Whitmer kidnapping plot defense seeks to dismiss indictment
Defense attorneys want to dismiss the indictment against five men accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer because of what they described as “egregious overreaching” by federal agents and informants, according to a court filing. In the 20-page motion, which was filed Saturday night, defense attorneys allege FBI agents and federal prosecutors invented a conspiracy and entrapped people who could face up to life in prison. The request comes after developments and claims about the government’s team, including the conviction of Richard Trask, an FBI special agent who was arrested on a domestic violence charge and later fired and convicted of a misdemeanor.news.yahoo.com
6 men charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, face maximum penalty of life in prison
It says Fox later met Garbin, a leader of a Michigan group called the “Wolverine Watchmen,” at a rally outside of the Michigan Capitol in Lansing. At a meeting in Grand Rapids, the two men and other members of the Watchmen agreed to work together “toward their common goals,” the document says.chicagotribune.com
COVID-19 vaccine shipments begin in historic US effort
Shots are expected to be given to health care workers and nursing home residents beginning Monday. Initial surveys have found that even some health care workers don't want to be first in line. Dr. Graham Snyder, who's led the vaccine task force at Pennsylvania health care giant UPMC, estimates that about half of its employees are willing to get the vaccine as soon as it's offered. But many health officials expect enthusiasm to grow. The Moderna vaccine will be reviewed by an expert panel Thursday and soon afterward could be allowed for public use.
'Shame': Protesters tell Michigan lawmaker to certify vote for Biden as he goes to meet Trump at White House
The Michigan Senate's Republican majority leader and other state lawmakers were greeted Friday by protestors' signs saying "SHAME" and chants of "certify the vote" as he headed to meet with President Donald Trump. Trump is expected to lean on them to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory in that state, according to an NBC News report. Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and the others were confronted by about 20 protestors after they arrived at Reagan International Airport, just outside Washington, D.C., before their White House meeting. Romney was the 2012 GOP nominee for president; his late father, George Romney, had been governor of Michigan. That's what they're going to tell the president," the leader said.cnbc.com
Michigan couple with 14 sons welcome their first daughter
This November 2020 photo provided by Jay Schwandt shows Maggie Schwandt. A Michigan couple whose large family attracted attention by growing to include 14 sons welcomed their first daughter nearly three decades after the birth of their first child. Maggie Schwandt was born Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at a hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. (Jay Schwandt via AP)LAKEVIEW, Mich. – A Michigan couple whose large family attracted attention by growing to include 14 sons has welcomed their first daughter nearly three decades after the birth of their first child. Their oldest child, Tyler Schwandt, 28, said his parents thought they would never have a daughter after 14 sons. They wed in 1993, before they attended Ferris State University, and before they graduated the couple had three sons.
China says it's not trying to replace US, won't be bullied
U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr speaks at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., Thursday, July 16, 2020. The United States has become overly reliant on Chinese goods and services, including face masks, medical gowns and other protective equipment designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Attorney General Barr said Thursday. Her comments came in response to a speech Thursday by Attorney General William Barr in which he cautioned American business leaders against promoting policies favorable to Beijing. Hua dismissed Barr's accusations of cybertheft related to vaccine development as absurd." Chinese companies have moved swiftly to develop a coronavirus vaccine, as countries compete for the prestige and profits that would come with being the first to bring such a product to market.
Five surprising new markets enter 2019's top 10 ZIP codes
It takes just 17 days on average for a home in these ZIP codes to sell, 40 days faster than the rest of the nation. Also driving the top 10 markets are relatively affordable home prices, large numbers of high-earning millennials and low unemployment. The average home price in these ZIP codes is $272,000, well below the national price. The median income of residents in these ZIP codes is $64,000, 9% lower than the rest of the top 10. The number of households in these markets is expected to jump 4.3% this year, far higher than the 1.1% national rate.cnbc.com
Four States brace for snow amid blizzard warning
Four States brace for snow amid blizzard warning New England is not the only place getting blanketed, as snow was falling overnight near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Blizzard warnings are posted for parts of the state. Meteorologist Danielle Niles has the details.cbsnews.com