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Woman allegedly driving while intoxicated, crashes into Walgreens store

(Mlive)-- Police believe a woman was driving while intoxicated when she crashed into a Walgreens Pharmacy building Thursday night near 68th Street SW and South Division Avenue.

Kent County sheriff'...

Secretary of state online service expanding to AAA

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan secretary of state's office is expanding its most popular online services to select Triple A branches.

The ExpressSOS DOT com will be accessible through...

Another tragedy at sunken ferry

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Another diver has died while searching for bodies inside a sunken South Korean ferry.

A government task force spokesman says the civilian diver was underwater today, cut...

Indianapolis grasps for answers in a violent year

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis is in the grip of one of its most violent years on record.

The Indiana capital has already recorded 60 homicides and is on pace to have its deadliest year in eigh...

Porcello earns eighth win as Tigers split series

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fifth to back Rick Porcello's eighth victory, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Thursday for a split ...

Job fairs looking to fill local positions.

Looking for a job?

A couple more job fairs are scheduled for this week.

Wednesday the Walmart in Kentwood held a job fair to fill positions for a new store that is coming to Wyoming on 54th Street. ...

Grassroots group submits petition for wage raise

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Labor and community organizers have submitted about 320,000 petition signatures calling for a Michigan ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

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Obama to tackle youth sports concussion issue

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is holding a White House Summit today to draw attention to young athletes and concussions.

Among those attending will be representatives of professional s...

Ukraine military chopper shot down near Slovyansk

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president says 14 soldiers were killed when a government military helicopter was shot down in eastern Ukraine today.

Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov says rebel...

Donaldson's 3-run HR in 9th lifts A's over Tigers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a game-ending, three-run homer off Joe Nathan with one out in the ninth inning and Scott Kazmir pitched his first complete game in nearly eight years as the...

Michigan approves 3 projects adding 881 new jobs

LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan has OK'd three economic development projects estimated to add 881 jobs and $350 million in investment.

Projects approved Tuesday by the Michigan Strategic Fund include...

Michigan's Snyder signs bill raising minimum wage

LANSING, Mich. (AP)?? Michigan's Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation that gradually increases the state's minimum wage to $9.25 an hour by 2018.

Legislative leaders have said the measure was in...

Fires continues to grow in the West

— Firefighters in Arizona and California have their hands full battling wildfires. In Arizona, a blaze between Flagstaff and Sedona increased to 32 square miles yesterday. In the foothills of Centra...

Italy flies adopted Congolese to waiting parents

ROME (AP) — Thirty-one children from the Congo have arrived in Rome to begin a new life with their adoptive families after months of waiting.

Congo had suspended all international adoptions citin...

Tigers nip A's 6-5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Pinch-runner Rajai Davis scored on Austin Jackson's fielder's choice groundout in the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Tuesday night to end ...

Health Decisions Tour rolls through Michigan

When it comes to issues like navigating health care reform, Medicare, and long-term care, Michigander have plenty of questions, which is why the experts from AARP Michigan are once again hitting the r...

13-year-old fatally shot in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 13-year-old boy has been fatally shot in Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo Public Safety says officers responded shortly after 7 p.m. Monday to a report of a shooting...

Weather service team to rate North Dakota tornado

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — A National Weather Service team is heading to western North Dakota to assess the strength of a tornado that injured nine people and destroyed eight trailers at a workers' c...

Donetsk mayor urges citizens to stay home

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — The mayor of eastern the Ukrainian city of Donetsk is urging residents to stay home following a day of heavy fighting between government forces and pro-Russian fighters tryin...

A's snap 4-game skid with 10-0 win over Tigers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Blanks homered in his home debut at the Coliseum and Derek Norris capped Oakland's five-homer day with a grand slam and the Athletics snapped a season-long four-game losi...

Search for missing woman in Kimball Lake

(Mlive)– The search for a missing woman in Kimball Lake was called off shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday and will resume Monday morning.

