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Two dams fail in U.S. state of Michigan, thousands evacuated

May 21, 2020 - 3:27 PM

Governor Gretchen Whitmer declares a state of emergency in Midland County, site of the breached dams, in the towns of Edenville and Sanford

MIDLAND, MICHIGAN - MAY 20: View of floodwaters flowing from the Tittabawassee River into the lower part of downtown Midland on May 20, 2020 in Midland, Michigan. Thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate after two dams in Sanford and Edenville collapsed causing water from the Tittabawassee River to flood nearby communities. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP Gregory Shamus / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Armed U.S. protesters enter Michigan capitol to demand lockdown end

May 01, 2020 - 9:38 AM

'Directly above me, men with rifles yelling at us,' tweeted Senator Dayna Polehanki along with a photo showing 4 men, at least one of whom appeared to be carrying a weapon

EXTRA 'E.' Demonstrators take part in an 'American Patriot Rally,' organized on April 30, 2020, by Michigan United for Liberty on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, demanding the reopening of businesses. Photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP

Trump slams 'disgraceful' Democrat's profane impeachment vow

Jan 05, 2019 - 9:38 AM

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib kicked off her term with an expletive-laced vow to impeach Donald Trump, earning a chiding from the president.

SWORN IN. In this file photo taken on January 3, 2019, US House Representative Rashida Tlaib participates in a ceremonial swearing-in at the start of the 116th Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb / AFP

Student who killed parents at U.S. university in custody

Mar 03, 2018 - 1:17 AM

(4th UPDATE) James Eric Davis is turned in by 'an individual on a train passing through the north end of campus shortly after midnight'

SEARCH. Michigan police officials walk out of the woods as police continue to search for a suspect near Central Michigan University on March 2, 2018 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Photo by Rachel Woolf/AFP

Gymnastics doc abused at least 265 women and girls, court told

Feb 01, 2018 - 7:56 AM

Prosecutors say at least 65 victims are to confront Larry Nassar in court, in the last of 3 sentencing hearings for the disgraced doctor who molested young girls and women for two decades

FACING THE COURT. Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar enters the courtroom during the sentencing phase in Eaton, County Circuit Court on January 31, 2018 in Charlotte, Michigan. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP

Michigan launches probe into US gymnastics sex abuse doctor

Jan 28, 2018 - 6:29 PM

Attorney General Bill Schuette says his department would "put a bright light at every corner" of Michigan State University, which is under scrutiny for a 2014 investigation that cleared Larry Nassar of serious wrongdoing

PREDATOR. Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar addresses the court during the sentencing phase in Ingham County Circuit Court on January 24, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP

Up to 175 years in jail for disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor

Jan 25, 2018 - 7:43 AM

'I've just signed your death warrant,' Judge Rosemarie Aquilina says as she hands down what amounts to a life sentence to the 54-year-old Nassar

Toddler shoots playmates at Michigan daycare

Sep 28, 2017 - 11:58 PM

Police in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn say the child managed to get a hold of a loaded gun inside a private home that functioned as a daycare

FBI probing Michigan airport stabbing as 'terrorism'

Jun 22, 2017 - 1:33 PM

The stabbing at Bishop International Airport in the city of Flint comes amid a wave of jihadist inspired attacks in Europe

PROBE. Montreal Police guard the front of the 4-story building (rear)in Montreal on June 21, 2017, where Amor Ftouhi, who is suspected of stabbing a Michigan airport police officer, lived before traveling to the US earlier this month. Julien Besset/AFP

Flint water scandal prompts manslaughter charge for Michigan health chief

Jun 15, 2017 - 7:43 AM

Nick Lyon head of the Michigan health department stands accused of failing to raise alarms over an outbreak of Legionnaires disease that investigators tied to the contamination

WATER CRISIS. The Flint Water Plant tower is shown January 13, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP

U.S doctor charged with genital mutilation on girls

Apr 14, 2017 - 9:15 AM

Prosecutors believe it is the first of its kind brought under the US federal law

Fiat Chrysler announces creation of 2,000 U.S. jobs

Jan 09, 2017 - 1:51 PM

The American Italian firm will invest 1 billion by 2020 in two of its factories in the Midwestern states of Michigan and Ohio where the new jobs will be based

