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BC-MI--Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI

January 2, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Michigan. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Detroit bureau at 800-642-4125 or 313-259-0650 or apmichigan@ap.org. Rick Callahan is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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DETROIT _ U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops will gather Wednesday for a weeklong retreat near Chicago on the church sexual abuse scandal that organizers say will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and not formulating policy. The retreat begins a day after The Associated Press reported that the Vatican blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures last year to address the scandal because U.S. church leaders didn’t discuss the legally problematic proposals with the Holy See enough beforehand. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 900 words, photo. Will be updated on merits.


DETROIT _ Shares of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. tumbled Wednesday after the company cut vehicle prices by $2,000 and announced fourth-quarter sales figures that fell short of Wall Street estimates. The company said in a statement before the markets opened that it delivered over 245,000 electric cars and SUVs last year, nearly as many as all previous years combined. But Tesla also said it would cut prices of its three models by $2,000 to help customers handle the gradual phase-out of federal electric vehicle tax credits. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 740 words, photos.


WASHINGTON _ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the U.S. hopes to gain access soon to a former Marine who was arrested in Russia on espionage charges and that “if the detention is not appropriate we will demand his immediate return.” Paul Whelan, who is head of global security for a Michigan-based auto parts supplier, was arrested on Friday. In announcing the arrest three days later, the Russian Federal Security Service said he was caught “during an espionage operation,” but it gave no details. By Lynn Berry. SENT: 680 words, photo.




ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states. Lawmakers in Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia already have filed bills to allow sports betting, and those who track the industry expect a total of 30 states to consider similar ones this year. The expected stampede of states seeking to legalize it has parallels to the growing trend toward legalizing recreational marijuana, which 10 states have done and others are considering. By Wayne Parry And Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ Wanna bet on sports? First, make sure you know what you’re doing _ and the odds against you. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 1,300 words, photo.


_ MISSING MAN-SEARCH: A Michigan sheriff says searchers have found the body of a man who called 911 seeking help and reported that he was cold, wet and apparently lost. Twenty-one-year-old Parker J. Haire was found dead Wednesday morning in waist-deep water.

_ INTRUDER SHOT: Authorities say a Michigan homeowner fatally shot a man who broke into his home and attacked him.

_ HOUSE FIRE-MICHIGAN: A service is planned for a woman and her two children who died following a fire last month at a home in suburban Detroit.

_ DETROIT VIOLENCE: Detroit’s police chief says the number of homicides in the city declined in 2018 for the second consecutive year.

_ CALLEY-NEW JOB: Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is joining the Small Business Association of Michigan, where he will serve as president and lead the group’s lobbying and communications efforts.

_ AUTO SHOW-DETROIT MAYOR: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is scheduled to receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the show floor construction for the 2019 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.



MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ The Grizzlies are back home for a two-game stop, hosting the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. By Clay Bailey. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


Northwestern plays Michigan State at Jack Breslin Students Events Center. Developing from 8:30 p.m. tipoff.


The Calgary Flames visit the Detroit Red Wings. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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