DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Michigan elected officials are praising former South African President Nelson Mandela, who paid a visit to Detroit soon after leaving prison. Mandela died Thursday at age 95. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder says Mandela sought to help South Africa but ended up making the "entire world a better place."
DETROIT (AP) - A close friend says that a Michigan-raised teacher who was killed in Benghazi, Libya, was "very excited about the work he was doing" in the North African nation. Thirty-three-year-old Ronald Smith II died Thursday when he was shot while jogging. Students at Benghazi's International School say Smith pushed them to work hard and succeed, and say he loved Libya.
DETROIT (AP) - U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says lower taxes could help revive Detroit, a city trying to emerge from bankruptcy. The Kentucky Republican is speaking Friday to members of the Detroit Economic Club. In a preview Thursday, Paul called for "economic freedom zones" in cities with high unemployment like Detroit. He advocates a flat tax of 5 percent in certain neighborhoods.
IRONWOOD, Mich. (AP) - Temperatures have fallen sharply across Michigan after an arctic blast swept across the Northern Plains and made its way east. The same weather system has already dumped 1 to 2 feet of snow in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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