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Woman dies at Pictured Rocks

MUNISING, MI-- A California woman has fallen to her death at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Wednesday around 2:30 p.m. park rangers responded to Chapel Beach on a report of a potentially deceased individual. Rangers and Alger County paramedics confirmed the 32-year-old woman had died as the result of a fall. The incident is under investigation by National Park Service officers. No other details are available at this time.

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A California doctor and his girlfriend have been charged with drugging and then sexually assaulting two women – and video evidence suggests there could be hundreds of other women who may not realize they were victims.

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Have you heard the theory that low air pressure during a hurricane can cause a surge in births?

Supposedly a steep drop in barometric pressure makes it easier for a baby to pop out.

As Hurricane Florence ripped through the Carolinas, we wondered if that was really true.

"It's one of those old wives' tales," said Dr. Hal Lawrence, executive vice president and CEO of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

When patients come to Dr. Molly Quinn for infertility treatments, they usually aren't too interested in hearing about the possible downsides, she says. They just want to get pregnant.

Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister of Pakistan, has been released from prison on bail as he challenges his conviction and 10-year prison sentence.

Sharif, who served three nonconsecutive terms as prime minister, was in London during his trial earlier this year. He was found guilty of corruption in absentia and returned to Pakistan to appeal his conviction two months ago — and was promptly arrested and imprisoned.

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President Trump says he hopes the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her will appear at a hearing next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Speaking to reporters as he left the White House for a trip to visit flood damage in North Carolina, Trump said he "really wants to see" Christine Blasey Ford testify on Monday. "If she shows up and makes a credible showing," Trump said, referring to Ford, "that'll be very interesting, and we'll have to make a decision."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' future was cast further into doubt on Wednesday after President Trump made clear how broad his displeasure is with the man he tapped to lead the Department of Justice.

"I don't have an attorney general," Trump told Hill.TV in an interview on Tuesday.

ESCANABA, MI--   There’s a new chief at the Delta County Economic Development Alliance.

Following an extensive search, the Board of Directors selected TJ Thomas as the next executive director. He replaces Vicki Schwab, who has moved on to work with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation after a seven-year stint with the EDA.

Thomas is a native of Gladstone and a graduate of both Bay de Noc Community College and Michigan Tech. He previously served as executive assistant to the EDA director, then worked in sales in the steel sector in Seattle and Washington, DC.

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President Trump is in the flood-soaked Carolinas Wednesday where, under sunny skies, he is getting a firsthand look at the devastation that has killed dozens of people and displaced many thousands from their homes across the Southeast.

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