Michigan News

Pit spit creator dead at 88

EAU CLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — Agricultural tourism pioneer Herb Teichman, who founded a cherry pit-spitting competition in southwestern Michigan that attracted international attention, has died at the age of 88. Bowerman Funeral Home says Teichman, of Eau Claire, died Monday at Hanson Hospice ...

Tesla cuts staff by 7 percent

(AP) — Electric car and solar panel maker Tesla says it plans to cut its staff by about 7 percent. In an email to employees released today it said the “road ahead is very difficult.” The memo posted on the company’s website said Tesla Inc. hopes to post a “tiny profit” in the ...

New secretary of state seeks to settle gerrymandering suit

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — New Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson moved Thursday to settle a lawsuit that challenges the state’s Republican-drawn legislative and congressional districts, a step that potentially could lead to new maps for the 2020 ...

Low-profile administrator replaces Engler at MSU

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press EAST LANSING— Michigan State University ousted its interim president on Thursday, a week ahead of his scheduled departure, as the school stepped up efforts to finally move beyond the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. Its new temporary leader, Satish Udpa, is ...

Engler out at MSU now, board of trustees says

By COREY WILLIAMS and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University's Board of Trustees said today that interim president John Engler's resignation is effective immediately. The board acted a day after Engler said he'd step down next week amid fallout from ...

Ford calls for 2018 adjusted earnings

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is calling for 2018 adjusted earnings of $1.30 per share, slightly below Wall Street’s view, because of challenges including higher commodity and warranty costs and a business decline in China. Analysts predict earnings of $1.33 per share, according to ...

Man found dead in vacant building

DETROIT (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old man who apparently fell down an elevator shaft while playing hide-and-seek with friends in a vacant Detroit building. Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office spokesman Keith Owens identified the victim as 21-year-old ...

Organization announces $11M in grants

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-based philanthropic organization says more than $11 million in grants is going to organizations and initiatives in seven southeastern Michigan counties. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan says the funding is designed to support community programs in the ...

Wife charged in husband’s murder

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A soldier at home in Michigan during the holidays was ambushed and killed by another soldier on New Year’s Eve in a plot that involved the victim’s wife, authorities said Monday. Kemia Hassel, 22, and Jeremy Cuellar, 24, were charged with murder in Berrien County ...

Hip-hop, skater culture helps make clothing company popular

By BREANA NOBLE The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — Moyra Aontsalakis walked into the flagship Carhartt store in midtown and made a beeline for the wall of beanies. “A lot of my friends like Carhartt,” said the 16-year-old from Toronto, who was in town for an indoor ...

Trade war delaying Chinese automaker’s US plans

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S.-China trade war has delayed but not derailed Chinese automaker GAC Motor's plans to enter the American market, company officials said Monday. Company President Yu Jun, speaking at Detroit's North American International Auto Show, said the dispute is a factor in moving ...

Top auto awards go to Hyundai, Ram

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai scored two out of three wins on Monday in the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards, as the Detroit auto show’s press previews officially got underway. The Hyundai Genesis G70 and Hyundai Kona took the car and utility awards, respectively, ...

Aretha biopic moves ahead

NEW YORK (AP) — The long-gestating Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect” is going ahead with stage director Liesel Tommy set to direct. MGM announced Thursday that Tommy will helm the film, which is to star Jennifer Hudson. The “Dreamgirls” actress was cast as the late Queen of Soul in ...

DTE replacing 7,500 meters

DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy says it will replace 7,500 high-tech electricity meters to ensure they’re not transmitting information against the wishes of customers. The so-called smart meters have been installed across DTE’s service territory in southeastern Michigan. They allow the utility ...

Motown Museum unveils artifacts to mark 60th anniversary

DETROIT (AP) — Pieces of Motown’s origin story that haven’t been seen by the public will go on display in Detroit as part of the label’s 60th anniversary celebration. The Motown Museum says it will display several items, including documents that show label founder Berry Gordy Jr.’s ...

Whitmer names testing exec, ex-Obama official to lead DHHS

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A former Obama administration official who is an executive with the nonprofit that administers the SAT will lead the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which is the state's largest agency. Robert Gordon was named director of the ...

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.6M vehicles to fix Takata air bags

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.6 million vehicles worldwide to replace Takata front passenger air bag inflators that can be dangerous. Takata inflators can explode with too much force, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 23 people have died from the ...

Man charged in hunter’s death

BELLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — A hunter who authorities say accidentally shot and killed another hunter in Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula on the first day of the state’s annual firearms deer season last year is facing charges. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports 45-year-old David ...

Officials: Human error led to 2016 suburban Detroit sinkhole

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — A sinkhole that damaged homes in a neighborhood north of Detroit and cost $75 million to fix was caused by human error that allowed the quick release of waste and water into a sewer line, according to a top county official. An engineering ...

What you should know about Michigan State University cheeses

By RJ WOLCOTT Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange EAST LANSING — At any given time, there’s close to 30,000 pounds of cheese inside Michigan State University’s Anthony Hall. That’s enough cheese to construct 20 full-sized replicas of the Sparty statue in cheddar, Gouda and ...