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Michigan moves to be 1st state to ban ­flavored e-cigarettes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is moving to make Michigan the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

The Democrat announced Wednesday that she ordered the state health department to issue emergency rules. They will prohibit the sale and misleading marketing of flavored nicotine vaping products.

Whitmer says her No. 1 priority is keeping kids safe, and she wants to stop companies that are using candy flavors to “hook children on nicotine.”

The federal government and nearly every state bar the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Whitmer says Michigan will be the first to ban flavored vaping products, including for adults.

The American Vaping Association says the “shameless attempt at backdoor prohibition” could send thousands of ex-smokers back to deadly cigarettes. It says it will support lawsuits to challenge the ban.


Family loses appeal in lawsuit over teen’s killing by cop

TRENTON, Mich. (AP) — The family of a Detroit-area teenager who was fatally shot by police has failed to persuade a federal court to reinstate a lawsuit against officers.

Kyle Baker was days away from graduating from Trenton High School in 2015 when he was shot at his home. He was experiencing aftereffects from LSD and had struck an officer with a lawnmower blade.

An appeals court last week said it has sympathy for Baker’s family in the “heart-rending” case. But the court said the officers’ entry into the home and use of force didn’t violate any constitutional rights.

Trenton officers believed Baker was armed and threatening his mother, although they later learned she wasn’t in the house.


Couple arrested for burglary 3 years after $500K lottery win

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan couple who won $500,000 on a state lottery scratch-off ticket in 2016 has been charged in a string of burglaries.

MLive.com reports that 29-year-old Mitchell Arnswald and 28-year-old Stephanie Harvell were arraigned Friday on home invasion and possession of burglary tools charges. They are each being held on $50,000 cash bonds.

They were arrested Thursday following a burglary in Merritt Township, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. Bay County Sheriff Troy Cunningham says the couple is suspected in burglaries in five counties spanning two months.

Court records show neither has an attorney.

Harvell said in a 2016 Michigan Lottery news release that she and her husband were living paycheck to paycheck before she bought the winning $5 “Hot Ticket” from a Bay City gas station.