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Court cuts police excessive force verdict 75%, to $50,000

Sep. 25, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday reduced a $200,000 verdict to no more than $50,000 in an excessive force case against a Detroit-area police officer. The court said the awarding of punitive damages was puzzling: The same jury gave just $1 to Nikos Kidis in compensatory damages for his...

Detroit Thanksgiving parade still on but no spectators

Sep. 25, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The 94th Detroit Thanksgiving parade will march on, but any spectators probably will be in their pajamas. People will not be allowed to line the parade route in downtown Detroit because of the coronavirus. Instead they'll have to watch the parade on television, The Parade Company announced...

Online classes the norm for rest of year, colleges say

Sep. 24, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Online classes at Michigan's three largest research universities will likely last for the entire academic year, keeping many students out of classrooms until next fall, campus leaders said Thursday. The presidents of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne...

2 men hurt, house destroyed in suburban Detroit explosion

Sep. 24, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A house exploded early Thursday in suburban Detroit, a blast so loud and powerful that it injured two men and triggered car alarms in the neighborhood. Firefighters found at least six butane tanks at the home in Oakland County's Commerce Township, Fire Chief Jim Dundas said....

FILE - In this May 5, 2020, file photo, absentee ballots to be counted are moved at City Hall in Garden City, Mich. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows Postal Service districts across the nation are missing the agency’s own standards for on-time delivery as millions of Americans prepare to vote by mail. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Records: Mail delivery lags behind targets as election nears

Sep. 24, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

The slice of Michigan that covers Detroit, its suburbs and towns dependent on the auto industry is coveted political terrain in one of this year's most important presidential swing states. It also has another distinction as home to one of the worst-performing U.S. Postal Service districts in the country. In...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, right, and House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, left, speak at the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Michigan lawmakers moved Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, to pass a $62.7 billion budget that would keep spending flat thanks to a federal rescue and avoid major cuts that had been feared due to the coronavirus pandemic. The plan was unveiled in the morning and was expected to win final approval by day's end before going to Gov. Whitmer for her signature. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

Michigan lawmakers unveil, approve $62.7B state budget

Sep. 23, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers Wednesday swiftly proposed and passed a $62.7 billion budget that will keep spending flat thanks to a federal rescue and avoid major cuts that had been feared due to the coronavirus pandemic. The bipartisan plan was unveiled in the morning and won final approval by...

In this Sept. 23, 1970, photo provided the Houston Library, tennis players hold up $1 bills after signing a contract with World Tennis magazine publisher Gladys Heldman to turn pro and start the Virginia Slims tennis circuit. From left standing are: Valerie Ziegenfuss, Billie Jean King, Nancy Richey and Peaches Bartkowicz. From left seated are: Judy Tegart Dalton, Kerry Melville Reid, Rosie Casals, Gladys Heldman and Kristy Pigeon. Gladys Heldman replaced her daughter, Julie Heldman, who was injured and unable to pose for the 1970 photo.  It’s the 50th anniversary of Billie Jean King and eight other women breaking away from the tennis establishment in 1970 and signing a $1 contract to form the Virginia Slims circuit. That led to the WTA Tour, which offers millions in prize money. (Bela Ugrin/Courtesy Houston Library via AP)

Original 9 trailblazers stood for tennis equality in 1970

Sep. 23, 2020 8:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King and eight other women of the “Original 9” are celebrating the 50th anniversary of signing $1 contracts and breaking away from the U.S. tennis establishment to form the Virginia Slims circuit in 1970. It helped launch the WTA Tour, which now offers millions in...

Suspect turns himself in after road worker is killed

Sep. 23, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) — A driver stepped forward Wednesday to police, two days after the fatal hit-and-run of a suburban Detroit road worker. The man turned himself in at the St. Clair Shores police department, state police said. Authorities had made a public appeal after finding the vehicle....

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II at Headliners Barbershop in Detroit, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Black voters in Detroit key for Biden, but are they engaged?

Sep. 22, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Wendy Caldwell-Liddell is tired of waiting for change in Detroit. The nation’s largest Black-majority city has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing economic fallout. More than 14,200 COVID-19 cases and 1,500 deaths have been confirmed in the city. So when the...

State closing Corrections Department site in Detroit

Sep. 22, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The state Corrections Department, citing fewer prisoners and other changes, is closing a Detroit location that houses parole violators and inmates who need dialysis. The Detroit Reentry Center will close in January. It has 70 people, down from hundreds, the department said Tuesday. The...