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Aretha Franklin honored with star-studded tribute concert

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion and more took the stage to relive some of the late Aretha Franklin’s biggest hits in a tribute concert.

The star-studded musical lineup that also included Jennifer Hudson, John Legend and Common honored Franklin’s life and career at the “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” on Sunday in Los Angeles. The tribute hosted by Tyler Perry will air March 10 on CBS.

Franklin died of pancreatic cancer in her Detroit apartment last year. She was 76.

Smokey Robinson shared some of his special moments with Franklin who he called his “little sister.” A montage of Franklin was shown throughout the show including one with onscreen quotes paying homage to her from former President Barack Obama, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett.


Water line breaks as Detroit auto show gets ready to open

DETROIT (AP) — A boil-water advisory has been issued for downtown Detroit after a water main break.

The area includes hotels and Cobo Center, where the annual auto show is opening this week for news media from around the world. Drinking fountains at the convention hall were turned off Sunday.

Ford Motor spokesman Mark Truby says, “The show goes on.”

No one should lose water service, but pressure could be low. In addition, people should boil water before drinking it or use bottled water. Gary Brown of the Detroit water department says the repair won’t take long, but the boil-water advisory could last until Thursday.

Brown says the water line belongs to the Great Lakes Water Authority, a regional water agency. The break occurred in a parking lot near King High School.


AAA: Michigan gas prices rise 6 cents to $2.15 per gallon

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 6 cents in the past week to about $2.15 per gallon.

The Dearborn-based auto club says Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 57 cents less than a year ago.

The state’s highest average was about $2.22 a gallon in the Jackson and Lansing areas. The lowest average was about $2.07 in the Traverse City area.

Prices in the Detroit area were about $2.09 per gallon, up about 7 cents from a week ago.

AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state.




Consumers Energy: $10M contributed to energy bills program

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy says it has contributed $10 million to help customers in need to pay their energy bills.

The Jackson-based utility says the contribution is part of efforts to help Michigan residents stay safe and warm this winter.

Consumers Energy says it provided $2 million to help eligible customers with energy bills in October and $8 million in December.

The funding is expected to help up to 7,000 households enter Consumers Energy’s CARE program or facilitate them receiving additional aid to pay energy bills. The CARE program allows customers to get on a path to self-sufficiency by providing an affordable payment plan with monthly credits and gradual forgiveness of past-due balances to reward on-time payments.

Participants also qualify for energy-saving tools, including free in-home energy efficiency upgrades.


Man critically injured after stray bullet enters house

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — State police say a Detroit-area man is in critical condition after being hit in the head by a stray bullet fired from more than a half-block away.

The 28-year-old man was in an upstairs bedroom in Inkster when he was hit Saturday night. He was at home with his mother and sister.

Family members and neighbors say they heard at least four shots before two vehicles drove away. Anyone with information is urged to call police at (734) 287-5000.


Report: Mental health, police-involved shootings linked

(Information from: The Grand Rapids,

DETROIT (AP) — Mental illness has been a factor in many conflicts that led to deaths of Michigan police officers or the fatal police shooting of civilians. reviewed police reports, court records and newspaper archives to find that 33 of the 87 people killed by police in the past five years had a history or signs of mental illness.’s review of 43 officers who were slain in the past two decades found 13 were killed by people who showed signs of mental illness.

Police officials say they’re working to improve training for police to defuse situations.

Mental health advocates and law enforcement officials say many of the deaths could have been prevented with better mental health treatment.



U. of Michigan architecture class puts students on the road

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An architecture class at the University of Michigan is putting students on the road to explore buildings around the state and beyond.

The school says this is the first semester for “On Site: Architecture in a Mobile Classroom ,” which is taught by professors Anca Trandafirescu and Claire Zimmerman. They’ve toured the school’s Ann Arbor campus; Detroit; the Cranbrook education community in suburban Detroit; and Columbus, Indiana, which is known for its modern architecture.

Zimmerman says they “wanted to create a class that lets students interact with the buildings while also figuring out why they were built the way they were.”

Classes revolve around topics or types of buildings, such as sustainability or churches. The course is supported by the school’s Third Century Initiative .


Michigan seeks input on long-range transportation plan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking public input as it develops a 25-year plan for the state.

The “Michigan Mobility 2045 ” plan will seek to establish priorities for transportation. The development phase of the plan runs through April.

As part of MDOT’s efforts, telephone town hall meetings will allow the agency to randomly dial as many as 10,000 landline phones per session and offer the public an opportunity to join a conference call, ask questions and express opinions. A survey and other efforts also will take place.

MDOT says it wants to get opinions from “a large and diverse group of Michigan residents and stakeholders.” A draft plan will eventually be released for comment and review.


2 people die after their car crashes into Detroit bus

DETROIT (AP) — Police say two people have died in Detroit after their car rear-ended a city bus.

The crash occurred around 7:30 a.m. Sunday. A third person in the vehicle has serious injuries.

It’s unclear whether anyone on the bus was hurt.


Vigil held for Michigan family of 5 killed in Kentucky crash

(Information from: The Detroit News,

NORTHVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Relatives of a Michigan family of five killed in a highway crash in Kentucky remembered their lives during an emotional candlelight vigil.

Friday’s memorial was held at Ford Field Park in Northville, Michigan, and ended with an Islamic prayer with text from the Quran.

The Abbas family was returning home from Florida last Sunday when a suspected drunken driver traveling the wrong way struck their vehicle head-on on Interstate 75 in Lexington, Kentucky.

The crash killed 42-year-old Issam Abbas, 38-year-old Rima Abbas, 14-year-old Ali Abbas, 13-year-old Isabella Abbas, and 7-year-old Giselle Abbas.

The other driver also died.

The Detroit News reports that Rimi Abbas’ sister, Rana Abbas Taylor, told mourners through tears that, “I can’t even begin to share with you how painful this has been on our entire family.”