Grand Rapids

  • New York City Oct 24, 2019

    Stretchy, Lovable Slime Takes Up Residence in New York City

    Slime, the bedazzled, stretchy sensation that has spawned its own social media influencers and fans of all ages, is taking up residence in New York City. An immersive, 8,000-square-foot (743.22-sq. meter) museum dedicated to all things slime opens Friday for a nearly six-month celebration complete with a sticky barefoot lake walk and DIY bar. There’s also the opportunity to don...

  • judge Sep 27, 2019

    Michigan Adoption Agencies Can Turn Away LGBT Couples, Judge Rules

    Religious-based adoption agencies that contract with the state of Michigan will be allowed to refuse to place children in LGBT homes under a preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge Thursday. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids blocked Democratic state Attorney General Dana Nessel, Michigan’s first openly gay statewide officeholder, from barring the faith-based agencies from excluding LGBT couples...

  • Singer Aug 8, 2019

    Willie Nelson Cancels Tour, Cites ‘Breathing Problem’

    Willie Nelson has canceled his tour because of a “breathing problem.” The 86-year-old singer apologized on Twitter late Wednesday, writing “I need to have my doctor check out.” Nelson had just finished performing with Alison Krauss in Toledo, Ohio, and he was next scheduled to appear Friday in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He wrote “I’ll be back.”

  • America Jun 3, 2019

    Summer of Flavor: McDonald’s Dishes Out International Favorites to U.S. Stores

    McDonald’s is moving on to burger and better things by rolling out international cuisine across its U.S. stores — with a new twist on the McFlurry and the return of a fan favorite. Starting in San Bernardino, the Golden Arches have expanded to more than 100 countries, picking up unique specialty dishes along the way. Now, McDonald’s is rolling out...

  • America Jun 2, 2019

    Summer of Flavor: McDonald’s Dishes Out International Favorites to U.S. Stores

    McDonald’s is moving on to burger and better things by rolling out international cuisine across its U.S. stores — with a new twist on the McFlurry and the return of a fan favorite. Starting in San Bernardino, the Golden Arches have expanded to more than 100 countries, picking up unique specialty dishes along the way. Now, McDonald’s is rolling out...

  • Donald Trump May 14, 2019

    Trump Targets Pell Grant Money for NASA’s Budget Boost

    The Trump administration is hoping to shift money for Pell Grants for college education to fund new spending, including a $1.6 billion bump for NASA. Under a budget amendment sent Monday evening to Congress, the administration would use an additional $1.9 billion in surplus Pell Grant money to fund other budget priorities, including an infusion of new cash for NASA...

  • Donald Trump Mar 29, 2019

    Trump Takes a Victory Lap: ‘The Russia Hoax Is Finally Dead’

    President Donald Trump took a post-Mueller summary victory lap at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Thursday, telling supporters that “after three years of lies and smears and slander, the Russia hoax is finally dead.” “The collusion delusion is over. The special counsel completed its report and found no collusion and no obstruction. …Total exoneration. Complete vindication,” he...

  • United States Jan 23, 2019

    3 From Michigan Charged With Planning to Aid Islamic State

    Federal prosecutors say three Michigan residents have been charged with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group. They say FBI agents arrested Muse Abdikadir Muse, Mohamud Abdikadir Muse and Mohamed Salat Haji on Monday, and prosecutors charged the Lansing residents in a complaint filed Tuesday.

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Dec 7, 2018

    Strange Odor Leads to Dismembered Body Parts

    A man who discovered parts of a woman’s body in the basement of his Grand Rapids, Michigan apartment house says he hadn’t noticed anything unusual in previous days.

  • Michigan Sep 6, 2018

    Amway Founder, Orlando Magic Owner Richard DeVos Dies

    Billionaire Richard DeVos, co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, died Thursday. He was 92. Family spokesman Nick Wasmiller says DeVos died at his Ada, Michigan, home due to complications from an infection. DeVos was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He started Amway along with friend, Jay Van Andel, in...

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Sep 4, 2018

    Twins Held at Gunpoint by Police

    Police in Grand Rapids, Michigan have released body camera footage showing the detention of twin 11-year-old boys and an older teen. Officers say they matched description of the suspect, while their mother says they were racially profiled.

  • United States Jun 22, 2018

    Man in Westborough Reunited With Kids Who Were Detained

    A Guatemalan man living in Massachusetts was reunited Tuesday with his two children after they spent five weeks in a Michigan detention facility. Elmer Oliva’s wife and kids were detained at the U.S.-Mexico border and separated as part of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy. His wife remains in a Texas detention center.

  • Michigan May 18, 2018

    ‘You’re Not Getting My Louis Vuitton’: Mich. Man Refuses to Give Up Bag to Armed Robber

    A Michigan man said he “worked very hard” to buy his $1,700 Louis Vuitton bag, so much so that he refused to give it up when an armed robber demanded the pricey possession. Jerad Kluting told WOOD TV8 a man approached him Monday evening while walking in Holland Township, outside of Grand Rapids. “In one motion,” Kluting said, the man...

  • United States Mar 28, 2018

    Train Line From NYC to the Berkshires Could Begin as Early as 2019: Reports

    A train shuttling passengers between New York City and the scenic Berkshires in western Massachusetts could begin as early as next summer, according to reports.

  • CEO May 2, 2018

    More Businesses Mellowing Out Over Hiring Pot Smokers

    Interviews with hiring executives, employment lawyers and agencies that help employers fill jobs indicate that dropping marijuana testing is among the steps more companies are taking to expand their pool of applicants to fill a near-record level of openings.

  • NBC Apr 19, 2018

    ‘It Never Gets Old’: Michigan Parents Welcome 14th Son

    A Michigan couple with 13 sons has welcomed a 14th into the family. “It never gets old,” mom Kateri Schwandt said on the “Today” show Friday. Jay and Kateri Schwandt’s latest addition was born Wednesday evening, weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measuring 21 inches long. The Rockford couple got creative with the baby’s name to commemorate their family’s streak:...

  • attorney Apr 10, 2018

    Lawsuit: Michigan State Discouraged Report of Alleged Rape by Basketball Players

    A woman who attends Michigan State University filed a federal lawsuit against the school Monday alleging that three former men’s basketball players sexually assaulted her at an off-campus apartment in 2015 and that she was discouraged from reporting what happened. The woman and players are not named in the suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids....

  • United States Mar 28, 2018

    That $100 Check Tucked Among Your ValPak Coupons is Real, Company Says

    Hundreds of dollars stuffed in Valpak’s coupon-filled envelopes are going in the trash because customers think the checks are fake. Valpak says not so fast, the checks are real. The company announced in December that it would begin inserting $100 checks in its blue Valpak envelopes nationwide in honor of the company’s 50th anniversary. Its $100 Instant Win program began...

  • Twitter Mar 26, 2018

    Basketball Player From Chicago Dies After Collapsing on Court in G League Game

    A minor league basketball player from Chicago died Monday, just two days after he collapsed on a court during the Grand Rapids Drive’s victory over Long Island.

  • driver Feb 9, 2018

    Winter Storm Pounding Midwest Blamed for 2 Deaths

    A winter storm pounding the Midwest caused at least two deaths Friday, authorities said, while closing schools and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights. Snow-related crashed snarled highways across southern Michigan, with one person killed when a semitrailer struck the rear of a car stopped in traffic on U.S. 23 near Flint, police said. A Michigan State Police trooper...

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