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Decomposing body found in Michigan capital's sewer system

Aug. 21, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Police say a decomposing body has been found during a routine check of a sewer system in Michigan's capital city. Lansing police spokesman Bob Merritt says the body was removed from under a manhole cover Tuesday. The discovery was made by a public works crew during a check of a sewer...

Flint water researcher's defamation lawsuit challenged

Aug. 21, 2018 1:48 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Flint, Michigan, resident is among those embroiled in a legal battle over a letter criticizing a Virginia Tech professor who helped expose the city's water crisis. Flint resident Melissa Mays and the Campaign for Lead Free Water's Yanna Lambrinidou and Paul Schwartz filed an Aug. 10...

Michigan man who swallowed BBQ grill bristle loses lawsuit

Aug. 21, 2018 12:30 PM EDT

QUINNESEC, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who says he swallowed a stray bristle from a grill brush after barbecuing chicken has failed to persuade an appeals court to revive his lawsuit. Robert Kaminski of the Upper Peninsula had surgery in 2014 to remove the metal bristle. He sued the maker of the grill...

1,600 attend funeral for Detroit officer hit by speeding SUV

Aug. 21, 2018 9:03 AM EDT

UTICA, Mich. (AP) — More than 1,600 people attended the funeral for a newlywed police officer who was struck and killed by a speeding SUV outside a Detroit nightclub. A requiem Mass was held Monday for 30-year-old Fadi Shukur at St. George Chaldean Catholic Church in Utica. He died Aug. 15 from injuries he...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Handling preseason expectations

Aug. 21, 2018 2:41 AM EDT

Broadly speaking, a team that starts the season in the Top 25 and finishes it unranked has had a disappointing season, failing to meet expectations. The converse is likely to be true as well. Critics of preseason polls complain about setting artificial expectations, but it could be argued polls merely reflect...

Whitmer names 'tech guru' Gilchrist as Michigan running mate

Aug. 20, 2018 10:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer announced the selection of Garlin Gilchrist II as her running mate Monday, calling the University of Michigan social media expert and former liberal organizer a "tech guru" who would fix problems in state government. The 35-year-old...

AP reporter Richard Pyle laid to rest at Arlington cemetery

Aug. 20, 2018 9:22 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Friends of journalist Richard Pyle gathered Monday at Arlington National Cemetery to bid a final farewell to the veteran war correspondent and celebrate his storied Associated Press career, from Saigon and Tokyo to Washington and New York, nearly one year after his death. More than 40...

Michigan official faces manslaughter trial over Flint deaths

Aug. 20, 2018 8:48 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered Michigan's health director to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in two deaths linked to Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area, the highest-ranking official to face criminal charges as a result of the city's tainted water scandal. Nick Lyon is accused...

Federal officials pledge readiness for pipeline spills

Aug. 20, 2018 8:35 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials said Monday they were prepared to act quickly if oil pipelines in a sensitive Michigan waterway leak, drawing a skeptical response from a U.S. senator who said the handling of a suspected anchor strike last spring exposed flaws in the system. Sen. Gary Peters,...

Funeral home: Motown Funk Brother fret man Eddie Willis dies

Aug. 20, 2018 5:01 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A funeral home director says Eddie Willis, a key session guitarist for Motown Records, has died at his Mississippi home. Clark-Williams Funeral Home Director Clinton Williams said Willis died Monday in Gore Springs. He was 82. Willis' daughter, Terez Willis, told the Detroit Free Press he...