POLICE RAID-GIRL KILLED
Jury can't reach verdict in Detroit cop's trial
DETROIT (AP) - A judge has declared a mistrial after jurors failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl.
Wayne County Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway dismissed jurors about an hour after urging them to keep working Tuesday. The jury sent three notes, the last one indicating it still couldn't reach a unanimous verdict on the third day of deliberations.
Joseph Weekley was charged with involuntary manslaughter. He accidentally fired his gun, killing Aiyana Stanley-Jones, while leading officers on a raid to find a murder suspect in 2010.
He said he pulled the trigger during a struggle with the girl's grandmother, but Mertilla Jones denied interfering with the gun.
Chrysler agrees to recall of Jeeps at risk of fire
DETROIT (AP) - Chrysler says it has resolved its differences with the government and will recall older Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs that could be at risk of a fuel tank fire.
Earlier this month the company refused the government's request to recall the Jeeps. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contended that the gas tanks could rupture if hit from the rear, causing fires. NHTSA said 51 people had died in fiery crashes.
But Chrysler says in a statement Tuesday that dealers will inspect the vehicles and upgrade the rear structure if needed to better handle low-speed crashes.
The company maintains that the vehicles aren't defective.
The government had asked Chrysler to recall 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokees from model years 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007
Teen boater on fishing trip dies in Saginaw Bay
BANGOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a teenage boy has died and his father and another family member have been hospitalized in Bay City after their fishing boat capsized in storms on Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit Lt. Jillian Lamb said the body of the 14-year-old boy was brought to shore early Tuesday morning by the other men.
MLive.com says family members identify the victim as Dallas Schall of Otter Lake, northeast of Flint.
The trio planned to spend Monday fishing on a 15-foot boat, but Lamb says it was swamped during severe storms that hit the area. Authorities say the boat drifted to shore in Bay County's Bangor Township, just north of Bay City.
Lamb says the boaters wore life jackets and fired a flare, but it went undetected.
Exam IDs body in Clinton River as missing kayaker
SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Southeastern Michigan authorities have confirmed that a body found in a debris-clogged portion of the fast-flowing Clinton River is that of a 47-year-old man who disappeared while kayaking.
Police in Macomb County's Shelby Township say Oliver Dixon III parked his vehicle at the River Bends Park boat launch in Shelby Township on Thursday. It's about 20 miles north of Detroit.
Police say the Sterling Heights man planned to kayak to Heritage Park in Utica but never arrived. A kayak and the body were spotted Sunday in a logjam, located between the River Bends Park boat launch and Heritage Park.
Macomb County Medical Examiner Dr. Daniel Spitz said Tuesday that he's waiting for the results of toxicology results to rule on what killed Dixon.
Catholic religious order opens abuse files
NEW YORK (AP) - A Roman Catholic religious order based in the Midwest is releasing an unusually candid report admitting it failed victims of clergy sex abuse.
The Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph opened its files going back decades to outside experts. The report released Tuesday found the friars treated many victims with hostility. Until 2004, most of the money the religious order spent on responding to abuse was on defense attorneys, not on help for victims.
The Province of St. Joseph has offices in Detroit and runs a Wisconsin boys' boarding school called St. Lawrence Seminary High School. Abuse at the school became known in the 1990s through reports by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The investigation released Tuesday found more student victims, raising the total from 14 to 28.
USGS: Asian carp eggs can incubate in more areas
CHICAGO (AP) - Two species of invasive Asian carp may be able to spawn in more Great Lakes tributaries than previously thought.
That's according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which released a new report about the fish on Tuesday.
Researchers hope the new material will help predict where the fish could spawn if they make it from Chicago-area waterways into the Great Lakes.
The voracious eaters can reach 100 pounds and experts worry they'd be able to out-compete native fish for food and threaten the lakes' $7 billion fishing industry.
The new data show fertilized Asian carp eggs can incubate in waterways that are only 16 miles long. That's far shorter than the 62 miles of undammed water that researchers once thought the drifting eggs needed.
Mich. lawmakers OK $1 surcharge on electric bills
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan utilities could add up to a $1 surcharge to electric bills to provide heating assistance to low-income customers under legislation headed to the governor's desk.
The state Senate on Tuesday gave final approval to the bill on a 34-4 vote.
The measure is designed to find permanent funding for a low-income heating fund that was ended by a 2011 state appeals court ruling. There had been confusion over whether lawmakers intended to keep the fund after passing a 2008 energy law.
Utilities could opt out of charging the fee. But they would have an incentive to participate because they otherwise would be barred from shutting off service to delinquent accounts from November to April.
Mich. law protects millage money for zoo, museum
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed legislation to keep Michigan communities from holding back millage money that voters approved for the Detroit Zoo and Detroit Institute of Arts.
Some revenues from those millages have been diverted for other purposes in some municipalities.
The new laws prohibit tax incrementing authorities from capturing regional property taxes meant to subsidize the zoo and art museum. The taxes are paid by residents in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.
Calley on Tuesday announced that he signed the bills. Gov. Rick Snyder is in Israel on a trade trip.
AIRPORT EVACUATION-SUSPICIOUS CARGO
False alarm: Dog mistake forces airport evacuation
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Metropolitan Airport officials say a dog's suspicions about a piece of cargo proved to be unfounded after triggering a partial evacuation of the main terminal.
The false positive finding led to the evacuation of about a third of the McNamara Terminal for about an hour Tuesday morning.
The Transportation Security Administration says a K9 unit involved in a "routine cargo inspection" alerted authorities to an item and the agency evacuated nearby passengers as a precaution.
Detroit Metro spokesman Scott Wintner says it turned out to be a false alarm and authorities allowed normal passenger traffic to resume.
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