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6:01 am
Fri June 12, 2009

3 more bodies found from lost Air France jetliner

RECIFE, Brazil – A Brazilian ship has recovered three more bodies as the search continues for victims from Air France Flight 447.

That makes 44 bodies that have been retrieved from the Airbus 330 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean May 31 while en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

Authorities hope identifying the bodies will help them determine whether the plane broke up in midair by allowing them to match seating assignment with location of body recovery.

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Nation
5:49 am
Fri June 12, 2009

Obama says he's eager to sign bill

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says he's eager to sign legislation passed by the Senate that would allow the FDA to step in and regulate tobacco.

The president, who has struggled to quit smoking himself, says the bill "will make history by giving the scientists and medical experts at the FDA the power to take sensible steps."

The House, which passed a similar measure back in April, plans to vote on the Senate's version Friday.

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Nation
5:45 am
Fri June 12, 2009

War-funding bill back on track for passage

WASHINGTON – A crucial war-funding bill is back on track in Congress after a flare-up over controversial detainee abuse photos.

House-Senate negotiators sealed agreement on the measure Thursday night when President Barack Obama personally guaranteed the photos would never be released.

The promise came after White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel rushed to the Capitol to resolve an impasse between Senate Democratic moderates and House liberals over the photos issue.

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Nation
5:38 am
Fri June 12, 2009

Confusion expected as analog TV broadcasts end

NEW YORK – For TV viewers across America, D-Day has arrived. That's "D" as in "digital."

Starting in the morning and going into the night, TV stations across the U.S. are cutting their analog signals on Friday to go entirely digital.

It ends a six-decade era for analog broadcasting and could strand more than 1 million unprepared homes without TV service.

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In Michigan
6:27 pm
Thu June 11, 2009

St. John parishioners appeal EL merger

EAST LANSING, MI – A group of parishioners at St. John Student Parish in East Lansing is trying to stop the merger of St. John's with St. Thomas Aquinas.

This week, the group filed a petition with the Lansing Catholic Diocese, asking Bishop Earl Boyea to reconsider the merger.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Thu June 11, 2009

SPLC says Mich. man recently took over Web site

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Southern Poverty Law Center says the suspect in the fatal shooting of a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum recently transferred the domain name of
his racist Web site to a man in southwestern Michigan.

Records show James von Brunn created www.holywesternempire.org
in October 2000.

The hate-crime watchdog group says Steve Reimink acquired the
domain name around the first of this month. The group designated it as a hate Web site in 2003.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Thu June 11, 2009

State Senate introduces education reform legislation

LANSING, MI – Republican state senators unveiled an education reform plan Thursday that would allow teachers and parents to decide if their local public school is failing. If both agree the school is failing, a charter school would take its place.

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In Michigan
3:36 pm
Thu June 11, 2009

Lawmakers try to avert trooper layoffs, balance budget

LANSING, MI – State lawmakers are trying to come up with a plan to avoid laying off 104 Michigan State Police troopers next month. The layoffs were approved last month by House and Senate budget committees in response to a fiscal crisis.

House and Senate leaders are scrambling to find alternate funding sources for some other way to avert the layoffs.

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In Michigan
2:12 pm
Thu June 11, 2009

Anolog To Digital TV Conversion To Be Completed

EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Friday is the day when TV stations across the country complete the conversion from analog to digital broadcasting.

WKAR-TV went fully digital earlier this year, but a change is still in store for viewers.

WKAR Chief Engineer Gary Blievernicht says WKAR's frequency will change from channel 55 to channel 40. WKAR-TV will be off the air for about an hour starting at 9:00 a.m. during the change.

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In Michigan
2:08 pm
Thu June 11, 2009

Road Patrol Cuts Subject Of Public Hearing

EAST LANSING, MI – Cuts to the Ingham County Sheriff's Department road patrol budget will be discussed at a public hearing tonight in Lansing.

With a projected deficit of $5,500,000 next year, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners is considering reductions of patrols in 13 rural townships.

