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  1. 5 years bring occupants or hope to 31 vacant downtown Detroit buildings

    Detroit — In August 2009, there were 48 big empty buildings downtown. Walk through the city's central business district today and it's hard to believe there were that many just five years ago.

    • 10:01 AM, Aug. 21, 2014

    Cardinal Szoka, Detroit's archbishop in the 1980s, has died

    Edmund Szoka, a key aide and close adviser to Pope John Paul II and Detroit’s archbishop in the 1980s, has died at the age of 86.

  2. Oil well battle moves to suburbs

    Shelby Township officials are scrambling to halt oil drilling near a residential area, something other Southeast Michigan communities haven't succeeded in doing.

  3. Live tweets: Tigers minor league pitcher Evan Reed in court over alleged sexual assault

    A probable cause hearing is being held today for Tigers minor league pitcher Evan Reed, who has been charged with sexual assault following an alleged incident with a woman at the MotorCity Casino.

  4. Body found in Belleville Lake in search for missing swimmer

    Authorities have recovered a body late Thursday morning from Belleville Lake as part of their search for a young man who disappeared while swimming Wednesday night on Belleville Lake, according to authorities. Crews had been searching for a 17-year-old male Thursday after he disappeared from sight after diving off a boat in the lake. A 911 call just before 8 p.m. Wednesday brought emergency responders to the scene in western Wayne County.

  5. Court deal may take heat out of election

    For the first time in 16 years, the state Supreme Court races on Michigan's fall ballot may be lightly battled, low-key affairs. After a string of bitterly contested and hugely expensive court campaigns, Republicans and Democrats are calling a truce.

  6. Court to hear lawsuit from married same-sex couples in Michigan seeking recognition

    A hearing in a lawsuit to recognize the 300 same-sex couples married March 22, just a day following a historic ruling by a U.S. district judge to legalize gay marriage in Michigan, is scheduled to be held today.

  7. Former Michigan star Denard Robinson adjusts to being out of spotlight

    Robinson was in a fishbowl of constant attention and interviews in his standout career at Michigan from 2009-12.

  8. High court hopeful's abortion stance stirs up Mich. Democrats before convention

    Lansing A decision by Court of Appeals Chief Judge William Murphy to run for the Michigan Supreme Court has stirred up opposition from pro-abortion rights forces ahead of this weekend's Democratic state convention.

  9. Warren Mayor Fouts sues to stop Prop 1

    Warren Mayor Jim Fouts didn't simply threaten to sue after Proposition 1 was approved by 69 percent of Michigan primary voters. He sued.

  10. 2.5K tech center workers waiting for GM flood mop-up

    About 2,500 General Motors Co. workers and contractors are still not back into buildings at the GM Tech Center in Warren, as GM continues to clean up 19 closed buildings on the campus following Aug. 11 flooding.

  11. Aid group: American doctor who had Ebola has recovered

    At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus was to be discharged today from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.

    • 10:03 AM, Aug. 21, 2014

    Grand bargain's a winner from a Northern Michigan perspective

    From high up the Michigan map, Paul Beachnau has an interesting perspective on the grand bargain. He likes it. From high up the Marriott Hotel at the RenCen a few weeks ago, he had an interesting perspective on Detroit. He liked that, too.

    • 8:16 AM, Aug. 21, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • FORD

    Oscar-winning actor McConaughey to pitch Ford's Lincoln brand

    Lincoln Motor Co. is tapping Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey to help transform the company and reach a broader audience.

  12. Plymouth Whalers fans brace for team's uncertain future

    When the Whalers begin their exhibition season Aug. 30 — they open their 25th Ontario Hockey League regular home season Sept. 27 against Erie — the focus will ...

  13. Despite movie and TV success, Kevin James still likes taking the stage

    Comedian Kevin James is best known for the CBS comedy 'King of Queens' or the big screen's as 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop.' Like many funny actors, though, James ...

    • 10:46 PM, Aug. 20, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • DRIVE

    A coupe coup: The Cadillac ATS Coupe dazzles

    Love the lines. Like its sister CTS, you want to sweep this beautiful face onto the dance floor. Then the ATS really shows its moves.

  14. Grab green tomatoes off the vine early for new or classic dishes

    When life gives you green tomatoes, put them in a frying pan, a pickle jar or a cake or a soup or a casserole. In other words, put those green tomatoes to good ...

  15. Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson has a global audience

    Beijing Amnesty International has sent monitors to the scene. Palestinians are tweeting advice on how to cope with tear gas. Tibetan monks have showed up to offer ...

    • 10:37 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park reach deal to remove farmers market barricade

    A farmers market is usually a welcome addition to most Metro Detroit communities. But the sunflower-colored sheds that created a barricade between Detroit and ...

  16. Detroit police investigating whether 3 shootings of gay, transgender men are related

    Police are looking into the possibility that the recent shootings of three men — one fatal — in the Palmer Park area may be related to their sexual ...

  17. Detroit Dance City Festival brings students and pros together

    Local dancer Joori Jung mixes her two loves — Detroit and dance — when her ArtLab J dance studio presents the Detroit Dance City Festival this weekend.

  18. Go plum crazy for pork tenderloin

    There are so many varieties of plums that range from the slightly bitter prune plum to the very sweet and juicy red Santa Rosa plum that it's hard to describe. ...

    • 10:32 AM, Aug. 21, 2014

    United lures top fliers with promise of a hot meal

    New York — To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs.

  19. Breakfast is the most important meal for the co-owners of Due Venti

    Nicole and David Seals are the co-owners of Due Venti restaurant in Clawson. She is also the restaurant's pastry chef; he is the executive chef. And because ...

  20. UM art museum shows look at the worlds of artists and architecture

    Two black-and-white photo shows at the University of Michigan Museum of Art are a great reason to duck into this elegant little museum on a hot summer's day.

    • 8:54 AM, Aug. 21, 2014

    Applications for U.S. unemployment aid fall to 298K

    Washington — Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving.

  21. Detroit, police union agree on new contract; members must vote

    The union that represents Detroit's police officers have reached a tentative contract with the city.

    • 12:07 AM, Aug. 21, 2014

    Sister Pie wins Hatch Detroit contest, will get $50,000, startup help

    Sister Pie has won this year's Hatch Detroit contest for startup businesses. The company won $50,000 from Comerica Bank to create pies, cookies, breads and ...

  22. 2 from Howell killed in 3-vehicle crash in central Ohio

    Delaware, Ohio The State Highway Patrol says a tractor-trailer approaching a central Ohio intersection struck a stopped SUV and triggered a four-vehicle crash that killed two ...

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