10 AM Until 2 AM Saturday

The National Weather Service maintains a WIND ADVISORY for nearly all of West Michigan from 10 AM this morning until 2 AM Saturday morning.  45 mph gusts are likely inland while 50 mph gusts are possible at the Lake Shore.  This kind of wind is capable of bringing down tree branches and creating some power outages.  Obviously, we hope that doesn't happen.  Winds blow from the northwest this morning then from the north by midday and beyond.  Stay with for your weather today and always!

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U.S. troops sent to Iraq

Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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IRAQ (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - More U.S. troops have been sent to Iraq, but the Department of Defense insists these are not "boots on the ground."  

At least 130 U.S. troops arrived in Iraq Tuesday.

The Pentagon calls them advisors on a temporary mission.

They will assess the humanitarian crisis facing tens of thousands of religious minorities trapped on a mountaintop by Islamic militants in northwestern Iraq.

"Very specifically this is not a combat boots on the ground operation. We're not going to have that kind of operation," said U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

The U.S. and the U.K. have been dropping food and water for the refugees, who are in danger of starving.

They fled their homes after Isis militants threatened to kill any who refused to convert to Islam.

The Pentagon says the newly arrived troops also will evaluate how successful the U.S. airstrikes have been in protecting the refugees.


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