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Horrific Crash Involving Amish Buggy Kills 3 Siblings

Their brother, 6, was seriously injured but is improving

(Newser) - Authorities in Michigan say a 6-year-old boy's condition is improving a day after his three siblings were killed when their horse-drawn buggy was struck by a motor vehicle, the AP reports. Police believe the four were returning home from an Amish school Wednesday when the crash occurred near Charlotte... More »

Cops Suspected a Serial Killer. They Say They've Got Him

Detroit police think Deangelo Martin may be behind deaths of 4 women

(Newser) - A prosecutor announced murder charges Wednesday against a 34-year-old man in the slayings of four women whose deaths Detroit police have characterized as the work of a serial killer. Deangelo Martin is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of felony murder in the killings of the... More »

Trophy Hunter Gets US Permit to Import Body of Rare Rhino

Michigan hunter gets dispensation in what Humane Society calls 'pay-to-slay scheme'

(Newser) - The Trump administration says it will issue a permit to a Michigan trophy hunter to import the skin, skull, and horns from a rare black rhinoceros he shot in Africa. Documents show Chris D. Peyerk of Shelby Township, Mich., applied last year for the permit required by the Fish and... More »

A First: Entire State Will Ban Flavored E-Cigs

Michigan will institute emergency ban

(Newser) - Flavored e-cigarettes are controversial due to how attractive they are to teens—but until now, no state had actually banned them. That changed Wednesday as Michigan became the first to announce it will be barring their sale. The ban won't actually go into effect until the state health department... More »

Couple Arrested for Burglary 3 Years After Lottery Win

Michigan pair won $500K in 2016

(Newser) - A Michigan couple who won $500,000 on a state lottery scratch-off ticket in 2016 has been charged in a string of burglaries. MLive.com reports that 29-year-old Mitchell Arnswald and 28-year-old Stephanie Harvell were arraigned Friday on home invasion and possession of burglary tools charges. They are each being... More »

Cops: Man Killed Wife With Heroin-Laced Cereal

Charges come 5 years after Christina Harris' death

(Newser) - A month after Christina Harris was found dead at her Michigan home on Sept. 29, 2014, her death was ruled an accidental heroin overdose. That left many questions since none of the woman's friends and family knew her to use heroin. And though her husband had been fired from... More »

Woman Who Wanted to 'Keep City White' Drops Out of Race

Jean Cramer is still on Michigan city's ballot

(Newser) - A woman who wanted to exclude foreigners and discourage interracial marriages has dropped out of a city council race in Michigan. Jean Cramer, who stunned fellow candidates with her racist remarks at a forum last week, hand-delivered a one-sentence withdrawal notice to Marysville City Hall on Monday, MLive.com reports.... More »

Question About Diversity at Town Forum Spurs Racist Answer

City Council candidate Jean Cramer told Mich. crowd: 'Keep Marysville a white community'

(Newser) - Three City Council seats are up for grabs in Marysville, Mich., and five people are vying for them—though it's unclear how well one contender will do after a racist remark she made at a Thursday night forum. The Times Herald reports the event ran smoothly at first, with... More »

City Official Blames 'Mother Nature' for New Flint Mess

2M gallons of raw sewage spill into Flint River

(Newser) - Flint is still contending with its long-standing water issues , and now there's a new mess in the beleaguered Michigan city. MLive.com reports that "months after dire warnings" of reaching a "critical point," 2 million gallons of raw sewage ended up in the Flint River Sunday,... More »

New High School Has Features to Foil Shooters

'It will be the most secure high school building in the state'

(Newser) - A high school in western Michigan has been redesigned to make it harder to kill the students inside. The $48 million project, which includes the building of new sections at Fruitport High School and the renovation of old ones, adds features including curved hallways that would reduce sight lines for... More »

He Was House-Hunting With His Wife. He Saw KKK Memorabilia

Michigan cop suspended after potential homebuyer says he spotted Klan application, Confederate flags

(Newser) - A US Army veteran house-hunting with his wife made some distressing finds in one of the Michigan homes they toured, and now a Muskegon cop has been suspended as a result. The Washington Post reports that Rob Mathis, who's black, showed up with his wife, Reyna, at the five-bedroom... More »

'Jimmy Was Found Dead Today in Iraq'

Attorney says Jimmy Aldaoud, deported in June, was a diabetic with mental health issues

(Newser) - "Jimmy was found dead today in Iraq." That was the Facebook announcement Wednesday from immigration attorney Edward Bajoka, who revealed the fate of friend Jimmy Aldaoud, a Detroit man deported in June amid the Trump administration's immigration roundups. Aldaoud—who Bajoka says was a diabetic suffering from... More »

Why Accused Priests Came to This Michigan Building

AP looks at under-the-radar group Opus Bono Sacerdotii

(Newser) - The visiting priests arrived discreetly, day and night. Stripped of their collars and cassocks, they went unnoticed in the tiny Midwestern town of Dryden, Mich., as they were escorted into a dingy warehouse across from an elementary school playground. They had been brought to town by a small nonprofit group... More »

Beauty Queen Loses Her Crown Over Tweets

Kathy Zhu says she's 'seen this happen before'

(Newser) - For one beauty queen, her tweets meant her crown. Kathy Zhu, 20, has been told she's no longer Miss Michigan 2019 because her "social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content." Zhu blames her remarks about hijabs and black violence for the uncrowning: "I have... More »

City Workers Hurt in 'Absolute Embarrassment' of a Prank

2 Detroit municipal employees injured after someone put firecrackers under toilet seats

(Newser) - "Two things that don't mix—firecrackers and toilets." That's an understatement from FOX 2 after an apparent prank gone awry in Detroit resulted in injuries to two municipal employees. The Metro Times reports the General Services Department workers were hurt Wednesday after they used toilets in... More »

Student Debt Is the Worst in These 10 States

Going to school in South Dakota could leave you with a big tab by graduation

(Newser) - One of the "hot-button" issues in the upcoming presidential election is how students will pay for their education, WalletHub notes—and to put things in geographical context, it's analyzed the numbers to see which states have the most and least student debt. The site looked at a dozen... More »

This Is America's Most Patriotic State

New Hampshire tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - It's Independence Day—do you know how patriotic your state is? WalletHub looked at 13 factors, including voting numbers, volunteerism rates, military engagement, trial and grand jury participation, the share of residents participating in groups or organizations, and even a state's civics education requirement. Based on all that,... More »

A $15K Donation Just Wiped Out $1.8M in Medical Debt

A Michigan church reaches out to help 1.9K families in its area

(Newser) - A single congregation has paid the medical debts of 1,899 Michigan families living at or below the poverty line, who will learn the good news this week. The medical debts owed by the West Michigan families across four counties "has been paid in full as a result of... More »

Talk About a Fish Tale: This One's a Doozy

Divorced man attaches wedding ring to fish, and it's re-caught at a tournment

(Newser) - "I didn't know steelhead get married," a fisherman quipped Friday after a fish was pulled from Lake Michigan with a wedding band fixed to its tail with a zip-tie. The Chicago Sun-Times unravels the mystery: Four years after his divorce, fishing guide Jason Rose felt his wedding... More »

After Divorce, Guy Gets Bad News About $80M Jackpot

Writing her that $15M check won't be easy

(Newser) - Is Richard Zelasko lucky or unlucky? In 2013, the Michigan man won a stunning $80 million Mega Millions jackpot—nearly $39 million, after fees and taxes—but is now being forced to share it with his ex-wife, CNN reports. The timing is key, because Zelasko filed for divorce from Mary... More »

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