Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — A federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman tells The Associated Press that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been released from prison after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence. Kilpatrick has served more than seven years of a 28-year prison sentence for a series of federal corruption crimes. The announcement came in a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of Trump’s White House term. Kilpatrick’s sentence was commuted, or reduced, but his 24 felony convictions still will stand. In 2013, Kilpatrick was convicted of racketeering conspiracy, fraud, extortion and tax crimes. The government called it the “Kilpatrick enterprise,” a scheme to shake down contractors and reward allies. Kilpatrick’s allies said a 28-year prison term was extreme.
DETROIT (AP) — A 5-year-old boy has been fatally shot by his 18-month-old cousin who got hold of a handgun inside a westside Detroit home. Police say the toddler was playing with the gun about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday when it discharged, striking the older boy in the neck. A 27-year-old man was at the home at the time of the shooting and has been arrested. Police said he was father to the 5-year-old and uncle of the toddler. The boys’ grandmother and a 1-year-old girl also were at the home. Tiffany Stewart, 10th Police Precinct commander, told reporters the shooting was “completely avoidable.”
DETROIT (AP) — A woman has been fatally shot and a 10-year-old boy wounded after four men fired into a vehicle in Southwest Detroit. Police say the vehicle was stopped at an intersection about 1 p.m. Tuesday when a Chrysler 300 pulled up behind it. The men exited the car, walked to the stopped vehicle and opened fire before driving away in the Chrysler. The 44-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The 10-year-old was in stable condition Wednesday at a hospital. No arrests have been made.
UNDATED (AP) — President Joe Biden’s inauguration represents a new high point for Democrats, who have assumed control of Congress and expelled Donald Trump from the White House. But for Republicans, this moment marks a painful shift to a new era of diminished power, deep uncertainty and dangerous intraparty divisions that some believe threaten the very survival of the Grand Old Party. At the heart of the Republican reckoning lies a fundamental question with no clear answer: Without Trump, what does the modern-day Republican Party stand for? Republicans have just begun to decide whether to continue down the road of Trump’s norm-shattering populism or return to the party’s conservative roots.