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The Detroit area is the No. 1 destination in the state for Syrian refugees, but a local leader says it's time for that to stop.

Michigan Community Clashes Over Embrace Of Immigrants

As a home to one of the nation's largest populations of Middle Eastern immigrants, the Detroit area is a natural destination for refugees fleeing violence in places like Syria. But the leader of the largely suburban county that neighbors the city has called for a stop to these refugee resettlements.

That has become a hot issue in the race for that county's executive.

Longtime Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson typically wins re-election by big margins. He's one of Michigan's best-known Republican officeholders.

Dessert, or nut spread? The way the FDA classifies Nutella will determine the nutritional information U.S. consumers see on the product's label.

Is Nutella A Dessert Topping Or A Spread? The FDA Wants To Know

Is it the dessert topping that eats like a spread, or the spread that can also be a dessert topping? That's a question the U.S. government is asking about Nutella, the chocolate and hazelnut treat, in a new request for comments. The answer could cut the number of calories and fat listed on Nutella's nutritional labels in half.

A birth control pill for men remains an elusive dream.

Male Birth Control Study Killed After Men Complain About Side Effects

Whether it's an IUD, a shot, an implant, or a daily pill, birth control is a regular part of many adult women's lives. It has left a lot of women asking: Why not men?

Richard Moss was a master of shape-note singing, a hauntingly beautiful old style of spiritual music popular in Appalachia. Foxfire students came to his home in 1980 to record his singing.

In The Mountains Of Georgia, Foxfire Students Keep Appalachian Culture Alive

By the time a group of high school students showed up at Richard Moss' home in 1980, he was an old man in his 80s.

He was a master of shape-note singing — a remarkable old style of music he learned from his elders, who learned it from their elders in the mountains of northern Georgia.

The students wanted to document the tradition for their magazine, Foxfire.

When Hillary Clinton appeared to be winning the Sept. 26 debate with Donald Trump at Hofstra University, stock futures rose and so did oil prices, a report says.

As Trump's Odds Of Victory Rise, Financial Markets Get Nervous

When news broke Friday that the FBI had discovered emails that might be pertinent to its investigation of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, stock prices suddenly took a tumble.

The decline can be explained by an unusual development in this year's long, contentious presidential campaign, says Eric Zitzewitz, a professor of economics at Dartmouth College.

Former North Charleston police Officer Michael Slager (second from left) in the courtroom in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday.

Opening Statements Begin In North Charleston Police Shooting Trial

Testimony in the trial of former North Charleston, S.C., police Officer Michael Slager opened Thursday with statements from both the prosecution and defense. Slager is accused of murdering Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, last year.

In her opening statement, prosecutor Scarlett Wilson emphasized that Scott had been shot in the back multiple times after fleeing a traffic stop, and called his death an "extreme consequence."

A man counts Egyptian currency at an exchange office in Cairo.

Egypt Floats Its Currency, Paving Way For An International Bailout

The value of Egypt's beleaguered currency fell by almost 50 percent against the dollar Thursday. That's after the country's central bank decided to lift controls and let the pound freely float.

The move in the region's most populous country was designed to take aim at the black market and is likely to cause prices to jump.

Intensive home-visits by physical, occupational and speech therapists have been "a lifesaver," for little Haylee Crouse, her mom Amanda (left) told Shots. Haylee, who is now 2, developed seizures and physical and intellectual disabilities after contracting meningitis when she was 8 days old.

Cuts In Texas Medicaid Hit Rural Kids With Disabilities Especially Hard

Last year, the Texas legislature approved a $350 million cut in Medicaid reimbursement rates to early childhood intervention therapists and providers. The cuts, made to help balance a billion dollars in property tax relief, affect the most vulnerable Texas children — those born extremely prematurely or with Down syndrome or other genetic conditions that put them at risk for developmental delay.

Women attend the EMILY's List Breaking Through 2016 event at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.

Women Set To Make Gains In Congress, But Still Have A Long Way To Go

The United States could potentially elect its first female president in less than a week. And if Hillary Clinton does win, subsequent Democratic gains in Congress could also usher a record number of women into the House and Senate.

"If what is going on at the top of the ticket drives a big turnout for Democratic candidates, then Democratic women will fare well who are running down ballot," said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University's Eagleton Institute of Politics.

Actor Steven Seagal was granted Russian citizenship by a decree from President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. The two are seen here visiting a Russian martial arts and combat school in 2013.

Steven Seagal Is Now A Citizen Of Russia, Courtesy Of Putin

Russia's President Vladimir Putin issued a presidential decree Thursday that grants Russian citizenship to action-movie star Steven Seagal, fulfilling a desire that Seagal spoke about as recently as September. Putin and Seagal are longtime friends.

Putin and Seagal share a passion for martial arts: Seagal is an expert in aikido, and Putin is an expert in judo. They've appeared together at martial arts demonstrations and official events, including last year's Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.

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