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Authorities discussing charges in fatal dog attack

METAMORA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities will discuss whether owners of two dogs that fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger on a rural Michigan road will face criminal charges.

Lapeer County Assistant Prosecutor Mike Hodges tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that his office is to meet with animal control officers, Metamora Township police and county sheriff's officials. A decision on charges is expected by week's end.

A hearing is scheduled Friday on whether the two cane corsos in the attack and a third adult dog and multiple puppies removed from the owners' property can be destroyed.

Craig Sytsma was attacked Wednesday in Metamora Township, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit. Sytsma lived in Livonia, near Detroit. He later died at a hospital.

A message was left Tuesday with an attorney for the dogs' owners.


Detroit water department placed in mayor's hands

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is now running the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department following criticism about service shutoffs to city residents.

State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr says in order Tuesday that handing control of the system over to Duggan is "in the best interests of the city."

The water department has been criticized for stepped up shutoffs to delinquent city customers. Water was cut off to about 7,200 homes and businesses in June. The shutoffs are suspended until Aug. 6 to educate customers on payment plans.

Orr says his order focuses on customer service and sound management practices that reflect the city's commitment to help customers "get and remain current on their water bills."

Duggan says he expects to have a "new plan shortly" on how to approach delinquent payments.


Potatoes for prison discarded after maggots found

MUNISING, Mich. (AP) - Officials discarded more than 4,000 pounds of potatoes at Alger Correctional Facility in Michigan's Upper Peninsula after maggots were found in a shipment from a food supplier.

The Mining Journal of Marquette and WLUC-TV report the maggots were found last Wednesday.

The potatoes were from a supplier for Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services, which handles prison food service. Aramark spokeswoman Karen Cutler says in a statement that it told the supplier the problem is "completely unacceptable."

Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan says the potatoes weren't served or brought to the kitchen area.

Earlier this year, Michigan officials reported two incidents of maggots found in a prison's food service area in Jackson. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is approaching a decision on possibly reconsidering Aramark's 3-year, $145 million contract.


Grounded freighter freed from Lake St. Clair

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says a 656-foot freighter that ran aground in a shipping channel of Lake St. Clair has been freed and is expected to head to Montreal.

Lt. Commander Scott Smith says the Federal Rideau, a Hong Kong-flagged ship, was refloated early Tuesday. The Detroit News reports the freighter will resume its trip after a day or two of inspections.

The Coast Guard says it received notice early Sunday that the freighter was grounded near the Detroit River. The vessel is carrying wheat. It was anchored Tuesday in the Detroit River, where it is expected to be examined.

The Coast Guard says there was no leakage or any pollution problems resulting from the grounding. The shipping channel is open to traffic.


University of Michigan wins 5th solar car title

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan has won its fifth national title in a row at the American Solar Challenge competition.

The Ann Arbor News reports the university's car named Quantum won the eight-day solar vehicle competition. The 1,700-mile event started July 20 in Austin, Texas. The three-wheeled car was the first to cross the finish line in Minneapolis on Monday afternoon.

Michigan won the race despite an early 20- or 30-minute setback when the motor failed and needed to be swapped. Five of the 22 other teams passed Michigan in the process.

The car previously took third in the World Solar Challenge in Australia in 2011 and first in the American race in 2012.


Authorities say soldiers get $92M in debt relief

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York and 12 other states have settled an investigation into improper lending with a court agreement to shut down the company and expected to provide $92 million in debt relief for 17,800 U.S. military personnel.

New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says deceptive practices by Rome Finance Co. based in California and Georgia included failing to accurately disclose charges and interest rates and helping retailers inflate prices, with repayments taken from soldiers' paychecks.

Authorities say military personnel will keep financed merchandise like computers and gaming systems with debt forgiven, including $2.2 million for more than 550 New York residents.

Rome Finance did business recently as Colfax Capital Corp. and Culver Capital LLC.

Other states are Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee and Vermont.

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