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EAST LANSING — Michigan farmers and forest owners must submit an application by Jan. 22 to be eligible for conservation financial assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture.

WASHINGTON (AP) — After numerous fits and starts and months of inaction, optimism is finally building in Washington for a COVID-19 aid bill that would offer relief for businesses, the unemployed, schools, and health care providers, among others struggling as caseloads are spiking.

It is a Friday night and we had a nice, sunny day in the 60s. I spent the day with our children who have muscular dystrophy at their annual appointments in Ann Arbor. It was a long day, leaving home at 5:30 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m. It’s also a stressful, tiresome day for them to do all t…

Platinum prices have been skyrocketing for weeks and suddenly blasted even higher as realizations of new and increased uses for the white metal, as well as a relatively small stockpile, drew speculators and end users into a frantic buying spree. Platinum, historically above gold in price, sp…

If you need a break in between the sugary excesses of Thanksgiving and Christmas you might try baking a savory cake. The French (of course) first introduced savory cakes to the vast pantheon of cake-baking. In France they are called “gateaux salé,” which literally means “salty cakes.”

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that her administration may extend portions of a three-week partial shutdown of schools and businesses next week because of the “sheer volume” of coronavirus cases in Michigan.

To Billy Strings. The one-time Traverse City resident’s latest studio album, “Home,” has been nominated for a Grammy Award for best bluegrass album.

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Bill Burt and George Bremer discuss which teams might be Super Bowl sleeper picks; Elton Hayes and Kevin Brockway talk about the messy situation with the Big Ten football championship game; Clay Horning thinks a pause on pandemic-time sports would cut down on the crazy.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative evangelical Christians have proven some of Donald Trump’s staunchest allies during his presidency. As his administration draws to a close, some of those backers are approaching President-elect Joe Biden with skepticism, but not antagonism.

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YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched across the Armenian capital Saturday to push for the resignation of the ex-Soviet nation's prime minister over his handling of the conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.