A die is shown at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Sterling Stamping Plant August 26, 2016 in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP

Stein switches tactics in Pennsylvania recount drive

Dec 04, 2016 - 10:02 AM

UPDATED The Green Party drops a bid to pursue the recount in a state court citing difficulties raising a million dollar bond demanded by the tribunal but will press on in federal court instead

Voters cast ballots at a polling station at the Big Bear Lake Methodist Church in Big Bear, California, November 8, 2016. Bill Wechter/AFP

Experts, officials trash Trump claim of mass fraud

Nov 29, 2016 - 8:38 AM

Trump who spent the campaign warning that the result might be rigged is now – with his aides – pushing back hard as the Green Party works to secure recounts in 3 states which Trump won: Michigan Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

A man votes at a polling place at a high school in McLean, Virginia during the US presidential election on November 8, 2016.  Andrew Caballero-Reynods/AFP

Trump calls Wisconsin recount a 'scam' as Clinton camp joins

Nov 27, 2016 - 8:13 AM

Hillary Clinton s campaign says it will join the recount which was requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein although it has not seen any irregularities so far in the White House contest won by Trump

Voters cast ballots at a polling station at the Big Bear Lake Methodist Church in Big Bear, California, November 8, 2016. Bill Wechter/AFP

Three days out, Trump and Clinton add emergency campaign stops

Nov 06, 2016 - 8:21 AM

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton adds an extra stopover in Michigan a state that should be safely hers suggesting the race may be closer than either side admits

This combination of pictures shows file photos US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Atkinson, New Hampshire on November 4, 2016 and US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Raleigh, North Carolina, on November 3, 2016. Mandel Ngan and Jewel Samad/AFP

Clinton touts optimism against Trump's grim warnings

Nov 05, 2016 - 3:06 PM

Trump doubles down on his attacks on Clinton as a product of a venal and incompetent establishment while Clinton headlines an optimistic concert spectacular featuring superstar singer Beyonce

Beyonce, Hillary Clinton, and Jay-Z during a Get Out The Vote concert st Wolstein Center on November 4, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Scientists using smartphone app warn of 'global sleep crisis'

May 07, 2016 - 11:23 AM

The study finds social pressures weaken and or conceal biological drives in the evening leading individuals to delay their bedtime and shorten their sleep

Obama to visit water crisis-hit Flint

Apr 28, 2016 - 12:10 AM

Obama says he will visit the majority African American northern city on May 4

VISITING FLINT. US President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One upon his departure from the airport in Hanover, Germany, April 25, 2016. Photo by Holger Holleman/EPA

6 million Americans have lead-tainted water in homes, schools – report

Mar 17, 2016 - 10:46 PM

Tainted water is supplied to hundreds of daycare centers and schools the report from the USA Today says

WATER CRISIS. An undated handout made available on 16 January 2016 by the US Army National Guard shows Master Sgt. Brandon Post and Staff Sgt. Stephen Robel assist carrying water as part of Michigan National Guard support to water distribution mission in Flint, Michigan. US Army National Guard photo by Spc. Eric Bandy/EPA

Researchers unlock fingerprint-protected phones with inkjet prints

Mar 09, 2016 - 5:51 PM

The researchers technical paper outlines the process of using approximately 500 of gear to fake the fingerprint recognition on a Samsung Galaxy S6 and a Huawei Honor 7

FINGERPRINT SPOOFING. Researchers find an alternative method to trick a fingerprint scanner on the Huawei Honor 7 and Samsung Galaxy S6. Image from Michigan State University YouTube video.

