Authorities say 11 college students are looking for new quarters after a fire destroyed their East Lansing house Friday morning. Fire officials say all residents at 318 Elm Place escaped safely. They initially estimated damage at $500,000 and call it a total loss. Michigan State University is working to find alternative housing for those displaced.
Officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has withdrawn a lawsuit filed against the state over a smoking ban that's set to take effect May 1 following calls and e-mails from the public.
Patterson spokesman Bill Mullan said the lawsuit was filed Thursday afternoon with the Michigan Court of Appeals, but residents of the county that includes Detroit's northern suburbs made it clear they opposed the suit.
MINNEAPOLIS – Charlie Villanueva scored 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Detroit Pistons to a 103-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night in the season finale for both teams.
Tayshaun Prince added 20 points for the Pistons, who trailed by 16 points in the third quarter. With Ben Gordon, Richard Hamilton, Rodney Stuckey and Chris Wilcox not in uniform, Villanueva hit three 3-pointers and five free throws in the final period to end a tough season on a high note.