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CDC director wants 'stronger' restrictions in Michigan, countering Whitmer

WASHINGTON — The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pushing for stronger restrictions in Michigan to slow a spike in COVID-19 infections, such as a pause on indoor restaurant dining or tighter rules around youth sports. "I would advocate for sort of stronger mitigation strategies, as you know, to sort of decrease the community activity, ensure mask-wearing, and we're working closely with the state to try and work towards that," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said about Michigan in a Wednesday briefing. Walensky said that in areas of substantial or high community transmis...

Major change to US labor law clears House -- but faces headwinds in Senate

WASHINGTON — A bill that would be the largest change to U.S. labor laws in decades passed the U.S. House for the second time Tuesday with the endorsement of President Joe Biden. The legislation known as the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which passed the lower chamber 225-206 mostly along party lines, heads to the U.S. Senate, where it would face a steep uphill climb to secure the 60 votes for passage. During debate over the package Tuesday, Democratic House members praised the package as a vital tool to help workers secure better wages, healthcare and working conditions after years of ...

FBI agent: 3 Whitmer plot defendants talked about abducting her

DETROIT — An FBI agent testified Thursday that three men charged in a plot to abduct Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spoke online about kidnapping Michigan's chief executive. Speaking in Jackson's 12th District Court, Henrik Impola said he investigated the Wolverine Watchmen, an anti-government militia group, and found posts from former Marine Joseph Morrison touting plans to start a civil war using the term "Boogaloo." The name of a popular dance move from the 1960s, the term Boogaloo has been co-opted by some White supremacist groups as code for committing violent acts. Morrison, 26, of Munith; his fa...

Michigan man killed after cannon used at baby shower explodes

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 26-year-old Hartland man died after being struck in an explosion during a baby shower, Michigan State Police said Sunday. The incident occurred at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when a small cannon device was fired in the back yard of a home in Genesee County. The family celebrating the baby's pending arrival with the homeowner firing the cannon, which blew up, causing shrapnel to strike the man, identified by police as Evan Thomas Silva, who was standing nearby, police said. Silva was taken in serious condition to Hurley Medical Center in Flint, where he later died. Four or fiv...

Congressman calls on Republicans to 'restore the trust of the voting public'

U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer, who was one of 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump, is now calling on the GOP to "restore trust." Meijer urged the Republican Party to move away from "deception" politics and to instead put more value on accountability" during an interview broad cast Sunday on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos". "I'm calling on my party to restore trust, to restore the trust of the voting public and to ensure that we never allow the actions that led up to Jan. 6. ... We never allow that outburst of political violence to occur ...

'Sheer terror': Michigan election official condemns 'disturbing' texts after threat charge issued

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Speaking at a news conference Thursday, Wayne County Board of Canvassers Chairwoman Monica Palmer condemned messages threatening herself and her 12-year-old daughter that have landed a former Michigan resident in federal court. Palmer, a day after the charge was announced against Katelyn Jones, said she felt “sheer terror” upon receiving one of the texts last month, a day after the board certified roughly 878,000 votes in Wayne County for the Nov. 3 election. "It was very, very, very disturbing," Palmer said. "It contained nude photos of mutilated, assaulted dead wome...

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