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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 »

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 »

Longtime Fugitive May Be Hiding by Dressing as Woman

John Gentry Jr. is wanted in a 1983 double murder in Michigan

(Newser) - A suspected murderer Michigan authorities have been hunting for more than 30 years may be living in California disguised as a woman, the Los Angeles Times reports. John Gentry Jr. was 30 years old in 1983 when he was released from a Michigan prison after serving time for nearly killing... More »

Michigan Judge Delivers $500K Blow in Revenge-Porn Case

Lawyer says client was 'tormented' for more than a year as she tried to get nude photos offline

(Newser) - Those contemplating getting under an ex's skin by publicizing pictures showing too much skin may want to check this case out of Michigan first. In what's being billed as possibly the state's first "revenge porn" suit to end with a monetary payout, Oakland County Circuit Court... More »

Parents Give Up 'Everything' to Keep Sick Baby Alive

But Michigan family says 'miracle' Ruby Pearl is worth every sacrifice

(Newser) - A 1-year-old from Michigan was given the name Ruby Pearl because she's a "rare jewel," dad TJ Bunker tells People , which reports on the poignant story of the baby and her family as they deal with the litany of serious conditions she's been dealing with since... More »

Soon-to-Be-Dad Dies in Molasses Vat at Work

Robert Herweyer had just married and was expecting his first child

(Newser) - Robert Herweyer had much to look forward to. The 23-year-old had married in November, just moved into a new home with wife Joy, and was expecting his first child with her any day now. But a tragic accident cut all that short when the Michigan man died in a molasses... More »

Charges: HS Coach Filmed Girls in Locker Room for Years

Timothy Vallier is facing up to 30 years in prison

(Newser) - A high school rowing coach in Michigan is facing up to 30 years in prison after authorities say he secretly took dozens of videos of female students changing in locker rooms, WZZM reports. According to MLive , 30-year-old Timothy Vallier allegedly admitted to filming girls through peepholes at the Rockford Crew... More »

6 State Workers in Michigan Charged in Flint Water Crisis

Misconduct in office, willful neglect of duty among the charges

(Newser) - A half-dozen state employees in Michigan are officially in hot water in the ongoing investigation in Flint, Michigan , with the state's attorney general filing charges for their part in the tainted water crisis there, the Detroit News reports. According to testimony in Flint district court Friday morning, three workers... More »

Man Drives 10K Cans to Michigan, Faces Prison Time

It's illegal to bring in out-of-state cans in attempt to land the 10-cent deposit

(Newser) - About three months ago, Brian Everidge was stopped for speeding just north of Detroit. He was behind the wheel of a Budget box truck whose contents could land him in prison for up to five years: more than 10,000 aluminum cans. The Guardian reports that just as Seinfeld's ... More »

US Cities With Most-Educated Workers—and the Least

To help you find where the money's at

(Newser) - WalletHub notes that the fall semester is right around the corner—and that those who boost their brains with higher education tend to nab better jobs and bring home higher salaries. The site looked at 150 US metropolitan statistical areas, examining nine different criteria to see which cities claimed... More »

Top 10 College Towns in US

California's got three; Iowa has two

(Newser) - Business Insider , with help from Niche, has a list of the top 30 college towns in the US. That's based on cost of living, the real-estate market, diversity, access to amenities, crime rates, and more. To qualify as a college town, places had to be home to a... More »

Courthouse Shooter Was 'Terrified' of Prison: Ex-Wife

Inmate Larry Gordon was apparently able to grab gun from officer while handcuffed

(Newser) - The inmate who grabbed a deputy's gun and killed two people inside a Michigan courthouse has been identified by police as 44-year-old Larry Gordon of Coloma. Authorities say a deputy was escorting Gordon from a holding cell inside Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph when Gordon overpowered the officer... More »

3 Dead in Michigan Courthouse Shooting

An inmate reportedly got a deputy's gun

(Newser) - A shooting at a Michigan courthouse has left at least three people dead, WZZM 13 reports. An unnamed employee says that two bailiffs and the shooter are among the dead at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph. One person was injured in the shooting, which occurred around 2:30pm,... More »

Doctor Told Her She Couldn't Get Pregnant. She Did, Now She's Suing

Though she says she can't imagine life without her daughter

(Newser) - "She's full of life, loving, kind, sweet, everything you could ever imagine," Lori Cichewicz describes her 5-year-old daughter, Reagan, to WXYZ . But the 50-year-old from Oakland County, Mich., worries about the financial strain and other issues involved in raising a child with special needs (Reagan was born... 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 »

Talkative Parrot May Be Used as Evidence in Murder Trial

Martin Duram's family believes Bud witnessed his final moments

(Newser) - An African grey parrot named Bud may get its day in court after all. Fox 17 reports Glenna Duram was charged with first-degree murder Thursday in her husband Martin Duram's May 2015 death. Martin's family has claimed that his parrot Bud likely witnessed the murder . After Martin was... More »

Teen Kalamazoo Survivor Suffers Major Setback

Infection has put Abbie Kopf 'back to square one'

(Newser) - "When it rains, it pours," Abigail Kopf's family says in an update on the recovery of the 14-year-old survivor of the Kalamazoo shooting rampage . The family announced on the Abbie Kopf's Recovery Facebook page Monday that a severe infection has set in around a surgical incision,... 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 »

City Demands Man Banish Newly Adopted Dog

Cops say Diggy is an illegal pit bull; shelter (and others) say he's a bulldog

(Newser) - Dan Tillery was so excited to adopt his pup, Diggy (nee Sir Wiggleton), who had spent 100 days in a Detroit shelter, that they made a music video and took a beaming photo together that went viral on social media. "We know this photo is going to break the... More »

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