10,000 of 174,000 customers still without power
DETROIT (AP) - DTE Energy says about 10,000 homes and businesses remain without power two days after severe thunderstorms struck parts of southern Michigan, knocking out service to 174,000 utility customers.
Tuesday's storms brought 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts that knocked down trees and power lines.
DTE says about 10,000 of its 165,000 affected customers remain powerless Thursday afternoon, the majority in Wayne County. It says mature trees knocked down some major power lines, slowing the restoration process.
DTE says its crews are working 16-hour shifts to restore service. It says additional crews from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana are assisting.
It says the "vast majority" of those still affected will be back on line by late Thursday.
CMS Energy Corporation's Consumers Energy unit says it has restored power to 9,000 affected customers.
Bankruptcy judge says court filing went too far
DETROIT (AP) - The judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy says a creditor's severe criticism of mediators in the case is "scandalous and defamatory."
Judge Steven Rhodes said Thursday he's striking portions of a court filing by Syncora, a bond insurer that could lose millions of dollars in a trial that starts next week.
Syncora's objection to Detroit's plan to get out of bankruptcy questions the motives of mediators Gerald Rosen and Eugene Driker in shaping an $816 million pension bailout that also prevents the sale of art. The deal involves foundations and the state of Michigan.
Syncora accused Rosen, who's a federal judge, and Driker, an attorney, of "naked favoritism" toward Detroit's retirees at the expense of other creditors.
Rhodes will consider sanctions against Syncora. He says the mediators and Driker's wife deserve apologies.
Carter, Snyder to address leading US Muslim group
DETROIT (AP) - Ex-President Jimmy Carter and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder are among the dignitaries scheduled to speak in Detroit at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America that opens Friday.
The Republican governor is expected to speak Friday afternoon during the opening session of the four-day conference at Cobo Center. The society is among America's leading Muslim groups.
The Democratic ex-president is set to speak Saturday afternoon about the need for religious communities to tackle discrimination and violence against women and girls worldwide.
Other scheduled speakers include Democratic U.S. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the first Muslim elected to Congress.
The Detroit area has one of the nation's largest Muslim populations.
The group's 51st annual convention is called "Generations Rise: Elevating Muslim American Culture."
Vigil marks man's 3rd year of imprisonment in Iran
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - U.S. Representative Dan Kildee plans to speak at a Bay City vigil marking the third anniversary of the Iranian imprisonment of a former U.S. Marine.
The Flint Democrat will join family members of Amir Hekmati Friday morning at Dunlop's Downtown. Hekmati was born in Arizona, raised in Michigan and his parents live in the Flint area.
Amir Hekmati was arrested in August 2011 while visiting his grandmothers and sentenced to death for spying. Iran's Supreme Court annulled the sentence, but he later was convicted of "cooperating with hostile governments" and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Kildee says in a statement that Hekmati has been "wrongfully held ... for crimes he did not commit." He adds Iran could show it "is serious about rejoining the global community" by releasing Hekmati.
GREAT LAKES-NUCLEAR WASTE
Resolution to oppose nuke waste near Lake Huron
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A member of Congress from Michigan says he'll sponsor a resolution opposing a Canadian power company's plan to bury waste from nuclear plants less than a mile from Lake Huron.
Democratic Representative Dan Kildee announced his plan Thursday during a boat trip on Saginaw Bay. His district includes a section of the lake's shoreline.
The nonbinding resolution will urge President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to take up the matter with the Canadian government.
Ontario Power Generation wants to entomb radioactive waste from in rock chambers 2,230 feet below the earth's surface near Kincardine, Ontario.
The company says the facility would be safe and wouldn't leak. Opponents say there's no way to guarantee that for the thousands of years that the waste would remain radioactive.
POLICE OFFICER WOUNDED-MICHIGAN
Police officer wounded after struggle over gun
HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A police officer has been wounded with his own weapon during a struggle with a juvenile prisoner outside a Bay County juvenile facility.
Hampton Township police Chief Gerald Runde tells The Bay City Times that the Sebewaing officer was shot in the right hand about 1 p.m. Thursday after the boy grabbed his gun.
Runde says the boy then shot himself. The boy's condition wasn't immediately available. The officer's wound isn't life-threatening.
The chief says the officer was taking the boy to the juvenile home. Bay County Undersheriff Troy Cunningham says the boy slipped a hand from his handcuffs and grabbed the gun.
The boy's name, age and reason why he was being taken to the facility weren't released.
Hampton Township is about 90 miles northwest of Detroit.
Man, woman accused of torturing 11-year-old boy
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a man and his mother used plumber's tape to keep an 11-year-old boy restrained for several hours at a time at a southwestern Michigan home.
The Van Buren County sheriff's department says that 28-year-old Randall Hamilton and 46-year-old Peggy Hamilton are jailed on $1 million bonds after their arraignment Wednesday on torture and child abuse charges in South Haven District Court.
Their next hearing is Sept. 8. The Associated Press left messages Thursday seeking comment from their lawyers.
Sheriff Dale Gribler says Randall Hamilton is the boy's mother's boyfriend.
Gribler says deputies found the malnourished boy walking on a road Tuesday, and he said he ran away from his Geneva Township home after being physically abused.
The sheriff says authorities also removed a 2-year-old boy from the home.
HEALTH DIRECTOR RESIGNS
Michigan health chief Haveman quits after stroke
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Governor Rick Snyder says that state health Director Jim Haveman is resigning after having a mild stroke.
Snyder said in a statement Thursday that Haveman originally planned to remain as head of the Michigan Department of Community Health into 2015 but moved up his departure because of the Memorial Day stroke. Snyder says Haveman will quit Sept. 12 and says Chief Deputy Director Nick Lyon will become director.
The governor credits Haveman with promoting "an ambitious health and wellness agenda that has led to inclusive, bipartisan support to implement a number of key health initiatives."
Haveman became health director in 2012. He also served as director between 1996 and 2003. Haveman was state mental health director from 1991 to 1996.
He says that leaving has been "a difficult decision" because he loves his work.
Minimum 17-year sentence sought in porch shooting
DETROIT (AP) - Prosecutors and the lawyer for a Detroit-area man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch are giving very different sentencing recommendations to a judge.
Theodore Wafer of Dearborn Heights returns to court next Wednesday, about a month after he was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting of Renisha McBride.
Prosecutors want the judge to follow sentencing guidelines and send Wafer to prison for at least 17 years for murder and the unlawful use of a gun.
Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter is asking for as little as six years.
The 55-year-old Wafer could be released by the parole board after he serves whatever minimum sentence Judge Dana Hathaway hands down.
Wafer says he shot McBride in self-defense, but the jury disagreed.
Woman, 28, gets 7-15 years for causing fatal crash
DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-area woman authorities say intentionally crashed her car into another vehicle and killed the other driver has been sentenced to 7 to 15 years in prison.
A Wayne County Circuit Court jury this month convicted Ponya Lee of manslaughter, reckless driving causing death and malicious destruction of property.
Authorities say that the 28-year-old Westland woman got into an argument with another woman on the phone.
They say Lee told the woman she was going to crash her car, then ignored a traffic signal in Westland and struck a crashed into another car.
The crash killed 55-year-old driver Patricia Nwaneri of Ypsilanti (ip-sih-LAN'-tee), a mother of four who was on her way to her nursing job.
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