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Want Fewer Neighbors? Try These Ghost Towns

Vacancy rates top 20%: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - Not willing to spend up to 98% of your income on housing in states like California or Hawaii? A ghost town in desperate need of humanity might be the best affordable option. Based on vacant property rates per zip code, 24/7 Wall St. rounds up 30 ghost towns across the... More »

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 »

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 »

Sheriff Says Teens Had Thrown Stuff From Overpasses Before

5 teens facing life in prison after rock kills man on Michigan interstate

(Newser) - Five Michigan teens are facing life in prison after allegedly throwing a 6-pound rock off an overpass Oct. 18, killing a passenger in a van below. It wasn't anything new for the teens, Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell now tells People . “There’s a continuing behavior,” Pickell... More »

Man's Suicide Note Shares Location of Another Body

That of Michigan man's wife, missing teacher Theresa Lockhart

(Newser) - For nearly half a year, police in Portage, Mich., had searched for a beloved high school Spanish teacher who seemingly vanished in May. Her body was finally discovered this week—but it wasn't the first one officers came across. Officers initially found Theresa Lockhart's husband, Christopher Lockhart, dead... More »

Teens Accused of Throwing Deadly Rock Face Life in Prison

'I just hope they realize … how many lives they tore apart'

(Newser) - Five Michigan teens who allegedly killed a 32-year-old father with a rock thrown from a highway overpass will remain in custody. On Tuesday, a judge refused bail for the five teens, aged 15 to 17, who have all pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and other... 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 »

Teens' Actions 'Not a Prank. It's Second-Degree Murder'

Michigan teens have been charged after rocks thrown from highway overpass

(Newser) - Police in Michigan say prosecutors are "throwing the book" at five teenagers accused of throwing a rock from a highway overpass, killing a construction worker who was on his way home to his fiancee and their 5-year-old son. Kyle Anger, 17; Mark Sekelsky, 16; Mikadyn Payne, 16; Alexzander Miller,... 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 »

Jailed Mom 'Shocked' by Son's Vaccination

She loses primary custody after court hearing

(Newser) - A Michigan mother who went to jail for refusing to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated says she was "devastated" to learn that the boy had his shots while she was behind bars and he was in the custody of her ex-husband. Rebecca Bredow, who says vaccination goes against her... More »

Michigan Judge Grants Parental Rights to Rapist

Judge Gregory Ross grants rights after a DNA test

(Newser) - This week a 27-year-old Michigan man was granted joint legal custody of an 8-year-old whose mother he allegedly raped. Sanilac County Circuit Court Judge Gregory S. Ross awarded joint custody and parenting time to Christopher Mirasolo of Brown City after a DNA test established paternity of the 8-year-old boy, the... More »

She Refused to Vaccinate Her Son. Now She's Headed to Jail

Rebecca Bredow found in contempt of court Wednesday

(Newser) - A Michigan woman was sentenced to seven days in jail on Wednesday after refusing to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated, the AP reports. According to WXYZ , judge Karen McDonald found Rebecca Bredow in contempt of court for ignoring a court order to have her son immunized. Bredow had agreed to... More »

Couple Charged With Letting Baby Die Over Religious Beliefs

Joshua and Rachel Piland prayed while their baby died, police say

(Newser) - Michigan police say Rachel Piland didn't take her newborn daughter to the hospital despite the baby coughing blood and not eating, instead going to "listen to sermons," the Lansing State Journal reports. A day later, Piland allegedly wouldn't let her mother call for help when blood... More »

Cops: Toddler Finds Gun, Shoots 2 at Day Care

Boy was shot in face, another in shoulder; both are in hospital

(Newser) - In what a Michigan police chief refers to as "totally tragic" and "irresponsible," a loaded firearm was allegedly left in reach of children at an apparently unlicensed home day care in Dearborn, resulting in two children being shot Wednesday. Police say a toddler came upon the gun... More »

Cops: Teacher Blew Student Activity Cash on Penny Slots

Michigan's Lydia Johnson accused of lifting $31K from dance, trip funds

(Newser) - Last year, Lydia Johnson is said to have blown $90,000 at the MGM Grand Detroit casino, which would be a lot of your own money to lose, let alone someone else's. And a chunk of it was allegedly someone else's. Macomb County authorities say the 29-year-old Dakota... More »

Teacher on Leave Over Reaction to Student's Pledge Protest

'The teacher consultant comes up behind me and snatches me out of my chair'

(Newser) - A Michigan teacher is on leave over allegations she got physical with a sixth-grade student over his refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, the Detroit News reports. In a Facebook post , Brian Chaney says his son Stone was "violently snatched from his chair" by a teacher Sept.... More »

Michigan Doctor Wants to Be First US Muslim Governor

Democrat says it will send message to Trump

(Newser) - Michigan has one of the largest Arab populations outside the Middle East, but is it ready to elect a Muslim as chief executive? Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a liberal 32-year-old doctor in Detroit, says yes, and he is mounting a surprisingly robust bid to become the nation's first Muslim governor.... More »

Mom Who Gave Up Cancer Treatment to Save Baby Dies

Newborn Life Lynn DeKlyen is 'going to be fine,' Carrie DeKlyen's husband says

(Newser) - Life Lynn DeKlyen was born Wednesday in Ann Arbor's University Hospital, and her first name is a poignant reminder of the sacrifice her mom made to bring her into this world. Carrie DeKlyen, a mom of five from Wyoming, Mich., died Saturday, two days after doctors took her off... More »

One Notebook Was Left on the Shelf. 2 Women Wanted It

Back-to-school tensions ran high at Michigan Walmart, gun was drawn: cops

(Newser) - No parent will deny that back-to-school shopping can be a tense, unpleasant experience, but it was especially so for customers at a Michigan Walmart this week. Per WJBK and WCRZ , Novi officers say that four shoppers at the retailer's Novi store—two women from Farmington Hills, ages 32 and... More »

Lake Huron Spits Out Not One, but 2 Century-Old Shipwrecks

Researchers say they've located the Ohio and the Choctaw off Michigan's Presque Isle

(Newser) - Two shipwrecks more than a century old have been found in the deep waters of Lake Huron, maritime archaeologists announced Friday. Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary officials say they recently confirmed the identities of the wooden freighter Ohio and steel-hulled steamer Choctaw, per the AP . Researchers from the federal sanctuary... More »

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