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TOP STORY:

DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-COACH

LANSING, Mich. — A former head coach of Michigan State's gymnastics team was charged Thursday with lying to an investigator when she denied that witnesses told her years ago about being sexually assaulted by ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar. A charging document doesn't specify how many witnesses allegedly reported Nassar to Kathie Ann Klages, or when they did so. But former gymnast Larissa Boyce has said she told Klages of Nassar's abuse in 1997, when Boyce was 16 — 19 years before he was criminally charged with sexual abuse. By David Eggert. SENT: 710 words, photo.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ATTORNEY GENERAL-REPUBLICANS

LANSING, Mich. — The race to become Michigan's next attorney general will be set this weekend, when 2,100 Republican activists choose between two state lawmakers vying for the nomination to face Democrat Dana Nessel this fall. House Speaker Tom Leonard and Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker are battling to succeed term-limited Bill Schuette, the Republican nominee for governor. Both lawyers point to their career backgrounds to argue they are best prepared for the job, while citing different reasons why they are best positioned to win in November. By David Eggert. SENT: 750 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday appointed a senior executive with Ford Motor Co. to be his special envoy for North Korea and said the two would visit Pyongyang next week. Pompeo announced that he had chosen Stephen Biegun to handle day-to-day negotiations with the North over dismantling its nuclear weapons program. Pompeo has been leading the effort for President Donald Trump and has already made three trips to Pyongyang since April, although there have been few visible signs of progress in the talks. By Matthew Lee. SENT: 400 words, photo.

DEMOCRATS-HACKING

CHICAGO — A would-be hacking attempt into the national Democratic Party's massive voter file wasn't that at all. It turns out to be the work of a technology company hired by Michigan Democrats, all in the name of testing how secure the party can keep information on tens of millions of Americans. That finding, discovered after national party officials already had contacted federal law enforcement fearing a malicious hacking attempt, marks an odd and potentially embarrassing twist to the party's data security efforts two years after Russians penetrated DNC computers and released internal communications the upended the 2016 presidential election. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 600 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

ARETHA FRANKLIN-FUNERAL

NEW YORK — An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral next week. The Queen of Soul's service will be held in Detroit on Aug. 31. Also slated to perform are Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday and Franklin's son, Edward Franklin. By Nekesa Mumbi Moody. SENT: 200 words, photo.

IRAQIS-IMMIGRATION ARRESTS

DETROIT — A federal judge has determined there is evidence to suggest immigration officials have been threatening Iraqi detainees at a Michigan jail and pressuring them to agree to deportations. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith ordered the government on Wednesday to provide a list of detainees who have been held in solitary confinement at the Calhoun County jail, as well as details about the lengths of their stays and the basis for their segregation. SENT: 325 words.

RECREATION AREA-SEEDLINGS

HAMBURG TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Canadian company plans to grow about 8 million tree seedlings a year in Michigan. PRT Growing Services Ltd. has signed a 20-year lease with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division. The lease is for about 14 acres at the Brighton State Recreation Area. SENT: 275 words.

BUSINESS:

JAPAN-TRADE MINISTER

TOKYO — President Donald Trump's tariff policies reflect a serious misunderstanding of the importance of free trade and Japanese companies' contributions to the U.S. economy, Japan's trade minister said Thursday. Hiroshige Seko, the minister of economy, trade and industry, warned in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press that Tokyo might take action if the U.S. fulfills threats to levy a 25 percent tariff on Japanese auto imports. He gave no details but didn't rule out retaliatory tariffs. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moving in national services.

Also:

— FIAT CHRYSLER-RECALL: Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 209,000 minivans and SUVs worldwide to fix a brake problem that can cause longer stopping distances. The recall covers the 2018 Dodge Journey, 2019 Jeep Cherokee and the 2018 and 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan and Jeep Compass.

IN BRIEF:

— TOWNSHIP-MILITARY GEAR: A small-town Michigan police chief has been arrested amid an investigation into his department's use of thousands of pieces of surplus military equipment, including parachutes and mine detectors.

— GRAFFITI GARDENS: A southwestern Michigan city is planning so-called graffiti gardens where people can legally draw or paint on billboard-like plywood structures.

— MICHIGAN PIPELINE-LAWSUIT: Two advocacy groups say the U.S. Coast Guard doesn't have an adequate strategy for dealing with oil spills in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. The Coast Guard approved a plan last year for responding to spills in northern Michigan, including the Straits of Mackinac.

— MICHIGAN CONVENTION-ILLNESSES: Officials say at least 100 people from 25 states who attended a national letter carrier's convention in western Michigan have reported flu-like symptoms.

— THERAPY DUCKS DISPUTE: A 12-year-old western Michigan boy with autism likely will be able to keep his ducks, which are used as emotional support animals.

— CHILD ASSAULT-MICHIGAN: A man has been arrested after police say he urinated on a 5-year-old black girl in an alley in western Michigan and called her a racial slur. The girl's parents called Grand Rapids police on Wednesday evening and reported that a roughly 60-year-old white man had urinated on her.

— FATHER-STUN GUN-CHILD: A suburban Detroit police officer has been suspended after using a stun gun on a combative man while he was holding an infant.

SPORTS:

BBA--WHITE SOX-TIGERS

DETROIT — Matthew Boyd pitched six scoreless innings and Ronny Rodriguez hit his first career home run to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Rodriguez also hit an RBI double, and Nicholas Castellanos and Mikie Mahtook homered off James Shields (5-15). All three of Detroit's homers were solo shots in the sixth inning. Boyd (8-11) allowed six hits, walked one and struck out six. Jose Rondon hit a two-run homer in the eighth for the White Sox, who fell to 3-10 this season against Detroit. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

Also:

FBN--LIONS-49ERS TRADE: The Detroit Lions bolstered their depth at linebacker by acquiring Eli Harold in a trade with San Francisco.

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