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The U.S. Now Ranks As A 'Problematic' Place For Journalists
"Never before have US journalists been subjected to so many death threats," Reporters Without Borders said in its annual World Press Freedom Index. President Trump "exacerbates" problems, it added.
'This Is Morally Wrong': Biden Supports Striking Massachusetts Grocery Workers
Thirty-one thousand Stop & Shop workers are striking in New England over proposed changes to wages and benefits. Eight days in, the strike has shuttered some stores and slowed business at others,
'Concreteberg' The Size Of A Blue Whale Plagues London's Sewers
"It goes without saying that pouring concrete down the drains into our sewers isn't going to do any good," said a London water provider.
Washington State Senate Passes Bill Removing Exemption For Measles Vaccine
The bill removes the personal belief exemption from required childhood vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella. Seventeen states allow exemptions based on philosophical objections.
See How Much Of The Mueller Report Is Redacted
Attorney General William Barr explained before the release of the special counsel report that the law and regulations kept him from including everything that Robert Mueller uncovered, as well as how.
Tiny Earthquakes Happen Every Few Minutes In Southern California, Study Finds
A new catalog of Southern California earthquakes is 10 times larger than its predecessor list. The details of frequent, small quakes help scientists study what triggers large, destructive ones.
Highlights From The Mueller Report, Annotated
A redacted copy of the Mueller investigation report has been released by the Justice Department. NPR reporters and editors are analyzing and annotating notable excerpts from the document.
READ: The Mueller Report, With Redactions
Attorney General William Barr has released special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Democrats have pushed for Congress to get an unredacted version.
Bus Carrying Tourists Crashes in Portugal; At Least 29 Reported Dead
The bus was carrying visitors from Germany when it veered off a road Wednesday evening on the island of Madeira and then tumbled down a hill. Authorities have launched an investigation.
Mueller Report: Team Couldn't Rule Out Obstruction ... Or Firmly Establish It
But the 448-page document, released after a nearly two-year-long inquiry, depicts a president deeply worried about the investigation and aides stopping his attempts to influence it.
Trump Administration Announces Measures Against Cuba, Venezuela And Nicaragua
Most of the measures are aimed at Havana. One change will allow lawsuits against foreign companies operating on property in Cuba that was seized from U.S. citizens.
Snot Otter Emerges Victorious In Vote For Pennsylvania's Official Amphibian
The Eastern hellbender salamander may not be a looker. But its sensitivity to pollution and changing water conditions makes the creature a useful indicator for water quality in rivers and streams.
'A Woman Of No Importance' Finally Gets Her Due
Virginia Hall was an American spy who worked for Britain and the U.S. and played a key role in undermining the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. Her story was rarely told — until now.
After Columbine, An Unlikely Friendship Bound By The Trauma Of Mass Shootings
Over the past 20 years, mass shootings have resulted in communities of survivors. Heather Martin, who was a senior at Columbine High School in 1999, runs a nonprofit that connects them.
High-Deductible Health Policies Linked To Delayed Diagnosis And Treatment
Her employer offered only a high-deductible health plan; that meant she'd have to pay up to $6,000 out of pocket each year. Advocates for patients say this sort of underinsurance is snatching lives.
North Korea Announces Testing Of New 'Tactical Guided Weapon'
The country's official newspaper reported leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test. North Korea also has demanded Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not participate in nuclear talks.
No ICE Arrests In Courthouses Without Judicial Warrants, N.Y. Court Directive Says
There is an ongoing controversy over the presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in state and local courthouses, who are there to arrest immigrants appearing on unrelated cases.
Appeal To Census Lawsuit Ruling Adds Uncertainty To Citizenship Question's Fate
The Census Bureau is counting on the Supreme Court to resolve the legal battle by June so that 2020 census forms can be printed. But an appeal in a Maryland lawsuit could complicate that timeline.
U.S. Aid Agency Is Preparing To Lay Off Most Local Staff For Palestinian Projects
Under Trump administration orders, the U.S. Agency for International Development is readying to lay off most staff on Palestinian projects, according to U.S. government communications reviewed by NPR.
Gene Therapy Advances To Better Treat 'Bubble Boy' Disease
The latest advance is not only encouraging news for patients with severe combined immunodeficiency. It's a test case for all those scientists working to develop better gene therapy techniques.
State Senate leader pushes back on Secretary of State's call for increased financial disclosure
The leader of the state Senate Republicans says he’s not in favor of Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's call for candidates to disclose their financial...
Livonia doctor sentenced for fake patient pill distribution scheme
A Livonia family medicine doctor has been sentenced to over eleven years in prison for his role in a prescription drug-diversion scheme. Doctor Zongli...
Stateside: High price of Title IX investigators at MSU; post-GM Hamtramck; Odawa art in Vienna
Today on Stateside , as General Motors prepares to close the company's Detroit-Hamtramck plant, how is the city of Hamtramck preparing for life after GM...
