Thousands of rape kits found untested after evidence was collected spark calls for introduction of tracking system
Thousands of rape kits found untested after evidence was collected spark calls for introduction of tracking system

The process of collecting evidence of sexual assault using 'rape kits' is often a long and invasive procedure that lasts four to six hours and sees the victim's body treated like a crime scene

Man drowns after jumping into Detroit Lake to save 3-year-old son who fell off a bridge
Man drowns after jumping into Detroit Lake to save 3-year-old son who fell off a bridge

The father, 31-year-old Christopher Schultz started to struggle to keep the child above water and failed to resurface

Pampers to install 5,000 baby changing tables in men's restrooms after viral image of father struggling to change son's diaper sparks outrage
Pampers to install 5,000 baby changing tables in men's restrooms after viral image of father struggling to change son's diaper sparks outrage

The 'Love the Change' campaign was inspired by a picture taken in October last year when Dante Palmer was shown squatting against a wall in a restroom and using his legs to make a makeshift table to change his son's diaper.

Thousands of Americans lives can be saved if global warming is limited to 1.5°C: Study
Thousands of Americans lives can be saved if global warming is limited to 1.5°C: Study

Climate change is projected to increase heat-related mortality in the US, Europe, the Americas, East, and Southeast Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and North Africa

Michigan hotel offers free stay for women travelling to the state for an abortion
Michigan hotel offers free stay for women travelling to the state for an abortion

The hotel manager said that no one has taken her up on her offer, but she's heard both positive and negative comments about her idea

Detroit police warn of possible serial killer targeting sex workers 
after deaths of three women
Detroit police warn of possible serial killer targeting sex workers after deaths of three women

The killer, who is presumably a man, appears to be picking sex workers who are in their 50s as his targets. Police wanted to make the sex worker community aware of this very dangerous suspect.  

14-year-old girl takes down human trafficking ring that kidnapped and forced her into prostitution in California
14-year-old girl takes down human trafficking ring that kidnapped and forced her into prostitution in California

She was abducted from California and taken to multiple cities and forced into prostitution until she managed to alert authorities

1 dead, 130 injured as twisters rip through Ohio and Indiana seriously damaging homes and churning up debris
1 dead, 130 injured as twisters rip through Ohio and Indiana seriously damaging homes and churning up debris

The winds peeled away roofs — leaving homes looking like giant dollhouses — knocked houses off their foundations, toppled trees, brought down power lines and churned up so much debris that it was visible on radar. Highway crews had to use snowplows to clear an Ohio interstate

Detroit teenager shot and killed by man over a pair of designer sunglasses at local gas station, CCTV footage reveals
Detroit teenager shot and killed by man over a pair of designer sunglasses at local gas station, CCTV footage reveals

The teenager was wearing a pair of Cartier sunglasses which the shooter tried to grab before leaving the scene in a red Chevy Cobalt

Family of woman who hanged herself with a bra in Michigan correctional facility to receive $860,000 as part of lawsuit settlement
Family of woman who hanged herself with a bra in Michigan correctional facility to receive $860,000 as part of lawsuit settlement

25-year-old Janika Edmond took her life at the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Michigan in 2015 after two previous attempts had failed. Her family has now won a lawsuit against the facility.

Michigan couple force woman with severe disabilities to work as $200-an-hour prostitute and live in a shed
Michigan couple force woman with severe disabilities to work as $200-an-hour prostitute and live in a shed

The couple, 40-year-old Michael Welch and 32-year-old Misty George, forced the unidentified 29-year-old woman into prostitution and did not let her keep the money she was paid for performing the sex acts

Indiana man who stalked 'thousands of women' finally arrested after threatening to sexually assault woman
Indiana man who stalked 'thousands of women' finally arrested after threatening to sexually assault woman

42-year-old Steven Craig Mason has been charged with aggravated stalking and faces five years in prison if convicted

