Closings held in Michigan gay-marriage trial
DETROIT (AP) - Closing arguments have ended in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, which was approved by voters in 2004.
Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman says he expects to make a decision within two weeks.
The trial was dominated by different views from scholars about the welfare of children raised by same-sex parents. Two Detroit-area women are trying to convince the judge that there's no "rational" basis under law for Michigan to ban same-sex marriage.
Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer of Hazel Park have been together for eight years. They're raising three adopted children who have special needs, but they can't jointly adopt each other's kids because they're not married. That could cause problems if one of the women dies.
Warren won't run for Dingell's congressional seat
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - State Sen. Rebekah Warren won't run for the congressional seat being vacated by the retirement of John Dingell, the longest-serving congressman in history.
The Ann Arbor Democrat announced her decision Friday to supporters on Facebook and her exploratory committee's website.
Warren says at times it seemed like an "impossible choice" between running for Congress or another term in the state Senate. But she says her "heart is in Lansing" and for now she can do the "most good working for Michigan, in Michigan."
Dingell's wife, Debbie, is seen as the front-runner in the Democratic primary in the southeast Michigan district. Democrats are expected to hold the seat.
Warren says she wasn't afraid to lose and didn't take a deal to walk away.
Terry Bowman is running in the Republican primary.
Police: Woman claims responsibility for 1986 fire
PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) - Police say a northern Michigan woman in prison for the fatal shooting of her husband told investigators that she burned down her own restaurant in 1986.
The Petoskey News-Review and The Grand Rapids Press and report that police in Petoskey say Carol Kopenkoskey made the statement to investigators ahead of sentencing in the murder case. The fire destroyed the Country Inn Restaurant in Petoskey on June 30, 1986.
Public Safety Director John Calabrese says the fire case had been open, but the statute of statute of limitations has run out.
Calabrese says investigators don't have a motive for the fire.
Kopenkoskey was sentenced in February to 18 to 35 years in prison in Lyle Kopenkoskey's slaying in 2012. His body was found in Resort Township, northeast of Traverse City.
Man says he killed cougar to protect father
MANISTIQUE, Mich. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to killing a cougar in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says he was defending his father but regrets keeping it from state wildlife officials.
Troy Richard tells The Bay City Times they were visiting his father's northeast Schoolcraft County hunting camp in December. As Theodore Richard walked to his blind to get a rifle, Troy Richard says he saw the cougar approaching his father.
The younger Richard yelled and shot the cougar when it didn't flee. The Bay City resident says he killed the wounded animal the next day and took its hide and skull.
Troy Richard was sentenced to 30 days in jail, fines and community service. Theodore Richard was sentenced to fines and community service.
The son says they must "deal with the consequences."
DETROIT CITY CLOCKS
Shinola donates clocks for display in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) - A company that makes handcrafted wristwatches in Detroit is donating four clocks for display in the city.
Shinola on Friday unveiled one of the Shinola City Clocks at Cobo Center. They'll also be at Eastern Market, Midtown and the College for Creative Studies.
The clocks are inspired by city clocks that became popular fixtures on sidewalks of American cities in the 1800s. The Shinola City Clocks are mounted on poles or walls, and they're designed in the style of a pocket watch.
Shinola partnered with the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority to install the clock outside of downtown's Cobo Center. Currently at the corner of Washington Boulevard and West Larned Street, the clock will be moved to Cobo Square this fall.
LONELY BOY'S PARTY
Outpouring of affection for lonely Michigan boy
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan boy who said he didn't want an 11th birthday party because he had no friends is savoring a celebration he'll never forget.
Colin was the guest of honor Friday at a surprise bash on the set of ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York, where he learned that millions of people had sent him virtual well-wishes. The family asked that their last name not be used.
Colin has a condition similar to Asperger's syndrome that makes it difficult to relate to peers. His mother created a "Happy Birthday, Colin" Facebook page that drew more than 2 million "likes." He also received thousands of cards.
After the show, his family was heading to Disney World, where he'll turn 11 on Sunday.
Study: Bathroom wait longer for women at hall
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A study confirms women wait much longer than men to use the bathroom at a Grand Rapids theater, and achieving potty parity could be expensive.
The Grand Rapids Press reports Friday a study by Progressive Architecture Engineering finds women's average waiting and use time was 14 minutes during intermission at a DeVos Performance Hall show last fall. It took four minutes for men.
One solution costing $69,000 would add five toilet stalls to a 10-stall women's restroom. Another suggestion - adding 10 stalls through conversion and construction - would cost $295,000.
Broadway Grand Rapids Executive Director Mike Lloyd tells the Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention and Arena Authority he hopes changes come soon. Broadway Grand Rapids brings popular touring shows to the city.
The study was prepared for the authority.
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