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Michigan man shoots self in groin while target practicing

A Michigan man is recovering in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after he shot himself in the groin over the weekend. The Argus-Press first reported that a pistol tucked into the waistband of a 75-year-old Owosso man discharged, causing a bullet to be fired into his genitals. Shiawassee County…

Judge blocks Michigan benefits ban for same-sex workers

(Reuters) – In a victory for supporters of gay rights, public employers in Michigan can offer benefits such as health coverage to same-sex domestic partners after a federal judge ruled Friday that a state law banning the practice is unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson found that a Michigan…

Multiple ‘chemical bombs’ explode at Michigan middle school

Parents in Bangor, Michigan received automated alerts on Friday that at least three explosive devices had gone off at Bangor Middle School. Bangor Public Schools Superintendent Ron Parker confirmed that at least two homemade devices had exploded in a locker at the middle school. Parker said that the simple devices…

Michigan to issue driver’s licenses to approved undocumented immigrants

Undocumented immigrants who have approval to live and work in the United States won a victory in Michigan on Friday. The Michigan Secretary of State’s office has decided to allow individuals participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) to apply for driver’s licenses, a reversal of previous…

Romney says story about Michigan layoffs is ‘humorous’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday told a story about his father closing a factory in Michigan that he said tickled his funny bone. Speaking to thousands of Wisconsin voters during a tele-town hall, the former Massachusetts governor recalled what he described as a “humorous” anecdote that left some…

Obama to meet with auto union workers

US President Barack Obama will address members of the United Auto Workers union Tuesday as Republicans hold a key primary contest in Michigan, home to the US automobile industry. White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters the president will speak at the annual UAW community action program conference, which will bring together 1,700…

Romney: My wife ‘drives a couple of Cadillacs’

Republican hopeful Mitt Romney illustrated again on Friday why voters may find him harder to relate to than any other presidential candidate. In a speech to the Detroit Economic Club at Ford Field, the former Massachusetts governor awkwardly praised Michigan and bragged about all the vehicles he and his wife…

Republican state attorneys general sue Obama over birth control rule

Seven state attorneys general have filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration that seeks to block the implementation of new federal government rules regarding contraception coverage. The attorneys general of Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas, along with some Catholic organizations, said in their lawsuit that the…

Romney woes leave Republican race on a knife-edge

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s future hangs in the balance. In one week’s time he could either be restored as the frontrunner in the Republican presidential race or be left staring into a political abyss. Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, a Christian conservative who fiercely opposes gay marriage and abortion, has…

Michigan faces lawsuit over new domestic partner health care ban

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against a new state law that eliminates health care coverage for the domestic partners of public employees. The lawsuit charges that the new law discriminates against gay and lesbian public employees by forcing them to…

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