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Couple With 12 Boys Gets Lucky No. 13

The Schwandts aren't ruling out a 14th, either

(Newser) - A Michigan couple who already had 12 sons have kept the all-male streak alive with the birth of boy No. 13. Jay Schwandt says his wife Kateri gave birth yesterday morning, four days after her due date. The Rockford couple, both 40, had said they were sticking to the tradition... More »

Shipwrecks Are Now Visible in Lake Michigan

Clear, post-winter water views allow Coast Guard copter to nab photos of old wrecks

(Newser) - The clear-blue, post-winter waters of northern Lake Michigan have disclosed some of their hidden history to a US Coast Guard crew, which took a series of photos Friday of shipwrecks lying on the lake bottom in the waters off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The Grand Rapids Press reports... More »

Dead Baby Found in Mom's Cubicle: Cops

Baby was full-term; autopsy results are pending

(Newser) - A Michigan woman gave birth in her work bathroom on Tuesday to a baby that she then hid in her cubicle, police say; the newborn was later pronounced dead. Employees of CEVA Logistics in Redford called paramedics after they heard moaning coming from a bathroom, where blood was on the... More »

Woman Accidentally Kills Self With Gun in Bra

She was adjusting holster, police say

(Newser) - Bad place to conceal a weapon? A Michigan woman died last month after she accidentally shot herself in the eye with a gun she kept in her bra, USA Today reports. Christina Ford, 55, "was having trouble adjusting her bra holster, couldn't get it to fit the way... More »

Pothole May Have Caused Crash That Killed Dad, Son

Pedro Montanez may have hit pothole before entering oncoming lane

(Newser) - A pothole may be to blame for a fatal car accident in Michigan this week. Pedro Montanez, 36, was driving his three children to school Tuesday when his 2005 Mazda 3 swerved into the oncoming lane, spun on icy roads, and was broadsided by a pickup truck. Montanez and his... More »

Michigan Neighbors Unearth Mastodon Bones in Backyard

They dig up more than 40, will donate to museum

(Newser) - Eric Witzke's home is in Bellevue Township, Michigan, but he is clearly not the first one to roam his yard. While he and neighbor Daniel LaPoint were excavating a backyard pond, they happened upon more than 40 mastodon bones, reports ABC News . An expert from the University of Michigan... More »

After Protests, City Turning Cross Into Anchor

48-foot cross has stood over Michigan city for decades

(Newser) - A 48-foot cross that has stood on a hill over Grand Haven, Mich., for half a century is being turned into a less controversial and more nautical symbol. The city council voted 3-2 on Monday night to convert the cross that stands on city land into an anchor after protests... More »

Semi Unknowingly Drags Minivan for 16 Miles

Driver didn't realize the smaller vehicle had hit him during storm

(Newser) - Bad is when you rear-end a tractor-trailer at 2 in the morning during a snowstorm on the interstate. Worse is when the driver of the big rig, unaware of the collision, doesn't stop. Downright terrifying is when you realize your car got lodged into the back of the truck... More »

Nuke Plant Leaked Oil Into Lake Michigan for 2 Months

Cook plant isn't sure how much it spilled

(Newser) - A nuclear plant leaked oil into Lake Michigan for almost two months, and although the oil wasn't contaminated with radiation, safety groups are alarmed by how long it took the plant to spot the leak. Officials at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant in southwest Michigan reported the problem... More »

Cop Detains Black Man for Walking With Hands in Pockets

Enough for 'reasonable suspicion' on a cold Michigan day?

(Newser) - Brandon McKean could scarcely believe the reason a Pontiac, Mich., police officer gave for detaining and questioning him on Thanksgiving afternoon: walking with his hands in his pockets on a freezing day. "There's 10,000 people in Pontiac right now with their hands in their pockets," the... More »

Aging Mom Admits, 'I Killed That Baby'

Janice Summerfield, 77, says she smothered her infant boy in 1961

(Newser) - A 77-year-old Michigan mom has confessed to killing her baby boy 53 years ago, prompting a murder investigation and raising eyebrows about other deaths in the family, the Battle Creek Enquirer reports. Janice Summerfield, 77, apparently confessed to her daughter and a police detective before telling a reporter that she... More »

In the Future, Blowing on Cash Could Reveal If It's Counterfeit

Scientists look to beetle-based technology

(Newser) - Scientists are working on an easier way to detect counterfeit money—and they have beetles to thank for it. The system, which would allow people to reveal counterfeit cash by breathing on it, is based on the ability of a longhorn beetle species to change color based on local humidity,... More »

Man Told He Can't Vote ... Because He's Dead

Michigan's Dale Hopfinger, 48, is actually very much alive

(Newser) - You'll often run into annoying little delays at the polls on election night: long lines, broken levers, software issues, being told you can't vote because you're dead. That last hindrance threatened to stop Dale Hopfinger from handing in his ballot on Nov. 4 in Lee Township, Mich.... More »

Court Blocks Gay Marriage in 4 States

Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee can't have same-sex weddings

(Newser) - It's a rarity for advocates of gay marriage: defeat. A federal appeals court today upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, reports the Columbus Dispatch . The ruling by the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals goes against decisions to allow gay marriage in four other... More »

Couple Ties the Knot After Losing Almost 400 Pounds

Crysta Danaher and Bill Anderson take the leap from lap bands to wedding bands

(Newser) - Bill Anderson, 44, had bariatric surgery in May 2008 at Michigan's Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital to help him gain control of his weight. He eventually got down to about 250 pounds from 459 and has since run two full marathons and more than a dozen half-marathons, the Detroit Free ... More »

Teen Is Backed by Parents She Allegedly Plotted to Kill

'Strong bond' remains, Michigan couple say

(Newser) - Roksana Sikorski stabbed her younger brother in the throat and plotted to kill her parents, prosecutors say—but her parents say they're standing by the 15-year-old and want to make sure she gets the help she needs. The Plymouth Township, Mich., teen has been charged as an adult in... More »

Drunk Driver Thought This Jail Was a Bar

Cops are now holding her in that very jail

(Newser) - A woman in Van Buren County, Mich., didn't have far to go after she was arrested for drunk driving. The 39-year-old is being held in the very jail whose parking lot she pulled into early yesterday, Michigan Live reports; she told police she thought the lot belonged to a... More »

Toddler With Enterovirus Dies in Father's Arms

Madeline Reid had been in an induced coma

(Newser) - A Michigan toddler died Friday of enterovirus-68, the virus that has swept across 45 states and forced hundreds of children to be hospitalized, the Detroit Free Press reports. Madeline Reid was 21 months old when she died in her father's arms. "We are just so incomplete at this... More »

Pol: GOP Mailer Had Folks Call My Mom at Nursing Home

Michigan Democrat John Fisher calls GOP campaign piece 'appalling'

(Newser) - John Fisher has no beef with voters calling him on his personal phone, but please don't call his 91-year-old mother. The Michigan Democrat, who's running for a state House seat, is fired up after a GOP campaign mailer was sent out this week telling people in the city... More »

Teen Sets House on Fire to Protest Arranged Marriage

It works: Wedding is off, and she avoids jail in Michigan

(Newser) - A Michigan teen is going to avoid jail after explaining to a judge the unusual circumstances that led her to set her own house on fire while her parents were sleeping, reports the Lansing State Journal . It seems that the Albanian parents of Arlinda Latifi told her they had arranged... More »

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