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  • Universal launches plans for third ‘Jurassic World’ film

    NEW YORK (AP) — Four months before “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” hits theaters, Universal Pictures has announced plans Wednesday for a third installment in the rebooted dinosaur franchise. Universal says “Jurassic World 3” will land in June 2021. The film is to be written by Emily Carmichael and Colin Trevorrow, the director of 2015’s “Jurassic World.” Carmichael co-wrote the upcoming sci-fi adventure “Pacific Rim Uprising.” “Jurassic World” ranks among the biggest box-office hits. It launched with a $208.8 million opening […]

  • House panel seeks info on EPA chief’s first-class flights

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt. House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy issued a letter to Pruitt this week seeking an accounting of all flights taken by the EPA administrator over the last year and whether the ticket was coach, business or first class. Pruitt defended his use of premium-class airfare in media interviews earlier this month, saying security concerns were raised after unpleasant interactions […]

  • ‘Fix it!’ Gun violence plea to Trump from students, parents

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect America’s school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of arming teachers. “I turned 18 the day after” the shooting, said a tearful Samuel Zeif, a student at the Florida high school where a former student’s assault left […]

  • Police: Kent County man wanted on criminal sexual conduct charges

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Authorities in Kent County are searching for a man wanted on criminal sexual conduct and fleeing police charges. The Kent County Sheriff’s Office says in a release that Timothy David Perry, 32, fled from officials who tried to arrest him on Feb. 18.  He allegedly drove at a high speed while going the wrong way along Broadmoor Avenue SE, and police called off the pursuit. His vehicle was later found abandoned in Caledonia and investigators believe […]

  • Van Buren Co. man sought since ’98 for child support busted in Canada

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A man wanted for nearly 20 years for failure to pay child support in southwestern Michigan has been arrested in Canada and returned to the U.S. Joseph Stroup was known as Joop Cousteau in Alberta. The government says his overdue child support in Van Buren County now exceeds $500,000. Stroup appeared in federal court in Chicago last Friday but will be transferred to Michigan. An indictment was filed in 1998 in federal court in Kalamazoo. Stroup, […]

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    Sheriff: Deaths of Michigan woman, 2 kids treated as murder-suicide

    BANGOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A mid-Michigan sheriff says he’s treating the deaths of a woman and two young children as a murder-suicide. Bay County Sheriff Troy Cunningham says the adult woman and a female child were found dead Tuesday morning inside a car parked outside a drain maintenance center, and a male child was found dead outside the car. He says both children are believed to be younger than 5 and the woman, who was in her early 30s, […]

  • US panel says it’s OK to use nasal spray flu vaccine again

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal panel says it’s OK for doctors to start using a kid-friendly nasal spray flu vaccine again. Two years ago, the advisory group pulled its recommendation for FluMist vaccine after research found it wasn’t working against the flu bug making most people sick. But the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices voted Wednesday to recommend the nasal spray as an option for next winter’s flu season. The vaccine’s maker, AstraZeneca, said a small study shows a […]

  • Battle Creek police officer charged with drunk driving

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – A Battle Creek police officer has been charged with Operating While Intoxicated after a crash over a week ago. Chad Francisco is on administrative leave while the Calhoun County Sheriff investigates the incident. Police say that Francisco was off-duty about 4:00 a.m. on February 11 when he struck a utility pole in the city of Springfield, Michigan.  He was not injured and no one else was involved in the crash. He was arrested at the scene […]

  • Two women scuffle in Battle Creek Taco Bell drive-thru; Sheriff’s employee placed on leave

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Two women, one of whom is an civilian employee of the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department, could be charged after a fight in a Taco Bell drive-thru. The incident happened February 15 at the Taco Bell at 821 Capital Avenue SW. According to the Battle Creek police, a 25-year-old Battle Creek woman got into a dispute with a 36-year-old woman who was off-duty from the sheriff’s department. During the dispute where one woman reached into the other […]