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Michigan civil rights director takes leave after comments

Aug. 20, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The embattled director of Michigan's civil rights department has taken a leave of absence, weeks after he was reprimanded for making inappropriate remarks about the appearance of a woman he saw outside a meeting. The state Civil Rights Commission on Tuesday gave no reason for...

2 die when small plane crashes at southeast Michigan airport

Aug. 20, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two people died when a small plane crashed in southeastern Michigan. Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy said in a news release that the single-engine Aero Commander M200 aircraft was landing at Spencer J. Hardy Airport near Howell when it crashed Tuesday morning. The...

Dad 'empty' after 9-year-old Detroit girl killed by dogs

Aug. 20, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A man was in police custody Tuesday in connection with the death of a 9-year-old girl in Detroit who was mauled by three dogs despite efforts by neighbors and her own "heartbroken" father, who lamented that "she was gone when I reached her."  Emma Hernandez was riding her bike in an...

Search resumes for remains of missing Michigan girls

Aug. 20, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police in suburban Detroit are searching for the remains of missing girls, more than a year after a similar excavation. Heavy machines are in Macomb County's Macomb Township, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of Detroit. The excavation began Monday in a wooded area near...

Michigan AG to review police questioning of man over staring

Aug. 16, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general has ordered an investigation of police in suburban Detroit who questioned a black man when a woman claimed he was staring at her. Dana Nessel said Friday that her civil rights division will review the conduct of Royal Oak police following the Tuesday...

Police seize hedgehogs, kangaroos, fox from 'bootleg' zoo

Aug. 16, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Suburban Detroit police say they've seized more than 300 hedgehogs and other animals that were being kept by what they're calling a "bootleg zookeeper." The Romulus Police Department says it also rescued six Flemish giant rabbits, three large iguanas, two kangaroos, a peacock, an...

Court rules in favor of city allowing mosque to be built

Aug. 16, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — An appeals court says a Detroit suburb violated no laws when it cleared City Council chambers during a meeting about construction of a mosque. The Detroit News reports a three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals this week found in favor of Sterling Heights....

Seager's 3 RBIs lead Mariners over Tigers, 7-2

Aug. 15, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Seattle Mariners overcame a slow start and found a way to get past the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. Kyle Seager drove in three runs, including two in a three-run third inning, and the Mariners topped the Tigers with a 7-2 victory. "I don't think we were ready to go in the first couple...

Michigan police question black man after staring complaint

Aug. 15, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Police in a Detroit suburb have apologized for its officers' conduct after a black man was questioned when a woman claimed he was staring at her. WXYZ-TV reports the incident happened on Tuesday. Royal Oak police say the encounter with 20-year-old Devin Myers should have been "very...

Michigan OKs $1.3M compensation for man exonerated of murder

Aug. 15, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan man exonerated in the 1985 arson-related slayings of his wife and young daughters will receive $1.3 million from the state after fighting to get compensation under a law his case helped inspire. Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday approved the award for David Gavitt under the...