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By The Associated Press • Feb 8, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Graduate students want trustees, Engler to leave MSU

EAST LANSING (AP) — Graduate students at Michigan State University want trustees and the new interim president to step down.

The Council of Graduate Students said Wednesday that members approved a no-confidence vote. The group says trustees are "inept to adequately respond" to the scandal involving former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

MLive.com says the group doesn't like MSU's new leader, John Engler, either.

The Michigan attorney general's office and state police are investigating how MSU responded to complaints about Nassar, who was a campus doctor. He pleaded guilty to sexual assault and child pornography crimes.

MSU's Faculty Senate is expected to hold a no-confidence vote on Feb. 13.

Engler spokesman John Truscott said there's been a rush to judgment.

Upper Peninsula child dies from flu; first child in state

LANSING (AP) — Michigan officials said a resident of the Upper Peninsula is the first child in the state to die from the flu this season.

No other details were disclosed Wednesday by the state health department.

More than 50 children in the U.S. have died from the flu during the 2017-18 season.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said it's not too late to get a flu shot, especially children and people who are 65 or older. Dr. Eden Wells said the vaccine is the "best defense." The state said 44 percent of Michigan residents were vaccinated during the 2016-17 season.

Woman charged after attacking husband, Delta flight crew

DETROIT (AP) — Federal authorities said a woman had to be restrained on a Germany-to-Detroit flight after she attacked her husband and a Delta Air Lines crew.

Camille Krueger was charged Wednesday with interference and assault.

In a court filing, U.S. customs officer James Brown said Krueger caused a stir on Flight 87 on Jan. 14 when she began attacking her husband, and she also kicked and spit at crew members who tried to intervene. Authorities said Krueger had been drinking wine during the flight.

A military police officer subdued Krueger with flexible wrist cuffs, and she was secured in her seat for the final 90 minutes. After the plane landed, authorities said a mask and leg restraints were placed on Krueger to stop her from spitting and kicking.

Krueger hasn't appeared yet in Detroit federal court and no lawyer is listed in the court file.

Michigan dad says Montana remains not his 3 missing sons

MORENCI (AP) — The father of three missing Michigan brothers said teeth and bone fragments found in September 2017 in Missoula, Montana, don't belong to them.

WDIV-TV reported that John Skelton said those are not his "boys" when asked about the remains during an interview at a Michigan prison where he is serving 10-15 years for unlawful imprisonment.

Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton were ages 9, 7 and 5 when they were last seen in 2010. Skelton failed to return them to his estranged wife in southern Michigan on Thanksgiving. Skelton has said he gave the boys to a group to protect them from their mother.

DNA testing is being done on the remains.

Sgt. Travis Welsh said Missoula detectives have not spoken with Skelton, and there's "no known connection" to the boys' disappearance.

Elk population booming a century after return to Michigan

LANSING (AP) — A century after elk were returned to northern Michigan, the species is flourishing.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently completed its winter survey of elk in the northeastern Lower Peninsula.

Based on aerial observations and calculations, the DNR estimates the population at 1,173 animals, although it could be as low as 834 or as high as 1,512. The numbers are imprecise because it's unknown how many elk wander out of sight in the Pigeon River Country State Forest.

DNR specialist Chad Stewart said the ideal herd size for the area is 500-900.

Hunters killed 158 elk during two regulated seasons last summer and fall.

Michigan's native elk died out in the 1800s. Reintroduction began in 1918, when seven from the western U.S. were released near Wolverine.

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