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Man killed launching firework off top of his head

A young man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, fatally injuring himself, authorities said Sunday.

Woman attacked, killed in Detroit

A woman died in the hospital Sunday after she was attacked in the 17700 block of Telegraph road in Detroit.

Boat collision leads to fireworks fight

Authorities say a collision involving two boats in suburban Detroit led to a group of boaters on one of the boats throwing fireworks onto the second one.

Amber Alert: 9-year-old boy with severe autism missing

Police are searching for a 9-year-old boy with severe autism who was last seen at 5:45 p.m. on July 4.

Live updates: Dr. Fata sentenced for fraud

A Harvard medical professor says patients of a Detroit-area cancer doctor were at high risk of infection because of excessive doses of powerful, expensive drugs.

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Funeral, visitation for Charlie Sanders open to public

A public visitation for the Detroit Lions Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders will be Friday at the Pixley Funeral Home in Rochester.

Woman killed in hit and run crash in Detroit

A 41-year-old woman was killed Saturday night after the car she was in was hit by a Envoy on Detroit's east side, police said.

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Happy's Pizza founder faces likely prison term in tax case

Lawyers for the founder of the Happy's Pizza chain are asking a judge to consider two years of full-time community service as part of his punishment for tax crimes.

Teenage girls approached by stranger in Redford

Two teenage girls were approached by a man in a dark green van at the Redford Oaks Shopping Center according to Redford police.

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Fans hurt in NASCAR crash at Daytona

Debris from a car that crashed into the catchfence at Daytona International Speedway sent a spectator to the hospital, officials said.

Observatory open to public for event at UM – Dearborn

The University of Michigan – Dearborn is hosting a stargazing event open to the public at their observatory Tuesday night.

VIDEO: Dog tattles on his best pooch pal

It's a ruff world out there, and it's every dog for himself.

2 men rescued from ultralight aircraft crash

Two men were rescued from a tree Saturday afternoon after their ultralight aircraft crashed on Dickinson Island.

Gas prices up 6 cents in past week to $2.94

AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have gone up by about 6 cents in the past week.

Driver in deadly Detroit police chase appears in court

A man who is charged with second-degree murder in a high-speed police chase that left two Detroit children dead and four other people injured appeared briefly in court on Monday.

Dearborn man escapes illegal firework blast

The criminal intent here is debatable, but the damage is not.

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Chicago's top cop blames system for bloody weekend

When a city has seven killings in two days, including the death of a 7-year-old boy, something is systemically wrong.

That's what Chicago's police chief said after a spate of bloodshed that tormented the city over the weekend.

"We need to repair a br...

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Study: parents' views on vaccines are shifting

Over the same time period that multiple outbreaks of measles and whooping cough made headlines around the country, parents’ views on vaccines became more favorable, according to a new nationally-representative poll.

Mayor rides with police to ensure fireworks rules are enforced

The city of Warren is known for enforcing strict rules with regard to fireworks. Mayor Jim Fouts took to the streets Saturday night to make sure everyone follows the rules.

Homeless man's body found in Clinton River Spillway

The body of a homeless man was pulled from the Clinton River Spillway this weekend, the Macomb County Sheriff's Office said.

Flashpoint: New road plan, same-sex marriage impact on church

The Flashpoint panel takes a look at the new plan to fix Michigan's roads and the impact of the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling on the church.

Man struck, killed along 8 Mile at Van Dyke

The man was transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries.

Magnificent Monday brings sunshine, warm temps

Another warm, summer day ahead. We will see a good amount of sunshine with calm winds and temperatures heating up to 86F as our high.

Amber Alert: Hundreds search for boy at Flint-area park

Hundreds of law enforcement officials and volunteers have joined the search for a 9-year-old boy reported missing following a gathering at a Flint-area park.

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World Cup: U.S. routs Japan 5-2 for third title

Carli Lloyd was on a mission.

It was her goal to help her team bring the World Cup trophy to the United States for the first time in 16 years.

Japan stood in her way, but it never stood a chance as the Americans' No. 10 stung quickly and often to guid...

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'Piano Man' Billy Joel is a married man

Musician Billy Joel has married his longtime girlfriend, Alexis Roderick.

The couple surprised guests and exchanged vows at their annual July 4th party, according to Joel's publicist, Claire Mercuri. This is Joel's fourth marriage.

Joel, 66, and Roder...

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Vanessa Williams marries for third time

Entertainer Vanessa Williams tied the knot in a July Fourth ceremony with longtime beau Jim Skrip.

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Takei walks back 'blackface' remark about Thomas

"Star Trek" actor George Takei says his description of Justice Clarence Thomas a "clown in blackface" following his dissent in last week's landmark same-sex marriage ruling was ill-considered.

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Injured Dave Grohl performs from throne

The Foo Fighters had to cancel a European tour last month after lead singer Dave Grohl broke his leg, but they were back in fine form on July Fourth.

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