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— Stand-alone photos from the opening night of the Miss Michigan competition.



ROMULUS, Mich. — A team led by a state-appointed emergency manager said Friday that Detroit is defaulting on about $2.5 billion in unsecured debt and is asking creditors to take about 10 cents on the dollar of what the city owes them. Kevyn Orr spent two hours with about 180 bond insurers, pension trustees, union representatives and other creditors in a move to avoid what bankruptcy experts have said would be the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Underfunded pension claims likely would get less than the 10 cents on the dollar. An assessment of the plan's progress will come in the next 30 days or so. Orr also announced that Detroit stopped paying on its unsecured debt Friday to "conserve cash" for police, fire and other services in the city of 700,000 people. The debt not being paid includes $39 million owed to a certificate of participation. By Corey Williams.

AP Photos: MIPS101-106.


Chrysler Group LLC said Friday that it is freezing the pensions of roughly 8,000 U.S. salaried employees at the end of the year. The U.S. automaker said it is making the move to stay in line with industry trends and to comply with IRS regulations. The Auburn Hills, Mich.-based company declined to detail the specifics of the IRS issue, but said it is currently in compliance. Company spokeswoman Shawn Morgan said the compliance matter is not related to underfunding of the pension. Chrysler said that all of its affected employees will be shifted to a defined contribution plan. It also lowered the age at which employees can begin claiming all of their retirement savings to 58 from 62. By Sarah Skidmore.


LANSING, Mich. — U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers said Friday he will not run for the U.S. Senate in Michigan next year. The seventh-term Howell Republican made the announcement in a note to supporters, saying the best way for him to have a direct impact in Washington is to stay in the House. He has become a high-profile House member as chairman of its Intelligence Committee. Democratic U.S. Sen. Carl Levin announced in March that he would not run for a seventh six-year term in 2014. U.S. Rep. Gary Peters is running for the Democratic nomination. Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is the only candidate so far running on the Republican side. By David Eggert.

AP Photos: CER101, SPANWX106.


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Traverse City officials are fast-tracking efforts to have a second screen ready for the city's annual film festival. City officials have approved a finalized construction contract and authorized renovation work on the Con Foster Museum. The aim is to convert the unused 1934 building into a 184-seat movie house for the festival that starts late next month — and complement the State Theatre, the primary home for the festival co-founded by filmmaker and Michigan native Michael Moore.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Public Museum is beginning a $1.2 million upgrade to its planetarium, thanks to a grant from the Wege Foundation. Named for Roger B. Chaffee, who died with fellow Apollo 1 astronauts Gus Grissom and Ed White during a pre-launch test in 1967, the planetarium was opened along with the Van Andel Museum Center in 1994. By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk, The Grand Rapids Press.



MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins start a three-game series against the division rival Detroit Tigers, who have been strengthening their two-plus-year hold on the American League Central. Rick Porcello starts for the Tigers, and struggling lefty Scott Diamond takes the mound for the Twins. Game starts at 8:10 p.m. By Dave Campbell. With hometown lead on losing team.

AP Photos.


SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Bigger, stronger and faster football players are going to kill the sport. At least that's what Lem Barney believes. Barney shared his thoughts at the Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy while sitting next to coaches such as Michigan's Brady Hoke, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and Wisconsin's Gary Anderson along with Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson. The camp's co-founder, Curtis Blackwell, said his goal was to conduct baseline tests on about 600 high school players this week so that the data was available if any of them have head injuries during the season. Barney is among the hundreds of former football players suing the NFL over how it handled head injuries. By Larry Lage.

AP Photos: MIPS108, MIPS107.


DETROIT — Drew Miller really didn't want to leave the Detroit Red Wings to find out what he was worth on the market. Fortunately for him, the Red Wings wanted the defensive-minded, penalty-killing forward back. Miller confirmed Friday he has agreed to a three-year, $4.05 million contract to stay in Detroit. Detroit claimed Miller off waivers on Nov. 11, 2009, after he played 14 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He signed one- and two-year deals in 2010 and 2011 to remain with the Red Wings, and was thrilled they wanted him back with a longer-term contract.


BROOKLYN, Mich. — Brad Keselowski was asked to pick one word to describe a lap at Michigan International Speedway. "Fast," the defending Sprint Cup champion said. "This is, to me, the fastest track we have — and it might be in speed, but it definitely is in feel." MIS is in its second year with a newly paved surface, and drivers are again making 200 mph laps look almost routine. Carl Edwards topped Sprint Cup qualifying Friday with a lap of 202.452 mph. That run came a year after Marcos Ambrose won the pole at MIS at 203.241 mph — the first time since 1987 the 200 mph mark was broken during qualifying for NASCAR's top series. By Noah Trister.

