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DETROIT — The regal presence Aretha Franklin exuded in life was captured at her viewing on Tuesday, with the late Queen of Soul in a gold-plated casket dressed completely in red, including high-heeled pumps, proving, as one person put it, that she was a "diva to the end." By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 780 words, photos, video. Developing.



ALBION, Mich. — A Michigan college will return a war god idol to a southwestern U.S. Native American tribe. Albion College says the Ahayuda idol is about 2 feet long and dates back to the 19th century. Ahayuda are traditionally carved from cottonwood trees that have been struck by lightning. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words, photos.


DETROIT — A Detroit police dog died after a patrol car's heat-alarm system failed on a warm day in June. Commander Darin Szilagy tells the Detroit Free Press that the officer should have been checking on Vito, a German shepherd, every 30 minutes, "no matter what." SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 200 words.

— BODY-SEWER: Police in Lansing are seeking the public's help in identifying the body of a man found in a sewer last week.

— MICHIGAN-ELK HUNT: The opening period of Michigan's elk hunting season is getting underway during the centennial year of the species' return to the state.

— FERRIS STATE-FACULTY STRIKE: A Michigan judge has ordered striking faculty members at Ferris State University to return to the classroom.

— IRON MOUNTAIN-POLICE SHOOTING: Police in the Upper Peninsula say an armed robbery suspect was killed and an officer wounded when the two fired shots at each other after a car chase.

— COUPLE KILLED: Police are searching for a man in the deaths of a young couple in suburban Detroit.

— OPIOIDS-AUTOPSIES: A medical examiner in a western Michigan county is seeking an additional $470,000 to keep up with autopsies and other tasks related to the rising number of opioid overdoses.

— LAKE MICHIGAN-HAZARDS: A man who died after being swept off a Lake Michigan pier in northern Michigan has been identified as an Ohio resident.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Tigers send Matthew Boyd to the mound and the Royals start Jakob Junis as the teams begin a quick two-game series at Kauffman Stadium. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Blake Bars walks every day to law school past the house that Rockne built, where on Saturday night his former team, No. 14 Michigan, will visit No. 12 Notre Dame to kick off their seasons. At night, he heads to his off-campus apartment where his roommate is younger brother, Alex — the starting left guard for the Fighting Irish. Oh, brother. By John Fineran. SENT: 620 words, photo.


STILLWATER, Okla. — It took Barry Sanders four games to figure out how special his 1988 season at Oklahoma State might be. Returning the season's opening kickoff for a touchdown against Miami (Ohio) didn't do it for him. Neither did his dominance of Texas A&M or his 304 yards and five touchdowns rushing against Tulsa. It started becoming real for him during a masterful performance at Colorado. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


EAST LANSING, Mich. — LJ Scott is back for his senior season at Michigan State, with an impressive resume already but also room for improvement. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.


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