Flint kids’ attorneys won’t be required to turn over closing argument slides
FLINT, MI -- Attorneys for four Flint children who sued two city water consultants won’t be required to turn over the PowerPoint slide presentation they used during closing arguments last month. “Had the jury reached a verdict followed by an appeal, perhaps (Veolia) could provide good reasons why demonstrative slides used during a closing argument (that was fully and accurately captured on the record without objection ... at the time) is inadequate,” Levy wrote. “However, a verdict was not reached and the case is not on appeal.”The civil bellwether trial is expected to be heard again at some point by a new federal court jury. The four children in the case allege professional negligence by Veolia and LAN while the companies advised Flint about its water system during the city’s water crisis -- a charge the companies deny. In the first trial, an eight-member jury failed to agree on a verdict after six days of deliberation.mlive.com
9/11 families outraged over potential plea deals for terror attack orchestrators
Families of victims of September 11 are outraged over reports that plea deals are in the works for five defendants accused of orchestrating the attacks nearly 21 years ago. The plea deals would take the death penalty off the table, instead allowing the defendants to remain in Guantanamo Bay indefinitely. Catherine Herridge reports.news.yahoo.com
Michigan’s Northwoods may be destroyed by even modest climate change, researchers say
ANN ARBOR, MI – The boreal forests of North America could be destroyed by even modest climate change, new research shows. Boreal forests of North America are among the planet’s largest remaining nearly intact woodland ecosystems, where vast amounts of terrestrial carbon remain sequestered in trees and plants. Climate changes could harm both biodiversity and the ability for these forests to produce timber, researchers warn. The researchers studied two climate outcomes: an increase of about 2.9 degrees (1.6 C) and 5.6 degrees (3.1 C) above ambient air temperatures. But those hardwood species are too scarce in the southern boreal forest to fill the void expected to be left by vanishing conifer trees, researchers say.mlive.com
Red Wings prospect Eemil Viro ready for World Juniors, Grand Rapids
Detroit Red Wings defense prospect Eemil Viro isn’t sure what to expect playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins in his first season in North America, but he is ready for it. “(The Red Wings) said to get ready in battles, to get ready to come and play here,” Viro said. I’m really looking forward to that.”Before that, Viro, 20, will represent Finland at the World Junior Championship, which starts today in Edmonton. The Red Wings’ sixth selection in 2020 (70th overall in the third round) will participate in his first NHL training camp next month and possibly play in some preseason games before being assigned to the Griffins. Getting the pucks to the net and maybe creating more on the offensive.”More:Carter Mazur rides momentum into World JuniorsTrio of Red Wings prospects look to lift Sweden at WJCmlive.com
Reduced to a trickle, river managers brace for more drying
Triple digit temperatures and a fickle monsoon season have combined with decades of persistent drought to put one of North America's longest rivers in its most precarious situation yet. Islands of sand and gravel and patches of cracked mud are taking over where the Rio Grande once flowed. Local and federal water managers on Thursday warned that more stretches of the beleaguered Rio Grande will be drying up in the coming days in the Albuquerque area, leaving endangered silvery minnows stranded in whatever puddles remain.news.yahoo.com
Lots of bears are swimming between these Lake Superior islands
LAKE SUPERIOR - Every so often, someone will get a good picture of a bear swimming in an inland lake or a Great Lakes bay here in Michigan. But one spot on Lake Superior seems to have a plentiful number of swimming bears, enough that national park staff like to give their campers and boaters a heads up about these big travelers. Rangers at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, which extends into Lake Superior from the northern Wisconsin mainland, this week shared a picture of one of their swimming bears making its way from Oak Island to the larger Stockton island - a stretch of several miles. The Apostle archipelago is a group of 22 islands scattered in Lake Superior off the mainland’s Bayfield Peninsula. And while they typically avoid people, park staff says human-bear contact can happen more often as an area’s population increases.mlive.com
How to Watch the World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship Game: USA vs. Canada | Channel, Stream, Preview
For the third-straight time in World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship history, the two biggest countries in North America will meet for the championship, as Canada and the United States will play for a title, and bragging rights, on Saturday. Watch Women’s Lacrosse on DirecTV StreamUNITED STATES vs. CANADAWhen: Saturday, July 9Where: Unitas Stadium (Towson, Md.) ETChannel: ESPN2Stream: FuboTV, Sling, DirecTV StreamTHE AMERICANS LOOK TO DO IT AGAINThe Americans have been the most dominant country in women’s lacrosse ever. Even though lacrosse has always been connected to Canada, since that is where it originated, the Canadian Women’s Team has never reached the pinnacle of the sport on the world stage. Their opening match of the tournament was high-scoring affair that showed Canada could hang with the heavily-powered United States, but still ended up losing 16-11.mlive.com
Western states could settle feud over beleaguered Rio Grande
The fight between Texas and New Mexico over the management of one of the longest rivers in North America could be nearing an end as a date to resume the trial has been put off pending negotiations aimed at settling the years-long case before the U.S. Supreme Court. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday that a special master appointed by the court cleared the way for ongoing negotiations and set a date in July for a status update. The Supreme Court would have to approve any agreement reached by the states.news.yahoo.com
