DETROIT (AP) - A full federal appeals court will consider whether a Michigan county's tradition of Christian-only prayers at public meetings violates the U.S. Constitution. The order on Monday by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacates a ruling earlier this month by a three-judge panel of the court that said prayers by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners were unconstitutional.
DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge in Detroit says he wrestled with whether to order a higher fine against Takata for its air bag cover-up but decided that it would put the company out of business and harm victims. Judge George Caram Steeh accepted Takata's guilty plea Monday and restitution for automakers and victims injured or killed by defective air bag inflators.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says he won't seek a fourth term this year so he can spend more time with his family. Bernero announced the surprise decision on Facebook, side-stepping what's shaping up as the most competitive field he would face since first being elected in 2005. Bernero says he must put his family ahead of politics since his 91-year-old father, Giulio, is now living with him.
CHESANING TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities have identified a 70-year-old central Michigan man who was killed when a bulldozer he was working on ran him over. Saginaw County Sheriff's Lt. Miguel Gomez says 70-year-old Harold Mallory of Chesaning Township man was working on the bulldozer when it shifted into a different gear and struck him Sunday evening.
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