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A top leader of Yemen's al-Qaida branch has claimed responsibility for last week's attack on a Paris newspaper, when two masked gunmen killed 12 people, including much of the weekly's editorial staff and two police officers.

Nasr al-Ansi, a top commander of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP as the branch is known, appeared in an 11-minute Internet video posted Wednesday, saying that the massacre at Charlie Hebdo was in "vengeance for the prophet." The paper had published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which is considered an insult in Islam.

Michigan Senator Carl Levin says his regional office in Saginaw received a suspicious letter and that authorities have been alerted.

Rising water is in the forecast along some already flooding Lower Peninsula rivers as rain falls on saturated watersheds.

The state says Michigan's unemployment rate fell 0.3 percentage points to 8.5 percent in the latest month, as number of people working rose while the number of jobless people shrank.

State health officials say an 87-year-old Livingston County man is the 19th person from Michigan to die as a result of contaminated steroids supplied by a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company.

Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency is taking back its decision to only attend administrative insurance fraud hearings when large sums of money are at risk.

Officials say 20 governments around Michigan are getting a share of more than $39,000 to fund river, stream, and creek cleanup events.

A lawmaker is skeptical of changes to legislation giving the state control over more of Michigan's worst schools.

Michigan State University says the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $125 million to the East Lansing school and to the University of Wisconsin to continue their work on advanced biofuels.

The Michigan Supreme Court says it will consider the legality of a city's zoning ordinance that prohibits the use, manufacture or cultivation of medical marijuana.

The Mackinac Bridge is being lit blue at night for the rest of April as part of an autism awareness campaign.

Michigan has launched a new website to educate athletes, parents and coaches about the symptoms and consequences of sports concussions.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Great Lakes levels probably will remain below average for the next six months but won't set records unless the weather is unusually dry.

A state report says physical hazards remain in the former copper mining region of Michigan's western Upper Peninsula.

Some Republican Michigan lawmakers are seeking to ban local governments from putting in place paid sick leave mandates.

Crews are working to contain about 300 to 500 gallons of hydraulic fluid that spilled into the Grand River in Lansing.

Young children in Michigan with autism spectrum disorders are now able to receive treatment coverage through Medicaid.

Two people in Michigan have become sick from an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to frozen snack foods marketed to children.

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Twenty-one Michigan Republicans are calling on a state Republican national committeeman to resign after he posted part of an article critical of gay people on his Facebook page.

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Governor Rick Snyder says a meeting of Great Lakes governors and premiers planned for later this year is "way overdue."

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A health care advocacy group says about 745,000 Michigan adults and children would become eligible for the federal government's help to pay for health insurance beginning next year.

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A building official says a crowd of people who held a protest in the Detroit City Hall lobby temporarily disrupted services.

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Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says she supports changing the state's current winner-take-all system in presidential elections.

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The state says six Michigan dam removal or repair projects are getting a share of more than $2.3 million in funding.

The Department of Natural Resources on Friday announced it has approved six Dam Management Grant Program projects.

The program was started last year to support Governor Rick Snyder's infrastructure efforts.

Funding will support the second phase of the Boardman River dam removal project in Grand Traverse County; the Kalamazoo River and Otsego Township dam repair project; as well as the Ionia Conservation District's Lyons dam removal project.

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Michigan says the state's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate rose statewide and is up in all 17 major job markets, mainly because of the usual winter downturn.

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The federal government will fully control an online marketplace where Michigan residents can buy health insurance required under the federal health care law.

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Michigan doctors and cancer survivors are calling on the Legislature to prohibit minors from using tanning salons.

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A top official of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says her agency will spend $5.2 million in Hurricane Sandy relief funds to repair 10 Great Lakes harbors.

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A federal judge says Michigan is making progress but it would be "foolish" not to recognize that more needs to be done to improve foster care and child protection.

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The Michigan House has passed legislation that would prevent a scheduled rise in the state's blood-alcohol limit for drivers.

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