Miner unexpectedly unearths 'most important' paleontology discovery in North America
A young miner called for backup when his front-end loader unexpectedly struck something in the Canadian permafrost last week on the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Roughly 67 miles east of the Alaskan border, in Yukon's Eureka Creek, the miner, who was originally searching for gold, uncovered a whole mummified baby woolly mammoth, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported. Scientists hailed the find as one of the "most important" paleontological discoveries ever made onews.yahoo.com
How to Watch the Major League Rugby Championship - Rugby New York vs. Seattle Seawolves | Channel, Stream, Preview
Watch rugby on Fubo TV (Free trial)After a disappointing end to their 2021 campaign, the Seawolves are back in the championship match for the third time in the four season history of the league. They too ended up third in their conference, posting an 11-5 record, tying themselves with Rugby ATL in the East. However, after getting hammered on home soil by Rugby ATL in the third-to-last match of the regular season, ATL had the home-field advantage in their eliminator match. These teams met in New Jersey just last month during the regular season, with New York pulling out a 30-22 victory. What: Major League Rugby ChampionshipWho: Rugby New York vs. Seattle SeawolvesWhen: Saturday, June 25Time: 12:00 p.m.mlive.com
These giant European hornets are often mistaken for murder hornets
The insect that has generated the majority of those mistaken-identity queries has been the European hornet. Skvarla fielded 168 European hornet queries last year and said this year is shaping up similarly. “Some of it is (the murder hornet story) staying in the news,” he explained. “I don’t see them exploding in the last few years, just at the time” that the murder hornet story was hitting the media. Another species that generates many mistaken murder hornet queries is the two-inch-long eastern cicada killer, but it leads to far fewer reports than the European hornet.mlive.com
On Lake Michigan cliffs, 1,400-year-old trees quietly grow unnoticed
GARDEN, MI — Majestic, they are not. Nonetheless, the scraggly cedars growing on Lake Michigan’s white limestone cliffs are amazing. With an estimated age of 1,400 years in one case, they are the oldest living trees in Michigan, having sprouted centuries before Europeans settled North America and likely dating back to the era of the vanished Hopewell indigenous culture.mlive.com
Juror tests positive for COVID-19, putting Flint water crisis civil trial on hold
FLINT, MI -- A juror in a bellwether Flint water crisis civil trial has tested positive for COVID-19, putting the case on hold for at least the rest of this week. Earlier Tuesday, the judge halted the trial after a juror reported she was ill after spending most of Monday, May 16, in the courtroom. The Flint case assigned to Levy was filed on behalf of four Flint children against two consultants -- Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam -- that advised Flint about water problems during the water crisis. The companies have disputed the children’s injuries in court filings and say government officials are responsible for the high levels of lead in Flint water in 2014 and 2015 while the city used the Flint River as its water source. Read more at The Flint Journal:Juror’s illness stops Flint water crisis trial, worries over COVID-19 could add to delayFlint kids in water crisis lawsuit suffered acquired brain injuries, expert saysDeadline for filing claims in Flint water settlement extended to June 30mlive.com
Lakeshore Advantage president recognized as one of top 50 economic developers
GRAND RAPIDS ‚MI — Lakeshore Advantage President Jennifer Owens was named one of Consultant Connect’s top 50 economic developers in North America. “This is a win not just for me but for all of us at Lakeshore Advantage,” Owens said in a news release. “I love leading the standing ovation, not only for my team but also for key partners who contributed to our shared success.”Lakeshore Advantage is an economic development organization based in Zeeland that serves Ottawa and Allegan counties. Consultant Connect is a consulting agency focused on connecting economic developers and sit consultants. In a news release, Lakeshore Advantage said the 50 economic developers highlighted by Consultant Connect were “nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development and site location consulting industries for excellent practices, innovation, and success in building the communities they serve.”Read more:Rev.mlive.com
Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion
Elon Musk has offered to buy 100% of Twitter — saying, the platform “has extraordinary potential. I will unlock it.” Musk is offering to pay $54.20 a share for the company’s stock, nearly $10 higher than the current price per share. CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger explains what this could mean for Twitter stock holders.news.yahoo.com
Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for more than $40 billion
Elon Musk has offered to buy Twitter for more than $40 billion. The billionaire owns 9.2% of the company already, and has been a vocal critic of the social media giant, saying Twitter needs to go private to see effective changes.news.yahoo.com
Biden delays Trump rule that weakened wild bird protections
The migratory bird rule was among dozens of Trump-era environmental policies that Biden ordered to be reconsidered on his first day in office. “The Trump administration sought to overturn decades of bipartisan and international precedent in order to protect corporate polluters.”A federal judge in August had blocked a prior attempt by the Trump administration to change how the bird treaty was enforced. AdA Trump administration analysis of the rule change didn't put a number on how many more birds could die. They want the administration to set up a permitting system instead, so that wildlife officials can more closely regulate bird deaths. Industry groups that supported the Trump rule declined to say if they will fight to keep it.
