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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has become the second Cabinet secretary to resign a day after a pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

In a resignation letter Thursday, DeVos blamed President Donald Trump for inflaming tensions in the violent assault on the seat of the nation's democracy.

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A top federal prosecutor in Michigan is urging people to give tips to the FBI if they are aware of people who joined a violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn the presidential election.

An iconic Detroit automaker is merging with another European auto company.

Shareholders of Fiat Chrysler and PSA Peugeot decisively voted Monday to merge the U.S.-Italian and French carmakers. The deal has been in the works for more than a year.

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A former Michigan congressman is among those receiving a pre-Christmas pardon from President Donald Trump.

Mark Siljander represented southwest Michigan in Washington from 1981 until 1987. At the time, he was a described as a dogmatic social conservative and fundamentalist Christian.  While in Washington, he successfully passed legislation that no U.S. funds may be used to lobby for abortion. It’s known as the Siljander Amendment.

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President-elect Joe Biden is nominating his former rival Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation and intends to choose former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -  Nonpublic schools are suing after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration extended a coronavirus order that prevents in-person instruction at high schools, saying it violates the First Amendment right to practice religion. The federal lawsuit, filed in Michigan's Western District, was brought by a group representing more than 400 nonpublic schools across the state, as well as three Catholic high schools and 11 parents. The state health department lengthened the restriction by 12 days, through Dec. 20. It took effect Nov.

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The Michigan House has canceled its voting session scheduled for Tuesday following an announcement that President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani tested positive for the coronavirus.

Giuliani visited Lansing last Wednesday to testify for hours before a Republican-led committee investigating alleged election irregularities. Without wearing a mask, he pushed lawmakers to ignore the certification of Democrat Joe Biden's win over Trump and appoint electors.

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A federal judge is weighing whether to strike down Michigan’s ban on indoor dining after a hearing Monday. A decision isn't expected until Tuesday evening, at the earliest.

The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association is suing to get a state ban on indoor dining lifted. A temporary three week ban on indoor dining was put in place two weeks ago as COVID-19 cases began to surge.

Restaurant industry attorney Kelli Mulder told a federal judge that “constitutional liberties need to be protected...even in a time of pandemic.”

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Traditionally, the Sunday after Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day of the year.
 
State health department officials are urging Michiganders who attended large Thanksgiving gatherings to follow a few steps to avoid potentially spreading COVID-19.


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Many Michigan store owners may be facing their “Blackest Friday” as the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season comes amid the pandemic.

After months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday is offering a small beacon of hope.

In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending. But these are not normal times and crowds are expected to be dramatically diminished as coronavirus cases spike and shoppers do more of their purchases online.

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Republican John James has conceded to Democratic Senator Gary Peters of Michigan, nearly three weeks after the incumbent was declared the winner by The Associated Press. James, who lost by 92,000 votes - or 1.7 percentage points - congratulated Peters on his reelection in a video posted to social media Tuesday, a day after the bipartisan state election board confirmed the results. The James campaign had unsuccessfully asked the canvassers to delay certification to audit votes in the Democratic stronghold of Wayne County, home to Detroit.

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Ford Motor Co. has purchased a dozen ultra-cold freezers to store a COVID-19 vaccine that, once available, will be distributed to employees on a voluntary basis.

A Ford spokeswoman says the freezer purchase is the first step in a broader vaccine distribution plan. General Motors hasn't bought any freezers for vaccine storage but said it's taking steps to make a vaccine available to its employees.

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office is investigating threats against election officials in Wayne County, where two Republicans voted against certifying the results last week before reversing course.

Monica Palmer, the chair of the county's canvassing board, told state canvassers that she was sent graphic text messages threatening her daughter and saying "my entire family should be fearful for our lives."

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General Motors says it will no longer support the Trump administration in legal efforts to end California's right to set its own clean-air standards.

CEO Mary Barra said in a letter Monday to environmental groups that GM will pull out of the lawsuit and it urges other automakers to do so. She said the company agrees with President-elect Joe Biden's plan to expand electric-vehicle use.

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State regulators say they've rejected an appeal of a bottled water company's plan to pump more water in western Michigan. The head of Michigan's environment department says she can intervene only "under very limited circumstances." Liesl Clark says they're not present in the dispute involving a grassroots group and Nestle's Ice Mountain operations. In April, an administrative law judge upheld a state permit, which allows Nestle Waters North America to pump 400 gallons a minute from a well in Osceola County. That's a 60% increase.

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Two Michigan Republicans who initially blocked certification of Wayne County's election results despite no evidence of fraud before approving them now say they want to rescind their certification.

Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, the two Republican canvassers in Wayne County, said in a statement late Wednesday that they only voted to certify the results after "hours of sustained pressure."

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Michigan's largest county has reversed course and unanimously certified local presidential election results.

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration on Sunday ordered high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closed restaurants to indoor dining and suspended organized sports — including the football playoffs — in a bid to curb the state’s spiking coronavirus cases.

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A judge has refused to stop certification of Detroit-area election results. Wayne County Judge Timothy Kenny rejected arguments that the city's handling of absentee ballots spoiled the count.

It's the third time that a judge has refused to intervene in steps that are necessary to bless the Michigan results. Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump by 146,000 votes.

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Michigan's largest school district will suspend in-person classes next week, joining other districts that have shifted to online-only classes as coronavirus cases rise significantly around the state.

The Associated Press declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of his native Pennsylvania at 11:25 a.m. EST. The AP called the race for Biden, who held a 34,243-vote lead after it determined that the remaining ballots left to be counted would not allow Trump to catch up.

Democrat Joe Biden has won Michigan and Wisconsin, pushing him closer to 270 Electoral College votes and narrowing President Donald Trump's path to reelection. 

Democrat Elissa Slotkin wins reelection to U.S. House in Michigan's 8th Congressional District.

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The Associated Press has called the race for Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin in Michigan’s battleground 8th Congressional district.

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Michigan's largest county is postponing jury trials until January.

Tim Kenny, chief judge at Wayne County Circuit Court, says coronavirus cases are on an "upward spiral," making it unsafe to hold trials. Trials had resumed in late September.

In the Grand Rapids area, Kent County also has halted jury trials until January. 

“It is important that we do not expose any people when our numbers are as high as they are right now,’’ Judge Mark Trusock said last week.

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The Michigan appeals court has rejected an appeal from a Democratic state official who wants to ban the open carry of guns outside polling places. The court says said voter intimidation already is illegal.

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A judge has blocked a ban on the open display of guns near Michigan polling places on Election Day. Judge Christopher Murray acted Tuesday, just a few hours after hearing a challenge from gun-rights groups.

Unless it’s reversed by a higher court, it applies to voting places and absentee counting boards November 3. The only exception would be churches and other places that are already allowed to forbid the open carry of guns.

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The family of a man who died in a jail last spring are suing the Lansing Police Department.

Court documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court say four LPD officers restrained 54-year-old Anthony Hulon at the city jail on April 11.

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A commission has released the 47,000-student Detroit Public Schools from more than a decade of state financial oversight, restoring full control of the district's finances to the city's elected school board.

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A 51-year-old man charged in a plot to kidnap Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been released from a Wisconsin jail after posting $10,000 cash bail.

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The Michigan appeals court has blocked a 14-day extension to accept and count absentee ballots. The court says any changes must rest with the Legislature, not the judiciary. Michigan law says absentee ballots must be turned in by election night to be valid. But a Court of Claims judge had ordered that any ballots postmarked by November 2 could be counted if they arrived within two weeks after the November 3 election.

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