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New hearts forge new friendship for transplant recipients

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Michigan woman and a South Side Chicago father have forged a new friendship at the University of Chicago Medicine after each received a new heart, kidney and liver within 30 hours of one another.

Daru Smith underwent surgery Dec. 19. Just eight minutes after the medical team finished replacing the 29-year-old man’s liver, they got a call that organs were ready for Sarah McPharlin, who is also 29.

The two are staying on the same hospital floor, where medical staff said they have been sharing walks and high-fives while recovering from their marathon surgeries.

The University of Chicago Medicine team says no other hospital has performed that rare procedure on two patients within hours of one another.


Michigan’s new attorney general seeks review of Flint cases

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s new attorney general has asked a Detroit-area prosecutor to take over criminal cases related to the Flint water crisis.

Attorney General Dana Nessel said Friday she has provided case information to Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy, who will review the files and make a decision.

Two former state officials have been charged with involuntary manslaughter related to a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in 2014 and 2015. More than a dozen people have been charged in the investigation of lead-tainted water, although convictions so far have been misdemeanors.

The investigation has been led by special prosecutor Todd Flood, who was appointed by Nessel’s predecessor, Bill Schuette (SHOE’-tee). Before winning election, Nessel said Schuette was using the Flint cases to boost his reputation during a run for governor. He lost.


Brother of JonBenet Ramsey reaches settlement with CBS

(Information from: Daily Camera,

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A $750 million defamation lawsuit filed against CBS by the brother of JonBenet Ramsey has been settled.

The Daily Camera reports court records show that a Michigan Circuit Court judge on Wednesday dismissed the lawsuit filed by Burke Ramsey in December 2016.

The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

The lawsuit said that Burke Ramsey’s reputation was ruined after a television series suggested he killed his 6-year-old sister more than two decades ago.

A spokesperson for producers of the TV program said in a statement that “an amicable resolution of their differences” has been reached.

An attorney for CBS declined to comment.

The beauty pageant star was found dead in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado, in December 1996. A prosecutor cleared her parents and brother.



Girl, 6, rescued after posting photos of dead father online

MOUNT MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in southeast Michigan say a 6-year-old girl has been rescued from a home after posting photos on social media of her dead father and unconscious stepmother.

Police in Mount Morris Township, just north of Flint, say a relative in Tennessee contacted them after seeing the pictures. Officers went to the home Thursday evening and found the man’s body. The woman was taken to a hospital and authorities say she’s listed in intensive care.

Township Police Chief Terence Green says the adults appear to have overdosed on drugs. He credits the girl, now with her mother, for being resourceful and saving a life during a traumatic event.


The Latest: Marines provide details of Whelan court-martial

MOSCOW (AP) — The Marine Corps is providing details on the court-martial of an American man who has been detained by Russia on spying charges.

U.S. military records released shortly after his arrest last week showed that Paul Whelan had been convicted at a court-martial of charges that included larceny but did not disclose the nature of his crime.

Court records provided by the Marine Corps headquarters show that he had been accused of attempting to steal more than $10,000 while serving as an administrative clerk in Iraq in 2006. The records show he was also accused of using a false Social Security number on a government computer system and using a false account on the system to grade his own examinations.

Whalen was reduced in rank from staff sergeant to corporal and given a bad conduct discharge from the service.



The Latest: Trump says Dem dishonored herself with profanity

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says newly elected Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan “dishonored herself” when she used profanity to describe him.

Speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden, Trump said Friday that he thought Tlaib’s comments were “disgraceful.”

The Michigan Democrat exclaimed at an event late Thursday that Democrats were going to impeach Trump, and used a profanity for him.

She didn’t back down Friday, tweeting that “I will always speak truth to power.” She added the hashtag, “#unapologeticallyMe.”

Trump, who routinely slings verbal attacks at his critics, said: “I thought her comments were disgraceful” and “disrespectful” to the United States.



Investors, farmers guessing as shutdown delays crop reports

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it must delay the release of key crop reports due to the partial government shutdown.

The announcement Friday left investors and farmers without vital information during an already tumultuous time for agricultural markets. The USDA planned to release the reports Jan. 11 but said that even if the shutdown ended immediately, the agency wouldn’t have time to release the reports as scheduled.

Grain market analyst Todd Hultman says the situation will worsen if the shutdown continues.

The lack of information comes amid the uncertainty of trade with China, where tariffs led to an abrupt drop in U.S. exports to the country. There were indications that China was beginning to resume purchases of U.S. crops, but because of the government shutdown it’s unclear what’s happening.


Inmate dies after fight at federal detention center

MILAN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man serving a 40-year prison sentence as the leader of a child pornography ring has died following a fight involving seven inmates at a federal detention center in southeastern Michigan.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons says Christian Maire was involved in an “altercation” Wednesday at the Milan detention center, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Detroit.

No other details of the fight were released, but Maire’s death is being investigated as a homicide. He was from Binghamton, New York. Three other inmates had serious injuries, and two staff members had minor injuries.

The detention center is part of the Milan prison campus. Inmates in the detention center are awaiting trial, sentencing or a permanent prison assignment after sentencing. There are 220 men at the detention center and 1,150 more in the low-security prison .


This story has been corrected to change the day of the fight to Wednesday instead of Tuesday.