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Michigan Legislature OKs raising age for adult prosecution

LANSING (AP) — State lawmakers are close to ending Michigan's status as one of the few states where 17-year-old offenders are automatically prosecuted as adults.

The state Senate overwhelmingly approved bills Wednesday, a day after the House voted. The legislation is expected to soon go to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her likely signature.

Starting in October 2021, Michigan's age at which defendants are considered adults would be 18 instead of 17. Prosecutors could still try 14-, 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for certain violent offenses, such as murder and rape.

Republican and Democratic sponsors of the "overdue" bills say they are needed to give young offenders a chance at rehabilitation instead of locking them up with adults.


Teen taken off life support; court declines to intervene

ANN ARBOR (AP) — A 14-year-old boy has died at a University of Michigan hospital after his family's last-ditch effort to keep him on life support while they sought another hospital.

Michigan Medicine says a second exam Tuesday showed Bobby Reyes had no detectable brain or brain stem function. The Monroe County teen was on life support since an asthma attack in September.

Earlier in the day, Bobby's parents had asked a Washtenaw County judge to keep life support in place. But Judge David Swartz said his court had no jurisdiction.

Michigan Medicine says continuing life support violates professional standards if there is an end of a patient's brain functions. It says 20 medical centers were contacted but none agreed to take him.

Bobby's parents believed he could recover.


Judge in Chicago latest to block Trump green cards policy

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago had joined three others nationwide in temporarily blocking President Donald Trump's policy to deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps and other government benefits.

Judge Gary Feinerman granted a temporary injunction Monday blocking the new rules hours before they would have taken effect. It followed rulings by judges in California, New York and Washington.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Cook County and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights sued to block the new rules, claiming the public benefits rule "would have imposed real and irreparable harm to Cook County and the people who call it home."


Giant pumpkin weighing 2,175 pounds sets California record

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California pumpkin hobbyist has won first place at the 46th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh Off, setting a record for the largest in California.

Leonardo Urena of Napa won $15,000 Monday when his pumpkin logged 2,175 pounds.

Weigh-off spokesman Timothy Beeman says Urena's pumpkin is the second largest in the contest's history. A pumpkin from Washington state weighed nearly 2,400 pounds and won in Half Moon Bay in 2017.

 

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