Clinton suffers surprise loss in key US primary as Trump triumphs

Mar 09, 2016 - 8:24 AM

UPDATED In the Republican camp frontrunner Donald Trump scored major victories in both Michigan and Mississippi while Ted Cruz takes Idaho; Clinton takes Mississippi while Sanders gets Michigan in a surprise win

A voter casts her ballot for the Michigan presidential primary at a polling station in Warren, Michigan, March 8, 2016. Geoff Robins/AFP

Clinton faces down Sanders, blasts Trump's 'bluster'

Mar 07, 2016 - 10:16 AM

UPDATED Ideological differences between the two Democratic White House hopefuls was thrown into sharp relief Sunday in a sometimes testy debate in Flint Michigan a town where lead tainted water has poisoned thousands of children

FACE OFF. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Whiting Auditorium at the Cultural Center Campus on March 6, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

6 killed in Michigan shooting rampage, suspect arrested

Feb 21, 2016 - 1:53 PM

4th UPDATE Police say there were 3 separate shootings – one outside an apartment complex another outside a car dealership and the third at a chain restaurant

Flint mayor demands lead pipes be replaced after scandal

Feb 10, 2016 - 8:50 AM

Replacing 15 000 lead pipes is the only way that residents of Flint Michigan can feel safe again in the wake of a tainted water scandal the US city s mayor says

The Flint Water Plant tower is shown January 13, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP

Living with contamination: Fear and anger in Flint

Feb 04, 2016 - 2:08 PM

How long is this supposed to go on and what s going to happen next

'NOT FLINT WATER.' A sign at a local restaurant reassures customers that they are not on Flint water but on uncontaminated water pulled from Detroit on January 27, 2016 at Westside Diner in Flint, Michigan. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images/AFP

Volkswagen, Flint point to weakness in US environmental protections

Jan 31, 2016 - 2:51 PM

The two scandals follow similar patterns: government regulators missed a serious violation of environmental laws and only found out from members of the public

CITY IN CRISIS. The Flint River backdropped by the city skyline on January 23, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images/AFP

Replace pipes that 'poisoned' Flint water, lawsuit demands

Jan 28, 2016 - 9:15 AM

The people of Flint cannot trust the state of Michigan to fix this man made disaster and that is why court oversight is critically needed

CITY IN CRISIS. The Flint River backdropped by the city skyline on January 23, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images/AFP

Lead poisoning strikes another US town

Jan 26, 2016 - 9:14 AM

Elevated lead levels were detected months ago in Sebring Ohio but local officials failed to warn residents until last week

The City of Flint Water Plant is illuminated by moonlight on January 23, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images/AFP

Obama anger at Michigan water crisis

Jan 21, 2016 - 11:39 AM

Obama says You can t short change basic services that we provide to our people

The Flint Water Plant tower is shown January 13, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP

Facebook not an information bubble – researchers

May 08, 2015 - 7:57 AM

The study in the journal Science based on an analysis of 10 million Facebook users and seven million web links finds many of the shared stories allowed people to get viewpoints different from their own

NO INFORMATION BUBBLE. A man uses the social networking site Facebook on his phone in a cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam, 28 November 2013. File Photo by Luong Thai Linh/EPA

US Supreme Court appears split on gay marriage

Apr 29, 2015 - 4:08 PM

Experts say recognition of same sex marriage – legal in 37 of the country s 50 states and in the capital Washington but not recognized everywhere – seems inevitable

FOR EQUALITY. Katherine Struck, of Frederick, Maryland, and Aman Ardalan, of Annapolis, Maryland, shout support for Gay Marriage rights, in front of the US Supreme Court, in Washington DC, USA, April 28, 2015. John Boal/EPA

US Supreme Court set for historic gay marriage case

Apr 28, 2015 - 2:03 PM

Experts say recognition of same sex marriage – already legal in 37 of the country s 50 states and in the capital Washington DC – seems inevitable

In this file photo, a gay couple, Marcos German-Domingues (R) and Daniel German-Domingues (L), hold rainbow flags outside the US Supreme Court on the day the high court hears the case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), in Washington DC, USA, March 27, 2013. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Where Obama could lose it all: Senate races to watch

Sep 07, 2014 - 4:23 PM

Republicans must gain six seats to take over the US Senate and many analysts say that goal is within reach

The U.S. Capitol is shown on the morning of June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

UConn to face Kentucky for NCAA basketball crown

Apr 06, 2014 - 3:09 PM

The University of Connecticut toppled top seeded Florida on Saturday and will play Kentucky for America s coveted national collegiate basketball crown

