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A demonstrator wears a mask during a peaceful protest in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Ann Arbor police chief Michael Cox and other officers walked with demonstrators marching for justice for George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (Jenna Kieser/Ann Arbor News via AP)

Kalamazoo cleans up; not our 'finest hour,' chief says

Jun. 2, 2020 10:10 PM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Police officers in Kalamazoo were outnumbered 50-to-1 before using tear gas and chemical spray in the wee hours Tuesday to get rid of protesters and stop damage at downtown businesses, authorities said. "It was not our community’s finest hour," said Karianne Thomas, chief of...

Detroit cop dies, three years after he was shot in the head

Jun. 2, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit police officer who was shot in the head in 2017 while responding to a domestic violence call has died. The police department said Waldis Johnson's death Sunday was related to his injuries. Mayor Mike Duggan said Johnson had been in a coma. “This is what these officers do....

Summit to focus on solutions to effects of virus on Detroit

Jun. 2, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Leaders in business, philanthropy, science and the arts from around the globe will collaborate with young leaders to develop creative solutions for issues in Detroit that have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Tuesday. Forbes and Detroit-based Rocket Mortgage by...

Police stand guard as protesters rally at the Trump Tower, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Las Vegas, over the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a black man, died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide

Jun. 2, 2020 12:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wielding extraordinary federal authority, President Donald Trump threatened the nation’s governors on Monday that he would deploy the military to states if they did not stamp out violent protests over police brutality that have roiled the nation over the past week. His announcement...

Protesters revel after they turned over and ultimately set it ablaze in the 100 block of S. Washington Avenue in downtown Lansing, Mich., Sunday May 31, 2020. The protest against police violence began at 11 AM at the Capitol and was mostly peaceful without incident. Ralliers then walked to the East Lansing Police Department where an ELPD vehicle was extensively damaged. (Matthew Dae SmithLansing State Journal via AP)

Detroit avoids violence; Grand Rapids chief meets protesters

Jun. 1, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The mayor of Detroit praised police, residents and clergy Monday for preventing the violence that has marred other cities during protests over police abuses and the death of George Floyd. “We decided before we turn to the National Guard we're going to turn to each other,” Mayor...

In this Thursday, May 21, 2020, image, Stephanie Byrd, co-owner of The Block, poses for a photo with chairs on the tables while the restaurant is closed due to the coronavirus in Detroit. She’s worried other black-owned businesses will struggle to withstand another wave of economic uncertainty during the pandemic, following decades of inequity that made it hard for many to flourish in the first place. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Black businesses hit hard by COVID-19 fight to stay afloat

Jun. 1, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

Detroit (AP) — Stephanie Byrd agonized over temporarily laying off nearly the entire staff at her family’s trio of Detroit businesses when the coronavirus pandemic hit. But she's not just concerned about the impact on their bottom line. She's worried other black-owned businesses will struggle to...

Detroit to receive about $1M to help improve public spaces

Jun. 1, 2020 7:25 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Efforts to improve public spaces in Detroit are being bolstered by just over $1 million in new investment and an additional three-year commitment through a national initiative. The Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative works to transform public spaces in ways that advance engagement,...

Demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd, Sunday, May 31, 2020, near the White House in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Unrest overshadows peaceful US protests for another night

Jun. 1, 2020 2:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets across America again Sunday, with peaceful demonstrations against police killings of black people overshadowed by unrest that ravaged cities from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and flared near the White House. City and state officials...

People gather at Roosevelt Park in Benton Harbor, Mich., Sunday, May 31, 2020, during a peaceful protest march held concerning police brutality and the death of black men including George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

Floyd protesters in Detroit stay put as city's curfew begins

May. 31, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

A curfew instituted in Detroit to keep people who live outside the city from instigating violence during protests over the death of George Floyd began Sunday with police volleying tear gas into a crowd of protesters who refused to disburse. As the city's 8 p.m. curfew began, hundreds of people chanting “No...

In this Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, robots weld the bed of a 2018 Ford F-150 truck on the assembly line at the Ford Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, Mich. The U.S. auto industry’s coronavirus comeback plan was pretty simple: restart factories gradually and push out trucks and other vehicles for waiting buyers in states left largely untouched by the virus outbreak.
Yet the return from a two-month production shutdown hasn’t gone quite according to plan.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Infected workers, parts shortages slow auto factory restarts

May. 31, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. auto industry’s coronavirus comeback plan was pretty simple: restart factories gradually and push out trucks and other vehicles for waiting buyers in states left largely untouched by the virus outbreak. Yet the return from a two-month production shutdown hasn’t gone...