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  • FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes

    NEW YORK (AP) — A top U.S. health official is pledging to try to ban menthol from regular cigarettes, outlaw flavors in all cigars and tighten rules regarding the sale of most flavored versions of e-cigarettes. Scott Gottlieb of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration disclosed the plans on Thursday. The move represents a major step to further push down U.S. smoking rates, which have been falling for decades. The restrictions are mainly aimed at reducing smoking in kids: About […]

  • Detroit stadium worker gets probation for spitting on pizza

    DETROIT (AP) — A young man who was fired from his food service worker job at the Detroit Tigers’ home stadium after video surfaced showing him spitting on a pizza has been sentenced to 18 months of probation. Twenty-one-year-old Jaylon Kerley also was ordered Thursday to take an anger management class and not work around food during probation. He earlier pleaded guilty to one felony count and one misdemeanor count of food law violations. Kerley didn’t comment during Thursday’s hearing. […]

  • Missing Indiana woman found dead outside S. Michigan house

    NILES, Mich. (AP) — An Indiana woman has been found dead outside a house in southern Michigan two days after relatives reported her missing. St. Joseph County, Indiana, police say 54-year-old Dawn M. Smith’s body was found Wednesday afternoon outside the home in Cass County, Michigan’s Milton Township shortly after Michigan State troopers discovered her disabled van abandoned along U.S. 12. Assistant St. Joseph County Police Chief Bill Thompson tells WNDU-TV that Smith’s van had lost a wheel and she […]

  • Electronic driving systems don’t always work, tests show

    DETROIT (AP) — Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash. The tests brought a warning from the auto club that drivers shouldn’t think that the systems make their vehicles self-driving, and that they should always be ready to take control. AAA also said that use of the word “pilot” by automakers in naming their systems can make […]

  • SantaFest takes over Woodland Mall for photos with kids, pets

    KENTWOOD, Mich. — If you are looking to take the perfect picture for your holiday greeting card, head to the Woodland Mall. Santa is taking over the mall’s Macy’s court for SantaFest starting this Saturday, November 17, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This year’s theme will have Santa inside the Arctic Forest for you to take pictures of your kids and pets with Santa, write a letter to Santa, and even make your own crafts. If you want a […]

  • International Wine, Beer and Food Festival kicks off in GR

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — If you’re looking for something to do this weekend DeVos Place is hosting the 11th Annual Grand Rapids Wine, Beer and Food Festival. They’re showcasing 1,500 beverages from around the world, as well as food items from several area restaurants. Here are the following dates and times: Thursday, November 15: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday, November 16: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, November 17: 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. The event are for those […]

  • Michigan unemployment rate down to 3.9 percent in October

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s unemployment rate fell by a tenth of a percentage point to 3.9 percent in October. Figures released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show Michigan’s jobless rate was two-tenths of a percentage point higher than the national rate of 3.7 percent last month and eight-tenths of a percentage point lower than the state’s October 2017 rate of 4.7 percent. The agency says the state’s labor force was flat, with total employment […]

  • 7-month-old child found dead in Kalamazoo

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Police are investigating the suspicious death of a young child. Investigators were called to a home in the 1200 block of Summit Avenue in Kalamazoo for an unresponsive child who was breathless and had no pulse. Resuscitation efforts were conducted and the child was taken to a nearby hospital where it was pronounced dead. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of this child and asks that anyone having information […]

  • Firearm deer season kicks off now through Nov. 30

    LANSING, Mich. — Open firearm season starts Thursday, and the Michigan DNR is reminding hunters to have fun but follow the rules. Tens of thousands of Michigan residents and non-residents will take to the fields and forests for open firearm deer season, which runs from Nov. 15 to Nov. 30. The Michigan DNR is expecting an even bigger harvest than last year but says the number of people going hunting is on the decline. You can find a place to […]