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Sidney Powell team doubles down on debunked election claims in attempt to avoid sanctions

DETROIT — A court should not sanction Sidney Powell and other attorneys involved in filing a Michigan election lawsuit filled with conspiracies and unfounded allegations because, among other reasons, they say in their response that the allegations are provable. Powell and her team have not provided any credible evidence to support any of their incorrect claims that the Michigan election results were fraudulent, instead presenting false reports that rely on conjecture, inaccurate information or misleading testimony. In the pleading filed in a Detroit federal court on Friday though, the attorney...

Cardiologists say components in iPhone 12 can disable pacemakers and defibrillators

Magnets and other components inside iPhone 12 devices could disable pacemakers or implanted cardiac defibrillators, tech giant Apple has warned, potentially putting millions of people at risk for dangerous heart complications. The problem was identified by cardiologists at the Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute, who discovered that the batteries inside iPhone 12 devices and MagSafe chargers emit electromagnetic fields that can disable or interfere with implanted defibrillators and pacemakers, the health system announced late Wednesday. Dr. Gurjit Singh was among the doctors who wrote about ...

Whitmer: GOP threat to withhold school COVID-19 funds is 'cruel and reckless'

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spoke of unity and common ground and looked past conflicts with the Legislature in her State of the State address Wednesday, but she hit back at recent actions by GOP lawmakers in a Thursday morning news conference. Whitmer called Republican threats to withhold school funding over disagreements about her response to the coronavirus pandemic "cruel and reckless," and said the Legislature continues to complain about her exercise of powers that were in fact granted to the executive branch by the Legislature. "The executive has to be nimble and quick when liv...

Michigan GOP plans to take school funds hostage unless Gov. Whitmer gives up pandemic power

Michigan House Republicans unveiled their own COVID-19 recovery plan on Wednesday, using the proposal to blast Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and threaten to withhold billions in federal funds unless the administration gives up pandemic powers. Specifically, the House wants the governor and state health department to give up the authority to ban in-person school or sports in response to a health emergency, transferring that power to local health departments. Although Whitmer and the state health department issued orders through authority granted to the executive by previous legislatures, lawmakers cont...

Tax refunds won't come as quickly this year -- here's why

Anyone who is looking to pay bills and get a tax refund in early February is out of luck. Expect some significant delays. The Internal Revenue Service announced Friday that it is going to only begin processing 2020 income tax returns as of Feb. 12. The official kickoff for tax season will be about twor or three weeks later than the usual kickoff for the tax season, which often begins in late January. The tax season was likely to be delayed, given the latest stimulus rollout and tax rule changes that took place in late December. Such a delay will impact those who depend on the Earned Income Tax...

Some Michiganders finesse COVID-19 vaccine priority list, jump ahead of vulnerable

DETROIT — Some Michiganders are jumping to the front of the line for coronavirus vaccines — putting themselves ahead of the state's most vulnerable. "People are scamming the system," said Dr. Arnold Monto, a professor of epidemiology and global public health at the University of Michigan. Monto, an octogenarian who lives in Ann Arbor and serves as acting chair of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, said he hasn't yet been vaccinated. With the demand so high and the supply of vaccines so low, Monto said he's holding out to make su...

6 suspects in Whitmer kidnapping plot set to stand trial in March

DETROIT — Three months after their arrests, six men charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have been ordered to stand trial in March for their alleged roles in a scheme that was foiled by undercover FBI agents. Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker set the trial date for March 23 in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, though that date is likely to get changed if past federal prosecutions involving militia members and threats against the government are any indication. For example, seven Hutaree militia members charged with plotting a violent revolt against the gove...

Prominent Republican couple joins conservative Facebook group discussing possibility of civil war

DETROIT – Michigan state Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Milford, and his wife, Meshawn Maddock, who is poised to become the next co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party, have joined a Facebook group where members have discussed the possibility of a civil war, decried a ban on open carry inside the state Capitol and hope for a "big cleanup" of elected leaders. The Maddocks have played a leading role in the effort to overturn Michigan's election results, and the two were in Washington, D.C., when the president's supporters stormed the Capitol building in a deadly assault last Wednesday. Meshawn Maddock ...

