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By The Associated Press • Apr 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Oil flow resumes through damaged Great Lakes pipelines

MACKINAW CITY (AP) — Oil is flowing again through side-by-side pipelines beneath the waterway that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.

Enbridge Inc. announced Monday afternoon that it has restarted its Line 5, which was shut down over the weekend. The company blamed a power outage.

Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan had pushed for a temporary shutdown because of high winds and heavy currents in the Straits of Mackinac.

Line 5 carries 23 million gallons of oil daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario.

Enbridge also was preparing to launch an underwater vehicle to inspect damage to the underwater pipes that officials say may have been caused by a ship's anchor. The suspected anchor strike may also have damaged two electric cables that leaked coolant fluid into the straits.

3 dead after police chase, crash following gun shop burglary

ROYALTON TWP. (AP) — Police said three people are dead and a fourth is critically injured after a police chase and crash following a gun shop burglary in southwestern Michigan.

The Berrien County Sheriff's Office said a break-in was reported early Sunday at the Black Arsenal Gun Store. Lincoln Township police determined several guns were missing.

A witness described an SUV leaving the scene, and a deputy spotted it on I-94. Authorities said a deputy stopped the SUV, but it sped off and exited the freeway before crashing into a tree in Berrien County’s Royalton Township.

Police said 20-year-old driver Jamahri Jayshaun Fuller died along with 17-year-old Davion Marquez Patton and 17-year-old Allan Trevon-James Velox. A 17-year-old was hospitalized. All were from Benton Harbor.

Police found all eight stolen guns at the crash scene.

Hillsdale city, county sued after man's wrongful prison stay

HILLSDALE (AP) — Police in Hillsdale County are pursuing an appeal after a judge said they can be sued for errors that led to a 17-month prison stay for a man who didn't belong on Michigan's sex offender registry.

Anthony Hart was released from prison in 2015 after the state Corrections Department discovered the mistake. He had pleaded guilty to failing to properly register his address, but it turned out that Hart didn't need to register. He should have been removed in 2011.

Hart sued Hillsdale County Sheriff's officers and Hillsdale city police, saying his rights were violated. They argued that they have governmental immunity, but federal Judge Denise Page Hood rejected their position.

The judge put the lawsuit on hold Monday while the county and city appeal her decision.

Wi-Fi network named 'remote detonator' prompts gym evacuation

SAGINAW TWP. (AP) — A Michigan gym patron looking for a Wi-Fi connection found one named "remote detonator," prompting an evacuation and precautionary search of the facility by a bomb-sniffing dog.

The Saginaw News reported that nothing was found in the search Sunday at Planet Fitness in Saginaw Township.

Saginaw Township Police Chief Donald Pussehl said the patron brought the Wi-Fi connection's name to the attention of a manager, who evacuated the building and called police. The gym was closed for about three hours as police responded.

Pussehl said there's "no crime or threat," so no charges are expected. He noted that people often have odd names for Wi-Fi connections.

Planet Fitness said the manager was following company procedure for when there's suspicion about a safety issue.

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