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United Airlines drops Cleveland as hub airport
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 02 February 2014 07:49

WASHINGTON (AP) — United Airlines said Saturday it will drop its money-losing hub in Cleveland, slashing its daily flights and eliminating 470 jobs.

The company's CEO Jeff Smisek announced in a letter to employees that the airline will no longer use Cleveland to connect fliers coming from other airports around the country. As a result, United's daily departures from the city will fall from 199 currently to 72 by June.

"Our hub in Cleveland hasn't been profitable for over a decade, and has generated tens of millions of dollars of annual losses in recent years," Smisek states. "We simply cannot continue to bear these losses."

United said in November that it aims to cut $2 billion in annual costs in the coming year by shifting flights, making workers more productive, and improving its maintenance procedures.

Similar cutbacks have affected many other small hubs in cities such as Memphis, Cincinnati and Salt Lake City amid a wave of airline mergers over the last five years.

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Student shot near Ferris State University in Michigan
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 02 February 2014 07:47

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Police in western Michigan are investigating a student's shooting at an off-campus apartment complex near Ferris State University.

Officials at the college in Big Rapids, about 50 miles north of Grand Rapids, canceled classes, basketball games and other sporting events Saturday in the hours after the 4:15 a.m. shooting at the Venlo Place apartments.

The university said on its website Saturday afternoon that police searched two apartments on the campus looking for the person believed to have shot the student, but they turned up nothing.

The victim, whose name and condition were not released, was transferred to a Grand Rapids hospital. His wounds were not believed to be life-threatening.

The school canceled men and women's basketball games against Saginaw Valley State University and a high school hockey game.


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Navy names ship in honor of astronaut John Glenn
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Sunday, 02 February 2014 07:43

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The military on Saturday christened a Navy logistics ship in honor of John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth.

The former Ohio senator attended the ceremony in San Diego at General Dynamics' National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, along with his wife and daughter.

The 785-foot USNS John Glenn is a Mobile Landing Platform ship — a new type of amphibious staging and assault vessel. It's the second one ordered by the Navy to quickly transport troops and supplies to shore.

"What better name could adorn this ship than John Glenn — a risk taker, an innovator, a man who got the job done," said Rear Admiral Thomas Shannon during the nearly hourlong ceremony.

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Woman arrested after son's body parts identified
Written by COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press   
Sunday, 02 February 2014 07:45

DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit woman was being held in connection with the death of her adult son, whose dismembered remains were found dumped in trash bags along the sides of roads, police said.

The names of the 59-year-old woman and the 32-year-old victim were not released, but St. Clair Shores police Sgt. Jay Cohoe told the Times Herald of Port Huron that they were mother and son.

The Associated Press couldn't reach Cohoe for comment Saturday.

The woman, who lives in St. Clair Shores just east of Detroit, faces murder and dismemberment charges. She hasn't been officially charged. Police said prosecutors in Macomb County are expected to review a warrant with the charges Monday.

The victim was reported missing Jan. 26 and identified through fingerprints.

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Police: Two students shot near Michigan State campus
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Saturday, 01 February 2014 06:08

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Police are searching for a man who shot two college students inside their apartment near Michigan State University.

According to a news release Saturday morning from the East Lansing Police Department, one of the students was listed in critical condition at a hospital. The other was treated and released.

University police tweeted that students were alerted by text message about the shooting. The incident occurred just before 9 p.m. at the Cedar Village apartment complex, less than a mile from the Michigan State campus.

East Lansing police say the suspect being sought was believed to be in his 20s and that the shooting "does not appear to be a random act."

Dispatchers with the city and campus police departments said early Saturday there was no further information to release.


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