Michigan activist who helped bus Trump supporters to US Capitol in line for party leadership role

LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan GOP activist who organized busloads of Trump supporters who travelled to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. for a Wednesday protest that devolved into a riot is about to become state co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party. The proposed leadership role for Meshawn Maddock is not sitting well with some party members. On Wednesday, Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox announced she would not seek a second two-year term — a decision she said in an email to party members she arrived at over the Christmas holidays. The unexpected announcement from Cox means that unde...

Visiting my mom through glass was supposed to be temporary. Now it feels endless

It was a warm day this summer when Mom and I sat on the veranda of the nursing home for a rare in-person visit. We were both masked-up and a good six or more feet apart. The young aide was momentarily distracted by another resident there. That's when Mom stood up, walked over and took my hand in hers. Dementia be damned, COVID-19 be damned. She was my mother and she was going to hold my hand, damnit. I held her hand back only for a second, then I said something like, "We're not supposed to touch mom, remember the virus I told you about?" The aide sprang into action and gently guided Mom away. ...

Michigan Supreme Court won't hear lawsuit challenging absentee ballot applications

DETROIT — The Michigan Supreme Court said Tuesday it won't take up a case challenging Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's authority to mail unsolicited absentee ballot applications. Michigan courts have consistently found that Benson acted legally when she sent applications to every registered voter in Michigan to request an absentee ballot ahead of the August and November elections. The state Supreme Court justices denied the motion to intervene as moot in a 6-1 order with Justice David F. Viviano dissenting. "We are not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed by this Court,...

Fiat Chrysler drops controversial plan for grueling work schedule

Twelve-hour shifts for seven days in a row rotating with seven days off won’t be the regular schedule for skilled trades workers at one of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ busiest plants. That schedule had been expected in coming weeks at Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant, but it’s now off the table. Concerns about how such a schedule would affect employee benefits prompted a reconsideration, according to the UAW. That particular schedule had proven divisive among the hundreds of skilled trades workers at the plant where the popular Ram 1500 pickup is made, prompting a petition threatening the...

Rising cases of COVID-19 stock scams threaten investors

The popularity of making quick moves via stock-trading apps in 2020 and the string of hopeful headlines relating to COVID-19 vaccines could create a deadly mix for investors who don't do their homework. Not surprisingly, it's prime time for con artists who may push phony stock schemes that are pegged to the pandemic. The Securities and Exchange Commission has spotted a variety of bad deals, including wild claims that a small, little-known publicly traded company is on the verge of rolling out a cure for COVID-19 or another may be supposedly developing a product or service that can prevent or d...

Michigan renters face eviction despite pandemic safety net: 'I don't want to be homeless'

DETROIT — Nia Fitzpatrick’s son normally uses his school-issued laptop to attend virtual kindergarten. Earlier this month, she borrowed it for another reason: to log into Zoom eviction court. A nursing home assistant out of work because she contracted COVID-19, Fitzpatrick was trying to check in for court because she was behind on the rent and desperate to keep her Detroit home. Today, the escalating pandemic is delaying her court case, giving Fitzpatrick a reprieve. But the stress of not knowing where her family could be sleeping in the coming months is overwhelming. “It’s wintertime,” said F...

Ford futurist: 2020 brought more stress than ever -- but people found ways to adapt

People around the world are feeling overwhelmed, lonely and more stressed than they used to be — but they've also found ways to adapt to and cope with the effects of the global pandemic. Those are a few of the takeaways from Ford Motor Co.'s latest trends report, released Monday. The report is an annual look at the microeconomic factors shaping consumers' behaviors and views. "2020 was a hailstorm of uncertainty and chaos, and we're trying to explore what it means for 2021 and the years beyond," Sheryl Connelly, Ford's chief futurist, told The Detroit News. "We didn't set out to make this a st...

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