Rescue crews searched into the evening Sunday, May 25 for a woma...

Where things stand on completing Michigan's budget

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are tackling some hefty issues like fuel taxes, Detroit's bankruptcy and the minimum wage in the last weeks before their summer break.

They're also trying...

US honors veterans over Memorial Day weekend

— The nation is marking Memorial Day with somber ceremonies, flag planting at cemeteries and parades.

On Sunday, a Manhattan congregation tied gold ribbons on the church's fence in honor of falle...

40 dead in India train crash

NEW DELHI (AP) — Rescuers are digging through wreckage in northern India where an express passenger train slammed into a stopped freight train near a station, killing at least 40 people and injuring...

Hunter-Reay & Johnson win in auto racing

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) —Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves battled over the final few laps for the lead in the Indianapolis 500 with Hunter-Reay finishing first, barely in front of the three-time wi...

Holland Teen Dies After Jumping Into Frigid Lake Michigan

A Holland area teen died yesterday evening after jumping into Lake Michigan.

Investigators say it appears the teen was with friends on a pier when he jumped into the cold water at Holland State P...

Two Car Crash In Ottawa County Injures One Critically

Ottawa County authorities say a two car crash sends one woman to the hospital.

Sgt. Steve Austin says 63-year old Jackie Bates was leaving the Admiral Gas Station on US 31 in Grand Haven Township i...

Burglary Ring Broken - Could Solve Almost Two Dozen Crimes

Kent County authorities believe they’ve broken a major crime case involving stolen automobile parts.

Kent County UnderSheriff John Hess tells us it accounts for about 20 cases ranging from Hast...

Military In Control in Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's army chief has announced that the military has seized power in a coup to restore stability and order after six months of political deadlock and turmoil.

Gen. Prayuth Cha...

More Tension In Korean Peninsula

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean news agency says North Korea has fired into disputed waters near a South Korean warship.

Both Koreas regularly conduct artillery drills in the waters near...

House Ignores President Over Defense Spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is bucking the Pentagon and pressing ahead today with a $601 billion defense authorization bill that spares planes, ships and military bases in an election-year nod to ho...

Stormy Weather

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal forecasters are expected to predict a slower than usual hurricane season this year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will release today the agency's out...

Tiger's Slide Continues in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Asdrubal Cabrera scored on Al Alburquerque bases-loaded balk in the 13th inning to give the Cleveland Indians an 11-10 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.

Alex Avila's ...

Spurs Kick Thunder by 35 - Go Up 2-0

SAN ANTONIO (AP)— The San Antonio Spurs blew by the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-77 to take a 2-0 advantage in the Western Conference final.

Tony Parker led the way with 22 points. Danny Green added...

Study of Unique Sea Animals May Impact Alzheimer's Research

WASHINGTON (AP) — Exotic sea creatures called comb jellies may reshape how scientists view cell development as their genes suggest they have more than one way to make a nervous system.

These beau...

Library workers in Grand Rapids protest cut plans

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Library workers in Grand Rapids say plans to cut 18 jobs this summer will mean less service for area residents.

Union members protested Tuesday in front of the Grand Ra...

GM recalls....13.6 million

General Motors announced more recalls Tuesday.

The first recall involves 1.3 million cars and trucks that could have a problem with the front seat belt which could separate from the car during a cras...

Rescuers to dig for victims of Nigerian car bombs

JOS, Nigeria (AP) — Rescuer workers in Nigeria's city of Jos are searching through rubble today for more victims of twin car bomb blasts that collapsed buildings in a busy marketplace and bus statio...

Gov't: Airlines should disclose bag, seat fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is going to bat for passengers confused by the increasing array of fees charged by airlines.

The Transportation Department is proposing new rules to require the d...

Bauer tames Tigers as Indians win 6-2

LEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer outpitched former Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander and tamed Detroit's menacing lineup, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 6-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday night...