Northern Lights could be visible this week in Michigan: Here’s why and when
Second chance for Northern Lights Thursday night in Michigan: Here’s the updateA massive solar flare on the Sun erupted in the direction of Earth. If you see green or red in the sky, then you know you’re looking at the Northern Lights. Thursday morning update:It appears that the Northern Lights didn’t get this far south Wednesday night to be visible in southern Michigan. Translation: There wasn’t enough “oomph” to push that ring of Northern Lights down to southern Michigan. What are the Northern Lights?
Barack Obama memoir off to record-setting start in sales
“We are thrilled with the first day sales,” said David Drake, publisher of the Penguin Random House imprint Crown. As of midday Wednesday, “A Promised Land” was No. “So far it has been neck and neck with Michelle Obama's book,” he said. The New York Times' Jennifer Szalai wrote that the “most audacious thing" about “A Promised Land” is “the beaming portrait" of Obama on the cover. Obama's book is the highlight of publishing's holiday season and for some independent bookstores, the potential difference between remaining in business or closing.
UN weather agency: Moderate to strong La Niña this year
BERLIN – The La Niña climate phenomenon has developed and is expected to last into next year, affecting temperatures, precipitation and storm patterns across the world, the U.N. weather agency said Thursday. A La Niña usually means a more active Atlantic hurricane season, with more and perhaps stronger storms. The World Meteorological Organization in Geneva said La Niña, characterized by abnormally cold sea surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean, is “expected to be moderate to strong” this year. The global declaration of a La Niña event is used by governments to help plan responses in vulnerable sectors like agriculture, health, water resources and disaster management, the WMO said. This year’s La Niña is expected to bring drier than usual conditions to East Africa during the planting season, which the U.N. weather agency called “a further worrying development which may add to the food security challenges in the region.”In North America, La Niña typically brings more rain to the north of the continent and less to the south.
Liam Neeson’s ‘Honest Thief’ notches No. 1 at box office
LOS ANGELES – Liam Neeson’s thriller “Honest Thief” stole the top spot at the box office in yet another quiet weekend of moviegoing. The Open Roads Films movie brought in $3.7 million in North America the weekend of its U.S. debut. The film, starring Neeson as a notorious bank robber who turns himself in but was double crossed by two FBI agents, opened in Canada last week. Despite coming in second, the comedy starring Robert De Niro earned $2.5 million. The action-thriller starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson has totaled $50.6 million in the U.S.
White House doctor: Trump received experimental antibody cocktail, remains ‘fatigued’ after COVID-19 diagnosis
White House doctor: Trump received experimental antibody cocktail, remains ‘fatigued’ after COVID-19 diagnosisPublished: October 2, 2020, 4:36 pmWASHINGTON – White House doctor: Trump received experimental antibody cocktail, remains ‘fatigued’ after COVID-19 diagnosis. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
Ford recalls over 700K vehicles; backup cameras can go dark
DETROIT – Ford is recalling more than 700,000 vehicles in North America because the backup cameras can show distorted images or suddenly go dark. The recall covers most 2020 versions of Ford's F-Series trucks, as well as the 2020 Explorer, Mustang, Transit, Expedition, Escape, Ranger and Edge. F-Series trucks are the top-selling vehicle in the U.S. The company says in documents posted Wednesday by the U.S. government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a poor electrical connection is causing the problem. Ford says it doesn’t know of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem.
