MICHIGAN LAWMAKERS-SEX SCANDAL – Two former Michigan lawmakers were charged Friday with felony misconduct in office, the state attorney general announced, after their extramarital affair snowballed into a political scandal when one of them concocted a bizarre cover story about being caught with a male prostitute. SENT: 570 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
CONGRESS-SPORTSMEN – The House has passed a bill to expand access to hunting and fishing areas on public lands, protect the right to use lead bullets and strip wolves of federal protections in four states. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
UBER VS TAXI-SAFETY – The deadly shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan, raises anew a question: Uber rides may be cheaper and more convenient than a cab, but are they as safe? SENT: 750 words, photos.
GERMANY-FACEBOOK – Mark Zuckerberg conceded Friday that Facebook didn’t do enough until recently to police hate speech on the social media site in Germany, but said it has made progress and has heard the message “loud and clear.” SENT: 480 words, photos.
OBIT-BURTON – Tony Burton, a veteran character actor best known for brief but memorable turns as a tough, no-nonsense trainer and cornerman in Sylvester Stallone’s first six “Rocky” films, has died at age 78. SENT: 340 words.
MUSIC-OBIT-BAKER – Longtime Sha Na Na member Lennie Baker, who sang lead on the doo-wop favorite “Blue Moon” and appeared in the 1978 hit movie “Grease,” has died at age 69. SENT: 340 words.
CHEESE IMITATION-PLEAS – A woman whose family controls several Pennsylvania cheese-making firms will plead guilty to charges that their grated cheese had too little cheese and too much wood pulp. SENT: 400 words.
CAPITOL HILL BUZZ- ELEPHANTS CHARGE SENTATOR – GOP Sen. Jeff Flake posted a video on his Twitter account of a group of elephants, including baby elephants, charging his group’s vehicle in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. SENT: 250 words, photo.
GOATS FIRED – Oregon city fires landscaping goats, citing cost, smell. SENT: 130 words.
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