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By The Associated Press • Updated May 18, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Corpses awaiting services pulled from burning funeral home

SWARTZ CREEK (AP) — Nearly a dozen corpses awaiting services have been pulled from a fire at Flint-area funeral home.

Authorities said the 11 bodies were removed Wednesday night from a walk-in cooler at Sharp Funeral Home in Swartz Creek by building staff and firefighters.

The fire at the funeral home was reported at about 10:15 p.m. No one was inside the building and no injuries were reported. 

The bodies were moved to other funeral homes run by the family-owned company.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Local governments correcting underfunded benefit plans

LANSING (AP) — More than 100 local units of government in Michigan will be developing plans to ensure retirement benefits they promised employees and retirees are paid in the future.

The state Treasury department said Thursday that corrective actions are needed because of underfunded pensions, retirement health care plans or both.

The cities, counties and townships have to approve and submit plans to the Municipal Stability Board within 180 days. The plans must demonstrate underfunded statuses have been addressed.

A retirement pension plan meets the state's underfunded status if it is less than 60 percent funded and if an entity's required contribution is greater than 10 percent of the entity's total revenue. Retirement health care plans are considered underfunded if they are less than 40 percent funded and if the required contribution is greater than 12 percent of the total revenue.

State regulators investigating DTE outages, line death

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Public Service Commission is investigating DTE Electric Co.'s recent storm-related outages and the death of a Detroit woman who came in contact with a downed power line.

More than 300,000 DTE customers lost power May 4 when a storm with winds gusting to 70 mph hit southeast Michigan. Power wasn't restored to some until several days later.

The commission said in an order Thursday that it's concerned that parts of DTE's distribution system cannot provide safe and reliable service during large storms, as is required by law. Among other things, it wants to know if system maintenance, or a lack thereof, contributes to safety hazards and other problems.

The commission gave DTE until June 29 to file a safety and incident report.

DTE says it'll work with the commission to address the questions raised.

Man charged with 2004 Northern California beach slayings

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man has been charged with killing a Midwestern couple as they slept on a remote beach more than a decade ago.

Authorities said Shaun Gallon of Forestville was charged last week with two counts of murder. He appeared in Sonoma County Superior Court on Monday, but didn't enter a plea.

Prosecutors said Gallon used a rifle to shoot 22-year-old Lindsay Cutshall of Ohio and her fiance, 26-year-old Jason Allen of Zeeland, Michigan, as they lay in sleeping bags on Fish Head Beach in Jenner in August 2004. Authorities said Gallon didn't know the couple, who were on a sightseeing trip.

Gallon already was charged with shooting to death his brother last year and trying to kill a man with a package bomb in Guerneville, California, in 2004.

Detroit to name street after King of Pop, honor Jackson 5

DETROIT (AP) — The late King of Pop is getting his own street name in Motown, which first launched him into superstardom.

A section of Randolph in downtown Detroit will be renamed Michael Jackson Avenue during a June 15 ceremony. The announcement came Tuesday, ahead of next month's Detroit Music Weekend.

Four of Jackson's brothers — Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon — are scheduled to perform during the festival. They also will receive a key to the city.

The Gary, Indiana, brothers signed with Detroit's Motown in 1968 and had hits that included "I Want You Back" and "ABC."

Michael later would leave Motown and in 1984 recorded "Thriller," which became the best-selling album of all time. He was 50 when he died in 2009 from a prescription drug overdose.

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