Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The Trump administration has removed gray wolves in most of the U.S. from the endangered species list. Thursday’s action ends longstanding federal safeguards for the predators in the Lower 48 states, except for a small population of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest. The announcement just days ahead of the election could allow hunting of the animals to resume in Great Lakes states — a battleground region in the presidential race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Gray wolves have recovered from near extinction in parts of the country but remain absent from much of their historical range. Biologists who reviewed the administration’s plan to strip protection from wolves say it lacked scientific justification.
SEATTLE (AP) — Fair housing organizations are accusing Redfin of systematic racial discrimination, saying in a lawsuit the online real estate broker offers fewer services to homebuyers and sellers in minority communities. The National Fair Housing Alliance described that as a type of digital redlining that has depressed home values and exacerbated historic injustice in the housing market. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Thursday, the groups said a two-year investigation showed Redfin was much less likely to offer realtor services, professional photos, virtual tours, online promotion or commission rebates for homes listed in overwhelmingly minority neighborhoods. Redfin said it would comment later Thursday.
DETROIT (AP) — Two Michigan men who authorities say are members of a white supremacist group have been arrested and accused of intimidating an Ann Arbor-area family. The state attorney general says Justen Watkins of Bad Axe and Alfred Gorman of Taylor were charged Thursday with gang membership, unlawful posting of a message and using computers to commit a crime. The charges follow an investigation into a group called The Base and a December 2019 incident in which a family in Dexter saw men in dark clothing shining a light and taking photos on their porch. The photos were uploaded onto social media with a caption alluding to an antifa podcast.
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor says misdemeanor assault charges have been dropped against seven teens who were accused of hazing fellow members of the football team at an all-boys school in suburban Detroit. The accused attended De La Salle Collegiate in Warren. Prosecutor Mike Wendling says they met several conditions, including participation in an anti-bullying program and writing apology letters to victims. In 2019, Warren police investigated allegations that De La Salle players were hazed with broomsticks. The school acknowledged that some type of hazing occurred and took the extraordinary step of ending the team’s season by forfeiting a playoff game a year ago.