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Supreme Court won’t take case prompted by Flint water crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to take a case stemming from the 2014 water crisis in Flint.

Some 25,000 people have sued over the crisis, in which a change in the source of the city's water resulted in lead contamination.

The case the justices turned away without comment Tuesday involves a lawsuit against the city and water regulators, most of whom were responsible for making sure federal clean water laws were followed. The lawsuit claims the officials failed to protect residents from a foreseeable risk of harm from exposure to lead.

The lawsuit and others like it claim that the public has a constitutional right to “bodily integrity” that was violated.

The city and officials have argued they should be immune from being sued, but lower courts have disagreed.

The lawsuit and others like it are expected to go forward in lower courts.


Man to stand trial over cameras found in eateries

YPSILANTI (AP) — A southeastern Michigan man is heading to trial for allegedly hiding cameras disguised as USB chargers in the bathrooms of several restaurants.

Brad R. Szachta of Ypsilanti recently waived preliminary examination and faces a Feb. 24 pretrial hearing before a Washtenaw County trial court judge.

He faces six counts of illegally capturing or distributing images of an unclothed person, and four marijuana possession charges, court records show.

Szachta, 33, was arrested last June after an Ypsilanti police investigation allegedly found evidence that he was secretly recording and/or sharing video and images from various Ypsilanti-area businesses, The Ann Arbor News reported.

Police were contacted in May after a restaurant manager found two USB cameras plugged into each of the restaurant’s unisex bathrooms. Investigators told the manager the recordings seized in that investigation were from bathrooms in various other Ypsilanti businesses but not that restaurant.


Grandpa forgot something: $43,170 found in footstool

OWOSSO (AP) — The footstool didn’t feel right. That’s what happens when someone stashes $43,170 inside and apparently forgets about it.

Indeed, the money was discovered inside a footstool that was donated to a Michigan resale shop in Owosso Township.

Howard Kirby bought the piece and other furniture for $70 after Christmas. He was stunned recently when his daughter-in-law unzipped the cushion and shouted. After the shock wore off, he began the extraordinary step of returning the money to the former owners.

“I do what I can to be as much like Christ as I can, and this is the moral thing to do,” Kirby, 54, said. “This is going to help them. I’m so happy for them.”

The footstool was part of a living room set donated to a Habitat For Humanity store by Kim Fauth-Newberry and her husband. The furniture had belonged to her grandfather, Phillip Fauth, who died in July.

Fauth-Newberry said Fauth was a frugal man who always paid in cash, even $9,000 for a new roof. The newly discovered money was separated with paper clips and topped with handwritten notes.

“This is crazy,” Fauth-Newberry said, staring at stacks of hundred dollar bills.

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