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By The Associated Press • Apr 19, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Thawing ice allows redeploying of Great Lakes data buoys

ANN ARBOR (AP) — As ice thaws around the Great Lakes, technicians are preparing to redeploy buoys that gather a wealth of information for use in research, water safety efforts and recreation.

About a dozen research institutions operate buoys in the lakes. Many of them provide data to the nonprofit Great Lakes Observing System, which makes it available online. Its website offers real-time data from the buoys, which are returned to the water as soon as harbors and boat launches are ice-free.

It can help boaters and anglers avoid potentially dangerous conditions, while scientists get material that feeds computer models predicting weather and other lake characteristics.

Ed Verhamme of the Ann Arbor-based engineering firm LimnoTech said spring can be a particularly hazardous season, as conditions are often rough and change quickly.

Canada lynx caught in Michigan's Thumb moves to the UP

GERMFASK (AP) — An animal rarely seen in Michigan has been released in the wild in the Upper Peninsula.

A Canada lynx was captured weeks ago in Sanilac County in the Lower Peninsula. After spending time at the Howell Nature Center and the Detroit Zoo, the female was released last week in a wooded area in Schoolcraft County.

John DePue, a biologist at the Department of Natural Resources, said the release "went perfectly."

The lynx is listed as a threatened species under federal law.

The cat is believed to be less than a year old. It was 18 pounds when found, but added a pound while eating rabbits and quail at the zoo.

The DNR said the last verified sighting of a lynx was in 2010 on Sugar Island near Sault Ste. Marie.

2 Detroit men charged with shooting at ATF agents

DETROIT (AP) — Two Detroit men are facing charges after allegedly opening fire on two Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents on the city's east side.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday that Kevin Keshawn Young, 21, and Aaron Marquis Shooks, 20, each are charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder and two counts felonious assault. Young also is charged with carrying a concealed weapon in motor vehicle and five felony firearms counts.

A third man, 21-year-old Damesha Latay Few of Redford, is charged with carrying a concealed weapon in a motor vehicle.

Prosecutors said the ATF agents were following a car containing the men when one of them got out and opened fire on the agents Monday.

Suburban Detroit doctor gets 11-plus years in opioid scheme

DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit doctor who admitted running an $18 million prescription drug scheme has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison.

A federal judge on Wednesday also ordered Dr. Zongli Chang to pay a $1 million fine and forfeit $3 million. The Livonia man had pleaded guilty to orchestrating the opioid scheme between 2012 and 2017.

Chang said he was paid $150 to $400 for writing prescriptions for no medical purpose that were filled and then sold on the streets. Seven Detroit residents were also indicted; six have pleaded guilty.

Chang's plea agreement says recruiters would take the fake patients to pharmacies to get the pills, including hydrocodone and oxycodone.

His medical license was suspended by Michigan regulators in 2017.

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