News@Noon: Dem debate, primary prep and spring, finally

The Detroit News

Today is March 7, 2016, and it's all about politics right now. With the Michigan primary on Tuesday, candidates from both parties have been making the state their home base. Here's what you need to know about that and the other things making news right now.

Democratic debate

Saying goodbye to a first lady

  • Nancy Reagan, the helpmate, backstage adviser and fierce protector of Ronald Reagan in his journey from actor to president — and finally during his 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease — died Sunday of congestive heart failure. She was 94.The tributes are pouring in, including many from Michigan lawmakers. President Barack Obama has ordered flags flown at half-staff at federal buildings, embassies, military posts and naval vessels in Reagan's memory. Check out an interactive timeline of her life here

Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy take time away from campaigning for a relaxing ride around their ranch north of Santa Barbara, June 29, 1976. Reagan hosted a party for members of the traveling press which included an outdoor barbecue.

Spring, finally 

Terrorist or terrorized

  • Khalil Abu-Rayyan allegedly gushed about his fondness for violent acts of terrorism in text message exchanges with an undercover agent. Once face to face with federal investigators in October, authorities say Abu-Rayyan admitted to hearing voices in his head that told him to do terrible things: burn people alive, tie them up, cut their tongues. Yet the Dearborn Heights man's defense lawyer says his client is no terrorist. Rather, he is a socially awkward pizzeria worker who lives with his parents, smokes marijuana and has no romantic experience with women. Is he a jihadist or an FBI victim? The debate is on. 

Khalil Abu-Rayyan’s attorney says he bragged to impress a woman; authorities say he’s dangerous.

Happening in sports 

Drug use in Michigan

Injured officer

  • A Novi police officer was dragged about 60 feet early this morning after going “above and beyond” to help a woman who was to be arrested during a minor traffic stop. 

The lighter side 

Phyllis Logan stars as Mrs. Hughes, center left, and Jim Carter plays Mr. Carson as they leave the wedding chapel after getting married in the final season of “Downton Abbey.”

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