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Detroit's Jerome Bettis elected to Hall of Fame — Jerome Bettis, a star running back at Detroit Mackenzie High and in the NFL, mostly with the Pittsburgh Steelers, on Saturday night was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bettis, 42, also starred at Notre Dame before being selected by the Rams in the first round (10th overall) of the 1993 NFL draft.

Pope names Shrine of the Little Flower a basilica — With its soaring tower and Art Deco design, Royal Oak's National Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church inspires awe among visitors and passerby alike. On Saturday, the landmark stands out on an even greater scale for another reason.

Whitney Houston’s daughter found unresponsive in tub — Atlanta - The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub and taken to an Atlanta-area hospital. Bobbi Kristina Brown was discovered Saturday morning by her husband and a friend. A spokeswoman for the Roswell Police Department, Officer Lisa Holland, said Brown was given CPR until rescuers arrived.

Johnson: I'll try to recruit Suh back to Lions — Phoenix - Lions general manager Martin Mayhew declined to provide an update on contract negotiations with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, but Calvin Johnson offered his thoughts on his teammate Saturday evening before the NFL Honors program. Johnson, a three-time All-Pro like Suh, said he hopes Suh returns to Detroit, and he isn't opposed to doing some recruiting.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @jkatzenstein: Calvin Johnson: "I'll do whatever I got to do" to get Ndamukong Suh back with the Lions

Four automakers recall 2.12M vehicles for air bags — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday that four automakers are issuing a new recall for 2.12 million vehicles for a electronic defect that may cause air bags to deploy inadvertently - and asking the parts supplier and automakers for more information.

GM cuts starting prices on 4 vehicles by up to $2,600 — General Motors Co. is introducing four cheaper base models on big-selling vehicles to better compete and attract value-minded buyers. For the 2015 model year, GM has new starting prices for the Chevrolet Cruze and Equinox, the Buick LaCrosse and GMC Terrain.

Michigan disease outbreaks spark backlash — The anti-vaccination movement blamed for a rise in U.S. cases of whooping cough, measles and other communicable diseases is causing tensions among parents - especially in places like Traverse City where outbreaks have occurred. Opponents of the movement are speaking out in blogs, on social media and even in cartoons.

Deported Dearborn man arrested in Lebanon — Detroit - A Dearborn man suspected in the deaths of two United Nations peacekeepers in 1980 was deported Thursday after admitting he entered the country illegally and lied to obtain immigration status. Mahmoud Bazzi, 71, a native of Lebanon who worked as an ice cream man in Dearborn, was placed on a commercial flight Thursday to Beirut.

Detroit News Blue Chip countdown: No. 4 Khari Willis — The Detroit News is counting down the top 15 players on its list of Blue Chip football recruits. Today: No. 4 Khari Willis of Jackson Lumen Christi. Jackson - For the first time, Khari Willis focused entirely on football this past summer.

Third-period goal lifts MSU over rival UM at JLA — Michigan State is eager to be part of the conversation when it comes to a regular-season Big Ten Conference hockey championship and it took a big step with a 2-1 victory at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night over rival and first-place Michigan.

Pistons players, fans brace for return of Smith — Auburn Hills - Talk of ex-Piston Josh Smith's first visit to Detroit tonight since his release was approached with carefully chosen words and well-considered facial expressions in the Pistons locker room Friday. Players are "released" all the time in the NBA, usually players at the end of the bench not good enough to stay with a team.

GP Park levels buildings in Detroit historic district — Detroit - After a long battle with preservationists, Grosse Pointe Park this week leveled two dilapidated buildings it owned in Detroit, including one that housed one of the city's first gay bars. The adjoining buildings, near Jefferson and Alter, were located in a Detroit historic district.

UAW: Ford will move some 2nd-tier workers to top wages — Ford Motor Co. will give more than 50 hourly workers $9-an-hour raises after Dearborn automaker exceeded its cap on the number of entry-level workers it's allowed under its current union contract, the United Auto Workers announced Friday.
Jan 31, 2015

.@Ford will give 55 workers raises after automaker exceeds cap on lower-wage jobs, @UAW says via @MikeMartinez_DN

Jan 30, 2015

RT @Autosinsider: UAW: Ford will move some 2nd-tier workers to top wages: Union says automaker exceeded cap on number of second-...

Jan 30, 2015

UAW said tonight 55 2nd-tier hourly #Ford workers will be moved to top wages:…

Super Bowl Sunday expected to be snowy in Metro area — For those with an eye Sunday on the Super Bowl - being played in Arizona - what they see on the TV screen likely will differ significantly from the scene outside their windows. Heavy snowfall is expected to hit parts of southeast Michigan this weekend, the National Weather Service is predicting.

UM-MSU rivalry is unaffected by struggles of teams — East Lansing - Last season, the rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State reached a crescendo, as the teams met in the Big Ten Tournament championship game for the first time. Michigan was playing for a likely No.

Romney says he won’t run for president in 2016 — Washington - After a three-week flirtation with another run for president, Mitt Romney said definitively on Friday that he will not seek the White House in 2016. The Republican Party's 2012 nominee plans to tell supporters about his plans to pass on another national campaign during a conference call.
Jan 30, 2015

UPDATE: @MittRomney out in 2016, could elevate importance of #Michigan's presidential primary next year #MIGOP

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Ilitch plan: Save one historic hotel, raze another — On the edge of the site of the yet-to-be built $450 million hockey arena, the Ilitch organization is proposing to save one empty historic building for residential use, including a section reserved for affordable housing, while an adjacent historic building will be demolished.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @ChadLivengood: Ilitch plan saves one historic #Detroit hotel, tear down another at site of new #RedWings arena via @LouisAguilar_DN

Jan 30, 2015

Ilitch plan in #Detroit arena district: Save one historic hotel, raze another via @detroitnews @CassCorridor

Detroit health plan to drop some retirees — Detroit - Police Sgt. Nancy Headapohl and her husband, Dave, have dedicated a combined 73 years of service to the city. A former lieutenant, Dave Headapohl served 40 years prior to his retirement in 2006. He was exempt from Medicare and Social Security and got dropped from the city's traditional health insurance plan under changes imposed last March.

Rewards increase to $163K in Grosse Pointe teen's death — Detroit - Authorities on Friday announced a $50,000 increase to the rewards offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman responsible in the death of a Grosse Pointe Farms teenager last month.