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Indiana police identify body of Detroit woman found in 1999

ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) — Authorities have identified a Michigan woman found dead 20 years ago in a northeastern Indiana field.

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department in Indiana said Sunday that the woman is Tina L. Cabanaw of the Detroit area. She was reported missing to Detroit police in July 1999.

Over the years, authorities say they followed hundreds of leads to identify the woman, using an FBI lab in Virginia, the National Missing Persons DNA Database and a genetic genealogy database.

The body was found outside of Angola, Indiana, on Sept. 6, 1999. The area is now a golf course. Authorities estimated the body had been there for weeks.

The Northeast Indiana Forensic Center conducted an autopsy which didn’t determine the cause of death, but deemed it suspicious.

Cabanaw’s death remains under investigation.


Pageant winner ousted after tweets on Muslims, black people

DETROIT (AP) — The Miss World America organization has stripped its Michigan pageant winner of her title, which she says was because of tweets she made about Muslims and black people.

Kathy Zhu was crowned the pageant’s Michigan winner last week. She’s a University of Michigan conservative who’s active with a group called Chinese Americans for Trump.

In since-deleted tweets from the last two years, Zhu alluded to Muslim women wearing hijabs as “being oppressed under Islam” and disparaged black people for “blaming others” in regard to crime.

After being stripped of her crown, she posted a letter online in which pageant officials described her tweets as “offensive” and “inappropriate.” Zhu calls the decision discriminatory and defends the tweets.

Pageant officials didn’t respond to a Sunday message seeking comment. It’s unclear who’ll represent Michigan in Miss World America’s October competition in Las Vegas.

Miss World America is separate from the more widely-known Miss America contest.


Michigan agency seeks volunteers for Upper Peninsula fair

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to staff its “pocket park” during next month’s Upper Peninsula State Fair.

The park is a 1-acre (0.4-hectare) site within the fairgrounds in Escanaba. It caters to youngsters who are seeking outdoor adventure or to learn an outdoor skill.

Volunteers can help with activities such as catching and releasing bluegills in the U.P.-shaped pond, shooting pellet guns or bows and arrows, staffing the fire tower and greeting visitors.

The fair runs from Aug. 12-18. It draws more than 80,000 visitors each year.

Businesses and organizations could sponsor shifts during the fair by having their employees or members volunteer.


No more cheddar fries: Beef-A-Roo, iconic UP eatery, closes

(Information from: The Mining Journal,

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — The cowboy on the sign has served his last burger at a longtime Upper Peninsula restaurant.

Beef-A-Roo has closed in Marquette after nearly 50 years. The Mining Journal says locations in Iron River and Negaunee will remain open until the properties are sold.

Cami LaFayette, who owns Beef-A-Roo with three siblings, says they want to try different careers. They’re grateful for their parents, Don and Nancy Frailing, who got the business started.

LaFayette says Beef-A-Roo provided many teenagers and college students with their first job. The restaurant was easy to find on Marquette’s South Front Street: The sign had a smiling cowboy with a burger in his left hand.



DTE Energy proposes purchase of 3 new wind parks in Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy is planning to buy three new wind parks in Michigan that are expected to help lower carbon emissions from the utility’s operations.

The Detroit-based utility says Michigan’s Public Service Commission has granted conditional approval for the proposed purchase.

Two of the wind parks are in mid-Michigan’s Isabella County. They are expected to begin commercial operation next year. The third park will be in Delta County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Together, they are expected to increase DTE Energy’s renewable energy portfolio by nearly 50%. The utility says the projects will offset nearly 890,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually.

DTE Energy Chief Executive Jerry Norcia says investing in renewable energy is a key part of the utility’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions by at least 80% by 2040.


Storms knocked out power to over 800,000 Michigan residents

DETROIT (AP) — Crews are working to restore power after heavy storms over two days knocked out power for over 800,000 Michigan homes and businesses.

