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Judge strikes down guns at poll places ban; appeal expected

An appeal will be filed after a judge struck down Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s ban on the open carry of guns at polling places on Election Day. Unless it’s reversed by a higher court, Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray’s decision applies to voting places and absentee counting boards next Tuesday. The only exception would be schools, churches and other places that have banned open carry. Murray said in court that Benson waited too long. “The secretary just didn’t do this in the...

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A 40-year-old man has been charged with open murder and arson in connection with a fatal fire at a western Michigan home. Grand Rapids police say Chad Bruining of Kentwood was expected to be arraigned Wednesday. The Kent County medical examiner's office determined that the death of 41-year-old Todd Cappendyk was a homicide. Cappendyk's remains were found Sunday inside the house after firefighters were able to extinguish the flames. It was not immediately clear Wednesday if Bruining had an attorney.

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Volkswagen is recalling more than 218,000 Jetta sedans in the U.S. to fix a fuel leak problem that can cause fires. The recall covers certain cars from the 2016 through 2018 model years. Volkswagen says in documents posted Wednesday by U.S. safety regulators that bolts holding some high-pressure tubing can come loose, allowing fuel to leak. The automaker hasn't figured out how it will fix the problem, but it will start notifying owners around Dec. 20. Affected vehicles have engines built from June 18, 2015 to Dec. 9, 2017.

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An appeal will be filed after a judge struck down Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s ban on the open carry of guns at polling places on Election Day.

Unless it’s reversed by a higher court, Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray’s decision applies to voting places and absentee counting boards next Tuesday. The only exception would be schools, churches and other places that have banned open carry. Murray said in court that Benson waited too long.

“The secretary just didn’t do this in the right place at the right time. They could have done this months ago,”

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The Detroit NAACP branch announced Tuesday that its members and area attorneys will monitor polls across the city and state on Election Day for instances of voter intimidation or voter suppression.

The group said that if any such efforts are seen, or if any voters feel threatened by gun-carrying individuals “watching” the polls, police and prosecutors will be contacted.

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A California man’s threats to harm college football players because they beat his favored team epitomized “fandom spiraled out of control,” something that can’t be ignored in the age of mass shootings, a federal judge said Tuesday as he handed down a sentence of one year and a day over the 2018 threats.

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