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EAST TAWAS, Mich. (AP) - A dispute over a trademark related to a winter festival in northern Michigan is heading back to court. A federal appeals court says a judge was wrong to dismiss a lawsuit by Au Sable River Trading Post, which makes custom T-shirts and other merchandise. The Trading Post is challenging a trademark for the word "Perchville," which is the name of a winter festival in the East Tawas area. The Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce says it holds the trademark.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Five teenagers accused of throwing rocks from a Michigan highway overpass have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a man killed when one of them smashed a van windshield. Rocks were thrown down on Interstate 75 last Wednesday, striking Ken White and damaging several vehicles, 80 miles north of Detroit.
FLORENCE, Colo. (AP) - A Nigerian man serving life in prison after trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner with a bomb in his underwear on Christmas in 2009 says his civil and religious rights are being violated. A lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Colorado says Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is Muslim, is in long-term solitary confinement in Florence, Colorado, at a federal penitentiary, hasn't had regular access to an imam and has been force-fed during hunger strikes.
MOUNT MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Police say a towing company worker has died after a bus he was preparing for a tow rolled on top of him. Mount Morris Township Police Chief Terence Green says the accident occurred about 9 a.m. Monday on a ramp of Interstate 475 north of Flint. Green says said the 60-year-old employee of George's Towing Company was underneath the bus when it rolled backward off of two support blocks.
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