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News Minute: Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The federal government says more than 184,000 Michigan health insurance customers will benefit from nearly $13.2 million in refunds because of a provision of the nation's health care law. The law requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of the premiums they collect or return the difference to consumers and employers.

NAUBINWAY, Mich. (AP) - An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise. The alligator named Carlos got out of an enclosure over the weekend at the GarLyn Zoo near Naubinway. GarLyn Zoo is home to about 100 animals. Anyone who spots Carlos is asked to contact police or the zoo.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A Pennsylvania prisoner has pleaded guilty to a decade-old murder in Michigan. Walter Antraell Wilson told police last week he killed Robert Anthony Farmer in 2004. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Kent County court this week.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Organizers of an annual festival of laughter in western Michigan say the event will return for its fifth year in March. Dates for the 2015 edition of Gilda's LaughFest were announced this morning. Organizers say it will take place March 5th to March 15th.

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