Associated Press

Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Protests don't derail MSU commencement, speaker

Protesters gather Saturday morning outside MSU's Breslin Center
Credit Peter Whorf

EAST LANSING   (AP) - About 200 people gathered outside Michigan State University's commencement ceremonies to protest a speech by columnist George Will over his commentary on sexual assault reporting at colleges.

  The Lansing State Journal reports that Will didn't mention the protests during his speech to undergraduates Saturday on the East Lansing campus.

More than a dozen students stood as he spoke and turned their backs to him and several others in the audience did the same or held up newspapers.

Read more
Middle East
1:01 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 1:45 am

The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.

"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.

Read more
Around the Nation
12:40 am
Sun February 23, 2014

One Dead, 28 Sickened By Carbon Monoxide At New York Mall

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 3:21 am

A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.

Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.

Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.

Read more
Around the Nation
7:08 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work

Boeing workers cry after learning that the Boeing machinists union voted to accept the company's latest contract offer to keep the assembly of the Boeing 777X airplane in Washington state.
Ted S. Warren AP

The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Boeing hailed Friday's vote, which proponents said solidifies the aerospace giant's presence in the Seattle area.

"Tonight, Washington state secured its future as the aerospace capital of the world," Inslee declared.

Read more
Around the Nation
12:52 am
Sun December 1, 2013

'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash

Actor Paul Walker in March.
Joel Ryan AP

Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.

Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.

A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.

"We ... are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news," the statement said.

Read more
Europe
7:29 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Three U.S. Economists Win Nobel Prize

Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three had laid the foundation of the current understanding of asset prices.

While it's hard to predict whether stock or bond prices will go up or down in the short term, it's possible to foresee movements over periods of three years or longer, the academy said.

Read more
Developing
10:21 am
Tue December 11, 2012

State Troopers Armed With Tear Gas Guard Capitol

Michigan State Police riot gear in the Capitol Building.
Credit Courtesy / MPRN

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State troopers armed with tear gas canisters, pepper spray and batons are among dozens of officers guarding the Capitol in Lansing as the right-to-work battle heats up in Michigan.

Read more
Developing
9:28 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Several Thousand Union Members March To Capitol

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Several thousand union members gathered to protest so-called right-to-work legislation in Michigan have begun a three-block walk to the state Capitol.

Read more
Developing
9:08 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Protesters At Mich. Capitol Battle Right-To-Work

Some of the tents and “inflatables” along Capitol Avenue.
Credit Courtesy / MPRN

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Union demonstrators rallying against right-to-work legislation in Michigan have turned the front lawn of the state Capitol into an impromptu carnival that includes giant, inflatable rats representing Republicans supporting the divisive measure.

Read more
NewsRoom
6:32 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Former MI First Lady Helen Milliken Dies At 89

Credit Courtesy / MI Womens Hall of Fame

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Helen Wallbank Milliken, who was Michigan's longest-serving first lady and a staunch supporter of women's rights and the environment, has died. She was 89. WKAR-TV will air The Millikens, a 2006 conversation with the former governor and first lady tonight at 9 p.m. on WKAR-TV.  

Read more
NewsRoom
8:14 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Pridgeon, Former Michigan Ag Director and MSU Trustee, Dies

Dean Pridgeon, a former director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture who later served as a Michigan State University trustee, has died. He was 91.

Read more
NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Ex-MSU Med Student Pleads Guilty in Dog Killings

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

An ex-Michigan State University medical student accused of killing at least 12 greyhound puppies has pleaded guilty to charges carrying a penalty of up to four years in prison.

Read more
NewsRoom
6:30 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Snyder: Detroit consent agreement means 'positive opportunity'

Gov. Rick Snyder says the approval of a deal between the state and the city of Detroit is a "positive opportunity" for the city and the entire state of Michigan.

Read more
NewsRoom
6:38 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Detroit Council Seeks More Answers on Consent Deal

The Detroit City Council has put off a vote while continuing to debate a proposed consent agreement between the city and Gov. Rick Snyder.

Read more
NewsRoom
6:21 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Detroit Unions: Keep State Away from New Contracts

A federal judge is telling lawyers to return to court Tuesday in a dispute over the state's likely veto of contract concessions approved by Detroit city workers.

Read more
NewsRoom
6:33 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Prosecutor: US Didn't Mishandle Militia Case

Detroit's chief federal prosecutor says her office wouldn't do anything differently in the investigation of a Michigan militia, despite losing virtually all of the case after a six-week trial.

Read more
Sports
4:21 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

With Playoff Expansion, Baseball Goes Wilder

Manager Fredi Gonzalez was the face of frustration when his Atlanta Braves collapsed last year and missed the playoffs on the last day of the season. If this season's rules had applied, he might've been smiling: The Braves and the Boston Red Sox would've made the postseason.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams Friday, adding a second wild-card in each league.

The decision establishes a new one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records who are not division winners, meaning a third-place team could win the World Series.

This is the only change in baseball's playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added.

Read more