BC-MI–Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI

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INDIANAPOLIS _ The first woman to publicly accuse sports doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse is expected to question USA Gymnastics’ chief financial officer in bankruptcy court. Attorney John Manly says Rachael Denhollander will question Scott Shollenbarger about the Indianapolis-based group’s assets and how many claims have been filed by Nassar’s victims. USA Gymnastics filed for Chapter 11 protection two months ago. In a bankruptcy, creditors can confront the debtor early in the process. By Rick Callahan. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Developing from 1 p.m. ET meeting.



DETROIT _ A new study finds that cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 percent when interior heaters are used. The study of five electric vehicles by AAA also finds that high temperatures can cut into battery range, but not nearly as much as the cold. Many owners discovered the range limitations last week when much of the country was in the grips of a polar vortex. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 600 words.


MILAN _ Shares in Italian American automaker Fiat Chrysler have tanked after the company issued conservative earnings forecasts for 2019. Fiat Chrysler shares were temporarily suspended from trading due to excessive volatility, and then shed 11 percent in Milan. Analysts expressed disappointment at the guidance for 2019, even as the carmaker booked a record profit for last year. By Colleen Barry. SENT: 590 words, photo.


—FORD-CHICAGO PLANT: Ford Motor Co. plans to invest $1 billion and add 500 jobs at its plants in Chicago as the automaker launches three new SUVs. SENT: 130 words.


—FUNERAL HOME INVESTIGATIONS-DETROIT: Police in Detroit have again found cremated remains inside an abandoned funeral home.

—WINTER WEATHER-MICHIGAN: Freezing rain in western Michigan that’s moving northward is blamed for leaving about 130,000 homes and businesses without power.

—STOLEN CEMENT TRUCK: Authorities say a person is in custody after driving a stolen cement truck through a locked gate at a General Motors facility in mid-Michigan and hitting several parked vehicles.

—RUN OVER BY TRUCK: Authorities say a pedestrian who tried to take a shortcut by scooting underneath a parked tractor-trailer was critically injured when the driver started up the vehicle and drove away.



DETROIT _ More wins would be nice for the rebuilding Detroit Tigers, but what they could really use is progress from some of their top prospects. The Tigers lost 98 games in each of the past two seasons. Outfielder Christin Stewart, a first-round draft pick in 2015, made his big league debut in September and played 17 games. Outfielder Daz Cameron could end up playing this season. Most of the team’s top prospects are pitchers, including Casey Mize, the No. 1 pick in last year’s draft. By Noah Trister. SENT: 750 words, photos.


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. _ Detroit Mercy takes on Northern Kentucky on Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.


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