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  1. Labor Day weekend to bolster solid year for Michigan tourism

    Experts say despite this year's cool spring and summer, 2014 is on track for being a profitable year for Michigan's tourism industry.

    • 9:51 AM, Aug. 29, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • CHRYSLER

    Fiat clears big hurdle in Chrysler tie-up

    Fiat cleared a big hurdle in completing its long-planned merger with Chrysler, saying the number of shareholders seeking to sell their shares didn't surpass a hike that could have delayed the tie-up.

    • 11:38 PM, Aug. 28, 2014
    • SCHOOLS

    Several dozen teacher pacts in limbo

    The school year hasn't started yet but teachers may already look beleaguered. The reason has nothing to do with organizing classes, assembling lesson plans and learning students’ names.

    • 8:42 AM, Aug. 29, 2014
    • METRO AND STATE

    Detroit welcomes national Muslim convention

    In Detroit for the first time, the Islamic Society of North America's 51st annual convention features sessions on topics such as using culture to transmit the religion's values between generations.

  2. Wojo's pigskin picks: Michigan State wants no part of Michigan's stunning upset history

    Now that Michigan State is ruler of the state and ruler of the Big Ten, it's my duty, as arbiter of all that's righteous and ridiculous about college football, to lay out the responsibilities for such a lofty position.

  3. Lions competition at receiver remains fierce as cutdown looms

    The competition for the final two or three wide receiver spots on the 53-man roster is as tight as any other position. Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Jeremy Ross are locks, and the rest of the group hopes the Lions keep six receivers instead of five.

  4. Michigan freshman Jabrill Peppers is already turning heads

    Peppers, who has not been made available to media for interviews this fall, has distinguished himself through preseason camp and worked his way into the starting lineup as a nickel and at punt returner.

  5. Michigan State's defense: New faces, same goals

    When Michigan State lines up on defense Friday night, there certainly will be a different look, with six starters gone from a year ago. Should a bit of a drop-off be expected? Perhaps. Just don't try to convince the guys still around.

  6. 1 dead in triple shooting on Detroit's west side

    Police are investigating a triple shooting that has left one dead and two wounded on the city's west side. The two survivors are being uncooperative with investigators, however.

  7. Lions' James Ihedigbo skips Buffalo trip for treatment on ailment

    James Ihedigbo sat out the Lions' third exhibition against Jacksonville to rest, but after he skipped the trip to Buffalo Thursday night, coach Jim Caldwell indicated the starting strong safety is dealing with some kind of ailment.

  8. Senegal confirms its 1st case of Ebola

    Dakar, Senegal — A man infected with Ebola traveled to Senegal, becoming the first recorded in this country of an outbreak that has hit four other West African countries and has killed more than 1,5000 people, the Ministry of Health said Friday.

    • 6:46 PM, Aug. 28, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE
    • HOMESTYLE

    Homearama design team spotlights luxury, fun, fantasy

    For those who visit the return of Homerama, — a spectacle of six brand new multimillion-dollar luxury homes — memory points abound. It's like the Disneyland of luxury homes.

  9. As a new TV season approaches, fave shows get ready to sign off

    If we're just about at the beginning of a new TV season, why does it feel so much like things are ending? Maybe because they are: 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'The Newsroom,' 'Mad Men' and more.

    • 10:53 PM, Aug. 28, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • RETAIL

    Cool weather heats up back-to-school sales

    Cooler summer temperatures earlier this summer have heated up back-to-school sales, sending shoppers to stores sooner than in previous years.

  10. Now's the time to seed your lawn, fix damage

    Any bare spot in the lawn larger than 4 inches in diameter should be reseeded before weeds have a chance to sprout. The good news is now is the best time do ...

  11. Slide-in bridge technology allows a quicker fix

    If you are fascinated by construction technology, have I got a video for you.

    • 12:51 AM, Aug. 29, 2014
    • SPORTS
    • GOLF

    I.K. Kim leads after first round of Portland Classic

    I.K. Kim birdied the first four holes on the back nine Thursday and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Portland Classic.

  12. Ice Bucket Challenge has us put up or shut up

    I guess it was only a matter of time before the chain reaction of a do-good movement came under attack by naysayers. The otherwise heart-warming Ice Bucket ...

  13. Trendy yarn craft replaces knitting needles with arms

    Earlier this year, Lynette Halalay reached beyond the art of hand-knitting when she embraced what's probably the hottest trend among knitters today: arm- ...

  14. Woman slashes mom, son with box cutter in Warren

    A woman and her young son are recovering from a double slashing Thursday stemming from argument that grew into an assault at an apartment complex on Thursday.

  15. Shelly Sterling talks about husband, Clippers sale

    Los Angeles — When Shelly Sterling was approached by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner ...

  16. Southfield mayor to honor 6 centenarians

    Southfield — The mayor of Southfield will honor six people from 101-106 years old in a ceremony at a Southfield senior living community.

    • 9:09 AM, Aug. 29, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Detroit City Distillery opening in Eastern Market

    Detroit — A craft distillery and tasting room in Detroit's Eastern Market is set to open.

    • 8:56 AM, Aug. 29, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    U.S. consumer spending dips 0.1 percent

    Washington — U.S. consumer spending fell in July, with a drop in auto purchases accounting for most of the weakness. Income growth also slowed.

  17. Comedian Joan Rivers hospitalized in New York City

    New York — Joan Rivers remained in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office.

    • 7:26 AM, Aug. 29, 2014
    • NATION-WORLD

    Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being ...

  18. Chicago-bound Amtrak train hits car in Michigan

    Oshtemo Township — Authorities say a Chicago-bound Amtrak train hit a car that got stuck on tracks in southwestern Michigan, destroying the car.

  19. Shrimp cakes won't make budget crabby

    I love crab cakes, but the price of crab causes me to cringe and my wallet shrink. So instead I make shrimp cakes, blending the ingredients, in the processor.

  20. Labor Day weekend weather in Metro Detroit: sun, rain, sun, rain

    In a nutshell, here's the weather forecast for Friday through Labor Day on Monday: sun, rain, sun, rain.

    • 8:28 AM, Aug. 29, 2014
    • NATION-WORLD

    Icelandic officials say eruption near Bardarbunga

    Reykjavik, Iceland — Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but ...

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