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DETROIT — The number of people killed on U.S. roads fell slightly in the first half of 2018, but a top safety organization says it's likely that there will be little change in the number of deaths from 2017 by the end of the year. The National Safety Council on Wednesday estimated that 18,720 people were killed in traffic crashes from January through June, down about one-half percent from a year ago. Another 2.1 million people were seriously injured during the first half, 1 percent lower than last year. SENT: 350 words, photo. Moving in national services.



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Michigan man who was cleared of sexual assault charges after spending five months in jail says he hasn't received an apology from police or prosecutors. Xavier Jujuan Davis had been arrested in connection to a December sexual assault in Grand Rapids. Davis was cleared of the charges in July after DNA tests from the Michigan State Police lab showed that he didn't match the DNA found at the crime scene. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


PONTIAC, Mich. — A wrestling company treated a Michigan couple to a professional wrestling event after they were robbed on their wedding day. Kip and Kyren Orfield planned to attend a show by U.K.-based Progress Wrestling after their wedding ceremony in Pontiac on Aug. 12. But the couple discovered that same day that someone had stolen $1,600 from them, as well as their tickets to the wrestling event. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.



DETROIT — Ford is recalling the charging cords for more than 50,000 plug-in hybrid and electric cars in North America because they could cause fires in electrical outlets. The company says the 120-volt cords came with certain 2012 through 2015 Focus electrics and some 2013 through 2015 Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids. SENT: 200 words, photo.


— CONTAMINATED WATER-MICHIGAN: Michigan officials say they're halfway finished with collecting samples for a statewide study of toxic chemicals that have been detected in 33 states' drinking water. The Department of Environmental Quality has sampled 892 of Michigan's 1,841 public water systems and schools with their own wells.

— MARQUETTE SCHOOLS-LEAD: A school district in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says it's replacing several drinking fountains after tests found elevated levels of lead in water at some of its buildings. Marquette Area Public Schools issued an update after initial tests came back in July.

— SISTER SHOT-MICHIGAN: Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has been charged in the accidental shooting of his 14-year-old sister at their home in western Michigan.

— COLLEGE STUDENTS-SERVICE: Nearly 200 college students in the Upper Peninsula have been serving their community before hitting the books.



DETROIT — Jon Lester tries for his 14th win of the season when the Chicago Cubs take on Francisco Liriano and the Detroit Tigers. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. ET.


The College Football Playoff has yet to produce a real surprise team. In four seasons, nine schools have reached the semifinals — and even the teams that came from outside the AP preseason Top 25 were traditional powers. Predictions for the 2018 college football season include Michigan (East) over Wisconsin (West) in the Big Ten. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 800 words, photos.


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