Michigan News

University expert puts bird-like robot through its paces

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A rare bird has landed at the University of Michigan: a two-legged robot named “Cassie” that researchers hope could be the forerunner of a machine that one day will aid search-and-rescue efforts. Cassie — whose name is derived ...

Parents: Detroit police found missing woman dead years ago

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police recently told the parents of a woman reported missing in 2009 that investigators actually found her body in 2010 and later buried her unidentified remains, blaming the mistake in part on investigative records that wrongly listed her ethnicity. The parents of ...

Water main repairs continue

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Crews have installed new sections of a broken 48-inch line that prompted a boil water advisory to about a dozen suburban Detroit communities. The Great Lakes Water Authority says Thursday that work is continuing to restore service to thousands of customers who ...

Video game enabling pipeline attacks draws fire

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A video game developed by a Michigan State University assistant professor supports “eco-terrorism” by enabling players to zap imaginary oil pipelines with lightning bolts, an industry group said Wednesday, although the ...

Body of missing teacher found

PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) — A man suspected for months in the disappearance of his wife killed himself and left a map that led police to her body in a remote hunting area in southwestern Michigan, police said Wednesday. Police finally solved the disappearance of Theresa Lockhart, a popular high ...

U.P. provides state Christmas tree

STEPHENSON (AP) — A 61-foot spruce in Menominee County has been chosen as the official state Christmas tree. The designation continues a 32-year holiday tradition in Michigan. William Winter and grandson Alex Stevens are donating the towering tree. A harvesting ceremony will take place ...

Flint council approves water deal

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The City Council in Flint, Michigan has voted to extend a short-term contract for drinking water after requesting more time to comply with a federal judge’s order to choose a long-term water source. The council voted Monday night to approve a two-year contract with the ...

92-year-old still working at a Michigan McDonald’s

By JUDY PUTNAM Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange WEBBERVILLE, Mich. — Almost everyone who works with Mary Smith calls her “Grandma.” At age 92, Smith is a beloved employee of the Webberville McDonald’s, just north of Interstate 96’s Webberville exit. Long after her peers ...

Fireworks burn home

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A home in western Michigan has burned after fireworks were lit on the porch. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that the blaze was reported Sunday morning in Kalamazoo and took several hours to put out. Kalamazoo Public Safety Lt. Rafael Diaz says the “porch had fireworks ...

Rock kills car’s passenger

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Billboards are being used to encourage tips from the public after Michigan authorities say a rock thrown from a highway overpass smashed a car's windshield and killed a passenger. Authorities say 32-year-old Kenneth White of Mount Morris was riding in the car ...

Helen DeVos, who backed health, education causes, dies at 90

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Helen J. DeVos, a philanthropist from western Michigan known for her support of children’s health, Christian education and the arts, has died at age 90, her family said Thursday. DeVos died Wednesday of complications from a stroke following a recent diagnosis of ...

U-M lab gets $8M gift

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — University of Michigan plans to boost physics research, attract more experts and support fellowships with an $8 million gift. The Ann Arbor school announced today it received the gift from the Leinweber Foundation. That’s led by Michigan-based software engineer Larry ...

Michigan judge rescinds order in sex offender child custody case

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — A Michigan judge on Tuesday rescinded his order that gave a convicted sex offender joint legal custody of a child born to a woman who said the man raped her when she was 12. Sanilac County Judge Gregory Ross stressed that he was unaware of ...

Civil rights director nixes bonus

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights is turning down a $24,740 bonus that was approved by a state commission in a closed-door vote. Agustin Arbulu said in a statement Tuesday he appreciates the “vote of confidence” from the Michigan Civil Rights ...

Michigan pilots of all backgrounds meet weekly

By DANIELLE SALISBURY Jackson Citizen Patriot AP Member Exchange NAPOLEON, Mich.— One by one, the little planes rumble up the grass runway. Their pilots — a World War II veteran, a retired corporate flyer, a mechanic, a philanthropist — chat on their radios, and soon they are in the sky, ...

1 dead after ambulance hits car, goes off bridge

MAPLE GROVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An ambulance apparently ran a stop sign and rammed into a car on a rural Michigan bridge on Monday, killing the car’s driver and sending the ambulance tumbling off the span into waist-deep water, authorities said. The two emergency workers in the ambulance ...

Police attacker sentenced

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — An Indiana man accused in an attack on a Michigan State Police trooper has been sentenced to 15 to 50 years in prison. WSBT-TV reports that 19-year-old Travis Wise, of Middlebury, appeared Monday in a Berrien County court on a charge of assault with intent to murder. ...

Woman slain, co-worker arrested

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — A 49-year-old woman has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a co-worker in a Detroit-area department store. The shooting was reported about 7 a.m. Monday at the Burlington in Taylor. The 49-year-old shooting victim was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. ...

Woman loses lawsuit appeal

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has dropped the curtain on a lawsuit by a woman who said she was ushered to the wrong seat at a Detroit theater, fell and hit her head. Betty Davis ended up missing the Tyler Perry show at the Fox Theatre. Now she’s lost her case in a 3-0 decision ...

Village to end police contract after chief’s home raided

OAKLEY, Mich. (AP) — A village in central Michigan has decided to not renew its contracts with its police department after federal agents raided the chief’s home. Trustees in Oakley unanimously voted Tuesday not to renew contracts for the part-time, six-person department. The current ...