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Nearly 50 homes in Kalamazoo County were destroyed by heavy storms last week

PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 50 homes were destroyed and dozens more were seriously damaged during severe weather last week in southwestern Michigan's Kalamazoo County, authorities said Monday. The lost homes included 24 mobile homes near Portage, the county's emergency management office ...

Canadian wildfire smoke chokes Upper Midwest for second straight year

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Smoke from Canadian wildfires has prompted health warnings across the Upper Midwest and Montana for the second year in a row. Fires raging in British Columbia and Alberta have filled the skies with haze over parts of Montana, the ...

Illness took away her voice. AI created a replica she carries in her phone

By MATT O'BRIEN AP Technology Writer PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The voice Alexis "Lexi" Bogan had before last summer was exuberant. She loved to belt out Taylor Swift and Zach Bryan ballads in the car. She laughed all the time — even while corralling misbehaving preschoolers or debating ...

Jury selection to begin in the corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez

By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selection was scheduled to start Monday in the trial of Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat charged with accepting bribes of gold and cash to use his influence to deliver favors that would aid three New Jersey businessmen. Menendez, 70, ...