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Critics of Michigan’s newborn blood policy win part of appeal

LANSING (AP) — A federal court has revived parts of a lawsuit that challenges Michigan’s collection and storage of blood samples from newborns.

An appeals court says parents have a “plausible claim” that ongoing storage or use without consent violates their constitutional rights. The court says the state should be given an opportunity to explain the purpose of storing and using the samples after they have been screened for more than 50 diseases.

The case now will return to Thomas Ludington, a federal judge in Bay City, for more work. He had dismissed it.

State law requires that babies be tested for rare medical conditions. A few drops are drawn from the heel and used to fill circles on a card. The state says the cards are stored and labeled with a code but not a name.


Quicken Loans to pay $32.5M to settle lawsuit over bad loans

DETROIT (AP) — Quicken Loans has agreed to pay $32.5 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of fraudulently sticking the government with bad mortgages.

The deal was disclosed Friday, and the case was dismissed by a federal judge.

The government had accused Quicken of cutting corners when verifying the income of certain borrowers. Quicken also was accused of seeking improper appraisals so it could make a larger mortgage. The loans were insured by the Federal Housing Administration, which paid Quicken if a borrower defaulted.

Vice chairman Bill Emerson tells the Detroit Free Press that the company did “nothing wrong” but paid for losses involving “human error.” Quicken will remain in the FHA program.


Detroit’s Marygrove College to close after 92 years

DETROIT (AP) — A Catholic graduate college that has operated in Detroit for 92 years will close in December at the end of its upcoming fall semester.

Marygrove College announced last week it had informed staff and its 305 students of the decision due to financial reasons. It closed its undergraduate programs two years ago.

Founded by the sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Marygrove opened in 1905 as St. Mary’s College in Monroe and relocated to Detroit in 1927.

Officials said the college has accumulated much debt. They said Oakland University has agreed to accommodate students who are close to graduation and arrangements will be made with other schools as needed.


Police: Woman stopped for driving drunk on toy truck

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman who police say was driving drunk will not be cited with a DUI because her vehicle of choice was a toy truck.

News outlets quote police as saying that instead they charged 25-year-old Megan Holman with public intoxication. They say they spotted her cruising down the road in a Power Wheels electric toy truck after a caller reported a suspicious person on the street.

Officers say she was driving about a mile from her home in Walhalla when they stopped her.

 

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