News@noon: From Russia with strife; horse vs alligator

The Detroit News

Today is Thursday, April 13, 2017, and President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hasn’t produced any positive shift yet in Russia-U.S. relations, the Kremlin said today.

The feeling was mutual. Laying bare deep and dangerous divisions on Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that U.S. relations with Russia “may be at an all-time low.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution yesterday that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in a town in northern Syria and demanded a speedy investigation, triggering clashes between Moscow and the measure’s Western backers.

Amid all of these tensions, it's becoming clear that even though Trump hasn’t been in the White House for even 100 days, he’s already reversed himself on many of his key campaign promises. Beyond that, we have seen that even though Trump likes to boast that he hires only the best people, his personnel choices keep coming back to haunt him.

We will continue to bring you updates on these stories on Here's what else is making news today:

An audience member holds up a bottle of water at a Department of Environmental Quality hearing on April 12 on a request by Nestle to draw more water from a well in Evart, Michigan.

  • Hundreds of people joined a public hearing yesterday to fight back against Nestle's bid to dramatically increase the amount of water it withdraws from beneath the ground in Osceola County.

  • Yesterday, Lansing rescinded its decision to deem itself a “sanctuary city” protecting immigrants, bowing to concerns from the business community that the ambiguous, contentious term may draw unwanted attention to the city.

  •  A $10 million wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of the family of a 3-year-old girl who was killed at a Dearborn Heights Head Start program when she was struck by a table that folded into a gymnasium wall.

  • There are no signs that a crime was committed in the death of the first black woman appointed to New York state’s highest court whose body was found on the bank of the Hudson River, police said today. Medical examiners are still planning to perform an autopsy on 65-year-old Sheila Abdus-Salaam.

  • The New York auto show continues today. Check out some of the cool new reveals. Automakers have made it clear that this auto show is a shameless celebration of size and horsepower, more proof that the emissions-free vision touted by the industry for now is trumped by the current market realities of consumer demand, low interest rates and cheap gas. And besides, Tesla, the pioneer in electric vehicles, has some heady challengers now

Dodge head of passenger car brands Tim Kuniskis talks about features for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon during a media preview for the New York International Auto Show,  April 11, 2017, in New York.

  • Playing a living person is a challenge for any actor. Portraying someone who is not only alive, but is watching and passing judgment on you, is a special challenge. That's a common theme for the actors of “Motown: The Musical,” which arrives at the Fisher Theatre on Tuesday for a run through April 30.

  • A craving for a McDonald’s cheeseburger apparently prompted an 8-year-old Ohio boy to take his 4-year-old sister for a ride in his dad’s van, which he learned to drive on the internet.

  • In what will probably be the strangest thing you see today, visitors to a state park in Florida got a dramatic glimpse at the wild kingdom when a wild horse attacked an alligator. And they caught it all on video

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