9-year-old Michigan boy charged with murder after he shot his mother with a rifle, court documents reveal
9-year-old Michigan boy charged with murder after he shot his mother with a rifle, court documents reveal

It is still unclear if the child will be tried as an adult or a juvenile. This incident comes a year after he threatened an 8-year-old girl saying that 'he wanted to get a knife, stab her and watch her die and also watch her mother cry'

DNA sleuthing helps identify woman who was shot to death and her killer in 37-year-old cold case
DNA sleuthing helps identify woman who was shot to death and her killer in 37-year-old cold case

The victim was identified as Mary Silvani, who grew up in the Detroit area, moved to California and was probably estranged from her family

Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh resigns amid children's book scandal
Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh resigns amid children's book scandal

She came to office contrasting her clean image with her main opponent, ex-mayor Sheila Dixon, who was forced to depart office in 2010 as part of a plea deal for misappropriating about $500 in gift cards meant for needy families

Judge Damon J. Keith, grandson of slaves and champion of civil rights and civil liberties, dies aged 96
Judge Damon J. Keith, grandson of slaves and champion of civil rights and civil liberties, dies aged 96

Keith never officially retired and continued to work until his dying breath, and will forever be remembered a tireless champion of civil rights and civil liberties.

Michigan man gets triple the recommended prison sentence after he brutally tortured and stabbed his adopted dog
Michigan man gets triple the recommended prison sentence after he brutally tortured and stabbed his adopted dog

Alex Gerth, 23, was initially barred from adopting the dog due to his living situation, but the killer later convinced a friend to adopt Sterling for him.

Man beheaded in Saudi Arabia was 17 and on his way to study in US when he was detained for 'attending' peaceful protest
Man beheaded in Saudi Arabia was 17 and on his way to study in US when he was detained for 'attending' peaceful protest

Mujtaba al-Sweikat had been accepted to study finance at the Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and he was on his way to visit the campus when he was arrested.

14-year-old escapes abductors and tells police he's the Illinois boy who went missing in 2011
14-year-old escapes abductors and tells police he's the Illinois boy who went missing in 2011

A 14-year-old boy told police in Newport, on Wednesday, that he escaped two kidnappers in the Cincinnati area and that he was the Illinois boy who had been missing since 2011.

The true story behind Clint Eastwood's 'The Mule': How a 90-year-old trafficked 1,400 pounds of drugs for El Chapo
The true story behind Clint Eastwood's 'The Mule': How a 90-year-old trafficked 1,400 pounds of drugs for El Chapo

World-renowned horticulturist turned drug trafficker Leo Sharp was the inspiration behind Clint Eastwood's latest project, 'The Mule.'

Trump pressures General Motors CEO to reopen Ohio auto plant: 'I don't care, I just want it open!'
Trump pressures General Motors CEO to reopen Ohio auto plant: 'I don't care, I just want it open!'

Trump, in a series of tweets on Saturday and Sunday, vented his frustrations during a conversation with General Motors CEO Mary Barra. 

Transgender gay rights activist 'burned down his own home' while pets were still inside and 'made it look like hate crime'
Transgender gay rights activist 'burned down his own home' while pets were still inside and 'made it look like hate crime'

Nikki Joly, who organized multiple pro-LGBTQ events and was named Citizen of the Year, stands accused of intentionally setting fire to his own house in Jackson, Michigan

Kamala Harris listened to Tupac, Snoop Dogg while smoking weed in college — years before they came out with their music
Kamala Harris listened to Tupac, Snoop Dogg while smoking weed in college — years before they came out with their music

Harris made the statement on 'The Breakfast Club', where host Charlamagne tha God egged her to reveal more details about the music she listened to in college

Michigan father run over by car while trying to remove daughter's dead cat from roadway
Michigan father run over by car while trying to remove daughter's dead cat from roadway

According to his wife Jennifer Rosas, she saw her husband get hit after he went into the roadway with a shovel in a bid to remove the dead feline

