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News@noon: Lions the real deal; Tesla to Troy

The Detroit News

Today is Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, and today we're reminding you to be critical of what you read online.

A man who said he was investigating a fake news story about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza place was arrested after firing a rifle inside the Washington, D.C., restaurant, police said. Edgar Maddison Welch, 28 of Salisbury, North Carolina, was arrested Sunday afternoon at Comet Ping Pong on Connecticut Avenue in an affluent neighborhood of the nation’s capital, police said. No one was injured in the incident.

He said he wanted to see if the fictitious online conspiracy theory that spread during Clinton's run for the White House was true.

Here's what else we're covering today:

Bowls on bowls

  • Michigan players had higher goals this season, most notably a Big Ten championship and national title. Now they’re looking to make a statement and prove they really are one of the nation’s top teams. The sixth-ranked Wolverines (10-2) will face Florida State (9-3) in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 in Miami Gardens, Florida, a New Year’s Six game.

Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck raises his hands in the air as time expires in the fourth quarter Friday night.

Election update

  • The recount effort is underway in Michigan and it is sending election workers into a whirlwind of activity. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith’s ruling, issued just after midnight, requires the recount requested by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein to commence at noon Monday and “continue until further order of this court.”
  • President-elect Donald Trump, moving to complete formation of his Cabinet and decide other key administration posts, chose former campaign rival and Detroit native Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The real deal

  • No sweating it this time, no denying it now. The Lions marched through the Saints as if they know where they’re going, and if any doubts remained about their playoff legitimacy, they’re pretty much squashed.

Lions A'Shawn Robinson celebrates with teammate Devin Taylor after Taylor sacked Saints quarterback Drew Brees late in the fourth quarter.

Tesla comes to Troy

Legionella source

  • It’s nearly certain the use of the Flint River as a municipal water source caused the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that killed 12 people and sickened 91 during the summers of 2014 and 2015, according to a team of scientists investigating the city’s water issues.

  • Conditions created by switching the city to the river water without adding proper corrosion controls in April 2014 created a perfect environment for the deadly Legionella bacteria to thrive, Virginia Tech Professor Marc Edwards told The News.

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