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Five of the men accused in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will return to federal court Friday as a hearing on whether there is enough evidence to charge them continues.

A federal judge also plans to consider whether two of the men, including the Michigan man described by federal authorities as the ringleader of the effort, should remain in jail before trial.

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A former sports doctor at Michigan State University is accused of destroying possible evidence in the months before he was charged with possessing child pornography.

The charge was added Tuesday to Larry Nassar's indictment in federal court in western Michigan. Nassar had a clinic at Michigan State until late summer and is a former volunteer doctor with USA Gymnastics.

Besides the child porn case, he's charged in state court with assaulting a girl at his Lansing-area home.

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A federal appeals court says it’s too late to go back and re-hash the "Grand Bargain" that allowed Detroit to emerge from bankruptcy two years ago.

In a split decision, a panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a challenge filed by five city of Detroit retirees. They say the city shouldn’t be allowed to reduce their benefits after they retired.

But the court said re-visiting the controversy could unravel the deal, and would stoke uncertainty.

The court said that would be unfair to other creditors, and hundreds of thousands of Detroit residents.

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Tesla has sued Gov. Rick Snyder and other state officials, challenging a 2014 law that ensures automakers can only sell through franchised dealerships.

The federal lawsuit filed Thursday seeks a declaratory judgment that the "anti-Tesla" law is unconstitutional and an injunction to prevent its enforcement.

Michigan last week denied Tesla's application for a license to sell directly to consumers in Michigan, citing the law that's backed by big auto companies and their dealerships.

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  A lawsuit accusing four suburban Detroit officers of forcing two women to bare their breasts during a traffic stop has prompted an internal investigation.

MLive.com reports that the federal lawsuit, filed Friday, says two women and a man were stopped June 5 for illegally changing lanes on Interstate 75 north of Detroit.

The suit says they were ordered from their SUV and that Hazel Park officers found cocaine on the man. The lawsuit says both women were told to pull up their shirts and bras while at least one officer recorded with a cellphone.