Amid our vacations, fireworks and barbecues Wednesday, it's easy to forget that we are actually commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The most famous phrase from that document is one of our nation's founding values: "All men are created equal." As it happens, this July Fourth week brings two significant victories for that value that are worth celebrating.
As the presidential race moves to Michigan for Tuesday's primary, a lot of focus is on the state's economy -- one of the hardest-hit by the recession.
If you're thinking of setting up an amazing man cave or showing off a ginormous baby bump next year, think again.
In another sign of the turnaround of the U.S. auto industry, the unemployment rate in Michigan has dropped below 10% November, the first time it's been that low in three years.
A 9-year-old girl, propped on a booster seat behind the steering wheel of a van, was her father's "designated driver" during a recent wee-hours foray to a gas station, according to police in Michigan.
Swift, severe thunderstorms killed a man in Michigan and wiped out power for hundreds of thousands in Illinois on Monday.
A divided federal appeals court on Friday struck down Michigan's controversial ban on consideration of race and gender in college admissions.
Imagine you have a boss who, from time to time, unleashes his temper at you. He yells. He curses. He tells you that the final product of your work -- your very, very hard work, mind you -- is complete garbage. He then even tells you it's a joke, really, just how incompetent you are.
At least nine people were injured Tuesday evening when lightning hit a soccer field in Portage, Michigan, authorities said.
The classic "Seinfeld" episode "The Bottle Deposit" will be 15 years old in May. In honor of Kramer and Newman's ill-fated trip to Michigan in a mail truck full of bottles and cans they hoped to redeem for dimes, let's take a look at why Michigan's bottle deposit is so high.
Michigan has reduced unemployment benefits, with Gov. Rick Snyder signing into law a bill cutting the payouts by six weeks.
A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two Michigan women, including a mother who went missing shortly after her children left on the bus for school, authorities said.
Michigan officials are expected to release more details Friday morning on a freight train that derailed leaking an undetermined fluid that prompted the evacuation of about two dozen of people.
The unemployment rate in 21 states and the District of Columbia rose last month, according to a government report out Friday, signaling the persistent joblessness that has plagued the recovery.
Bond is set for $3 million for their father, who faces kidnapping charges
A Michigan mall reopened Sunday after closing early Saturday night when a shooting left two people critically injured, police said.
Police in Harper Woods, Michigan, say two gunman fired shots at a busy mall Saturday night, injuring two people.
Police and neighbors were searching for three young Michigan boys Saturday who have been missing since their father claimed he dropped them off with a woman before trying to kill himself a day earlier.
There's a large number of homes, either already repossessed by lenders or very seriously delinquent, that are poised to be added to the already glutted supply of homes on the market.
General Motors will invest $190 million in a Lansing, Mich., auto plant, adding 600 new jobs, the city's mayor said Wednesday.
An oil pipeline that on September 9 began leaking crude oil just southwest of Chicago, Illinois, was back up and running Friday morning, owner Enbridge Energy Partners LP announced.
Family worries about a crude oil pipeline on their land. Congress may soon strengthen rules. CNN's Chris Welch reports.
Brad Keselowski does a bi-weekly diary for SI.com. Heading to Bristol this weekend, he previews the Saturday night fight under the lights while reflecting on a week full of hometown cookin' in Rochester Hills, Mich. Also in this latest edition: his take on the Ryan Newman -- Joey Logano saga, thoughts on adding a mid-week race to the schedule and why he's a Florida "hater."
Many state programs that help small businesses get loans they need to survive or expand are in jeopardy, victims of the economic downturn and state budget gaps.
Investigators involved in the case of serial killing suspect Elias Abuelazam went to Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday to retrieve two of his bags, Michigan police said.
No one in NASCAR -- not the drivers who have walked away from harrowing crashes, not the pit crew members who have been hit by a race car on pit road and lived to tell about it -- is luckier than team owner Jack Roush.
A 33-year-old Israeli citizen was charged with assault with intent to murder in Michigan Thursday in connection with 18 stabbings that left five people dead across three states, according to a Michigan prosecutor.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a meeting Tuesday night to update the public on efforts to clean an oil spill in Michigan creek.
Officials discuss oil cleanup efforts following a pipeline break in a creek that feeds into the Kalamazoo River.
A Canada-based energy company and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have doubled their resources in their bid to contain and clean up a Michigan oil spill, officials said Wednesday.