AP Photos: MICO109, MICO113-118.


BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick says defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski should start "representing himself and the sport with more class" after Keselowski accused Hendrick of stealing information by poaching employees from Ford teams. Keselowski was at Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., on Thursday. According to, he said his Penske Racing team has been reluctant to share information with Roush Fenway Racing on their Ford cars. He said Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing "have this nasty little habit" of hiring away employees and "stealing" information from the Ford teams. By Noah Trister.



BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Tony Stewart says safety standards at short tracks are as strong as they've ever been. Brad Keselowski Says they're "dismal" and he tries to avoid racing on them. The death of NASCAR driver Jason Leffler at a dirt-track race near Philadelphia earlier this week has brought more attention to small, local tracks, where some big names like Stewart still show up to race on occasion. By Noah Trister.

AP Photos: MICO105, 112-113, 117.


WESTWEGO, La. — New Orleans got a closer look at two of the NBA draft's top point guard prospects Friday. The Pelicans, who have the sixth selection in the June 27 draft, worked out Michigan's Trey Burke and Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams. Maryland center Alex Len, who is coming off surgery last month for a stress fracture to his left ankle, was also in town but did not work out. Burke, the AP player of the year in 2013, averaged 18.5 points and 6.7 assists per game in leading the Wolverines to the national championship game, where they lost to Louisville.



LAKE MICHIGAN — Modern-day explorers set out Saturday to try to solve one of the great mysteries of the Great Lakes. They are diving in northern Lake Michigan in effort to locate the remains of the Griffin, a ship that French explorer La Salle sailed to present-day Wisconsin before sending it back to Niagara Falls for more supplies in 1679. It never returned. By John Flesher. Moving Saturday.

AP Photos.

Editors: Traverse City correspondent John Flesher is with the Griffin expedition in northern Lake Michigan and will file search updates throughout the expedition on merits.


LANSING — The new state budget signed by Gov. Rick Snyder affects everyone and everything from college students, hunters, movie makers, school testing, local police and fire services, and road maintenance. Here's a look at some of the ways the budget that takes effect in October will touch lives across Michigan. By David Eggert.

Eds: This week's Capital Focus and a Michigan AP Centerpiece. Moving Friday.


KOCHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — When Kochville Township's Tri-City Hindu Temple opens in several months it won't only be a place of worship, it also will be a place where anyone can go for free health care. By Heather Jordan. AP Photos pursuing.

Eds: An AP Member Exchange. Moved Thursday.


LANSING, Mich. — When he was 20, Josh Moore was directionless. He'd dropped out of Lansing Community College. He was selling marijuana, so he could pay for what he was smoking. Among his friends was a teen who ended up being shot multiple times on an elementary school playground during a drug deal. The friend survived, but a few years later was convicted of armed robbery and is now serving 20 to 35 years in prison. By Kevin Grasha. Lansing State Journal.

AP Photos pursuing.

Eds: An AP Member Exchange. Moved Thursday.



At least 24 men convicted or charged with murder or rape based on bite marks on the flesh of victims have been exonerated since 2000, many after spending more than a decade in prison. Now a judge's ruling later this month in New York could help end the practice for good. A small, mostly ungoverned group of dentists carry out bite mark analysis and their findings are often key evidence in prosecutions, even though there's no scientific proof that teeth can be matched definitively to a bite into human skin. DNA has outstripped the usefulness of bite mark analysis in many cases: The FBI doesn't use it and the American Dental Association does not recognize it. Says one critic: "Bite mark evidence is the poster child of unreliable forensic science." By Amanda Lee Myers.

AP Photos.


— BITE MARK EVIDENCE-CASES — A comprehensive list of cases of bite mark evidence gone awry, for use in localizing.


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — It's not out of the ordinary to rent things such as textbooks, power tools and designer dresses. But a chicken? Leslie Suitor's Rent-A-Chicken business out of Leelanau County makes it possible. Suitor and her husband, Mark, loan hens from spring until the warm weather fades, as late as Thanksgiving. They drop off two hens, a coop and feeding materials for $250. First-time chicken owners are welcome: The Suitors set up the coop and answer questions on chicken raising 101. By Angie Jackson. Traverse City Record-Eagle.

AP Photos pursuing.

Eds: An AP Member Exchange. Moved Thursday.


DETROIT — Grandearmere Burton cradles the violin under his chin, and the labels peel away. Poor black kid. One of eight born to a never-married single mom. No future. The bow glides across the strings, filling the air with Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in A Minor, and his father's absence fades for a bit. His eyes close and the crushing drug abuse that once gripped his mother disappears. By Shawn D. Lewis. The Detroit News.

Eds: An AP Member Exchange. Moved Thursday.

AP Photos.

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