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Detroit Has Deadly Problem With Power Lines

Girl, 12, died because of a downed line in September

(Newser) - The electrocution of a 12-year-old Detroit girl has exposed a new risk in a city that's turning the corner nearly two years after emerging from bankruptcy: miles of obsolete power lines that could fall from poles and turn deadly. K'Brianna Griffin was killed in September when she came... More »

University Police Officer Shot in Head Dies

Collin Rose is the first Wayne State officer to be killed in the line of duty

(Newser) - A 29-year-old Wayne State University police officer who was shot in the head Tuesday night died Wednesday evening, WDIV reports. "This is a tragedy felt by all of us—Collin and his family and friends, his fiancée, and our campus and community," the Detroit Free Press quotes... More »

Another Cop Shot in Head, This Time in Detroit

It's the first-ever shooting of a Wayne State cop

(Newser) - A sad first in Detroit: Police say a Wayne State University police officer was gravely injured Tuesday evening in the first-ever shooting of an officer on the campus force. Police say the shooting victim, a 29-year-old K9 officer who has been on the force five years, is in "very... More »

The 5 Best, Worst US Cities for Veterans

Scottsdale is the place to be

(Newser) - Veterans in some Texas cities appear to be living a sweeter life than those in other parts of the country, according to WalletHub . The site gave cities a score out of 100, based on 21 factors of "veteran-friendliness," including the availability of VA services, veteran income, the veteran... More »

You Shouldn't Ignore That Penny on the Ground

Ally Bank promotion is to 'demonstrate the importance of valuing every cent'

(Newser) - Stopping to pick up a stray penny off the ground may not seem worth the effort, yet one bank is trying to change that mindset by placing 100 fake pennies across the country worth $1,000 apiece. Ally Bank says it's hoping to encourage Americans to look for opportunities... More »

Artist Dismantles Rosa Parks' Old Home, Takes It Overseas

Ryan Mendoza on holding Detroit structure 'hostage' in Berlin: 'America ... it's going to cost you'

(Newser) - What do you do if the blighted home your famous aunt once lived in is on the demolition list and you can't raise the funds to preserve it? In the case of Rosa Parks' former house in Detroit, her niece donated it to artist Ryan Mendoza, who took it... More »

Cop Could've Arrested Man but Drove Him 100 Miles Instead

Ohio officer drove Mark Ross to Detroit for sister's funeral

(Newser) - A compassionate police officer in Ohio turned a traffic ticket into a road trip over the weekend, with the recipient of his kind deed calling the experience "overwhelming." Mark Ross found out Sunday morning his 15-year-old sister had died in a car accident, and he needed to get... More »

Ford Is Moving All Small-Car Production Out of the US

Trump slams Mexico move

(Newser) - Ford Motor Co. says it's moving all of its US small-car production to Mexico. Ford CEO Mark Fields confirmed the long-expected move Wednesday during an event for investors and Wall Street analysts, the AP reports. Ford already makes its Fiesta subcompact in Mexico, but its Focus and C-MAX small... More »

Trump Script for Visit to Black Church Leaked

Meanwhile, Giuliani offers insider's view of Mexico talks

(Newser) - Donald Trump is planning another trip outside his comfort zone with a visit to an African-American church in Detroit on Saturday, and he wasn't planning on taking any risks, according to a leaked script seen by the New York Times . The script contains a dozen questions that Bishop Wayne... More »

This Is the Only Floating ZIP Code in the US

Meet the intrepid mail boat of Detroit's JW Westcott Company

(Newser) - No home or building in the US has the ZIP code 48222, and yet more packages are being delivered to it than ever before. The New York Times has a fascinating peek at life aboard the country's only floating ZIP code, assigned to a nearly 70-year-old boat that calls... More »

10 Unfriendliest Cities in the US

Who knew Delaware was so mean?

(Newser) - Planning an end-of-summer vacation? Better stay away from these US cities, apparently the kinds of places where locals will give you bad directions, then steal your wallet. Condé Nast Traveler asked travelers to rate the "friendliness" of US cities for its 2015 Readers' Choice Awards and received 128,000... More »

Online Threats Against Cops Lead to Numerous Arrests

And that's bringing up free-speech concerns

(Newser) - People around the country are being arrested for anti-cop social media posts in the wake of last week's violence, and that's raising questions about the limits of free speech. A Connecticut man was charged with inciting injury when he called for the killing of police in a Facebook... More »

Detroit's Abandoned Rape Kits Get Assist From Erykah Badu

She'll donate funds from concert to the cause

(Newser) - More than 11,300 abandoned, untested rape kits were found in a Detroit Police Department storage unit in 2009—and now Erykah Badu is helping to finish getting them tested. Around 10,000 of them have been tested so far, and the singer will donate funds from her Aug. 12... More »

The 10 Worst US Cities for Drivers

Washington, Detroit top the list

(Newser) - Be sure to take the bus when visiting the nation's capital. That's the takeaway from WalletHub's ranking of the worst US cities for drivers, based on gas prices, hours spent in traffic, crash deaths, car thefts, parking fees, and more in the country's 100 biggest cities.... More »

The 10 Worst US Cities to Call Home

Life isn't so sunny in Miami

(Newser) - Think life is sunny in Miami? Not so, according to 24/7 Wall St . The city tops a ranking of the worst US cities to call home based on various economic and social factors—including the affordability of housing, employment growth, crime rates, educational achievement, and nearby attractions and restaurants. The... More »

Ex-NFL Player Fatally Shoots Self While Moving Duffel Bag

Zurlon Tipton was dropping his car off at a dealership

(Newser) - A former NFL running back accidentally and fatally shot himself Tuesday at a car dealership outside Detroit while moving a duffel bag containing two guns, WJBK reports. According to the Indianapolis Star , Zurlon Tipton brought his Jeep to the dealership to be serviced. He was moving personal items from his... More »

Neighborhood Rots Amid Fight Over Bridge to Canada

Billionaire Manuel Moroun wants to tear them down

(Newser) - A Canadian neighborhood is rotting away in a dispute over who gets to control bridge traffic into the US—elected officials or a Detroit billionaire, the New York Times reports. The complex battle involves the Ambassador Bridge, which links Detroit to Windsor and is the only private road bridge between... More »

Boy Abducted Off Detroit Street Found Dead

Police have arrested the chief suspect

(Newser) - A body found in an overgrown vacant lot on Detroit's east side has been identified as a 13-year-old boy abducted two days ago from a city street, the AP reports. The Wayne County medical examiner's office says Deontae Mitchell's mother made the identification Thursday afternoon. An autopsy... More »

10 Fastest-Growing US Cities

Texas is home to 4 of them

(Newser) - Detroit lost 3,107 residents in the year ending July 2015—which the Detroit News notes is the smallest drop in decades but still enough to knock Detroit out of the nation's 20 most populous cities for the first time since before the Civil War. (With a population of... More »

Dad Leaves Baby in Running Car, Car Gets Stolen

3-month-old found safe on a Detroit porch

(Newser) - A Detroit dad is lucky to have his infant back after he made a stop at a convenience store early Monday and left the baby in the car, engine running and doors unlocked, while he ran inside, the Detroit Free Press reports. When he came back out around 1am, his... More »

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