A leaking pipeline spills an estimated 840,000 gallons of oil into a Michigan creek. Affiliate WXMI reports.
The sound of the waves helps me daydream as I watch the wind carry grains of sand across my toes. Seagulls circle the water, carefully watching their prey. My niece and nephew giggle as they build sand castles on the beach. And as I look to the horizon, sailboats speckle the water with mighty freighters in the distance.
The president touts progress toward economic recovery at a battery manufacturing plant in Holland, Michigan.
Federal authorities are investigating the crash of small plane in northern Michigan town of Saint Ignace that killed four people and injured a fifth.
Nevada's jobless rate hit a record high last month and and is now the highest in the nation, the first time in four years that Michigan doesn't hold that distinction, according to a government report released Friday.
Federal prosecutors are fighting to keep behind bars eight Michigan militia members accused of plotting to kill police officers as part of a revolt against the U.S. government.
Federal authorities decided to arrest members of the Hutaree militia group upon learning they were planning an exercise in April that might have included violence, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.
The annual unemployment rate rose across all states and the nation's capital last year, with Michigan and Nevada posting the biggest jumps, according to a government report released Wednesday.
A 62-year-old Michigan man was severely burned when a homemade rocket strapped on his back exploded while he slid down a snowy hill on a sled, authorities said this week.
A growing number of states reported rising jobless rates in October, and thirteen states reported unemployment rates above the national average of 10.2%, according to a government report released on Friday.
The federal government on Wednesday named which companies will get $2.4 billion in stimulus grants to develop batteries, parts and programs for electric cars.
Michigan became the first state in 25 years to suffer an unemployment rate exceeding 15%, according to a report released Friday by the Labor Department.
A collision involving two big-rigs and a car Wednesday caused an explosion that sent flames and clouds of smoke billowing and collapsed a highway overpass just north of Detroit, Michigan.
The dour headlines were delivered with drumbeat regularity: MICHIGAN BRACES FOR MORE BUDGET CUTS, roared the Detroit Free Press.
Michigan officials said Friday that the state is closing three prisons and five prison camps in hopes of narrowing a $1.4 billion budget gap for fiscal 2010.
This is undoubtedly way too unsophisticated a solution to the troubles in the American auto industry, but it has to be better than bankruptcy or federal edicts:
The future of Detroit is electric cars, the governor of Michigan declared in an opinion piece on Newsweek's Web site.
The unemployment rate in Michigan, suffering under the near-collapse of the auto industry, hit 12% in February, according to data released by the state on Wednesday.
The number of states suffering monthly job losses more than doubled in September, with Michigan losing the greatest number of jobs, according to a government report released Tuesday.
The number of out-of-work Americans filing new claims for unemployment insurance last week fell more than expected, according to a government report released Thursday.
It's a dead heat in Michigan, which has voted largely Democratic in the past four elections. CNN's John King reports.
It's a title Michigan likely doesn't want.
Government data painted a bleak economic picture for Michigan, where the auto industry's downward plunge has rippled across the state
In the world of higher education, summer is usually the off-season.
A federal judge has overturned a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to allow oil and gas drilling near a forest and a river in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula
From Nebraska to Indiana, thousands hit by storms are wondering what happened - and what's next. CNN's Susan Roesgen reports.
Severe storms with heavy rains, high winds and lightning swept across the Midwest to the East Coast on Sunday, flooding towns from Iowa to Michigan, threatening levees and leaving at least eight people dead.
A 30-member Democratic Party panel decided Saturday how to award Florida and Michigan delegates to presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama.
With just three contests left in the Democratic primary season, Sen. Hillary Clinton is making a big push for votes. But her presidential hopes may now hinge on a meeting of a Democratic Party panel.
Panelists discuss the battle over Florida and Michigan delegates as well as the firestorm over Scott McClellan's book.
A helicopter crashed into the roof of a hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Local governments and state universities in Michigan can't offer health insurance to the partners of gay workers, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday
A woman who escaped prison 32 years ago is found and arrested. Affiliate KUSI reports.
Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak proposed a plan Monday that would apportion his state's delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
The pro-day workouts are starting to wind down as the draft draws near. Several lesser-known prospects from big college programs really made names for themselves this week. In a draft with little depth, many of these players secured spots for themselves in the later rounds. There were also a few big-name prospects who stood out.
Sen. Barack Obama talks to CNN's Larry King about Michigan's failed effort to schedule a new Democratic primary.