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Nation
11:44 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Senator: Sotomayor accepts gun rights ruling

WASHINGTON – A Democratic senator says that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor sees a 2008 ruling affirming Americans' right to own guns for self-defense as settled law.

Colorado Sen. Mark Udall says Sotomayor told him at a meeting Thursday that she will work from the high court's decision in the District of Columbia v. Heller in future cases involving gun rights.

The 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia's handgun ban and imperiled similar prohibitions in other cities.

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In Michigan
11:41 am
Thu June 11, 2009

2nd Mich. resident dies from H1N1 swine flu

LANSING, MI – Michigan officials say a 58-year-old Roscommon County man is the state's second swine flu-related death.

The Michigan Department of Community Health said Thursday that the man died June 4. Lab results on Wednesday confirmed the H1N1 influenza virus.

The department says the man also had other underlying health conditions but did not release any additional information.

Michigan had 418 confirmed cases of swine flu as of Tuesday. A 53-year-old Macomb County woman died June 1 from complications of the virus.

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In Michigan
10:41 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Supreme Court reverses murder conviction

LANSING, MI – The state Supreme Court has ruled a victim's dying utterances cannot be used to prosecute a man suspected of killing him. The court says the defendant should either get a new trial, or the charges should be dropped.

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Business
10:38 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Businesses cut inventories 1.1 percent in April

WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) - Businesses reduced their inventories more than expected in April as they worked to get stockpiles more in line with falling sales.

The Commerce Department says businesses cut inventories 1.1 percent in April, a bit more than the 1 percent drop economists expected. The government also revised the March figure to a drop of 1.3 percent, compared with the 1 percent decline originally
reported.

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Nation
10:36 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Swine flu pandemic has begun, 1st in 41 years

GENEVA – The World Health Organization has told its member nations it is declaring a swine flu pandemic - the first global flu epidemic in 41 years.

The move came Thursday as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere.

In a statement sent to member countries, WHO says it decided to raise the pandemic alert level from phase 5 to 6, meaning that a global outbreak of swine flu has begun. The decision was made after the U.N. health agency held an emergency meeting on swine flu with its experts.

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Business
8:47 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Dealer shut-downs mean extra towing for some owners

DETROIT – There are 789 fewer Chrysler dealers this week, and by the end of next year, there will be 1,100 fewer General Motors dealers.

That means many owners of Chrysler and GM vehicles will have to find new sources for oil changes, tuneups and major repairs.

The situation is more acute when it comes to Chrysler dealerships cut loose by the company.

GM dealers will see their relationships with the company end by the end of 2010.

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Business
8:45 am
Thu June 11, 2009

S&P gives Mich. AA- rating on managing budget gap

LANSING, MI – Standard & Poor's Rating Services says Michigan deserves an AA- long-term rating on its general obligation bonds for its strong budget management.

In issuing the low-risk investment rating on Wednesday, S&P said the state has been conservative in its revenue estimates and has a low debt and pension burden.

It says federal recovery money should help the state weather further economic downturns caused by the bankruptcies of General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC.

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Business
8:42 am
Thu June 11, 2009

German, UK officials discuss GM Europe future

BERLIN – German and British economy ministers have met to discuss ways to save General Motors' European assets in case a deal with Canadian parts maker Magna International falls through.

German Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg told reporters today the government only has a memorandum of understanding from Magna to acquire GM unit Adam Opel -- which includes Britain's Vauxhall. It's still talking with other bidders.

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Business
8:40 am
Thu June 11, 2009

New jobless claims drop more than expected to 601K

WASHINGTON – The tally of newly laid-off Americans requesting jobless benefits fell for the third time in the past four weeks, fresh evidence that companies are cutting fewer jobs.

The Labor Department says initial claims for unemployment insurance dropped last week by 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 601,000. That's below analysts' estimates of 615,000.

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Nation
8:27 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Air France CEO 'not convinced' sensors cause crash

PARIS – Air France's chief executive says he is "not convinced" that faulty speed monitors caused the crash of Flight 447.

Pierre-Henri Gourgeon told journalists on Thursday that replacement external speed monitors - or Pitot tubes - for jet models of the same type as the crashed plane arrived three days before the fatal accident.