'What black girl magic looks like': Veteran cop posts 'racially insensitive' video mocking woman walking home in the cold
'What black girl magic looks like': Veteran cop posts 'racially insensitive' video mocking woman walking home in the cold

Gary Steele from the Detroit Police Department posted the footage on Tuesday which showed him using condescending remarks as he filmed Ariel Moore, 23, walking home

Deep freeze: 55-year-old Wisconsin man found frozen dead near his garage after shoveling snow
Deep freeze: 55-year-old Wisconsin man found frozen dead near his garage after shoveling snow

Charley Lampley was shoveling snow outside his home in Milwaukee when he was found unconscious near his detached garage

32-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting 3-month-old baby pleads 'no contest'
32-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting 3-month-old baby pleads 'no contest'

32-year-old Matthew Toole is one of four people facing trial for alleged involvement in a child pornography ring, and who authorities say sexually assaulted their own children

Deaf California couple lashes out at Delta Airlines for discriminating against them
Deaf California couple lashes out at Delta Airlines for discriminating against them

The Californian couple, Melissa Elmira Yingst and Socorro Garcia, threatened Delta Airlines with a lawsuit unless the airline fulfilled their requests of refunds

Former NFL player assaults man he caught masturbating outside his 14-year-old daughter's window
Former NFL player assaults man he caught masturbating outside his 14-year-old daughter's window

Former NFL player Tony Beckham said his daughter and her sister were both traumatized by the incident

18-month-old daughter dies from fentanyl poisoning on Christmas Day at home where parents were packaging drugs for sale
18-month-old daughter dies from fentanyl poisoning on Christmas Day at home where parents were packaging drugs for sale

Authorities discovered scales, grinders, baggies, guns, and drug residue inside the couple's home and further investigation proved that the couple was into drug trafficking

6-year-old watches pit bull eat dead father's face for 24 hours, gets rescued after she posted pics on Facebook
6-year-old watches pit bull eat dead father's face for 24 hours, gets rescued after she posted pics on Facebook

The little girl's actions of posting the photos also saved her stepmother's life as she lay unconscious next to her partner's mangled body. The couple had apparently overdosed.

Family of five killed in head-on collision with truck driven on wrong side of road by 'drunk' driver
Family of five killed in head-on collision with truck driven on wrong side of road by 'drunk' driver

The Abbas family were returning home from a vacation in Florida when their car was slammed by 41-year-old Joey Lee Bailey driving a pickup truck on the wrong side of the road

First Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib vows to "impeach motherf*****" Donald Trump
First Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib vows to "impeach motherf*****" Donald Trump

Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, are the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress in the United States' history.

Loving dad takes six Delta flights so he could spend time with his flight attendant daughter during Christmas
Loving dad takes six Delta flights so he could spend time with his flight attendant daughter during Christmas

Hal Vaughan reportedly booked six different flights just so his flight attendant daughter Pierce Vaughan could spend Christmas with her family

Teacher tells 15-year-old student he will 'raise her grades' if she agrees to perform a sex act on him
Teacher tells 15-year-old student he will 'raise her grades' if she agrees to perform a sex act on him

A Michigan high school teacher Charles Penn, 41, was charged with accosting a minor for immoral purposes and acts

Family devastated after priest at young son's funeral service calls him 'a sinner' because he took his own life: 'He might not get into heaven'
Family devastated after priest at young son's funeral service calls him 'a sinner' because he took his own life: 'He might not get into heaven'

Reverend Don LaCuesta who repeatedly kept bringing up the cause of the teenager's death during his funeral won’t be allowed to give sermons at funerals indefinitely

Indian techie gets 9-year jail term for sexually abusing woman passenger on overnight flight while his wife sat next to him
Indian techie gets 9-year jail term for sexually abusing woman passenger on overnight flight while his wife sat next to him

