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Owners of dogs killed by police win civil rights appeal

DETROIT (AP) — A federal court says the owners of three dogs killed by Detroit police during a raid can pursue a civil rights lawsuit against the officers.

The city argued that the unlicensed dogs were illegal under a 99-year-old Michigan law. But an appeals court says police can’t “kill every unlicensed dog on the spot,” just like they can’t immediately destroy an unlicensed car.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the owners were entitled to due process. In a 2-1 opinion Monday, the court says a Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable seizure applies in two of the three dog deaths.

The case will go to trial in Detroit federal court or be settled.

Police say Debo, a pit bull, and Smoke, a Rottweiler, were aggressive during a search for drugs in 2015.


Grants to help people in Michigan find, keep homes

LANSING (AP) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $3.2 million in grants to help people in Michigan find housing, make better informed choices about housing and keep their homes.

The housing counseling grants include $2.3 million to Farmington Hills-based nonprofit credit counseling agency GreenPath. Other funding recipients include the Grand
Rapids Urban League, Oakland County Housing Counseling in Pontiac and the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency in Traverse City.

HUD officials say home ownership is the primary way families begin to build wealth. They say Michigan’s home ownership rate is nearly 73 percent.


Judge approves Elon Musk settlement with SEC

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge is approving a settlement between Elon Musk and federal regulators over his infamous tweet about taking Tesla private.

The Securities and Exchange Commission argued the tweet was misleading and harmed investors who bought stock in the electric car company as a result. The company is not going private.

Tesla and Musk, the company’s CEO, agreed to pay a total of $40 million in fines in the settlement Tuesday. The settlement allows Musk to hold on to his CEO post, but he will give up his seat as Tesla’s chairman for at least 3 years.

As part of the agreement, Tesla also must clamp down on Musk’s communications with investors.


Motorists stunned as metal balls roll down Seattle street

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities in Seattle temporarily closed a street after motorists were stunned by dozens of large metal balls that spilled out of a truck and cascaded down the street, damaging some cars.

A video taken by a person at the scene Wednesday shows the balls loudly bouncing and rolling down the street as a driver slowly backs up, apparently attempting to escape the onslaught.

The Seattle Times reports that a police spokesman said the balls appeared to be "really big ball bearings" and that it was unclear what caused the load of them to fall out of the truck.

No injuries were reported.

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