Honda, General Motors sign deal to work on vehicles together
DETROIT General Motors and Honda say they have signed a deal to explore sharing vehicle underpinnings and propulsion systems in North America. The companies say planning discussions on jointly-designed vehicles will start immediately and include vehicles powered by both electricity and internal combustion engines. Honda and GM say in a statement Thursday that they'll also cooperate on purchasing, research and connected services. In April the companies announced they would jointly develop two electric vehicles for Honda based on GM's global electric vehicle platform. The alliance would be governed by a joint committee of senior executives from both companies, the statement said.
Leslie Science and Nature Center to host virtual Monarch Migration Festival
Mich. The Leslie Science and Nature Center will be moving the annual Monarch Migration Festival virtual this year, but thats no reason to skip the celebration. The event celebrates the yearly migration of the monarch butterfly across North America, which has recently been threatened by deforestation and the use of herbicides. The event centers around a live broadcast of the butterfly release in the Leslie Science and Nature Centers pollinator garden, and participants will also have access to educational games, videos, and other at-home activities. Registration is $7 for individual admission, or you can opt for the $22 pollinator pack which comes with additional info and seeds to start a pollinator garden at home. For more information and to register for the event, visit Leslie Science and Nature Centers website here.
Ford recalls 558K midsize SUVs to fix possible brake fluid leaks
Ford is recalling more than 558,000 midsize SUVs in North America because the brakes may not work properly. Ford said Wednesday that some front brake hoses can rupture, causing brake fluid to leak. If too much fluid leaks, it could take more effort to stop the vehicle, and stopping distances could increase. Drivers should see a brake warning light on the dashboard if the fluid gets too low. Dealers will replace the front brake jounce hoses with new ones with a different design.
Fiat Chrysler muscles through, green shoots in North America
It said the normal summer factory shutdowns have been eliminated or shortened at most North America plants to meet stronger-than-expected demand for vehicles. The loss was a huge reversal from last years second quarter when Fiat Chrysler made $884 million. The company had warned that the second quarter would be much worse than the first, when it lost $1.84 billion. Four of the new electric vehicles will be made in Europe, Manley said Friday in a call with industry analysts and reporters. The electric vehicles include the battery powered Fiat 500 small car, a fully electric Ducato van, and plug-in gas-electric hybrid versions of the Jeep Compass, Wrangler and Renegade.
Plant closings send GM to 2Q loss, but signs of improvement
The company reported a loss of 50 cents per share excluding one-time items. GM burned through more than $9 billion during the quarter including nearly $8 billion from operations and $1.1 billion in capital spending. GM said sales are showing signs of improvement, and in some areas, such as pickup trucks, have been constrained by low inventory levels as plants came back on line. The company reported strong sales of pickup trucks and new full-size SUVs such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon. But Japans struggling Nissan reported a $2.7 billion loss (285.6 billion yen) for the period.
Saharan dust plume forecast update: Michigan will get skirted by it
DETROIT – The Saharan dust plume moving over North America will head toward Michigan this weekend. We will get skirted by the plume here in Michigan. There may be a chance to see some nice sunrises and sunsets, if the sky is clear enough. Saharan dust plume forecast for Michigan (WDIV)Saharan dust plume forecast for Michigan (WDIV)Saharan dust plume forecast for Michigan (WDIV)Saharan dust plume forecast for Michigan (WDIV)Saharan dust plume forecast for Michigan (WDIV)Saharan dust plume forecast for Michigan (WDIV)More: Weather Center
Tracking the Saharan dust plume: What to expect in Michigan
There is a Saharan dust plume heading for North America. Saharan dust plumes as 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Saharan dust plume over the Caribbean at 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020. The jet stream should allow for the Saharan dust plume in the Caribbean to move northward starting June 25, 2020. (WDIV)If the skies are clear in Michigan, this will allow the dust plume to create a very nice sunrise and sunset through the weekend and perhaps into early next week.
Ford recalls over 240K vehicles to fix suspension problem
Most of the recalled vehicles are in North America. Ford says if the suspension moves a lot on the vehicles, the rear toe links can fracture. Toe links help keep the rear suspension stable and the tires on the pavement. The company says it's not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem in this batch of recalled vehicles. Dealers will replace toe links on both sides with new ones that are stronger.