnes Nixon, the creative force behind the popular TV soap operas “One Life to Live” and “All My Children,” has died. ABC said that her son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Sarah Nixon, confirmed her death. She died Wednesday in Haverford, Pennsylvania, at age 93, according to the McConaghy Funeral Home. Her age, reported elsewhere as 88, was confirmed by her survivors and was included in the death certificate, a McConaghy spokesman said. Nixon created, wrote and […]

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    U-Mich. students can designate themselves by pronoun

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Students at the University of Michigan can designate a personal pronoun to be used by professors. School officials say it’s an effort to build inclusiveness on campus. The pronoun could be he, she, him, his or ze. Pronouns registered online will pop up in class rosters. Provost Martha Pollack is telling faculty to check the rosters in a few weeks to give students time to designate one, although a registered pronoun is not required. Pollack […]

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    Wyoming Police: Suspects sought in pizza delivery driver robberies

    Wyoming Police are searching for suspects in two recent pizza delivery driver robberies

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    Congress overrides Obama’s veto of Sept. 11 bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has rejected a veto by President Barack Obama for the first time since he became president. The House voted 348-77 Wednesday to override his veto of legislation and allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom’s alleged backing of the attackers. The Senate had voted 97-1 to override his veto. The lawsuit legislation now becomes law despite elements that Obama and top Pentagon officials warn could put U.S. troops and […]

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    Watch for these sneaky tricks when looking to buy a home

    Shopping for a home? A new report warns about some sneaky home seller tricks you should watch out for. Home buyers love clean, well-maintained homes. Sellers know that, too, and they do everything they can to make their home show well. A new report by GoBankingrates.com lists some of the tricks sellers use to hide problems: The smell of freshly baked cookies or potpourri can hide the smell of mold A fresh coat of paint on lower level walls or […]

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    GR Challenge Center: Ways women can get and stay fit

    GR Challenge Center 940 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 A quick circuit of exercises: The importance of having fun during workouts:

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    Boxer Buster Mathis Jr opens gym in Grand Rapids

    Bokssport 1040 4 Mile Rd NW, Grand Rapids, MI Learn and workout with former boxing champion Buster Mathis Jr. Boxing workout with the number system: Typical workout at Bokssport: