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Utility crews worked Monday in Michigan to restore power to 200,000 homes after wind gusts of more than 60 m.p.h. wreaked havoc with the electric grid. With temperatures rising after a week of snowstorms, forecasters warned of floods in the Midwest.

The trafficking of African children as maids in the US has spread, but the practice is so well hidden in suburbia that authorities have no clear picture of how many minors are involved, according to an Associated Press report.

Berkley Books said it has canceled publication of a Nazi concentration camp memoir by a Florida retiree after learning he fabricated a love story that received attention on Oprah Winfrey's television show.

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As other teams vied for playoff spots, the Detroit Lions completed the worst season in National Football League history on Sunday, going 0-16 by losing to the Green Bay Packers, 31-21. Not since the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 0-14 in 1976 had a team failed to win at least one game in a full season.

The number of black teens killed (426) or who committed murders (964) in 2007 rose by roughly 40 percent in each case since 2000, according to a study released Monday by criminologists at Northeastern University in Boston.

The Tennessee Valley Authority has vowed to clean up the major coal ash spill that encased 300 acres in Kingston, Tenn., in sludge after a retention-pond dike burst Dec. 22.

Football players averaged 220 points lower on SAT test scores than the overall student bodies at 54 public universities, and men's basketball players averaged seven points lower than that, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday.

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