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DETROIT — Some 50,000 Detroit public school students will start the school year Tuesday by drinking water from coolers, not fountains, after the discovery of elevated levels of lead or copper — the latest setback in a state already dealing with the consequences of contaminated tap water in Flint and other communities. Detroit Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti expects the closure of water fountains and other drinking fixtures in all 106 schools to go smoothly because the district — Michigan's largest — had previously turned off the tap in 18 schools. The coolers and bottled water will cost $200,000 over two months, after which the district probably will seek bids for a longer-term contract, he said. By David Eggert and Corey Williams. SENT: 850 words, photos.



MADISON, Wis. — Democrats know who their voters are. They just have to figure out how to get them to the polls in November. The liberal group NextGen America is targeting 11 battleground states, with nearly 800 organizers on college campuses in Wisconsin, Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. By Scott Bauer. SENT: 850 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump pulled the plug on an upcoming trip to North Korea by his secretary of state, he pointed a finger of blame at China and the global superpower's trade practices. In his recent trade breakthrough with Mexico, Trump praised the country's outgoing president for his help on border security and agriculture. Both developments offered fresh evidence of how Trump has made trade policy the connective tissue that ties together different elements of his "America First" foreign policy and syncs up them with his political strategy for the 2020 presidential election. Trump's 2016 triumph was paved in part by his support among blue-collar voters in Midwestern manufacturing states that narrowly supported him over Democrat Hillary Clinton, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 750 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump started his Labor Day with an attack on a top union leader, lashing out after criticism from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. The president's attack came after Trumka appeared on "Fox News Sunday" over the weekend where he said efforts to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement should include Canada. Trumka, whose organization is an umbrella group for most unions, said the economies of the United States, Canada and Mexico are "integrated" and "it's pretty hard to see how that would work without having Canada in the deal." SENT: 350 words, photos. Moving in national services.



KINGSLEY, Mich. — Officials in northern Michigan are working to get rid of an invasive plant that poisons monarch butterflies. The black swallow-wort was recently spotted in the Grand Traverse County community of Kingsley, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported . The vine has heart-shaped leaves and small, dark purple flowers. The plant, which typically grows along roadsides, pastures and gardens, can choke out native vegetation and poison insects and wildlife.


— DETROIT ZOO-FLAMINGO CHICKS: Flamingo families are growing at the Detroit Zoo. Zoo officials say five flamingo chicks have hatched in recent weeks. They're being guarded by their parents in the African bird habitat.

— YOUNG STURGEON: More than 100 young lake sturgeon have been released in a river with the hope that they'll make their way to the Great Lakes and return in 20 years to spawn. The fish released in the Cass River in Frankenmuth were raised in a hatchery and are only 4 to 6 inches long.

— SOUTH BEND-TANKER FIRE: A fuel tanker caught fire on the U.S. 31/20 bypass in South Bend, sending flames high into the predawn sky and damaging the roadway's pavement.



CHICAGO — The White Sox and Tigers open a three-game series, with Reynaldo Lopez pitching for Chicago and Michael Fulmer starting for Detroit. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 2:10 p.m. ET.


ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions are looking forward to moving on with games that count after starters on both sides of the ball performed poorly during the preseason. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

— With: FBN-LIONS-DIGGS: Defensive back Quandre Diggs and the Detroit Lions agreed to terms Monday on a contract extension that will carry through the 2021 NFL season. SENT: 120 words.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan is determined not to let a loss ruin its season. The 14th-ranked Wolverines opened the season Saturday night with a loss at No. 12 Notre Dame. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


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