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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 »

Welcome to Gay Hell, Literally

Elijah Daniel says he has bought Hell, Michigan, plans to add 'Gay' in front of name

(Newser) - About 15 miles from Ann Arbor, Michigan, lies the small town of Hell. For now. A YouTube celeb named Elijah Daniel says he has bought the 5-acre commercial parcel and plans to officially rename it—to Gay Hell, Michigan. The 25-year-old announced his plan on Twitter Tuesday, reports NBC News... More »

Republican Who Called Trump 'Impeachable' Quits Caucus

Justin Amash has quit the House Freedom Caucus

(Newser) - A Republican congressman who's been going hard after President Trump, calling his actions "impeachable," made a big move Monday, stepping down from a group he co-founded. Politico reports that on Monday night, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash—deemed the "lone-wolf GOP Trump critic" by the Washington Post ... More »

Hotel Makes Offer to Abortion Seekers

Owner of The Yale Hotel is getting involved

(Newser) - Seeking a safe abortion in Michigan? You've got a place to stay. Shelley O'Brien, owner of a hotel in the town of Yale, says she'll help out women who come from staunchly anti-abortion states like Alabama, Ohio, or Georgia, CNN reports. "We cannot do anything about... More »

Driver Charged in Wreck That Killed 3 Amish Children

Mich. police say Tyler Frye was intoxicated when he plowed into back of buggy in Michigan

(Newser) - A man is now charged in the deaths of three Amish children after Michigan police say he drove his truck into the back of their buggy , reports CNN . The driver, identified as Tyler Frye, has been charged on three counts of operating under the influence causing death, two counts of... More »

Pickup Hits Amish Carriage, Killing 2

Two other children were hospitalized

(Newser) - Authorities say a pickup truck rear-ended an Amish horse-drawn carriage in southern Michigan, killing two children and seriously injuring two others and a woman who were in the carriage, the AP reports. The state police say the two adults and five children who were in the carriage were ejected when... More »

Justin Amash Could Be a Huge Problem for Trump

He's rumored to be planning a run as a Libertarian

(Newser) - Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan isn't likely to win any popularity contests among his fellow Republicans after saying President Trump engaged in "impeachable conduct" —and he may struggle to win the GOP nomination in his district this year. State Rep. Jim Lower says he plans to challenge... More »

7K White-Collar Workers Losing Jobs at Ford

Company says it's trying to become more efficient

(Newser) - Ford is cutting about 7,000 white-collar jobs, which would make up 10% of its global workforce. The company said the plan will save about $600 million per year by eliminating bureaucracy and increasing the number of workers reporting to each manager, per the AP . In the US, about 2,... More »

10 States With the Most Drug Abuse

The epidemic continues

(Newser) - A recent sliver of hope in the US opioid crisis emerged in the form of a substantial drop in prescription opioid use in 2018. But that doesn't mean the country's drug epidemic is anywhere near over. Drug abuse continues to run rampant, and WalletHub looked at the problem... More »

$30K Spills on Road. And Authorities Want It Back

Drivers stop to grab dollars in Grand Haven, Michigan

(Newser) - Police in Michigan are appealing to people to surrender their instant riches after a box with $30,000 fell off the back of a truck, the AP reports. Authorities in Grand Haven say drivers stopped Thursday to pick up cash for themselves. Officers closed the US 31 but only $2,... More »

Big Decision in Michigan Gerrymandering Case

Judges order state to redraw dozens of districts

(Newser) - Michigan must redraw dozens of congressional and legislative districts for the 2020 election because Republicans configured them to guarantee their political dominance over the last decade by unconstitutionally diluting the power of Democratic voters, federal judges ruled Thursday. In a 3-0 ruling—which will be appealed—the panel gave the... More »

Court Bans Parking Enforcement Practice in 4 States

Authorities can use photos instead

(Newser) - Marking a tire with chalk to track how long a car has been parked is unconstitutional, per a first-of-its-kind ruling that could force cities to adopt new approaches to parking enforcement. The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee on Monday found tire-chalking is an... More »

'911, What's Your Emergency?' 'Can You Bring Me McDonald's?'

5-year-old boy really wanted some fast food, but grandma was sleeping

(Newser) - Sometimes you have a legit emergency and sometimes your emergency is a Big Mac attack. The latter was the case of Michigan 5-year-old Iziah Hall, who awoke early last Sunday really jonesing for some McDonald's, reports WZZM . The only problem was his grandmother was sleeping, so Iziah called 911... More »

Cops: Couple on Skateboards Vandalized President's Grave

'Extreme vandalism' carried out at Ford gravesite

(Newser) - It's not clear whether they were random vandals or persons with a grudge against the 38th president, but a couple in Michigan could be in very serious trouble for defacing the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and wife Betty Ford. Police in Michigan say the young man and... More »

Posted Confession Brings Arrest in 1986 Slaying

Michael Leon Curry accused of killing nurse's aide in Michigan

(Newser) - A convicted felon confessed repeatedly in the late 1980s to killing a woman in Michigan. Nothing happened. "People thought he was trying to get attention," the lead police investigator tells WOOD . But last June, Michael Leon Curry confessed again, on Facebook. "If I get pissed I kill,... More »

Lab is Feeding Fungicides to Beagles, Humane Society Says

Petition calls for dogs' release from experiments

(Newser) - Beagles are allegedly being force-fed fungicides in experiments at a Michigan laboratory with ties to Dow Chemical, and the Humane Society wants it to stop. An undercover investigation last year found that nearly two dozen experiments involved testing on dogs, and that some suffered for months before being killed when... More »

Teen Feared 'Something Would Happen to Her.' Then She Was Killed

Man convicted of raping Mujey Dumbuya now on trial for her murder

(Newser) - In November 2017, Michigan teen Mujey Dumbuya said that Quinn James, 43, had raped her multiple times starting when she was 15. He was arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct, released on bond days later, and ordered to have no contact with Dumbuya. On Jan. 24 of the following... More »

Cops: Mom Took 3 Daughters Out to Lunch, Then Killed Them

Aubrianne Moore had history of mental illness

(Newser) - Investigators have revealed details equally sad and chilling in the Feb. 18 murder of three young girls by their mother near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Aubrianne Moore picked up the girls from school on the pretext of a doctor's appointment, took them out to lunch, and then shot them, police... More »

Mom, 3 Young Daughters Found Dead at Mich. Home

Police suspect murder-suicide

(Newser) - Three children and a woman were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds Monday at a home in western Michigan, authorities say. Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young says authorities responded Monday to a property near Cedar Springs, a community about 30 miles north of Grand Rapids, the AP reports. She says... More »

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