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Accused of Sex Act on a Plane, Passenger Offers Different Story

Male passenger says woman fell asleep on his lap, wasn't performing oral sex; witnesses disagree

(Newser) - A male passenger aboard a Detroit-bound Delta flight claimed a woman "had fallen asleep in his lap" after those seated nearby complained that she'd actually been performing oral sex , according to a police report. The pair, strangers who'd booked seats in separate rows on the Oct. 29... More »

They Earn $12K a Year, Are on Path to Owning Their Home

Inside Detroit's Tiny Homes Project

(Newser) - Detroit is awash with abandoned homes, which left the Rev. Faith Fowler a bit on the defensive about why she built seven brand new ones. But there's something special about hers: They're tiny, and the first part of an envisioned tiny home village where low-income Detroiters can not... More »

They Met for the First Time on a Plane. Then They Met the FBI

Woman on Delta flight accused of performing oral sex on new friend who sat next to her

(Newser) - They met as strangers, left as members of a lurid club, and now could face felony charges for their trouble. WDIV reports that two passengers on a Delta flight Sunday from Los Angeles to Detroit—a 48-year-old woman ultimately headed to Nashville on a connecting flight, and a 28-year-old man... More »

Parents Demand Answers on 'Missing' Daughter Found Years Ago

Crissita Cage-Toaster's body was found in March 2010; her parents just found out last month

(Newser) - Almost eight years after their daughter's car was found abandoned in Detroit, a Georgia couple held out hope that the missing woman would be found alive. It was hope that should've been dashed within months. The body of Crissita Cage-Toaster was pulled from the Detroit River in March... More »

No. 2 Must-See City in the World? Detroit

Lonely Planet offers up its annual top 10

(Newser) - Lonely Planet's list of the top travel destinations for 2018 includes destinations that "stray from the usual European and Asian capitals," the Los Angeles Times reports. One inclusion in particular that may surprise some? Detroit is listed as the No. 2 city to visit next year. As... More »

Not Everyone Wants to Feel the Bern at Women's Convention

Bernie Sanders set to speak on opening day of Detroit event; some say it should be women only

(Newser) - The first national convention by the organizers of the DC Women's March will be held in Detroit starting Oct. 27, but there's already a bit of turmoil over one of the scheduled speakers. The Washington Post reports that Bernie Sanders is set to make remarks on opening day... More »

Battle to Host Amazon's New HQ Gets Prickly

Tucson's 'really cool' cactus gift is rejected

(Newser) - Amazon has rejected the 21-foot saguaro cactus that southern Arizona economic leaders planned to send as a gift to CEO Jeff Bezos, in a bid to attract the company's second headquarters. "Unfortunately we can't accept gifts (even really cool ones)," an Amazon tweet read. Amazon says... More »

New Aim for Rosa Parks' Home: Return It to US

Artist Ryan Mendoza, who brought it to Berlin, says now is the right time

(Newser) - Last year, an American artist living in Germany bought Rosa Parks' dilapidated home in Detroit and reassembled it in Berlin as an art project. Now Ryan Mendoza says it's time for the home to return to the US, per the Detroit Free Press . He cites the recent racial violence... More »

Detroit Billionaire on Ad: 'We Screwed Up Badly'

Dan Gilbert and his Bedrock company admit 'tone-deaf' ad was a misstep

(Newser) - A billionaire businessman has apologized for his real estate company's controversial sign in downtown Detroit that says "See Detroit Like We Do" with an image of a majority white crowd. Quicken Loans founder and Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert posted on Facebook Sunday, saying the ad was... More »

This Is the Most Stressed US City

Take a deep breath, Newark

(Newser) - Looking for a business opportunity? Consider opening a massage parlor in Newark, NJ, where residents appear to be the most stressed in the country. WalletHub looked at 30 stress indicators as they relate to work, money, family, and health to come up with the most and least stressed cities in... More »

50 Years Later, Photos Recall Riots of Detroit

The city erupted in the summer of 1967

(Newser) - Protests that started 50 years ago in a west side Detroit neighborhood would grow into a riot and later a conflagration that threatened to swallow entire city blocks. An angry crowd of African-Americans gathered near 12th and Clairmount streets in the early morning hours of July 23, 1967, after police... More »

Guitar, Pill Bottles, Blood: Pics From Cornell's Hotel Room

Police report includes photos, details of what bodyguard and emergency workers found

(Newser) - A guitar lying on a chair. A plane ticket in pieces. A bathroom floor stained with blood. These are just some of the images contained in a Detroit Police Department report regarding the May death of Chris Cornell, obtained from an FOIA request by the Detroit Free Press . The Press... More »

Detroit Just Saw 3 Brides Unlike Any It Has Ever Seen

They married Jesus as consecrated virgins

(Newser) - All that debate about Jesus having a wife can now be squashed: He has not one, but three new brides, all from the Detroit area. In a first for the Archdiocese of Detroit, Theresa Jordan, Karen Ervin, and Laurie Malashanko became what the Catholic Herald terms "brides of Christ"... More »

10 Cities With Worst Murder Clearance Rates

Just 17.5% of murders solved in Flint over a decade: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - Police solved 61.5% of all reported murders in 2015—but that means 38.5% of homicides went unsolved. So where were people most likely to get away with murder? 24/7 Wall St. rounds up the metropolitan areas, using FBI crime data from 2005 to 2015. The worst 10, with... More »

Soundgarden Singer Chris Cornell Dead at 52

Rep says grunge legend died suddenly

(Newser) - Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52, according to his representative. Cornell, who had been on tour, died Wednesday night in Detroit, Brian Bumbery said in a statement to the AP . Bumbery called the death... More »

A Horrifying First Is Prosecuted in US Federal Court

Detroit doctor charged with female genital mutilation of 7-year-old girls

(Newser) - A doctor was charged Thursday with performing genital mutilation on two young Minnesota girls who traveled to Michigan with their mothers, the first federal prosecution of what the government describes as "horrifying acts of brutality." Dr. Jumana Nagarwala was arrested after the 7-year-olds identified her as the person... More »

Top 10 Cities for Dog Attacks on Postal Workers

Los Angeles takes the top spot

(Newser) - An eye-popping 6,755 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2016, according to statistics released Thursday by the United States Postal Service . That's an increase of more than 200 since 2015. The numbers were released along with advice for pet owners—keep dogs shut in a different room... More »

Good Samaritans Stop to Help Crash Victims, Get Hit by Car

Doctor, teen stopped after a Jeep rolled over, were hit by suspected drunk teen

(Newser) - Six teens found themselves in trouble when their Jeep rolled over early Sunday on a Detroit interstate, and help came quickly in the form of two Good Samaritans who were driving past the scene around 7:30am. But per WDIV , those two helpers ended up in the hospital themselves when... More »

Mom Takes Action After Seeing Son in Robbery Video

She says she turned the 12-year-old in to get him to turn his life around

(Newser) - A mother broke down in tears after recognizing her son in surveillance video of a robbery—then she turned the 12-year-old in to police. WXYZ reports the seventh-grader and two others are suspected of robbing a disabled man who was eating alone. The victim gave each of the suspects a... More »

Victim's Random Search Lands Carjackers Back Behind Bars

If Brittany Guerriero hadn't checked out their status, authorities wouldn't have known

(Newser) - Two Detroit carjackers are back in prison after their victim went online and found they'd been mistakenly released, the AP reports. Local and federal authorities are pointing fingers at each other—but there's no dispute that Brittany Guerriero is the person who had to get her own justice.... More »

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