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DATA BREACH SETTLEMENT

Arizona Attorney General: settlement reached in data breach

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General’s office says a settlement has been reached in the first health care data breach lawsuit involving numerous states.

The office said Tuesday the deal was reached with health care software provider Medical Informatics Engineering Inc. and NoMoreClipboard, LLC, which will pay the states $900,000 and improve data security. The case was filed in Indiana, home to Medical Informatics.

The lawsuit sprang from a May 2015 data breach. Hackers infiltrated a web application run by Medical Informatics and stole the health information of more than 3.9 million individuals, including 26,000 in Arizona. Information included names, Social Security numbers, lab results and diagnoses.

Also participating in the case were Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

E-CIGARETTES-TEENS

Whitmer OKs e-cigarette ban for minors, says bill inadequate

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a ban to prohibit minors from using electronic cigarettes, but says the legislation should also have classified the devices as tobacco products.

The federal government already prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. But Michigan is among just two states without its own restrictions.

Whitmer said the bill enacted Tuesday is an important step in protecting public health, but she signed it with “significant reservations” due to concerns about creating new categories that could be used to exempt e-cigarettes from evidence-based tobacco regulation.

LGBT DISCRIMINATION

Whitmer joins lawmakers to call for adding LGBT protections

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has joined with Democratic lawmakers and advocates to call for expanding the state’s civil rights law to include protection for LGBT people.

She said Tuesday during a news conference at her Capitol office that it is time for the state to get “on the right side of history.”

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission last year interpreted the law to include sexual orientation and gender identity protections. But sponsors of the bill say it is important to “put pen to paper” so there is never a question about the legality of LGBT-based discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Republicans who control the Legislature have not embraced similar bills in the past, or they have insisted they be paired with religious liberty legislation.

FLINT WATER-SNYDER

Snyder speaks out about search warrants in Flint probe

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Gov. Rick Snyder says news coverage about search warrants being used to get his state-issued cellphone and computer from government storage in the Flint water investigation is “very sloppy and misleading.”

Snyder tweeted Tuesday he gave his phone and other devices to the attorney general’s office before leaving office, and he cannot say why the office executed a warrant on itself.

His lawyer, Brian Lennon, issued a lengthy statement. He says he reached out several times to Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud offering to explain the history of document production and agreements with ex-special prosecutor Todd Flood, but received no response.

Lennon says Snyder’s attorneys have cooperated with the probe.

The attorney general’s office says warrants are being executed in the “pursuit of justice for the people of Flint.”

FORMER PRIEST SLAIN-NEVADA

Man held in Michigan sought in ex-priest slaying in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a 25-year-old man being held in a Michigan jail is the suspect in the killing in Nevada of a defrocked Roman Catholic priest who faced what the church called credible accusations of sexual abuse in New Jersey.

Court documents say Derrick Mitchell Decoste met and exchanged messages with 70-year-old John Capparelli for several weeks after answering an internet ad for male wrestlers.

Police say Decoste owned the gun used to shoot Capparelli dead in his Henderson home.

A police report suggests robbery was the motive for the killing.

It says Dacoste’s girlfriend turned over to police a bag containing items belonging to Capparelli, including a distinctive Newark Teachers Union wristwatch.

Capparelli was named in February among 180 priests listed by five New Jersey dioceses as alleged sex abusers.

MUSCLE CAR-AUCTION

Sheriff is auctioning ’69 muscle car abandoned in storage

SUTTONS BAY, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff’s office in northern Michigan is auctioning some rare muscle: a 1969 Plymouth GTX convertible.

Leelanau County Undersheriff Steve Morgan says the car probably was stored for decades. The odometer shows less than 21,000 miles. The two-door GTX is known as a muscle car for its powerful engine.

The car was abandoned in a storage building that has changed hands a few times, northwest of Traverse City. Morgan says investigators searched the vehicle’s identification number but couldn’t find an owner.

The car will be sold as-is to the highest bidder. The online auction at MITN Surplus Auction starts Wednesday and runs through June 18.

The GTX is missing a battery. The condition of the car’s engine is not known, but the red-and-black exterior looks good.

EASTPOINTE-VOTING RIGHTS

Eastpointe agrees to settle black voting rights case

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit city council has approved a settlement in a federal lawsuit over the rights of black voters in which voters now will rank candidates on the ballot in order of their preference.

The city of Eastpointe says its City Council unanimously approved a consent decree Tuesday evening in which it will become the first Michigan city to implement so-called “ranked choice” voting with a goal on implementing it with this November’s city election. It says the mayor will continue to be elected citywide, rather than by ranked choice.

The U.S. Justice Department sued Eastpointe in 2017 , saying it should elect council members by district rather than citywide. Blacks made up 30 percent of the population in the last census but only one council member is black.

FATAL CHASE

1 man dead in police shooting after intense Detroit chase

DETROIT (AP) — Police in Detroit say a man was fatally shot at the end of a car chase that began when crime suspects refused to stop.

Officer Dan Donakowski says shots were fired Monday when a man started to drive toward officers after the car was surrounded. One person was killed and another was wounded. The chase included a pursuit on Interstate 75.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner identified the man killed as 41-year-old Kevin Pudlik, a passenger in the vehicle.

Police Chief James Craig says two guns were recovered from the car. He says the vehicle was involved in a weekend shooting that was under investigation.

The incident will be investigated, and the findings will be shared with prosecutors.