Airbus ordered the replacements on April 27 after pilots noted a loss of airspeed data in flight on Airbus A330 and A340 models.

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Nation
8:18 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Fender-benders in micro cars can be costly

WASHINGTON – New crash tests on those fuel-efficient mini cars suggest that crash repairs can be an expensive proposition.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that repairing damage to microcars in low-speed crashes of 3 to 6 miles per hour could cost anywhere from $474 to $3,701.

The Institute conducted low-speed crash tests on the front and back bumpers and the front and rear corners of seven 2009 vehicles. The Kia Rio racked up the most damage in the four tests, averaging $2,705.

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Nation
8:14 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Senate to vote on FDA power to regulate tobacco

WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is set to pass a tobacco control bill today.

The House has already passed a similar bill, and resolution of relatively minor differences would send it to President Barack Obama, who supports it.

The measure would give the federal government broad new powers to monitor and change a toxic substance that contributes to some 400,000 deaths every year.

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Nation
8:12 am
Thu June 11, 2009

President pitches health care reform in Green Bay

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama takes his push for health care reform on the road today, hosting a town-hall meeting in Green Bay, Wis.

The president wants to overhaul the current system to extend coverage to the 50 million people who don't now have health insurance. Lawmakers have been wrestling over whether to add a government-sponsored insurance plan to the mix.

In order to personalize what's at stake, the president will be hearing directly from people about their problems with the system as it is.

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Nation
8:06 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Holocaust museum: security training stopped attack

WASHINGTON – The director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum says their security training helped save lives when guards quickly shot an elderly gunman who opened fire with a rifle.

Sara Bloomfield also paid tribute to a guard who was killed in the Wednesday attack. She told NBC's "Today" show Thursday that 39-year-old officer Stephen Tyrone Johns was both a terrific professional and a warm, jovial person.

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Sports
5:51 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Lugnuts beat Loons

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts had a come-from-behind victory over the Great Lakes Loons last night at Oldsmobile Park. The series continues tonight at 7:05.

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Sports
5:42 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Beard, Langhorne lead Mystics past Shock

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Alana Beard scored 15 points, Crystal Langhorne added 14 and the Washington Mystics improved to 3-0 for the first time in franchise history with a 75-69 victory over the
Detroit Shock.

Rookie Marissa Coleman added 13 points to help Washington end a six-game losing streak against the defending WNBA champion Shock (1-2).

Taj McWilliams and Katie Smith had 14 points each for Detroit.

Detroit led by 10 points early in the second quarter, but the Mystics finished the half with a 23-4 run to take a 38-27 lead.

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Sports
5:38 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Verlander pitches Tigers past White Sox

CHICAGO – CHICAGO (AP) - Justin Verlander pitched a six-hitter for his first victory ever at U.S. Cellular Field as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox 2-1.

Jim Thome hit his 552nd career home run and John Danks pitched 7 1-3 strong innings, but the White Sox still fell 6 1/2 games behind AL Central-leading Detroit. Adam Everett homered for the Tigers, who have won five of their last six games.

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Sports
5:37 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Perfect road trip paved Pens' way to Cup finals

PITTSBURGH – No matter what happens in Detroit when the puck drops for Game 7 tomorrow night, the Penguins have gotten further than last year.

In 2008, the season ended one game earlier against the Red Wings, who took Game 6 in Pittsburgh and paraded around the Mellon Arena ice with the Stanley Cup.

Not that the Penguins would feel any better to see the Red Wings celebrate again at home. But Pittsburgh at least knows it has a shot to win the Cup with one win in a place that hasn't produced many happy moments for them.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Wed June 10, 2009

Land hopes for action on early voting

Lansing, MI – Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land has endorsed elections reforms that are bottled up in a state Senate Committee controlled by her fellow Republicans.

Land was testifying before the state House Elections and Ethics Committee.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Wed June 10, 2009

State House committee votes to reinstate 100 troopers

East Lansing, MI – A state House committee voted to keep the 100 Michigan state troopers who were scheduled to lose their jobs because of budget cuts.

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