The Indian national, identified as Prabhu Ramamoorthy residing in the United States on a work visa, sexually abused a young woman on a Spirit Airlines flight on January 3

12-year-old Michigan boy works day and night to raise money to buy gravestone for best friend who died of leukemia
12-year-old Michigan boy works day and night to raise money to buy gravestone for best friend who died of leukemia

K.J. was diagnosed with leukemia as an infant and endured surgeries throughout his brief life. However, his embattled mother could not afford a headstone for his grave, until now

General Motors to close five plants eliminating over 14,000 jobs as it shift focus to electric vehicles
General Motors to close five plants eliminating over 14,000 jobs as it shift focus to electric vehicles

General Motors Company on Monday announced the closure of five plants including two in Detroit as well as manufacturing plants in Ohio and Canada

Judge rules ban on female genital mutilation as unconstitutional in landmark case against doctors accused of controversial procedure
Judge rules ban on female genital mutilation as unconstitutional in landmark case against doctors accused of controversial procedure

The decision came only two weeks after defense lawyers made the first case against a 22-year-old genital mutilation law which was not used until April 2017

The top 10 stories of 2018 that became global talking points
The top 10 stories of 2018 that became global talking points

These are the top stories from around the world that caught everyone's attention and had enormous socio-political impact.

Man charged with first-degree murder after fatally bludgeoning his aunt with a 15-pound dumbbell
Man charged with first-degree murder after fatally bludgeoning his aunt with a 15-pound dumbbell

The resident of Troy is reported to have beaten the woman on November 12 afternoon in the basement of a home located on the 6500 block of Shoreline.

Elderly man removes Trump t-shirt to cast vote after being told he can't wear it in polling booth
Elderly man removes Trump t-shirt to cast vote after being told he can't wear it in polling booth

Todd Price, one of the people standing in line to vote, uploaded pictures of the incident onto his Facebook post

Pharmacist refuses medicine to help woman complete a recent miscarriage citing religious reasons
Pharmacist refuses medicine to help woman complete a recent miscarriage citing religious reasons

The woman wanted to take the medicine as prescribed by her doctor but the pharmacist said he was 'a good Catholic male and that he couldn't in good conscience' give her the pills

Halloween came early for animals at this Michigan zoo after they were all given pumpkins
Halloween came early for animals at this Michigan zoo after they were all given pumpkins

Hillarious video shows baffled animals interacting with their seasonal treats at Detroit Zoo in Michigan, US

Bodycam footage shows cop shooting pit bull twice after neighbors reported dog on the loose
Bodycam footage shows cop shooting pit bull twice after neighbors reported dog on the loose

After receiving backlash for using excessive force, the authorities claimed that the officer was in danger when he shot the dog and published footage of the incident

High school student fatally stabs classmate in the chest and back because she started dating her ex-boyfriend
High school student fatally stabs classmate in the chest and back because she started dating her ex-boyfriend

Tanaya Lewis, 17, who stabbed 16-year-old Danyna Gibson was seen chasing the victim with a steak knife at Fitzgerald High School before stabbing her four times

Sick couple who beat 3-yr-old daughter to death because she struggled with potty training locked up for 40 years
Sick couple who beat 3-yr-old daughter to death because she struggled with potty training locked up for 40 years

Erika Finley and Khairy Simon were sentenced to prison when it was discovered that they murdered their three-year-old daughter Kimora Simon and hid the death from the authorities

Dog found with rock climbing gear pierced through its neck; police offer $10K for information on culprit
Dog found with rock climbing gear pierced through its neck; police offer $10K for information on culprit

The rescued dog, who has since been named Woodrow, was found in July after getting spotted by a man under his trailer.

Drinking water at all public schools in Detroit to be shut off due to contamination
Drinking water at all public schools in Detroit to be shut off due to contamination

Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said that water supplies at 16 schools in the region were cut off over the weekend.

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