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Car is an uninvited guest at Christmas party

Posted: 12/26/2007 - Police say a woman trying to park her Mercury Sable might have hit the accelerator instead of the brake on Tuesday afternoon. The car ran over two decorative reindeer and demolished a brick partition wall, then backed into two parked cars in the parking lot.

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Mega Millions jackpot increases to $25 million

Posted: 12/26/2007 - None of the tickets sold for last night's 16 million-dollar drawing matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega Ball. The next drawing will be Friday. There were four second-prize winners in last night's drawing, and they won 250,000 dollars apiece. One of the winning tickets was sold in Michigan.

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States don't go after taxes owed on Internet cigarette sales

Updated: 12/26/2007 - Michigan is among the states trying to collect taxes owed on cigarette sales. But even when they do, many Web sites skirt the law by operating overseas -- or on American Indian reservations where state laws are largely unenforceable.

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Girl, 13, killed while skiing at Schuss Mountain

Posted: 12/26/2007 - Authorities aren't identifying the girl yet but say she's from Wayne County's Canton Township. The Antrim County sheriff's department says the accident happened about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Teen found dead in suspected drug house in Detroit

Posted: 12/26/2007 - The Detroit News says 16-year-old Keith Maxey of Detroit was pronounced dead on arrival at St. John Hospital after police found him Monday afternoon. Two 20-year-olds from Detroit, Amir Taylor and Brian McClendon Jr., were hospitalized in critical condition.

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Parolee offers inside look at prison life

Posted: 12/26/2007 - After being denied parole five times, Herman finally was released in April. Since then, he's participated in the Michigan Prisoner Re-entry Initiative. The program is designed to help non-violent offenders make the transition back into society.

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Caroline Kennedy remembers JFK letter from Michigan girl

Updated: 12/24/2007 - Kennedy finally got to meet her during a segment on ABC's "Good Morning America" this morning. Kennedy's recent book, "A Family Christmas," includes the letter from 8-year-old Michelle Rochon -- now Michelle Rochon Phillips of Pensacola, Florida.

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Power outage causes delays at Grand Rapids airport

Posted: 12/24/2007 - Grand Rapids airport lost primary power to its passenger terminal building about 8:45 p.m. Sunday. Airport spokesman Bruce Schedlbauer says the airport has been using backup power since then.

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High winds knock out power to thousands in western Michigan

Posted: 12/24/2007 - The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for some counties along Lake Michigan in the western part of the Lower Peninsula, where four to six inches of snow was possible by Monday morning.

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Man, 29, donates part of his liver to his grandmother, 74

Posted: 12/24/2007 - Patricia Middleton is a retired bus driver with the Port Huron Area School District. She had been battling a chronic liver disease for a quarter century. In August, she was told she would need a transplant.

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Hit-and-run driver strikes 3 in Calhoun County, killing 1

Posted: 12/24/2007 - The Battle Creek Enquirer says 15-year-old Kraig Millsap died early Saturday after being struck Friday while walking with his 12-year-old brother, Kody, and 20-year-old Mark Snell in Emmett Township.

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Grant jury foreman: Not 'comfortable' with premeditation

Posted: 12/24/2007 - Grant faces life in prison but could be eligible for parole. Prosecutors were seeking a first-degree murder conviction, which carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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Opponents of UP mine take steps to halt project

Posted: 12/24/2007 - The Mining Journal of Marquette reports the National Wildlife Federation, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Huron Mountain Club and Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve said Friday they filed a contested case petition and lawsuit against the state.

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Mega Millions jackpot increases to $16 million

Posted: 12/24/2007 - There were three second-prize winners from Friday night's drawing, matching five numbers to win $250,000. Another 21 players matched four of the five lotto numbers, plus the Mega Ball number.

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All contracts with state workers now approved

Posted: 12/20/2007 - The Michigan Corrections Organization, AFSCME Council 25 and Michigan State Employees Association had rejected the tentative contracts, while United Auto Workers Local 6000 and SEIU Local 517M had ratified theirs.

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Mich. man reunited with birth mother at work

Posted: 12/20/2007 - Twenty-two-year-old Steve Flaig and 45-year-old Christine Talladywork together at a Lowe's home improvement store in Kent County's Plainfield Township, near Grand Rapids.

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