Flint airport stabber receives life in prison
A Canadian man who was convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan airport police officer has been sentenced to life in prison. Amor Ftouhi was...
All branches of government on board for new jail task force
A new task force will explore who is in Michigan’s jails and why they’re there. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Wednesday. The order...
WATCH: Press conference with AG Barr ahead of release of redacted Mueller report
Attorney General William Barr delivered a press conference at the Justice Department ahead of the expected release of special counsel Robert Mueller's...
Stateside: Line 5 tunnel negotiations; Detroit origins of spiral cut ham; sex ed in the #MeToo era
Today on Stateside , Governor Whitmer reopens talks with Enbridge about a tunnel to house replacement pipelines for Line 5. But e nvironmental groups...
Nonproft sues Trump administration about protection of wildlife
Environmental advocacy group Center for Biological Diversity has sued the Trump administration and the U.S. Interior Secretary for not making protection...
Police raid offices of Macomb County Prosecutor
The Michigan State Police raided the offices of Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith Wednesday. A State Police spokesman confirmed that investigators...
Environmentalist: Whitmer should close Line 5 before negotiating with Enbridge over tunnel
Governor Gretchen Whitmer is in talks with Enbridge about a proposed tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac for its Line 5 pipeline. That's according to...
Report: Michigan meeting early education quality standards
A new study finds Michigan is doing well in educating very young children. But the report’s authors are concerned about the future.
Jury finds state trooper guilty of manslaughter in teen Taser death
A former Michigan state trooper who fired his Taser at a Detroit teenager on an all-terrain vehicle has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Mark...
In five-hour meeting, Muskegon County board votes to terminate Planned Parenthood lease
People started gathering more than an hour before the meeting.
Michigan man living in ocean has desperate plea: Thai government 'wants us killed'
The couple's story is filled with intrigue, adventure and controversy and is getting coverage by news outlets internationally.
Man identified in viral Notre Dame photo taken by Michigan woman
The photo was shared Monday with thousands of retweets searching for the mystery man.
Michigan football CB Myles Sims enters the transfer portal
Michigan redshirt freshman cornerback Myles Sims has entered the transfer portal.
Here's why Detroit Lions would be making a mistake drafting TE at No. 8
Three takaways from Detroit Lions GM Bob Quinn 's news conference one week ahead of the 2019 NFL draft
Woman accused of harassing man with 159K texts: 'I can't believe that I'm actually in jail'
An Arizona woman accused of sending a date over 159,000 text messages and breaking into his Paradise Valley home has been found mentally incompetent.
Mueller report: Manafort mentioned Michigan to Russians
The 400-page report mentions Michigan once, saying former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort told a Russian it was a battleground state.
Rapper Kodak Black - yes, he took his name from THAT Kodak - busted at Canadian border
Kodak Black, a Florida rapper who borrowed his stage name from Eastman Kodak, was arrested at the Canadian border with guns and pot.
Michigan looking for people to try growing, processing hemp
The state will begin accepting applications next week from people who are interested in growing and processing industrial hemp.
More store closings coming: Pier 1 Imports could close up to 145 more stores
After closing 30 stores last fiscal year, Pier 1 said it is looking to close as many as 145 more locations.
Lions' draft plans not altered by offseason absence of Matthew Stafford
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said Thursday that nothing about Matthew Stafford's absence has altered his plans for next week's draft.
High school junior does what no MLB player has done before: Hit for home run cycle
A high school baseball player in Ohio did what no major leaguer has ever done: hit the home run cycle.
Detroit Tigers find some offense, lose their defense and snap losing streak
Free Press Sports Writer Anthony Fenech breaks down the Detroit Tigers’ win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, April 18, 2019.
Samsung has a mess with the nearly $2,000 Galaxy Fold: Screens are breaking, reviewers say
Samsung is facing a fiasco only days before its $1,980 Galaxy Fold hybrid device is going on sale. The problem: the high-priced phones are breaking.
GM CEO Mary Barra's compensation was $21.87 million in 2018, 281 times median GM worker
Barra's compensation appears to be among the top 20 of Fortune 500 CEOs and among the top few women.
Trump thought Mueller would 'end' his presidency and other takeaways from the Mueller report
Although the probe "did not establish that members of Trump campaign conspired" with the Russians, it identified "numerous links" between them.
Detroit Lions' Bob Quins explains why he'd like to trade down in NFL draft
The Lions have the 8th pick in next week's NFL draft and would love nothing more than to move down
Detroit Tigers observations: Sloppy defense stings, but Tigers set season high in runs
The Detroit Tigers committed four errors, but also scored a season-high nine runs in a 9-7 win over the White Sox on Thursday.
BMW adds nearly 185,000 vehicles to recall over fire risk
The recall expansion covers a dozen 3 Series, 5 Series and Z4 models from the 2006 model year.
