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After Detroit Spurns Vaccine, Experts Warn on 'Brand Shopping'

Mayor Duggan turned down 6.2K J&J doses, saying he wants Pfizer, Moderna for city

(Newser) - Johnson and Johnson's newly approved coronavirus vaccine doesn't have to be kept in the same ultra-cold temps as the Pfizer and Moderna versions, and patients need only one shot, as opposed to the double dose required by the other companies. But this week, the city of Detroit declined...

'It's Comical,' Woman Says of Outcome of KKK Flag Incident

Detectives reportedly brought new curtains to the neighbor, who won't be charged

(Newser) - It was "horrible conduct," not criminal, and a prosecutor in Michigan is encouraging the state legislature to consider changing the law so that it would be considered criminal in the future. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy on Tuesday announced that her office was unable to charge a Grosse...

Venomous Spiders Found at University Library

The University of Michigan library was closed for a few days

(Newser) - Staff at a University of Michigan library temporarily closed the building after three venomous spiders turned up in a basement storage area, the AP reports. The Mediterranean recluse spiders were found in late January in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library on the school’s Ann Arbor campus. The library reopened Tuesday...

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Finding Love

Singles may want to check out Florida

(Newser) - Valentine's Day is fast approaching, which means thoughts of love, for better or worse, may be on everyone's mind. Singles still hoping to find their mate may have better luck in some states than in others, and WalletHub has started the matchmaking process by examining the potentials. The...

Feds Get First Conviction in Plot to Kidnap Governor

'Wolverine Watchmen' member Ty Garbin agrees to testify against other plotters

(Newser) - One of six men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pleaded guilty Wednesday and agreed to testify against the other five suspects. Ty Garbin, a 25-year-old aircraft mechanic, will be sentenced July 8 on a federal charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, which carries a maximum sentence...

Law Forces Couple to Adopt Their Own Newborn Twins

They were denied parental rights under Michigan's strict anti-surrogacy law

(Newser) - Michigan couple Jordan and Tammy Myers are being forced to adopt their own biological children, and they say they want state law to change so that no other couple has to go through the same "demoralizing" ordeal. After breast cancer left Tammy Myers unable to have children, surrogate Lauren...

'Historic' Mega Millions Win Just Happened Here

One winning $1B ticket, sold in the state of Michigan

(Newser) - Someone in Michigan, or who's recently been there, just added a whole lot of zeros to their bank account balance. Only one ticket had the lucky numbers—4-26-42-50-60, with a Mega Ball of 24—for Friday's $1 billion Mega Millions drawing , and a Mega Millions release calls it...

Trial Date Set in Case of Alleged Kidnapping Plot

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was said to be the target

(Newser) - A federal judge has set a March 23 trial date for six men charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan's governor in what authorities say was a plot by anti-government extremists who were angry over her coronavirus policies, the AP reports. In December, a grand jury indicted Adam Dean Fox,...

Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Charged Over Flint

He faces 2 misdemeanor counts in water crisis

(Newser) - As expected , Michigan's former governor has been charged in the Flint water scandal. Rick Snyder was charged Wednesday with two counts of willful neglect of duty, the Detroit Free Press reports. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed the charges a day before her office is set to reveal...

Report: Ex-Gov Will Be Charged in Flint Water Probe

Sources say Snyder, other officials have been told they will face charges

(Newser) - Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director, and other ex-officials have been told they’re being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in 2014-15, insiders say....

Trump Urges People to Call Lawmaker. One Problem

He and his campaign posted the wrong number

(Newser) - A random citizen in California got inundated with angry phone calls and text messages after President Trump and his campaign shared their number with close to 40 million followers on social media. The campaign mistakenly thought it was sharing the number of Michigan Rep. Lee Chatfield in Sunday posts urging...

Witness Saw Plane Emerge From Clouds, Then Fiery Crash

Michigan homebuilder, wife, and teen son die after small aircraft slams into home

(Newser) - An accident in Michigan has taken the lives of a local businessman, his wife, and their teen son after their small plane crashed into a home. Per the AP , David Compo, who recently ended his stint as the head of the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan, was piloting a...

Woman Charged With Threatening Election Official

'You have made a grave mistake,' she told Michigan Republican

(Newser) - A woman angry with a Detroit-area election official sent photos of a dead body and threatened her family, a day after a clamorous meeting at which Republican board members initially refused to certify local results in favor of Joe Biden, authorities said Wednesday. Katelyn Jones, 23, was charged with making...

Parents on the Hook After Throwing Out Son's Porn

Paul and Beth Werking might have to pay over $75K

(Newser) - Looks like a Michigan couple illegally threw out their son's eye-popping porn collection, the BBC reports. A federal judge has ordered Paul and Beth Werking to repay their 42-year-old son, David, who estimates the value at roughly $25,000. David claims his parents illegally tossed out 1,605 DVD...

Walter Forbes Was Framed. 38 Years Later, He's Free

Michigan man's 1983 murder conviction thrown out after witness says she lied

(Newser) - Walter Forbes was in his 20s when he was sent to prison for murder. At age 63, he was told his conviction had been thrown out. It was like watching a "vision unfold," the Michigan man tells CNN . Still, "it's pretty sad that it took 38...

GOP Leader on Trump Gambit: 'I Can't Stand for That. I Won't'

President wanted a new lineup of Michigan electors

(Newser) - President Trump had the leaders of Michigan's House and Senate, both Republicans, over to the White House last month. Trump wanted a GOP slate of electors to replace the ones committed by the Nov. 3 election results to voting for Joe Biden. House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority...

Protesters Gather at Michigan Election Official's House

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says 'threats' are futile

(Newser) - The election protests in Michigan are getting personal. One Black lawmaker posted threatening voicemails she received about a lynching. And now the state's top elections official is dealing with nighttime protests at her home, reports WXYZ . Demonstrators demanding that the election results be overturned gathered outside the Detroit home...

Michigan Lawmaker Threatened With Lynching Over Election

Cynthia Johnson posts threatening voicemails she's received

(Newser) - A Black lawmaker in Michigan is publicizing frightening voicemails she's received as President Trump's team fights for her state to award him its electoral votes, despite the fact that Joe Biden won the state. Cynthia Johnson, a Democrat representing Detroit in the state legislature, is the minority vice...

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Judge: You Can Analyze Those Voting Machines

Rudy Giuliani calls it a 'big win,' but that might not be true

(Newser) - A judge ruled Friday that forensic photos can be taken of Dominion vote tabulation machines in one Michigan county, a move hailed by Rudy Giuliani—although it's unrelated to the presidential election, the Detroit News reports. The judge said a voter had complained about three ballots allegedly being ignored...

A 'Boom' Is Heard From Canada to Virginia

Witnesses report seeing a fireball

(Newser) - A noontime boom that was heard and felt from southern Ontario to Virginia was likely caused by a disintegrating meteor, according to an organization in western New York that keeps track of such phenomena, the AP reports. Witnesses across the area reported hearing the boom or seeing a fireball in...

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