Sports
6:01 am
Wed December 30, 2009

Lions rookie QB Stafford's knee surgery successful

ALLEN PARK, MI – The Detroit Lions say quarterback Matthew Stafford has undergone successful surgery on his right knee.

Stafford had what the Lions called minor surgery on Tuesday. He was placed on injured reserve last week after a physical exam revealed he wouldn't be ready to play in Sunday's season finale against Chicago.

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Sports
5:57 am
Wed December 30, 2009

MSU routs MTU 10-1 in GLI semifinal

DETROIT – Brett Perlini had two goals and an assist and Michigan State beat Michigan Tech 10-1 in a semifinal of the Great Lakes Invitational on Tuesday.

Daultan Leveille and Trevor Nill had a goal and two assists each and Zach Josepher, Dustin Gazley and Matt Crandell had a goal and an assist for the Spartans (13-6-2). Corey Tropp, Zach Golembiewski and Nick Sucharski also scored for Michigan State. Drew Palmisano made 28 saves.

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Sports
5:38 am
Wed December 30, 2009

Knicks rout Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, MI – David Lee had a season-high 30 points and 12 rebounds, and the New York Knicks handed the Detroit Pistons their eighth straight loss, 104-87 Tuesday night.

Wilson Chandler added 23 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks. Richard Hamilton had 16 points and Rodney Stuckey scored 15 for Detroit despite combining to shoot just 11 of 34.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

WSJ: GM offering deep discounts on Saturn, Pontiac

NEW YORK –
General Motors Co. is offering deep discounts on its remaining Saturn and Pontiac vehicles as it looks to move the leftover inventory of the soon-to-be-dead brands.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

Mich. Muslims condemn al-Qaida role in jet attack

SOUTHFIELD, MI –
Nigerian-American and other Michigan Muslim leaders have condemned al-Qaida and its claim of responsibility for the Christmas attack on a Detroit-bound plane.

They spoke Tuesday at a news conference in the Detroit suburb of Southfield at the Michigan office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Chapter head Dawud Walid calls the attack part of a "war against the spirit of Islam itself."

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

GOP lawmaker: Threat from terrorism not going away

WASHINGTON –
The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee says the government needs to do a better job of telling Americans about the threat from terrorism.

Michigan congressman Pete Hoekstra says the threat is real and has been in place for more than 20 years. And, says Hoekstra, it's a threat that's not going away.

Hoekstra says the U.S. needs to be more forward-leaning in its approach to terrorism and put into place the latest technology for dealing with it.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

MI approves new coal power plant permits

LANSING, MI –
State environmental regulators have given Consumers Energy permission to build a controversial new coal-fired power plant in Michigan's Thumb region. The new plant will be cleaner-burning than existing plants. But environmental groups say the state should not be approving any new coal plants.

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In Michigan
6:04 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Sierra Club reacts to MI coal plant permit approval

LANSING, MI –
Michigan environmental advocates are criticizing the state Department of Environmental Quality's decision to grant an air permit for a proposed coal-fired power plant near Bay City.

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Sports
5:56 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Ex-ABC sportscaster Dave Diles dead at 78

DETROIT – Former ABC-TV sports broadcaster and long-time "Prudential College Football Scoreboard Show" host Dave Diles has died at his home in Athens, Ohio. He was 78.

Detroit's WXYZ-TV said Monday he'd been in failing health since a stroke in April and died Saturday night. Diles was the ABC affiliate's sports director in 1961-72 and 1979-82.

Diles also worked for several newspapers and reported for The Associated Press in Columbus, Ohio, and Detroit in 1951-61.

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Sports
5:55 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Karel leads Wisconsin to upset over Michigan State women

MADISON, WI – Alyssa Karel scored 21 points and Wisconsin shocked No. 16 Michigan State 62-54 on Monday night.

The Spartans failed to overcome a sloppy first half in which they scored 21 points and had 16 turnovers. The 21 first-half points were a season low in a half for the Spartans (9-4, 0-2 Big Ten).

Michigan State scored 19 points below its average in the loss. Leading scorer Allysa DeHaan scored six of the Spartans final eight points in the first half and finished with nine points overall.

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