Ferndale teen with adorable song needs votes to win Toyota video contest
The first-place winner will receive $15,000 and work with a Discovery film crew to turn the video into a TV-ready public service announcement.
'Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win' wins Freep Film Festival's Audience Choice Award
Documentary about attorney-activist Ken Cockrel's battle against controversial Detroit Police Department tactics wins award decided by fest attendees.
Grass clippings in the road could land you in jail in Sumpter Township
The yard waste is dangerous for motorcyclists, who could lose control of their vehicles.
Horses return to Mackinac Island after winter season
Horses are typically taken off the island in October until the weather is warm enough to bring them back.
Detroit Tigers place Christin Stewart (right quad strain) on injured list
Christin Stewart was placed on the 10-day injured list shortly before Thursday afternoon’s matinee against the White Sox.
Worker's death at LCA called a suicide. But state's handling raises questions
Medical examiner declares electrician's death at Little Caesars Arena an accident, MIOSHA calls it suicide and forces out an inspector on the case.
Michigan father launches SafeSubs, an app that let parents keep track of their kids
The app has been downloaded by 2,000 people in southeast Michigan and Texas
Detroit advertising icon Fred Yaffe dies at 86
Yaffe worked with many of Detroit's big names: Art Van, ABC Warehouse, Faygo and Little Caesars.
People are getting scammed with fake puppies. How to spot one.
Scammers are once again using pictures of cute puppies online to steal your heart and your cash. The photos of pets offered online might not be real.
How prep football star, who lived in a shelter, became hero among us
Domestic abuse led Delorean Ishmon II and his mother to a shelter. That's part of why he's committed to helping others.
DeWitt cyclist Jill Byelich died because of a distracted driver. Her image reminds us to pay attention.
Jill Byelich and others who died or were injured while biking will be honored in a May 15 “Greater Lansing Ride for Silence."
Former state employee charged with viewing confidential tax records
A Lansing woman, 48, illegally obtained personal information from secure systems that store tax information, state officials said.
Taste of Country music festival at Cooley Law School Stadium put on hold, may return
Lack of availability for quality acts, increase in events at downtown venue created too many challenges, official says.
Lansing residents sound off about Frandor area
Residents sound off about the area inm and around the Frandor Shopping Center in Lansing on Monday, April 15, 2019.
Former MSU star Tony Mandarich to be featured on ESPN's 'E:60' on Sunday morning
The second overall pick in the 1989 NFL draft, Mandarich has been trailed by an E:60 camera crew for the past year.
Birth announcements from across Greater Lansing | April 2019
A list of births in the Lansing area.
Top 5 Lansing area sports, entertainment and music events for 2019
A look at the best concerts, festivals, musicals and sporting events between now and the end of 2019.
Why Lansing's Eastside Fish Fry & Grill thrives with felons on its payroll
On Super Bowl Sunday, this popular eatery on East Kalamazoo Street sold 18,000 chicken wings. The staff keeps pushing to break records.
Meet Henry Meyer, owner of the Eastside Fish Fry
Of Henry Meyer's 16 current employees, 10 are convicted felons — an all-time high for his business that has found success with second chances.
How Juan Turrubiates found success at Eastside Fish Fry
Juan Turrubiates, 38, has been Eastside Fish Fry's manager for the past five years. “You’re only as valuable as you allow yourself to be," he said. "If you want to stay at minimum wage, that’s because you choose not to learn, not because there’s not room for opportunity."
Manager Erikka Saybay talks about the work environment at Eastside Fish Fry
Erikka Saybay said she couldn't ask for a better workplace environment than Eastside Fish Fry. Saybay is one of at least three Eastside managers with felonies.
What Michigan voters can expect on May 7, the first election since voters passed changes
Many Michigan voters will cast ballots in local elections on May 7, the first time since Proposal 3 changed rules for registering, absentee voting.
Lansing hip-hop group hosts slam poetry competition to win tickets to 'Hamilton'
All of the Above Hip Hop Academy is hosting a slam poetry contest sponsored by the Wharton Center. The prize: two 'Hamilton' tickets.
Michigan Sports Hall of Fame: MSU's Morris Peterson, WILX-TV's Tim Staudt named finalists
Fans can select online their their favorite sports figures among 29 professional, amateur, coach and media finalists. Voting ends
Michigan School for the Blind restoration project on pace to finish in 2020
History, preservation experts plan to tell the School for the Blind's story with mobile app.
Police: Mother brought young daughters with her to burn her husband's body in '02 cold case
Three people were charged with homicide and mutilation of a body in connection to the 2002 cold case, which picked up again in 2015.
MSU Museum Director talks about Sister Survivors show
MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander talks about Sister Survivors Speak show
Mom files $1 million lawsuit after brain-eating amoeba at Texas water park kills son
A woman has filed a lawsuit months after her son was killed by a brain-eating amoeba contracted at a Texas water park.