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By The Associated Press • Jul 14, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Man dead, trooper wounded during traffic stop shootout

LAKE TWP. (AP) — A man has been shot to death after wounding a state police trooper during a traffic stop and shootout in northern Michigan.

Police said a preliminary investigation shows that the trooper pulled over a vehicle occupied by two men and one woman at about 1:30 p.m. Friday in Missaukee County's Lake Township, southeast of Traverse City.

One of the men ran from the vehicle and fired shots at the trooper. The trooper returned fire, killing the man.

The trooper suffered several gunshot wounds. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The second man and woman remained in the vehicle during the shooting and have been arrested.

Michigan minimum wage ballot initiative challenged in court

LANSING (AP) — A movement to pay Michigan workers $12 an hour by 2022 and abolish the tipped wage has met a legal challenge.

The hospitality industry group Michigan Opportunity filed a lawsuit Friday demanding that the Michigan secretary of state scrap the proposed November ballot initiative.

The proposal was organized by the Michigan One Fair Wage committee to raise the state's current $9.25 an hour wage. It also calls for phasing out the $3.52-an-hour reduced minimum wage for tipped workers by 2024.

The challenge says the initiative fails to reproduce the parts of Michigan's existing minimum wage law that it seeks to amend.

A lawyer for the minimum wage group says the claim is meritless.

McDonald's removing salads from 3,000 stores after illness

CHICAGO (AP) — McDonald's is stopping the sale of salads at 3,000 restaurants after people became sick from a parasite causing intestinal illness.

The Chicago-based fast-food chain said Friday it's acting "out of an abundance of caution" until switching to another supplier. Health officials in Illinois and Iowa say they've identified roughly 100 combined cases of cyclosporiasis apparently linked to consuming McDonald's salads. The illness is caused by the Cyclospora parasite.

McDonald's is removing the lettuce blend from identified restaurants and distribution centers. At least one of the affected restaurants is in each of the following states: Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Missouri.

The most common symptom is watery diarrhea. Other symptoms could include appetite loss, intestinal pain, nausea and fatigue.

Police cadet credited with saving 2 girls from river

PORT HURON (AP) — A police cadet is being credited with rescuing two young girls from a river in Port Huron.

The Times Herald of Port Huron reported Friday that Joseph Holzberger was working a fireworks detail Thursday night when he heard calls for help from the St. Clair River.

Port Huron police said in a statement that the girls, ages 9 and 13, had been on a sandbar but were being swept into deeper water by the river's current when Holzberger swam out and pulled them to safety.

Their parents initially were not at the location, but arrived later. Police said Child Protective Services was notified.

Victim sues officer accused of assaulting her after arrest

COVERT TWP. (AP) — A civil rights lawsuit has been filed against a former southwestern Michigan police officer accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman he arrested for drunken driving.

Attorneys sued Friday in West Michigan's U.S. District Court against Erich Fritz on behalf of the victim, Melissa McMillan. She was arrested in July 2016 in Van Buren County's Covert Township, also named in the suit.

Fritz took her to a hotel, where, McMillan alleges, he assaulted her.

He pleaded no contest to unlawful imprisonment last year and was sentenced to a year in jail. Criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping charges were dropped.

The Associated Press typically doesn't publish sexual assault victims' names, but McMillan has publicly identified herself.

The AP couldn't reach Fritz for comment.

His criminal defense attorney, Scott Grabel, doesn't represent Fritz in the civil case but has reviewed it. Grabel said there appears to be different facts and allegations in the two cases.

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