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What We Learned From Week 15 in College Football: Playoffs Are Here; MSU, WMU, CMU, ND In Bowls

For Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State, the college football championship hunt begins.

Meanwhile, Michigan State, Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Notre Dame are also going to bowl games.

As for Michigan fans, sorry but you have to wait until next year.

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NCAA FBS’ First College Football Playoffs Announced: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State In

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee this afternoon announced the inaugural College Football Playoffs field.

Selection Sunday put Alabama versus Ohio State and Oregon versus Florida State, with the winners vying for the national championship.

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Meijer 12 Days of Christmas — Official Rules

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST. A PURCHASE OF ANY KIND WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. OPEN ONLY TO LE

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Then and Now: The Cast of ‘Prancer’

In the holiday movie 'Prancer,' a little girl who has just lost her mother finds an injured reindeer, which she believes to be Santa's famous sleigh puller Prancer, and nurses it back to health despite her father's objections.

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Top Ten Real Estate Deals via Sotheby's International Realty of Vail, Colo.
Top Ten Real Estate Deals via Sotheby's International Realty of Vail, Colo.
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President Gerald Ford’s Colorado Ski Home Is For Sale

The Colorado ski home built and owned by President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., and Betty Ford in their retirement is for sale.

The 11,849-square-foot, seven-bedroom, 11-bathroom Beaver Creek neighborhood residence in Avon, Colo., has an asking price of $8.5 million.

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Mason County Judge Reinstates Pursuing Murder Charges Against Baby Kate’s Father, Sean Phillips

A Mason County Circuit Court judge has ruled prosecutors can pursue open murder charges against Sean Phillips, WZZM-13 reported.

Phillips is the 25-year-old father of Katherine "Baby Kate" Phillips, a 4½-month-old who went missing from the Ludington area in June 2011.

In September, District Judge Peter J. Wadel dismissed murder charges against Phillips, saying prosecutors did not prove Baby Kate had been killed.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Brings Holiday Spectacle to Grand Rapids on Sunday [Video]

If you've never seen the Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform, don't even bother imagining what might unfold.

It is something seemingly beyond the realm of reality that is being brought to Grand Rapids for Trans-Siberian Orchestra's performances at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Van Andel Arena.

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Michigan Senate Approves 4 A.M. Closing Time for Downtown Bars

Michigan cities may have the option of allowing downtown bars to stay open until 4 a.m. on weekend nights under a new bill that passed the Michigan Senate on Thursday.

Senate Bill 247 passed by a 22-14 vote, after an earlier vote failed.

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Who Makes the Playoffs? The Big Questions for Week 15 in College Football

After a wild and unpredictable year, it all comes down to this. Here are the top storylines as we look ahead to the final weekend of the college football regular season.

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East Grand Rapids High School Girls’ Swimming’s Emily Converse and Gabby Higgins Named Athletes of the Week

East Grand Rapids girls' swimming and diving's Emily Converse and Gabby Higgins, who each captured two MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 3 individual state titles in addition to being on two winning relays in leading the Pioneers to a repeat state championship in Oakland, are this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week co-honorees.

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It’s Christmas Parade Weekend In West Michigan

Santa Claus will be busy this weekend throughout the area, as he's scheduled to appear at eight different Christmas parades. Here's the schedule.

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Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids Opens for the Season on Friday

Ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle is always a big part of winter fun in downtown Grand Rapids.

Rosa Parks Circle is set to open to ice skaters for the season on Friday, December 5 at noon.

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