- Mummified body found
Neighbors of the Michigan resident thought she'd moved away, but when a contractor came to make repairs to the house, he discovered she never left.
- Monster Black Hole Spins at Half the Speed of Light
For the first time, astronomers have directly measured how fast a black hole spins, clocking its rotation at nearly half the speed of light. The distant supermassive black hole would ordinarily be too faint to measure, but a rare lineup with a massive elliptical galaxy created a natural telescope known as a gravitational lens that allowed scientists to study the faraway object. "The gravitational lens is crucial," study co-author Mark Reynolds of the University of Michigan told Space.com via email.."Without this, we would not be able to collect X-ray photons to measure the spin of a black hole that is so distant." [The Strangest Black Holes in the Universe] Quasars, the most luminous objects in the universe, shine brightly across vast distances, fed by material that falls into their black holes.
- Disputed study's author testifies on gay marriage
DETROIT (AP) — The author of a controversial study of adult children often cited by opponents of gay marriage defended his work in court on Monday but also said it was too early for social scientists to make far-reaching conclusions about families headed by same-sex couples.
- Professor: More study needed on kids, gay marriage
DETROIT (AP) — The author of a controversial study of adult children often cited by opponents of gay marriage defended his work in court Monday but also said it's too early for social scientists to make far-reaching conclusions about families headed by same-sex couples.
- Michigan stumbles in court defending same-sex marriage ban
By Rachel Jackson DETROIT (Reuters) - The Michigan defense of its same-sex marriage ban got off to a rough start on Monday when its first witness at a federal trial was dismissed for not being qualified, dealing a blow in what may be an uphill battle to keep its law on the books. Last week, two federal judges ruled same-sex marriage restrictions in Texas and Kentucky were unconstitutional, the latest in a string of court victories for gay rights advocates. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said that Sherif Girgis, a doctoral student in philosophy who wrote a book defending marriage as between a man and woman, did not have enough accomplishments to be considered an expert witness. In opposing gay marriage, Michigan has focused on the well-being of children, arguing that their interests are best served by having both a father and a mother, a position dismissed by gay rights advocates and their allies.
- Michigan man sentenced for three-day shooting spree on interstate
(Reuters) - A Michigan man was sentenced to 18 to 40 years in prison for a three-day firing spree in 2012 on an interstate highway that earned him the nickname the "I-96 shooter," prosecutors said on Monday. A Livingston County jury on January 29 found Raulie Casteel, 44, guilty of terrorism, assault with a dangerous weapon, firing a weapon from a vehicle and other felony weapons charges. A resident of Wixom, Michigan, northwest of Detroit, Casteel was convicted of shooting at 23 vehicles in a four-county area in southeastern Michigan, mostly on or near Interstate 96 from October 16 to 18, 2012. Schools changed bus routes, commuters took back roads to and from work, and sports fans feared traveling to college sporting events because of the Casteel's shooting spree, Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a statement.
- Expert: More study needed on kids, gay marriage
DETROIT (AP) — The author of a controversial study of young adults whose mom or dad had a same-sex relationship has defended his work while testifying for the state of Michigan in a trial over its gay marriage ban.
- Man gets up to 40 years for freeway shootings
HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A man who kept a swath of southeastern Michigan on edge for weeks by shooting at two-dozen vehicles along a busy highway corridor was sentenced to 16 to 40 years in prison on a terrorism conviction Monday.
- Michigan's witness in gay marriage trial barred
DETROIT (AP) — A judge barred an Ivy League law student Monday from testifying at Michigan's gay marriage trial, saying he might become an expert witness someday but his opinions wouldn't help sway this case.
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