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Opinion

NOAA assailed for defending Trump’s Hurricane Dorian claim

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are assailing the agency for undermining its weather forecasters as it defends President Donald Trump’s statement from days ago that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama. They say NOAA’s action ...

Ex-SC Gov. Sanford joins long shots against Trump

Columns

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, joined the Republican race against President Donald Trump on Sunday, aiming to put his Appalachian trail travails behind him for good as he pursues an admittedly remote path to the presidency. “I am ...

Moving beyond Mueller, Dems focus on Trump’s properties

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Casting their Trump nets beyond the special counsel’s Russia report, House Democrats are demanding information about the spending of taxpayer money at the president’s hotels and properties. They’re seeing violations of the U.S. Constitution that some think could ...

Predators thank area businesses for snack support

Editorials

Bouquet From Denise Lind-Bruemmer, Niagara, Wis., Northern Elite parent council member: The Northern Elite Predators Football Team recently ran its second-annual Snack Drive. The team consists of a co-op of three schools, Niagara, Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine and Goodman-Armstrong Creek. They meet ...

Move to fire top state Civil Rights official merited

Editorials

We support the Michigan Department of Civil Rights Commission’s move last week when the panel sent the agency’s director packing. The commission voted 5-2 Tuesday night to fire Agustin Arbulu, following a controversy regarding remarks he had made that many found sexist and ...

Trump Mideast envoy to leave job before peace plan released

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The architect of the Trump administration’s delayed Mideast peace plan is leaving the White House in the face of widespread skepticism about the viability of the as-yet unseen proposal and questions about whether the vision for a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian ...

False claims blur line between mass shootings, 2020 politics

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minutes after media outlets identified the gunman who killed seven people in West Texas, a Twitter account that may be automated began spreading baseless information linking the shooter to Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. “The Odessa Shooter’s name is ...

UAW’s Jones should stand aside

Editorials

Labor Day weekend arrives with the United Auto Workers facing one of the darkest periods in its history, engulfed in an ever-growing scandal that now touches the very top ranks of the union’s leadership. Federal agents investigating corruption within the U.S. auto industry carried out raids ...

Trump’s approval rating still below 50% in Wisconsin

Columns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A poll released Wednesday shows that President Donald Trump’s job approval in the key swing state of Wisconsin remains below 50%, a troubling sign for Republicans 14 months before the 2020 election. The Marquette University Law School poll also showed voter unease ...

YouTube to pay $170M fine after violating kids’ privacy law

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google will pay $170 million to settle allegations its YouTube video service collected personal data on children without their parents’ consent. The company agreed to work with video creators to label material aimed at kids and said it will limit data collection when ...

Make plans this month to be ready for emergencies

Editorials

Michigan residents should prepare for emergencies and disasters by making an emergency plan with their loved ones, building an emergency preparedness kit and learning life-saving skills such as first aid and CPR during Michigan’s Preparedness Month, according to the Michigan State Police, ...

McConnell says gun violence legislation up to Trump

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are waiting for the White House to chart a path forward on gun violence legislation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, effectively putting the burden on President Donald Trump to decide the GOP’s legislative response to the ...

US plans for fake social media run afoul of Facebook rules

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would be violating the company’s rules if agents create fake profiles to monitor the social media of foreigners seeking to enter the country. “Law enforcement authorities, like everyone else, are ...

Not American values to deport sick children

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: It’s not enough to cage immigrant children on the Texas border. Now we have the irony — remembering that Jesus was on Earth 33 years — of requiring severely ill, undocumented immigrant children to leave the country in 33 days. It seems the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service no ...

Michigan’s roads need to be addressed by state Legislature

Editorials

Right now, our roads are crumbling as our state lawmakers do what politicians do best: continue to debate with no resolution in sight. But the problem is, there’s a deadline in sight, and it’s coming up pretty quickly. The Great Lakes State needs $2.5 billion to fix the roads, and at ...

Andrew Luck is the quarterback we all need

Columns

Andrew Luck, the superstar quarterback who just quit professional football at the tender age of 29, has received mixed reviews from the sports world. Colts fans booed him. And any number of sports writers see his decision to get out of football to avoid more injuries as tragedy combined with ...

Too old for president? Health and fitness a better question

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Science says age is only a number, not a proxy for physical and mental fitness. But with three Democrats in their 70s vying to challenge the oldest first-term president in American history, age's importance will be tested as never before. Only a few years separate President ...

Golf benefit for Warrior Relief Fund a success

Editorials

Bouquet From Richard Wood, Gwinn: The directors of the 906 Warrior Relief Fund would like to thank the American Legion Post 349 in Little Lake, all of the golfers, businesses, individuals and volunteers that participated, sponsored holes and/or donated to the annual golf outing at The Red ...

Biden defends faulty telling of military story

Columns

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday defended his faulty description of a tale of military heroism and his interactions with the service members who carried it out. The “essence” of his recollection is correct, the former vice president told ...

Running a red light can be a risky decision

Editorials

Think you can beat that red light? It’s a gamble you might not survive — or, if you do, someone else might not. More than two people are killed every day on U.S. roads by impatient and reckless drivers blowing through red lights, according to data analysis performed by the AAA Foundation ...