Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EST

DETROIT (AP) — Fire department officials say a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old died in a Christmas morning fire at a home on Detroit’s east side, while others were hurt when they jumped to safety from a second-floor window. Officials say the two children were found dead Friday in a living room of the two-story house. Three children and their mother were injured leaping from the upper-level window. The mother was holding a 3-year-old in her arms when she jumped. An 8-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy suffered third-degree burns. They were all taken to a hospital. 

EMPIRE, Mich. (AP) — Officials are communicating with Native American groups to help decide what to do next with prehistoric human remains found along a Michigan Lake shoreline in a northwestern Michigan park. reported that a visitor found the remains in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore three years ago, took them out of the park and then returned them a year later. Examinations at a medical examiner’s office and further analysis of the bones at Western Michigan University helped identify them as prehistoric remains most likely tied to prehistoric Native American populations.  The park’s superintendent, Scott Tucker, said the goal was to “respect the ancestral remains that were found, and let the tribes determine the next steps.”

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. factories have been cranking out goods at a rate that is remarkably close to normal, despite the ongoing spread of the coronavirus. Yet with cases rising in many states, people who run factories are wondering if production can keep up until most of the country gets vaccinated. For the most part, safeguards put in place after the initial wave of the virus appear to have prevented the kinds of large outbreaks that sickened hundreds of workers and forced automakers, meat processors and other businesses to halt production last spring. But industry and union officials say workers live in communities where the virus is surging, making it difficult to stop infections inside the factories.

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s largest county says it quickly exhausted $500 payments for roughly 12,000 people whose work has been disrupted by coronavirus restrictions. The recipients worked at restaurants or fitness and entertainment venues whose operations have been limited to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Wayne County Economic Development Department received enough applications in less than two weeks to fulfill the $6 million budget. County Executive Warren Evans says the money won’t fix everything. But Evans says he wanted to get money to people in need.