City High Middle School gets high marks

Grand Rapids City High Middle School has been ranked the 21st most challenging high school in the Midwest by The Washington Post. It is ranked the 4th most challenging in the state and is among the t...

Car driver survives crash with train

NEW BUFFALO, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a car survived after the vehicle was hit by an Amtrak train. the train was coming from Chicago and headed to Grand Rapids.

The car was st...

Most destructive of San Diego County wildfires nearing containment

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say the most destructive of Southern California's recent wildfires is about 90 percent contained, and it should be fully contained by Thursday.

The wildfi...

UN says forced labor $150 billion-a-year business

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nation's labor agency says trafficking, forced labor and modern slavery is big business, generating profits of $150 billion a year.

The International Labor Organization s...

Brantley's homer in 10th beats Tigers 5-4

CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley homered with two outs in the 10th inning off Al Alburquerque, giving the Cleveland Indians a 5-4 win over the drowsy Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Brantley con...

Grand Rapids man, 42, killed on way to motorcycle gathering in Baldwin

(Mlive)— Authorities say a Grand Rapids man died this weekend in a motorcycle crash while en route to a motorcycle club gathering in Northern Michigan.

Matthew Michael Denney, 42, of Grand Rapids...

Police in 40 counties boost seat belt enforcement

(AP) — Law enforcement officials in 40 Michigan counties are stepping up enforcement of seat belt regulations.

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says the annual "Click It or Ticket" ...

1.8M pounds of ground beef recalled

(AP) — Officials say a Detroit-based business is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products sold for restaurant use in four states that may be contaminated with the bacteria E. coli....

Growing condemnation of Sudanese death sentence for Christian woman

NEW YORK (AP) — Leaders from all faiths and many countries continue to condemn a death sentence ordered for a pregnant Sudanese woman because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.

Meriam I...

1 comment Grand Rapids Griffins' season comes to painful end against Texas Stars in Game 6

(Mlive)– The season-long goal to repeat as Calder Cup champions, and the drama of a must-win game in Texas ended quickly and painfully Sunday for the Grand Rapids Griffins.

The Stars scored three...

More Rite Aid stores get bomb threats

Authorities were called after a bomb threat was made to a Paw Paw Rite Aid on Thursday. A man called the store and instructed that money be loaded onto a Green Dot prepaid money car or he would blow ...

Senate votes to increase minimum wage to $9.20

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican bill to raise the minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.20 an hour has passed the Michigan Senate.

The bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville passed...

Cooler temperatures for San Diego area

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — Cooler temperatures are forecast for the San Diego area today, where earlier this week firefighters had been battling nine wildfires. Some of them have been extinguished, b...

China sentences 24 in baby trafficking case

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese news agency says the leader of a baby trafficking gang that brought at least 23 boys or pregnant women from Vietnam to China has been sentenced to death.

The official Xin...

White Caps win Thursday and celebrate in new clubhouse

The West Michigan Whitecaps returned to Fifth Third Ballpark on Thursday to find a new and improved clubhouse. The facility had been under construction since a January 3 fire. The team had been hous...

School delays as police look for armed man

A number of Greenville area schools were delayed by 2 hours this morning as police were searching for an armed man in the woods near the middle and high school. The incident began when a neighbor cal...

Michigan House OKs in-state tuition for veterans

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state House has passed legislation allowing in-state and in-district tuition rates for military veterans attending Michigan public universities and community colleges.

T...

Funerals begin in Turkey

SOMA, Turkey (AP) —Hundreds of people have begun attending funerals for some of the 282 victims as rescue teams in western Turkey continue to try to reach some 150 other miners still trapped followi...

Obama helps dedicate 9/11 museum

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama will help open the National September 11 Memorial Museum today in New York.

He'll dedicate the museum along with 9/11 survivors, rescuers and victims' famil...

Pistons hire Stan Van Gundy as coach, president

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons say they have hired Stan Van Gundy as their coach and president of basketball operations.

The team will introduce Van Gundy at a news conference Thu...