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TRUMP-DINGELL

Some in GOP want Trump apology for denigrating late Dingell

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of President Donald Trump’s staunchest GOP allies say he should apologize for attacking the late Democratic Rep. John Dingell of Michigan. On Wednesday night as the Democratic-led House impeached him, Trump said from a rally in Michigan that the World War II veteran Dingell might be “looking up” from hell. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says the president should apologize. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said Dingell had served the country well. The White House says Trump was “”just riffing.” The swipe came right after every House Republican voted against impeaching Trump. Dingell’s widow, Rep. Debbie Dingell, called the comments “hurtful.”

1964 BABY KIDNAPPING

Reports indicate Michigan man may be baby abducted in 1964

CHICAGO (AP) — The 1964 kidnapping of a newborn boy from a Chicago hospital is drawing attention again, more than 55 years later. Two television stations report this week that an adult man living in Michigan may be the abducted child. Paul Joseph Fronczak was abducted when he was less than two days old. Authorities believed they had reunited him with his family two years later when an abandoned boy was found in New Jersey. But the FBI reopened its investigation decades later when DNA tests revealed the found boy was not in fact the abducted Paul.

MAYOR CHARGED

Detroit-area mayor, others charged in fraud, bribery scheme

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit mayor and others have been charged with bribery and fraud involving hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of an ongoing public corruption investigation. A 33-count indictment unsealed Thursday alleges Taylor Mayor Rick Sollars, the city’s Community Development Manager Jeffrey Baum and real estate developer Shady Awad participated in a scheme that included awarding Awad’s company tax-foreclosed properties. Awad is accused of providing kickbacks that included cash and more than $40,000 worth of renovations to Sollars’ primary and vacation homes. Sollars has denied any wrongdoing. It wasn’t immediately clear if Baum or Awad had attorneys.

FIRST BIGGBY

Mug up: 1st Biggby location is moving after nearly 25 years

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — After nearly 25 years, the original Biggby coffee shop is closing and moving across the street in East Lansing. The cafe has been in a former Arby’s restaurant near Michigan State University since 1995. It opened as Beaner’s, but the coffee chain eventually changed its name to Biggby. Friday is the last day to get coffee at the first Biggby. There now are more than 200 Biggby cafes.

LOTTERY TICKET EXPIRES

$1 million Michigan Powerball ticket expires with no winner

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Don’t bother looking through your drawers. A Powerball ticket worth $1 million and sold in suburban Detroit expired Thursday after no one stepped forward with it. Powerball tickets are valid for one year from the date of the drawing. The ticket was sold at a Marathon gas station in Farmington Hills. 

RUSSIA-US-SPYING

US man jailed in Russia on spying charges loses job

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who has been imprisoned in Russia on spying charges for nearly a year has lost his job with an automotive parts supplier in a corporate restructuring. Paul Whelan was arrested Dec. 28 in a Moscow hotel during a visit to the country, where he faces up to 20 years in prison. Whelan denies the charges. BorgWarner says Whelan’s role was eliminated last Friday in a corporate restructuring announced in April. Whelan’s brother, David Whelan, tells The Detroit News that the firing “increases the strain on our family’s ability to keep some semblance of his former life ready for when he returns home.”

RESEARCH INSTITUTE-CHINESE GRANTS

Institute to pay $5.5M for not disclosing Chinese grants

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Michigan research institute accused of failing to disclose Chinese government grants to two of its researchers has reached a $5.5 million settlement. The Justice Department says the Van Andel Research Institute acted with “deliberate ignorance or reckless disregard” when it applied to the U.S. government for grants on the scientists’ behalf without also acknowledging that the researchers had been receiving funding from China. The civil case is part of a broader crackdown on unreported foreign funding — especially from China — to researchers at American universities and institutions. 

AP-US-1964-BABY-KIDNAPPING-TIMELINE

Key dates in the 1964 abduction of Paul Joseph Fronczak

CHICAGO (AP) — The tragic abduction 55 years ago from a Chicago hospital of 2-day-old Paul Joseph Fronczak captured the nation’s attention. The story took numerous twists and turns in the ensuing years, including the discovery of a young boy found abandoned in New Jersey two years later. Dora and Chester Fronczak Jr. believed the boy was their missing son and adopted him, only to learn in 2013 that DNA testing determined he was not. Now reports suggest a man living in Michigan may be the Paul Joseph Fronczak abducted in 1964.   

DEER HUNTING

Whitmer vetoes bill that would have ended deer baiting ban

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as promised has vetoed legislation that would have ended the state’s ban on using bait to hunt deer or elk. She said Thursday that the restriction curbs the spread of animal diseases. The Democratic governor says more than 68% of voters approved a 1996 referendum on a law giving the state Natural Resources Commission authority to regulate hunting. Baiting deer and elk is prohibited in the Lower Peninsula and parts of the Upper Peninsula. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Michele Hoitenga, says the ban doesn’t prevent the spread of disease and has driven people away from hunting.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING-HOTELS

Human trafficking lawsuits allege hotels ignored problem

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Multiple human trafficking victims are alleging major hotel chains have ignored the problem on their premises for years. Lawyers for the victims say hotel chains turned a blind eye to obvious signs of trafficking, from multiple men visiting a single room to repeat cash-only payments. The lawyers asked a federal panel earlier this month to assign a single federal judge to oversee at least 21 lawsuits against hotel chains currently pending in 11 states. The complaints say the hotels have failed to identify, investigate and report suspected human trafficking and have thereby profited from the crime.