Two utilities say it could take until Wednesday to restore power for everyone.

Detroit-based DTE Energy said Sunday afternoon that roughly 600,000 customers were affected because of storms in southeast Michigan Friday and Saturday. Officials say it’s the largest storm to hit the region in years.

Their estimate on outages grew throughout the day as crews worked. The weather downed over 2,000 lines. The utility said it restored power to 250,000 customers and expected to restore all power by Wednesday.

Jackson, Michigan-based Consumers Energy says roughly 220,000 customers overall were affected. The utility said it hoped to restore power to everyone by Tuesday.

The utility says the storms downed over 2,600 wires.


Heat, humidity keeps hold on Eastern US as weekend slogs on

NEW YORK (AP) — A heat wave will continue to keep much of the Eastern United States in its grip Sunday, while a cold front that could lower temperatures in the middle of the country may be accompanied by thunderstorms that threaten flash floods.

The National Weather Service says the “oppressive and dangerous” heat wave will abate by Monday and Tuesday. The agency says the greatest heat threat is in the Carolinas up to Maine, where temperatures will feel like 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (38 to 43 degrees Celsius).

Temperatures are expected to remain at or above the high 70s overnight (26 degrees Celsius).

Inland, a cold front stretching between the Central Plains and the Great Lakes region is forecast to move south, carrying showers and thunderstorms that could bring heavy rainfall and flash flooding to the Midwest.


Associated Press writers Jennifer Peltz, Julie Walker, Ben Walker and Ronald Blum in New York; Michael Balsamo in Washington; Susan Haigh in Norwich, Connecticut, and Tom Canavan in Oceanport, New Jersey, and Michal Dwojak in Chicago contributed to this report.


New USS Indianapolis commissioning set for Indiana port

BURNS HARBOR, Ind. (AP) — The Navy is planning to commission its new USS Indianapolis combat vessel at a northwestern Indiana port this fall.

The ceremony marking the ship’s entry into the Na active fleet is set for Oct. 26 at Burns Harbor along Lake Michigan. It is the fourth military vessel carrying the Indianapolis name.

The second USS Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine in July 1945 while returning from a Pacific island where it delivered key components for the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Only 317 of its nearly 1,200 crewmen survived the sinking and days in shark-infested waters.

The ship was built at a Marinette, Wisconsin, shipyard and will be based near Jacksonville, Florida. It is a Freedom-class littoral ship designed to be highly maneuverable for missions such as mine-clearing and anti-submarine warfare.


Hotels face battle over whether to help US house migrants

DETROIT (AP) — There’s a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels.

Advocacy groups and unions are pressuring Marriott, MGM and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

The U.S. government has occasionally detained migrants in hotels for decades and says it might have to split up families if hotels don’t help.

After the Trump administration announced plans for an immigration sweep last weekend and said it might use hotels, the big companies released statements saying they don’t want their hotels used to detain migrants.

They felt pressure from their unions as well as from customers angered by recent scenes of overcrowding at detention facilities.

But some hotel owners say they’d consider housing migrants because “it’s not our business to stand on one side of the debate or another.”


GOP group removes post calling congresswomen “Jihad Squad”

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Republican group has apologized and removed from its Facebook page a post that showed images of four Democratic congresswomen who have been criticized by President Donald Trump and referred to them as the “Jihad Squad.”

The post appeared Friday night on the Republican County Chairman’s Association page. The Chicago Tribune reported that it showed images of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib on a poster. It said: “Political jihad is their game,” and “If you don’t agree with their socialist ideology, you’re racist.”

The four congresswomen sometimes refer to themselves as the “squad.”

Mark Shaw, president of the GOP group, condemned what he called an “unauthorized” post and apologized to anyone who was offended. Trump harshly criticized progressive members of Congress without identifying them by name, tweeting that they should go back to where they came from. All four are U.S. citizens and only Omar was born in a foreign country.