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LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan attorney general's office has asked a judge to sentence a disgraced Michigan sports doctor to 40 to 125 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting seven girls. 

The office filed its sentencing memorandum Wednesday for 54-year-old Larry Nassar ahead of a sentencing hearing beginning next week in Ingham County. He faces a minimum sentence of 25 years.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is rescinding the appointment of a judge to the board of trustees of Lake Superior State University following a newspaper's question about the appointment process. 

Snyder on Friday announced that 92nd District Court Judge Beth Gibson of Newberry would serve an eight-year term on the board of the Sault Ste. Marie school.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Justice Department is asking for more time to comply with an order that would likely lead to the release of hundreds of Iraqi nationals who are under deportation orders. 

In a court filing Wednesday, the government says it can't schedule bond hearings by Feb. 2 without delaying hearings for others who are not part of the case. It wants 30 more days to comply with a decision by Detroit federal Judge Mark Goldsmith.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Republican businessman Sandy Pensler has given $5 million to start his campaign for U.S. Senate in Michigan. 

Spokesman Tom Shields confirmed the contribution Wednesday, saying Republicans "now have an impressive candidate with real business experience and the resources" to challenge Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

The development follows Republican Bob Young's exit from the race last week.

Pensler, whose company owns four manufacturing plants, had previously said he planned to spend millions of his money on the campaign.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   A frozen pipe, a deep hole and a curious woman in the Soo — it all adds up to a case for the Michigan Supreme Court. 

The court is hearing arguments Wednesday in a dispute between the city of Sault Ste. Marie and resident Alice Brown. She sued the city after falling into a 6-foot hole that was excavated to repair a water pipe near her home.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A group pushing to repeal Michigan's law that requires higher "prevailing" wages on state-financed construction projects may be short signatures — again. 

The state elections bureau said Tuesday that of 535 signatures sampled, 370 are valid. That's shy of the 373 required by a statistical model.

Officials will next pull a larger sample of 4,000 signatures to review.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A federal judge says some Michigan lawmakers must sit for interviews about a law that bans straight-party voting. 

The questions will be limited to what they might have said about their motives to people outside their offices. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mona Majzoub says communications between lawmakers and their staff are protected.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have declined by about 6 cents per gallon in the past week. 

The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.63 per gallon. Prices are about 11 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.55 per gallon in the Bay City, Midland and Saginaw areas. The highest was about $2.66 per gallon in the Jackson area. It was the second consecutive week that the Jackson area had the highest average.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Law enforcement agencies across Michigan are using excess state revenue from medical marijuana patient and caregiver fees to boost enforcement efforts. 

The Detroit News reports a new legislative study found that agencies in more than 50 counties received a combined $1.8 million in medical marijuana enforcement grants from the state last year. The money paid for overtime, house raids, vehicles, surveillance equipment, firearms, stun guns and tactical gear.


TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   A dog that gained internet fame for chasing critters off a Michigan airport's runways has died after a yearlong fight with cancer. 

Piper was the wildlife-control dog at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City. The 9-year-old border collie became the nemesis of geese and ducks at the airport starting in January 2015.

A year later, images of Piper on the job in his official airport vest and ski goggles became a top hit on online social forum Reddit. Curious fans even caused network problems on the airport's website.