3.28.17:  Trump says Ford investing in 3 Michigan auto plants




WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that Ford Motor Co. is planning to invest in three Michigan auto plants.

Trump tweeted early Tuesday, “Big announcement by Ford today. Major investment to be made in three Michigan plants. Car companies coming back to U.S. JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!”

Trump has held several meetings at the White House with auto executives since taking office that often included Ford chief executive Mark Fields.

The president has vowed to create jobs by creating incentives to deter companies from outsourcing their employment needs. He says he will ease regulations and reduce taxes to encourage companies to hire American.


3.28.17:  Homeland Security secretary stresses keeping US safe




DETROIT (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says he told members of the Detroit area’s Arab-American and Latino communities that he is committed to keeping the country safe without targeting anyone based on a person’s ethnicity or religious affiliation.

The retired Marine general spoke to reporters after the private meetings that took place Monday in Detroit’s suburbs. He also toured a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Detroit just across the river from Canada.

President Donald Trump has focused on building a wall at the Mexico border in an effort to boost security. He also wants to restrict immigration from six majority-Muslim countries, but federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked his revised executive order on the topic.

Messages left with some people who attended the meeting were not immediately returned.


3.28.17:  Judge considering plan on fix for 18,000 Flint water lines




DETROIT (AP) — A judge is holding a hearing on a plan to replace water lines at 18,000 homes in Flint, Michigan, where lead poisoned the water system.

The deal would settle a lawsuit in Detroit federal court. The agreement sets a 2020 deadline to replace lead or galvanized-steel lines serving Flint homes. Michigan and the federal government would pay for the job, which could cost nearly $100 million.

On Tuesday, federal Judge David Lawson will listen to lawyers representing Flint, the state and residents who sued.

Flint’s water was tainted with lead for at least 18 months, as the city tapped the Flint River but didn’t treat the water to reduce corrosion. As a result, lead leached from old pipes and fixtures. The quality has improved, although filters are recommended.


3.28.17:  Worst humanitarian crisis hits as Trump slashes foreign aid




NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The world’s largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine.

U.N. officials say nearly 16 million people in Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan combined are at risk of dying within months.

They say famine already has been declared in two counties of South Sudan and 1 million people there are on the brink of dying from a lack of food.


3.28.17:  GOP divided over new course after House health care debacle




WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are gathering today to discuss their agenda, following last week’s failure of the GOP health care plan to replace “Obamacare.”

But they’ve issued mixed messages on what comes next. President Donald Trump tweeted last night that Democrats will cut a health care deal with him “as soon as Obamacare folds – not long. Do not worry.”

But the author of the GOP legislation, Congressman Kevin Brady, says Republicans “are turning the page and moving on toward tax reform.”


3.28.17:  Pistons lost but Wings win another in OT




NEW YORK (AP) — Derrick Rose scored 27 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 25 and the New York Knicks handed the Detroit Pistons another damaging defeat with a 109-95 victory last night. Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence due to a sore left knee and added 21 as the Knicks snapped a five-game losing streak and avoided playoff elimination.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou crashed into Eddie Lack as he scored in overtime last night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 victory over Carolina on a play that left the Hurricanes goalie with a frightening injury. Lack remained down for several minutes before he was taken off on a stretcher, with both teams remaining on the ice and forming a semicircle to watch him. Lack flashed a thumbs-up sign as he was wheeled away.


3.27.17:  Art Van seeking nonprofit groups for fundraising competition




WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan-based furniture retailer has launched its annual competition to distribute grants to Midwestern nonprofit groups that raise the most money during the campaign.

The Art Van Charity Challenge is taking applications through Tuesday. A total of $180,000 in grants will be announced on April 26, including a grand prize of $100,000.

Nonprofits focused on children, health care and human services are eligible to apply. The fundraising part of the competition runs from April 4-25.

Art Van Furniture says that since 2009, it’s donated roughly $8 million and helped raise about $24 million for about 350 charities through the campaign.


3.27.17:  Michigan farmers sending hay to help Kansas




MASS CITY, Mich. (AP) — Truckers and farmers in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula plan to haul hay to help victims of a Kansas wildfire, which has burned more than 1,000 square miles (2,590 square kilometers).

Marty Dehaan of Mass City tells The Daily Mining Gazette that many ranchers in southern Kansas “have lost everything.”

Dehaan is leading the effort with trucker and beef farmer Jan Streater of Lake Linden. Dehaan’s father, Rick Dehaan, of Mass City is also aboard.

Round bales of hay weigh 900 pounds (408 kilograms) or more. The hay will be hauled more than 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) to Kansas next Friday.

Anyone willing to help with donations, hay or trucking can call (906) 458-8933.



3.27.17:  European regulators clear Dow Chemical-DuPont merger




BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has given its go-ahead to the proposed merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont.

The EU says the companies’ commitments to divest businesses have addressed its concerns.

Dow and DuPont plan to join in a $62 billion deal and then break apart into three separate companies.

U.S. authorities are still examining the proposed deal.


3.27.17:  8 presumed dead in avalanche near Tokyo




TOKYO (AP) — Eight Japanese high school students are presumed dead after being caught in an avalanche today while being trained in mountain climbing at a ski resort.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency says eight people were found with no vital signs, though they had not been formally confirmed dead by medical personnel.

The avalanche happened in the town of Nasu in Tochigi prefecture, about 120 miles north of Tokyo. Officials say 40 other people were injured, including two who are in serious condition.