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Univ. of Michigan cancels study abroad programs due to virus

Sep. 29, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has canceled undergraduate study abroad programs for the school’s upcoming winter term due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus, continuing travel restrictions and planning time needed for students. Nearly every country is under a University of...

FILE - in this Aug. 3, 2007, file photo magic mushrooms are seen in a grow room at the Procare farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands. Magic mushrooms and other psychedelic plants and fungi are now effectively decriminalized in Ann Arbor, Mich., at least in terms of city police enforcement priority. City Council voted unanimously Monday night, Sept. 21, 2020 in favor of a resolution declaring it's the city's lowest law enforcement priority to investigate and arrest anyone for planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, engaging in practices with or possessing entheogenic plants or plant compounds. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Ann Arbor decriminalizes magic mushrooms, psychedelic plants

Sep. 26, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The city of Ann Arbor has decriminalized psychedelic plants and fungi, including magic mushrooms, and police officers will no longer make them an enforcement focus. City Council voted unanimously Sept. 21 in favor of a resolution declaring it the city’s lowest law enforcement...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2016, file photo Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen prepares to speak at the Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention in Washington. Larsen is one of the women on Donald Trump’s short list to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

'Justice Joan' Larsen emerges as finalist for Supreme Court

Sep. 22, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One of the women on Donald Trump’s short list to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court got her first taste of politics as a college student stuffing envelopes for Democrat Joe Biden’s 1988 presidential run. But, by 1996, Joan L. Larsen was volunteering...

FILE - In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Amy Coney Barrett, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit judge, speaks during the University of Notre Dame's Law School commencement ceremony at the university, in South Bend, Ind. Barrett, a front-runner to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has established herself as a reliable conservative on hot-button legal issues from abortion to gun control. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

Top contenders for Ginsburg's seat on Supreme Court

Sep. 22, 2020 1:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has said he would nominate a woman to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of 87 and was a champion of gender equality. A look at the top contenders: ___ AMY CONEY BARRETT Barrett, 48, is widely considered to be the front-runner. She was...

FILE - In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Amy Coney Barrett, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit judge, speaks during the University of Notre Dame's Law School commencement ceremony at the university, in South Bend, Ind. Barrett, a front-runner to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has established herself as a reliable conservative on hot-button legal issues from abortion to gun control. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

Top contenders for Ginsburg's seat on Supreme Court

Sep. 22, 2020 1:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has said he would nominate a woman to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of 87 and was a champion of gender equality. A look at the top contenders: ___ AMY CONEY BARRETT Barrett, 48, is widely considered to be the front-runner. She was...

Alyson and Phil Irwin the parents of 1-year-old conjoined twins Sarabeth and Amelia Irwin visit at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Aug. 26, 2020, after more than two dozen doctors, nurses and specialist separated them. The nearly 11-hour surgery was performed in August at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital about 14 months after their birth. They're now at home. (Photo by Joe Hallisy/Michigan Medicine via AP)

'Power of positive': Michigan conjoined twins separated

Sep. 18, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Doctors at the University of Michigan have separated 1-year-old conjoined twin sisters. Sarabeth and Amelia Irwin of Petersburg, Michigan, each had their own arms and legs and heart, but their livers were connected, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital said Friday. The nearly 11-hour...

U-Michigan governing board backs President Mark Schlissel

Sep. 17, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The governing board at the University of Michigan expressed support Thursday for President Mark Schlissel, two days after he acknowledged that trust in his leadership had slipped on campus. Schlissel has been criticized for the university's response to the coronavirus. Separately,...

Students who teach end strike at University of Michigan

Sep. 17, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Graduate students who teach at the University of Michigan returned to classes Thursday after voting to end a strike. The Graduate Employees' Organization, which represents about 2,000 students who teach or assist, said it achieved “critical progress” on child care...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren addresses the media in Indianapolis. The Big Ten’s plan to play football this fall includes trying to save lives in the future. The conference announced Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, it would have a football season this fall. The Big Ten is setting up a cardiac registry to study the effects COVID-19 has on student-athletes' hearts. Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said it will help all students, surrounding communities, and the entire nation. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Big Ten's cardiac registry aims to study effects of COVID-19

Sep. 16, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Big Ten’s plan to play football this fall includes trying to save lives in the future. The conference, which reversed course and announced Wednesday it would have a fall football season, is setting up a cardiac registry to study the effects COVID-19 has on athletes'...

United Nations General Assembly President-elect Volkan Bozkir gives a joint press conference with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Bozkir arrived in Islamabad on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral, international and regional issues with Pakistani leadership. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

The Latest: UN assembly head warns of pandemic unilateralism

Sep. 15, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The new president of the U.N. General Assembly is warning that unilateralism will only strengthen the COVID-19 pandemic and is calling for a new commitment to global cooperation including on the fair and equitable distribution of vaccines. Turkish diplomat and politician Volkan Bozkir, who...