Sen. Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House suffered a blow Thursday when Michigan's state Senate adjourned without passing a bill to schedule a new Democratic primary.
By joining Florida in deciding not to revote, the state deals a blow to the candidate's plan to convince superdelegates she should be the nominee
A top Michigan Democrat expressed frustration Wednesday with Sen. Barack Obama for not embracing a plan to conduct a revote of the state's Democratic primary.
Two Florida state senators presented a plan Wednesday to seat the state's delegates at the Democratic National Convention, hoping that Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will embrace their compromise.
Sen. Barack Obama told CNN on Wednesday the recent uproar over his former pastor's sermons has reminded him of the odds he faces in winning the White House.
Now that officials in Florida nixed a primary revote, the focus has shifted to Michigan Tuesday where a proposal is taking shape for Democrats to hold a new presidential primary, a Democratic source close to the negotiations says.
The state's Democrats abandon efforts to hold a new primary, and plans for a revote in Michigan are also struggling. Hillary doesn't have many straws left to grasp at
A proposal is taking shape for Michigan Democrats to hold a new presidential primary, a Democratic source close to the negotiations says.
What do these stories all have in common?
For two weeks we have watched nearly every political hack from Michigan and Florida hit the airwaves to tell us that voters in those states deserve to have their votes counted, and new elections should be called for and paid by the Democratic National Committee.
Four people said to have acted on behalf of the Earth Liberation Front have been indicted on a charge of setting fire to an agriculture research building on the Michigan State University campus more than eight years ago, authorities announced Tuesday.
CNN's Joe Johns reports on what led to a 'train wreck' in Florida and Michigan, and what it could mean in November.
Political leaders on Sunday debated the idea of again holding votes in Michigan and Florida using a mail-in ballot to resolve the issue of delegates from those states being barred from participating in the nominating process.
With the race between Clinton and Obama changing, how does delegate count stack up? CNN's Josh Levs reports.
Democrats agree that new voting is needed to determine convention delegates for Florida and Michigan, but they can't figure out how to pay for it.
Sen. Barack Obama raised $55 million in February, his campaign reported Thursday, setting a record for political fundraising in one month.
CNN's John Zarrella reports on the intensified calls for Florida and Michigan delegates to count.
Will the recount state become the re-primary state? Will voters in Michigan have their say in picking a Democratic candidate for president?
Florida and Michigan could go from having no say in the Democratic nominating process to deciding the nominee if their states' political leaders succeed in getting their delegates seated.
DNC Chairman Howard Dean says Florida and Michigan can abide by party rules or appeal at the convention.
The receivers and tight ends took to the RCA Dome this weekend and completed their combine workouts. The results were good for the most part, and both positions look solid heading towards April's draft.
Much is made of the annual coaching carousel, and rightfully so -- obviously, anytime a Rich Rodriguez goes to Michigan or a Bobby Petrino goes to Arkansas, there's likely to be a major impact, not only on the programs involved, but potentially the national landscape.
Shortly before last season's BCS bowls, I was having a conversation with an athletic director at one of the nation's football powers when he mentioned he still had a game to fill on his 2008 non-conference schedule. At such a late stage, he said, he would likely have to resort to a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) opponent.
Snowy weather causes a major pileup in Gates, New York.
Players are committing earlier and earlier these days. How early? Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei quarterback Matt Barkley, one of the nation's top prospects for the class of 2009, already announced his commitment to USC.
Just before the critical South Carolina primary on Saturday, it's clear what the Republican presidential candidates learned from the Michigan primary: focus on the economy.
Mitt Romney's campaign got a Michigan boost, but his foes are already looking to South Carolina. CNN's Mary Snow reports
Against Michigan's economically sullen landscape, the GOP candidate found his footing. Can he sustain his bounce?
The most compelling action during Michigan's primary Tuesday will be on the Republican side. The Democratic Party has stripped the state of its delegates for moving up its primary date so early, and top-tier Democratic candidates have taken their names off the ballot, except for Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Mitt Romney claimed a much-needed victory in Tuesday's Michigan Republican primary, making the race for the GOP presidential nomination anybody's game.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney claims victory in Michigan.
Almost a half century ago, the state of Michigan put an auto industry executive named George Romney on the political map. On Tuesday evening, it may have put his son's presidential campaign back on track.
CNN's Bill Schneider and Gloria Borger take a look at the exit polls and break down Mitt Romney's Michigan win.
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