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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration announced Thursday a 60-day suspension of new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters, as officials moved quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment.

A longstanding favorite darting jig for ice fishermen has been given a makeover. Northland has added a rattle to its Puppet Minnow and changed the hooks to make the bait more effective at attracting fish from a distance and then hooking them when they come in.

HOUGHTON LAKE — I’d been fishing a small Jigging Rapala tipped with a minnow head near bottom in 15 feet of water for 90 minutes or so when I noticed a fish appear on the depth finder a couple feet above me.

Second Chance Mushers offers dog sled rides from 6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 or 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23-24 at Shanty Creek's Nordic Center. Rides are also available from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 26-27 at King Orchards. Cost is $65 per ride. Participants must wear face masks and sign a waiver. More details…

TRAVERSE CITY — Applications to the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program open at 9 a.m. Jan. 19.

Bill Burt and George Bremer make their picks in this weekend's NFL conference championships; Elton Hayes and Kevin Brockway discuss which Big Ten basketball teams are trending the right way; Clay Horning talks about how special and unique Drew Brees' connection to New Orleans is.

GLEN LAKE — Finn Hogan never missed a workout for the Glen Lake football program last year, even in the middle of a pandemic.

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Bill Burt and George Bremer make their picks in this weekend's NFL conference championships; Elton Hayes and Kevin Brockway discuss which Big Ten basketball teams are trending the right way; Clay Horning talks about how special and unique Drew Brees' connection to New Orleans is.

Bill Burt and George Bremer make their picks in this weekend's NFL conference championships; Elton Hayes and Kevin Brockway discuss which Big Ten basketball teams are trending the right way; Clay Horning talks about how special and unique Drew Brees' connection to New Orleans is.

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JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi has opened a drive-thru site for coronavirus vaccinations in the state capital, which officials hope will make shots more accessible to African-Americans, who have received the vaccine in much smaller numbers than whites.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution Thursday condemning damage and destruction of religious sites and asking the secretary-general to convene a global conference to spearhead public support for safeguarding places of religious heritage.

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston area health department doctor accused by prosecutors of stealing nine doses of coronavirus vaccine from a damaged vial and administering them to family and friends insists he did nothing wrong and was only trying to ensure the vaccine was not wasted, his attorney sai…

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