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Man who challenged deportation to Iraq wins, can stay in US

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A Detroit-area man who was locked up for months and became the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit challenging U.S. deportations to Iraq has won his immigration case and is on a path to citizenship, lawyers said Wednesday. An immigration judge ...

Detroit fines company for illegally storing limestone

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit has fined the company that owns a site along the Detroit River where a collapsed dock sent construction aggregate material into the river for illegally storing tons of limestone for months, a city official said. Revere Dock LLC has been hit with a $10,000 fine for ...

Michigan House OKs bills aiming to better child-abuse probes

LANSING (AP) — Michigan's child-welfare law would be updated to clarify that caseworkers must make contact within 24 hours to assess the well-being of each child in a household where abuse or neglect is suspected under a bill approved Thursday by the state House. The measure and others were ...

Higher reward offered in slaying

ELLSWORTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police on Thursday increased to $15,000 the reward for information leading to an arrest in the 2018 slaying of a 79-year-old woman whose remains were found following a house fire in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula. The reward is being ...

Man convicted of sex trafficking

DETROIT (AP) — A federal jury on Thursday convicted a 70-year-old Detroit man on drug and human trafficking charges. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit said in a release that Richard Jackson was found guilty of sex trafficking using force and coercion, drug distribution and maintaining ...

Michigan lawmaker faces probe over comment to reporter

LANSING (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker will be subject to a sexual harassment investigation for telling a young female reporter she could have “a lot of fun” with a group of high school boys visiting the Michigan Capitol, legislative leaders said Wednesday. State Sen. Pete Lucido, ...

Michigan sues 3M, DuPont over ‘forever’ chemicals in water

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan on Tuesday sued 3M, DuPont and other companies for financial damages from contamination caused by potentially harmful “forever” chemicals that are turning up in drinking water across the industrial state. The lawsuit filed in state ...

MSP to investigate breathalyzer supplier

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan State Police has launched a fraud investigation into the company that supplies the state's breathalyzer devices after evidence indicated the company falsified records and misrepresented the devices' accuracy, state officials announced Monday. State police officials ...

Detroit man cleared after nearly 30 years in prison

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Monday dismissed the 1991 conviction of a man who spent nearly 30 years in prison for an attack on a Detroit woman in a car. Gerry Thomas, 62, who was helped by law schools in Michigan and New York, has long maintained his innocence. The conviction integrity unit in ...

Traverse City bookstore closing after nearly 60 years

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A Michigan bookstore that has served Traverse City for nearly 60 years is closing. Horizon Books has been a downtown landmark on Front Street, selling books and making space for musicians, authors and community groups. “Talking about books — that’s my ...

Hunter gets 5 years in prison

BELLAIRE (AP) — A Michigan hunter convicted of killing another hunter on the first day of the 2018 deer season was sentenced Monday to at least five years in prison. David Barber of Gaylord was sentenced for involuntary manslaughter and a gun offense, about a month after a jury convicted him ...

MSU students skip holiday break to care for sheep

By MARK JOHNSON Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP— While her classmates went home to celebrate the holidays over winter break, Michigan State University junior Rachel VonDoloski stayed behind to watch the flock. After all, it’s breeding season at the MSU Sheep ...

Whitmer, advocates seek hand-held phones ban while driving

By DAVID EGGER T Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and safety advocates want to combat distracted driving by restricting the use of cellphones, though pending legislation does not go as far as what she proposed nearly a year ago. The bill would prohibit motorists ...

Detroit museum workers spend 100-plus hours moving painting

DETROIT (AP) — Conservators at the Detroit Institute of Arts have spent dozens of hours preparing to move an enormous three-dimensional painting into storage to create space for a new display. Anselm Kiefer’s “Das Geviert,” which was completed in 1997, is so deeply textured that ...

Firefighters face discipline

DETROIT (AP) — A group of Detroit firefighters who posed in front of a vacant burning home for a photo to celebrate a battalion chief's impending retirement will be disciplined for what the city's fire commissioner called their "momentary lapse in judgment." Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric ...

Clinics awarded grant money

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly four dozen clinics will share $860,500 through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's Strengthening the Safety Net program. The funding will help the clinics provide free or low-cost medical, dental and mental health care services to uninsured and underinsured Michigan ...

Pedestrian bridges planned

DETROIT (AP) — A design has been selected for five pedestrian bridges that will traverse a Detroit freeway as part of an international bridge project that will connect the city to Windsor, Ontario, Canada, officials announced Thursday. The spans over Interstate 75 in southwest Detroit will ...

Judge won’t compel health system to fund doctor’s defense

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge declined for now to compel a Michigan-based health system to advance legal costs for a doctor’s defense against murder charges in the deaths of 25 Ohio hospital patients. U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh in Michigan concluded Wednesday it’s in ...

Man blamed for green I-696 ooze left barrels on Thumb land

MARION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Environmental regulators found barrels scattered across land in Michigan’s Thumb region that’s owned by the now-imprisoned owner of a shuttered electroplating business that leaked a green substance containing a known cancer-causing contaminant onto the ...

Case dismissed vs. ex-official

FLINT (AP) — A judge dismissed a misdemeanor charge Wednesday and closed a criminal case against a state official who was fired as head of Michigan’s drinking water office during the Flint water scandal. Liane Shekter Smith’s 2019 deal with a special prosecutor called for her no-contest ...