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Torch Lake suffers algae outbreak

CENTRAL LAKE (AP) — A northern Michigan lake that’s famous for its turquoise waters is facing an outbreak of brown algae that’s left its sandy bottom covered with mushy, squishy mats. Rick Welsh, a part-time lakeshore resident, said the brown algae was first noticed about a decade ago, ...

Man dies after police confrontation

BATTLE CREEK (AP) — A mid-Michigan man has died following a chase and confrontation with officers, police said. The 22-year-old Marshall man was driving toward officers when they opened fire on him early Saturday, the Battle Creek Police Department said. Two Battle Creek officers ...

State: Detroit-area paramedic misled doc about ‘dead’ woman

By ED WHITE Associated Press A suburban Detroit paramedic repeatedly failed to recognize that a young woman declared dead was alive and misled a doctor by phone about her condition, according to state authorities who offered more details about the strange case. The incident was bizarre ...

Ex-Michigan Gov. Snyder is latest Republican to back Biden

LANSING (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder backed Joe Biden for president on Thursday, becoming the latest high-profile Republican to support the Democratic nominee over President Donald Trump. “Donald Trump has actually been leading the charge on incivility. The divisiveness in our ...

Ford cutting 1,400 US salaried jobs with retirement offers

DEARBORN (AP) — Ford Motor Co. will offer early retirement incentives with hopes of cutting its U.S. white-collar workforce by 1,400 more positions. Kumar Galhotra, the company's president of the Americas, told employees about the offers Wednesday. The company says they're part of an $11 ...

Sheriff: Deputy attacked, slain by inmate in Detroit jail

DETROIT (AP) — A deputy at a jail in downtown Detroit was beaten to death by an inmate while checking to make sure cell doors were closed, authorities said. The attack on Cpl. Bryant Searcy, 50, happened about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, the Wayne County sheriff’s office said Thursday. Searcy ...

Study: Electronics could stop 40% of big truck rear-end crashes

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT— Safety features such as automatic emergency braking and forward collision warnings could prevent more than 40% of crashes in which semis rear-end other vehicles, a new study has found. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a research group ...

Election finally settled

HOLTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A drawing settled a tie in a small-town election in western Michigan. Tammy Jager finished third in the Aug. 4 Republican primary for two seats on the Holton Township board in Muskegon County. But she gained one vote in a recount, which then pulled her into a ...

Munising woman dies in Rock River Twp. accident

ROCK RIVER — An 80-year-old Munising woman has died from injuries suffered in an Aug. 28 accident in Rock River Township in Alger County. The Michigan State Police Negaunee Post said that at about 1:10 p.m. that day, troopers were dispatched to M-67 and Cold Springs Road on a report of a ...

Man receives head injury in vehicle-motorcycle accident

GLADSTONE — A man suffered a serious head injury in a Wednesday accident that involved a car and a motorcycle in Wells Township in Delta County. The Michigan State Police Gladstone Post said that about 5:37 p.m. Wednesday, trooper were dispatched to the accident, which occurred at the ...

Motorcyclist injured in legs, head in Nadeau Twp. accident

NADEAU — A motorcyclist was injured in an accident that took place at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday near Oakwood Road in Nadeau Township in Menominee County. The Michigan State Police Gladstone Post said the operator was traveling southbound at the location when the driver left the roadway to ...

State, city collaborate to deter poll issues in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — The state will work with Detroit election officials to ensure that problems encountered during the recent primary are not repeated to catastrophic effect during the Nov. 3 general election, the city clerk and secretary of state announced Wednesday. The number of counted ...

US wildlife officials aim to remove wolf protections in 2020

By JOHN FLESHER and MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press TRAVERSE CITY — The Trump administration plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves across most of the nation by the end of the year, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. “We’re working hard ...

MSP: pills found in South Range home

SOUTH RANGE — Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, United States Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations and troopers from the Michigan State Police on Wednesday executed a search warrant at a residence located on First Street in South Range, ...

Michigan House OKs spending on jobless benefits, flood costs

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers on Tuesday began approving a budget bill that would authorize the federal government’s supplemental $300-a-week unemployment benefit during the coronavirus pandemic and provide $6 million in state funding for costs related to devastating flooding in the Midland ...

GM, Ford complete US contracts to build breathing machines

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it has finished making 30,000 medical breathing machines for the U.S. government to help treat coronavirus patients. The Department of Health and Human Services contracted with GM to build the ventilators at a converted auto electronics plant in Kokomo, ...

Spin-up tornado hits area west of Escanaba

ESCANABA — An unusual low-topped supercell with no lightning produced a brief EF-1 spin-up tornado about 4.8 miles west of Escanaba on Monday evening, the National Weather Service-Marquette reported. The rotating wall cloud and lowering funnel were observed by travelers on US-2 as the ...

Suspects ID’d in Luce B&E incident

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Michigan State Police-Sault Ste. Marie Post reported that through tips, troopers identified suspects in a breaking-and-entering of a cabin along Old Grade Road in Luce County. Sometime between February and Saturday, a suspect or suspects forced their way into the ...

MDOP investigated

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Michigan State Police-Sault Ste. Marie Post said it is investigating a complant of malicious destruction of property at the Bear Den in Lakefield Township in Luce County. The suspects stopped at the store for help at about 10:40 p.m. Saturday. As they left, the driver ...

Detroit honors COVID-19 victims with public park memorial

DETROIT — An island park in Detroit has become an extraordinary memorial garden, with cars packed with families slowly passing hundreds of photos of city residents who have died from COVID-19. Mayor Mike Duggan declared Monday Detroit Memorial Day to honor the 1,500-plus city victims of the ...