DETROIT, MI (AP)--   To the rest of the world, she was known as the Queen of Soul — a woman whose strong and soulful voice could effortlessly jump multiple octaves whether belting out tear-jerking ballads or jump-and-shout gospel. 

To Detroit residents who followed her more than 50-year career, she simply was Aretha or more personally, Ree-Ree.

Franklin was Detroit's favorite daughter, often singing at the church that her father once led and headlining charity functions for kids or the less fortunate. Franklin died Thursday in Detroit from pancreatic cancer.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 3.6-magnitude earthquake centered in southern Canada that also was felt in suburban Detroit. 

The quake was recorded late Thursday near Amherstburg, Ontario, a town of about 21,900 people.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ian Lee says the earthquake occurred around 8 p.m.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   An audit of the November election shows at least 31 people appear to have voted twice in Michigan. 

State election officials said Thursday that they're sending the voters' names to the attorney general's office for possible prosecution.

The audit found that 31 people cast absentee ballots and voted in person on Nov. 8.

Fourteen were in Detroit. The state says it's likely that Detroit poll workers weren't given an updated list of voters who had already used an absentee ballot.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A woman is charged in connection with a crash that left an Upper Peninsula man dead on the old Tiger Stadium site in Detroit.  

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Thursday that 33-year-old Shayla Tucker faces arraignment Friday on a reckless driving causing death charge.

Authorities say a car speeding along Michigan Avenue early Saturday morning collided with another car which then struck 35-year-old Paul Pesola of Pelkie.

Christina Hall / Detroit Free Press

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Authorities say the bodies of a girl and a woman found in an abandoned, burned Detroit home could be connected to the notification issued to find a missing 4-year-old girl.  

Police Chief James Craig said Saturday morning that investigators are working to determine whether the bodies discovered in the east side home appear to be those of Savannah Walker and her mother. The Amber Alert about Savannah was issued earlier in the morning and she was reported missing on Tuesday to authorities in Livingston County.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Police are investigating after someone vandalized a statue of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in downtown Detroit. 

An ax was taped to the head of the bronze bust and red paint was splashed on the face and chest. Since the vandalism was committed Monday, on Columbus Day, officials believe it was an act of disdain against the explorer and the federal holiday.

Columbus is credited with discovering the Americas in 1492, but opponents of the holiday feel it's inappropriate because of the genocide of indigenous people that followed the discovery.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Federal authorities say they've broken up a suspected drug smuggling operation between Detroit and the Upper Peninsula.  

The Detroit News reports that Lamarol "Shawn" Abram is accused of operating the ring for three years between the state's largest city and Gwinn until the 37-year-old and his girlfriend were indicted in July. They're charged in a drug conspiracy.

Abram is due Sept. 22 in federal court in Detroit. The Associated Press sent a message Thursday seeking comment from his lawyer.

Downstate bridge to be named after hockey great

May 15, 2015

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A planned $2.1 billion bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will be named after hockey great Gordie Howe.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement Thursday in Windsor. The 87-year-old Howe, known as "Mr. Hockey," was born in Saskatchewan and led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cup championships.

The yet-to-be built Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to be operational in 2020.

President to visit Michigan this week

Jan 5, 2015

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   President Barack Obama plans to head for Michigan on Wednesday, three days after he and his family returned to Washington from their vacation in Hawaii.

The White House says that Obama's visits to Michigan, Arizona and Tennessee this week aim at highlighting how his economic policies aid America's recovery.

Detroit Rescue

Dec 8, 2014

A discussion with author and journalist Charlie LeDuff of circumstances related to America’s largest municipal bankruptcy and the effort to reform and rebuild the “Motor City” for the new millenium.