5.4.15:  5 year old boy dies in house fire



There was a fatal house fire in Holland Township overnight.

Around 1 a.m. crews were called to a home in the 12000 block of N. Bellwood Drive.

There were several people inside at the time.

A 5-year-old boy died as a result of that fire and an adult was treated for injures.


There is no word yet on the cause of the fire and the Red Cross is assisting the family.


5.4.15:  4.2 Earthquake in Michigan



DETROIT (AP) — Geological experts say a small earthquake centered in southwestern Michigan has been felt around the state and other parts of the Upper Midwest.

U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Paul Caruso said the 4.2-magnitude temblor was recorded shortly after noon Saturday. Its epicenter was about 9 miles southeast of Kalamazoo near Galesburg.

There were no reports of damage or injuries. Caruso says that’s common for quakes of this magnitude.

People have reported feeling the earthquake in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says in a statement that earthquakes are rare in the state. He added that the lack of major problems is “fortunate because we are acutely aware of the challenges posed by such natural disasters in other parts of the world recently.”

5.4.15:  Regulators ordered to reopen dispute over smart meters


JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — State utility regulators have been ordered to reopen a dispute over costs charged to customers who don’t want high-tech meters from Consumers Energy.

The Michigan appeals court last week said key issues are unclear, especially whether the cost of using old analog meters is already baked into rates. It ordered the Public Service Commission to hold a hearing and write an opinion.

People who don’t want high-tech meters from Consumers Energy would pay a one-time charge on top of a monthly charge.

So-called smart meters typically allow utilities to monitor electricity without sending an employee to each address. Customers can go online and see how much electricity is being used on an hourly basis.

Critics are concerned about privacy and any possible environmental impact.


5.4.15:  AAA Michigan: Gas prices go up 7 cents in past week to $2.56


DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Triple A Michigan reports gas prices statewide have gone up by about 7 cents in the past week, increasing for the third week in a row.

The Dearborn-based auto club says the average price per gallon of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was $2.56 on Sunday. That’s about $1.12 less than a year ago.

AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel costs at 2,800 gas stations in the state. The club says the lowest price was about $2.49 per gallon in the Marquette area, and the highest price was about $2.63 a gallon in the Lansing/East Lansing area.


5.4.15:  GM cuts 2016 Volt plug-in hybrid car price by almost $1,200



DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is knocking nearly $1,200 off the price of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car.

The company says the new Volt will start at $33,995 including shipping when it goes on sale in the fall. The current version costs $35,170.

Prices do not include a $7,500 federal electric car tax credit.

The new Volt can go about 50 miles on battery power before a gasoline generator takes over. The current car goes about 38 miles on its battery.

GM says it can reduce the price because lithium-ion battery and other costs are coming down.

Sales of Volts and other battery-powered vehicles have suffered with gasoline prices nationwide averaging $2.60 per gallon. Through April, Volt sales are down 46 percent to 2,779.

5.4.15:  Vice President Biden touts community policing at NAACP event


DETROIT (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has told a crowd at an NAACP event in Detroit that law enforcement officers and the people they are sworn to protect need to “see each other” to know one another.

Referencing outrage over the treatment of black men by police, Biden pointed to the successes of federally funded community policing programs that required officers to meet with residents and business owners in their patrol areas.

He delivered the keynote Sunday evening at the Detroit branch of the NAACP’s 60th annual Fight for Freedom Fund dinner at the Cobo Center.

Biden said federal community policing funds have been cut back over the years.

A national dialogue has been ongoing since 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer in August in Ferguson, Missouri.


5.4.15:  GOP field grows: Fiorina, Carson to launch presidential bids



WASHINGTON (AP) — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson are set to launch their runs for president.

Fiorina is likely to be the only prominent woman to seek the GOP nomination, with Carson the only likely African-American. They are both also political outsiders in a field likely to be dominated by governors, former governors and senators.

The two are not considered political allies and the timing of their Monday announcements is coincidental.

The 63-year-old Carson is scheduled to make his formal announcement in a speech from his native Detroit shortly after having breakfast at a local museum of African-American history.

The 60-year-old Fiorina will enter the race with a video posted online.



5.4.15:  DNR fights dozens of wildfires; some property destroyed


ST. HELEN, Mich. (AP) — A wildfire in the northern Lower Peninsula has destroyed a home and four sheds.

The Department of Natural Resources says roughly 20 homes were evacuated in Ogemaw County, between St. Helen and West Branch. Residents were told they can return Sunday.

The 341-acre fire was the largest of 38 weekend wildfires handled by DNR crews and volunteer fire departments. Most fires were less than 20 acres.

Fire danger is high in Michigan because of warm weather and a lack of rain. Burn permits are not being issued in the northern Lower Peninsula.



5.4.15:  Nepal says no more foreign help needed in Kathmandu


KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal officials say they can take it from here in urban center earthquake work.

The government says foreign rescuers should go home or to rural areas. Meanwhile Sherpa guides say they won’t be digging out and re-establishing part of the trail up Mount Everest destroyed by an earthquake-triggered avalanche.

Climbers can’t climb without the Sherpas’ assistance.


5.4.15:  2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest



GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Police in Garland, Texas say once the scene is clear, they’ll remove the bodies of two gunmen who opened fire on a security guard outside a building where a contest was being held for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

Police say the men drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center in the Dallas suburb just as the contest was about to end Sunday.

Authorities say a bomb squad was called in to search the vehicle the gunman used.

Many Muslims consider drawings of the Prophet Muhammed to be offensive, but authorities aren’t sure if the shooting is connected to the event.