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  1. U-M analysis: Rural health care options more limited in Michigan

    Consumers in Metro Detroit have plenty of insurance options to choose from under the subsidized federal marketplace, with hospitals accepting most of those plans. But access to health care remains limited in rural areas of the state.

    • 12:33 AM, Apr. 21, 2014
    • NATION-WORLD

    Boston Marathon security as high as excitement

    Boston There was a tense excitement running through this city as it prepared for the 118th Boston Marathon, with residents waiting to see how much of the event’s traditional carefree spirit would remain after officials implemented security measures to make the 26.2-mile route “the safest place on the planet.”

  2. Michigan's Congress hopefuls rush to join races

    A flurry of candidates is gathering petition signatures to meet Tuesday's filing deadline for five open seats in Congress — a rare opportunity in Michigan for the politically ambitious.

    • 1:19 AM, Apr. 21, 2014
    • SCHOOLS

    More Michigan dads volunteer to help at school

    Royal Oak Moms still lead school volunteer efforts, but dads increasingly are becoming more involved with groups like the WATCH D.O.G.S. and the Parent Teachers Association.

  3. Rick Porcello's impact growing on Tigers' starry staff

    In some ways, he's as grizzled as a 25-year-old guy can be. Rick Porcello has been around for good times, bad times, big times and small times. Half of being a pitcher is finding your way to the mound, and the other half is staying there.

  4. Bruins take advantage of Red Wings' mistakes

    What the Red Wings knew coming into the series against the best team in the NHL during the regular season is they needed to make few mistakes, get good goaltending, retain their style of game and use their speed in order to prevail. Apparently, after accomplishing that in Game 1, they got a big reminder in Game 2.

  5. Tips for getting 'Frozen' out of your head

    Parents fed up with the soundtrack of 'Frozen,' which seems to be stuck on repeat in their children's brains, may also not want to hear this advice from a music professor at Northwestern University, who regularly deals with unrelenting melodies.

  6. Former Pistons executive Scott Perry could be ready for his shot as general manager

    The Pistons have promised a wide-ranging search for their new head of basketball operations, soliciting assistance from near and far, with research firms leading the pursuit.

  7. Pfister, Depp reunite for sci-fi 'Transcendence'

    For more than a decade, cinematographer Wally Pfister brought director Christopher Nolan's cinematic visions to life. Now, he's the one calling the shots.

  8. Four possible Pistons GM candidates with local ties

    The Detroit News' Vincent Goodwill takes a look at four possible Pistons general manager candidates who have ties to Detroit.

  9. 50 isn't too late to fix up finances

    Reaching the age of 50 can be a financial wake-up call.

  10. New Tigers farmhand J.D. Martinez shows off his power at Toledo

    No one had to introduce J.D. Martinez to the Tigers. They had known about him for years, long before he signed a big league contract with the Astros in 2009.

  11. Tigers minor league report: Justin not only Verlander making name for himself in system

    The Detroit News' Lynn Henning takes a look at who's hot and who's not in the Tigers' minor-league system.

  12. Taking the first step toward retirement planning

    Q. I am 27 and have a bit of money saved that I haven't touched for years. I'd like to grow it, but I'm not sure of the best way.

  13. Save your refund? That's the REAL no-brainer

    It's no secret that we Americans can be a nation of dim-bulbs when it comes to spending our money, which we so often do in breathtakingly stupid ways. During ...

  14. Retirement assets are making a comeback

    Retirement assets at the end of 2013 were the highest on record, a strong indication that many savers have seen their investment accounts bounce back from the ...

  15. Sick day laws giving companies few ills

    New York — As more cities mandate paid sick days for workers, the reaction from many small businesses is a big, so what?

  16. College athletes not alone in game to define work status

    What do exotic dancers, Sleepy's mattress delivery men, graduate assistants, FedEx drivers, cleaning contractors, student interns, carpenters and college ...

  17. Pew study: 'Gotcha' issues persist at banks

    The nation's biggest banks are doing a better job of clearly disclosing key terms and fees on checking accounts, but more rules are needed to protect consumers ...

    • 9:38 PM, Apr. 20, 2014
    • OBITUARIES

    Firefighter Robert Louis Smith Jr. won multiple awards for bravery, service

    Detroit — Fighting fires and saving lives was not only Robert Louis Smith Jr.'s job, it was also a mission he strongly believed in, his family said.

  18. 'The Boondocks' back for final 'offensive' season

    The brash animated series 'The Boondocks' returns to Adult Swim tonight for its fourth and final season without Aaron McGruder, the man who spawned it, but ...

  19. Mortgage rates slip amid tepid housing market

    Washington — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell last week week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins.

  20. Boston Marathon entrants run to honor survivors

    Boston The messages started arriving just hours after the bombings, pleading for an entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon. For months the calls and emails continued, ...

  21. Venturing into real estate clubs

    Kimberly and Edward Rushing's fledgling real estate investment venture got off to a rocky start.

  22. Birmingham library asks too much of taxpayers

    One of the concerns is cost. The plan is the most expensive drafted over the past few years for the Baldwin library, which serves residents in Birmingham, ...

  23. Is Land the answer in Michigan?

    Robert Griffin, now 90, who rose to be second in the Republican U.S. Senate leadership, was defeated in 1978. Since then, only one Michigan Republican, Spencer ...

  24. Help for persistent carpal tunnel syndrome

    Dear Dr. Roach: In August 2013, I had surgery on my right wrist for carpal tunnel syndrome. The numbness in my fingers has not changed. Now I’m faced with the ...

  25. Doctor may help a mother who wants to die

    Dear Abby: My 83-year-old mother has decided she wants to die. She says she's miserable, but I think she's causing her own misery. She has medications to ...

  26. Obama must defend NATO's red line

    Vladimir Putin's Russia, with some 40,000 troops massed just outside Ukraine, seems to have taken effective control of a significant chunk of Ukraine — or at ...

  27. New boss reluctant to delegate tasks

    Q. After my boss was promoted, our director asked if I would handle her responsibilities until he could find a replacement. I had no interest in the position ...

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