NCAA SHOWDOWN. Terrence Samuel (L), Lasan Kromah (R) and the rest of the UConn Huskies will face the Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA Finals. Photo from Getty Images/AFP

Rappler's Bracketologist breaks down March Madness

Mar 20, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Rappler s bracketologist Naveen Ganglani breaks down the NCAA men s basketball picture as the teams rev up to vie for college basketball supremacy

LET THE MADNESS BEGIN. Rappler's bracketologist breaks down the NCAA Men's Basketball picture

Detroit bankruptcy case can go forward – court

Dec 04, 2013 - 8:31 AM

The city is saddled with more than 18 billion in debt and a tax base depleted by decades of population loss and urban blight

BANKRUPT CITY. A file photo dated 19 July 2013 showing a view over the Detroit skyline in Detroit, Michigan, USA. TEPA/Rena Laverty

WebHits: The science of preservation

Sep 16, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Have you ever wondered how display skeletons come to be so well preserved? Watch how taxonomists make it happen

Brain activity shows basis of near-death experiences

Aug 13, 2013 - 11:01 AM

Apparently the brain keeps on working for up to 30 seconds after blood flow stops a new study reports

Detroit workers fear effects of city's bankruptcy

Aug 04, 2013 - 10:39 AM

Many retirees bristle at the fundamental unfairness of being asked to pay for a financial crisis caused by decades of mismanagement and complex social and economic problems

Louisville claws back to beat Michigan for NCAA title

Apr 09, 2013 - 11:45 AM

Louisville clawed back from a first half deficit to beat Michigan for the NCAA men s basketball championship

Life where you'd least expect it: bacteria survive ice, dark

Nov 27, 2012 - 8:26 AM

Researchers have found bacteria thriving beneath ice in the dark and without oxygen in a lake in Antarctica pushing the boundaries of what was thought necessary to sustain life on Earth

This undated photo courtesy of Desert Research Institute shows the research field camp on Lake Vida, located in Victoria Valley, the northern most of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica.AFP PHOTO / DESERT RESEARCH INSTITUTE/ALISON MURRAY

26 Fil-Ams winning in US polls

Nov 17, 2012 - 3:04 PM

Semi official tallies show more than half of 40 candidates have been elected

INFOGRAPHIC: 2012 U.S. Electoral Map

Nov 11, 2012 - 2:07 PM

UPDATED Here is the 2012 US Election Map showing the distribution of the electoral votes as of Saturday November 10

#USvote: Electoral College tally

Nov 11, 2012 - 9:02 AM

UPDATED Nov 11 Here is the Electoral College tally for the 2012 US presidential election based on projections from the major US networks ABC NBC CBS CNN FOX and the New York Times

LIVE: Obama wins, say U.S. media

Nov 07, 2012 - 8:19 AM

LIVE COVERAGE of the 2012 US presidential election November 6 2012

Voters in full force for U.S. poll finale

Nov 07, 2012 - 6:44 AM

Freezing temperatures in the northeast light drizzle in Chicago and a threat of thunderstorms in Florida did little to deter citizens from lining up at polling stations

Obama, Romney end tumultuous White House campaign

Nov 06, 2012 - 2:10 PM

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney made their final cases to Americans on election eve Monday November 5 capping a grueling negative multi billion dollar campaign and handing their fates to voters

THE BATTLE IS ON. This combination of file pictures shows US President Barack Obama (L) speaking during a campaign event at Prime Osborn Convention Center July 19, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida, and US Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (R) addressing the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit in Washington on October 8, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN /Nicholas KAMM/FILES

Giants win World Series in sweep over Tigers

Oct 29, 2012 - 12:00 PM

UPDATED Ryan Theriot scored the game winning run for the Giants by hitting a single to right field advancing to second base on Brandon Crawford s sacrifice bunt and racing home on a two out single by Marco Scutaro

Sergio Romo #54 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates with his teammates after striking out Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers in the tenth inning to win Game Four of the Major League Baseball World Series at Comerica Park on October 28, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the tenth inning to win the World Series in 4 straight games. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP