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Michigan State University board of trustees continues to support Lou Anna Simon as president

4 hours 28 min ago

The Michigan State University board of trustees is continuing to support school president Lou Anna Simon amid the fourth day of victim testimony at Larry Nassar's sentencing.

Here is a statement released by the board of trustees:

" Through this terrible situation, the university has been perceived as tone deaf, unresponsive and insensitive to the victims. We understand the public's faith has been shaken. The Board has listened and heard the victims. Today, the Board acted and has asked the Attorney General's Office to review the facts in this matter, and as information is presented, the Board will act. This can never happen again. As part of the Board's oversight authority, we will retain independent external assistance to support our responsibilities to the university community and the public at large. We continue to believe President Simon is the right leader for the university and she has our support ."

Here is a statement from Simon:

" I continue to appreciate the confidence of the Board and the many people who have reached out to me, and to them, who have the best interested of MSU at heart. I have always done my best to lead MSU and I will continue to do so today and tomorrow ."

Michigan leaders call for Simon to resign

As victims of former sports doctor Nassar share testimony, state leaders are calling for Simon to resign.

WATCH: Day 3 of victims addressing former doctor Larry Nassar at sentencing in sexual abuse cases

Nassar worked at the university and at USA Gymnastics, the Indianapolis-based group that trains Olympians. He pleaded guilty to abusing young girls for decades. His main sentencing hearing started Tuesday and is expected to last at least four days, with nearly 100 victims speaking.

READ: Michigan State University president's letter about Larry Nassar

Women who told stories about what happened to them at the hands of Nassar said that the university failed to protect them.

"President Simon's done a lot of amazing things at Michigan State. We need new leadership in order to lead us into a direction now," Sen. Curtis Hertel said. "I think it's time for the Legislature to stand up and actually find out who knew what and when and make sure the proper actions are taken."

The student leadership at the school voted Thursday to condemn the administration, and the State News Editorial Board called for Simon's resignation. Many students believe that those who knew about Nassar's actions need to he held accountable for what happened for years at the school.

Armed man wearing mask made of bandages robs Huntington Bank in Canton

5 hours 10 min ago

Canton police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery.

Police and the FBI are investigating a robbery at the Huntington Bank on Michigan Avenue, east of Beck Road. The incident happened just after 4 p.m. Thursday.

Officials said a white man walked into the bank, approached the teller with a gun and demanded money.

The man is described as being in his 30s. He was wearing a black hat, a black coat, gray pants and sunglasses and had a mask made of bandages covering his face.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the man fled the bank, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Canton Police Department at 734-394-5400 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

Michigan State Police: Death of woman, 79, found after fire ruled homicide

5 hours 19 min ago

Police say the death of a 79-year-old woman whose remains were found following a fire at her home in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula has been ruled a homicide.

Michigan State Police released an update Friday on the Jan. 10 fire at the home of Evelyn Louise Ware in Lake County's Ellsworth Township.

The Lake County Medical Examiner's office has ruled Ware's death a homicide, but police didn't immediately release details. Michigan State Police detectives and the state police fire investigation unit are investigating.

They're seeking help from the public in the case, including possible recordings from area surveillance systems or trail cameras as potential evidence.

ACLU presses state police on whether Michigan drivers being profiled

6 hours 40 min ago

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is pressing the Michigan State Police about whether racial profiling is a factor in traffic stops.

The ACLU says the request comes after complaints from drivers regarding possible profiling of black and Latino motorists along Interstate 94. Those stops involve the agency's Fifth District Hometown Security Team.

State police spokeswoman Shanon Banner says in a statement the agency plans to review demographic data it collects during traffic stops. Banner says stopping motorists without proper grounds, or using race as a factor, violates the department's code of conduct.

The ACLU looked at some stops in 2016 and 2017. Mark Fancher, staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan, says in a statement that records it reviewed "raise concerns and warrant a thorough and complete investigation."

VIDEO: Father of victim speaks to 'inmate Nassar' at sentencing: 'I want you to fear'

7 hours 6 min ago

Doug Powell, the father of Kassie Powell, spoke to his daughter's abuser during his sentencing on Friday.

More than 100 victims are expected to speak during Larry Nassar's sentencing, which started on Tuesday and is expected to continue into next week.

After Kassie spoke to the court, her father, Doug, wanted to make a statement to Nassar.

Doug Powell identified himself as a law enforcement and corrections officer.

Powell referred to Nassar as "inmate Nassar" in a nearly ten minute statement. "Your name is not doctor Nassar, it is not Mr. Nassar, it is not Larry, it's inmate," Powell said.

"I want you to fear and cry, and no one to listen. I want you to remain alive for your eternal life in those walls," Powell told Nassar.

"Don't you dare be a coward and harm yourself. Be alive and live in fear. Fear that you wake soaked in sweat from the nightmares, as I and my family have done. Fear for the sanity of your children and wife and family, as I and my family have done," Powell told Nassar.

"In the end, those scratched and dug will become polished and beautiful. And beautiful those women are. And they have rocked your world," Powell told Nassar.

Related: Special Report on the Larry Nassar case

During Day 1 of sentencing, several victims spoke on the record about the abuse they endured from the former gymnastics doctor.

You can watch statements from victims in Day 1 on Tuesday right here. You can watch Day 2 statements here. You can watch Day 3 statements here. You can watch Day 4 statements here.

VIDEO: Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman speaks at Larry Nassar sentencing

7 hours 33 min ago

Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Aly Raisman testified at the sentencing for former Olympic doctor Larry Nassar on Friday.

Raisman joined the more than 100 victims of the sexual abuser in issuing victim statements during his sentencing hearing.

"The tables have turned. We have our voices and we aren't going anywhere," Raisman said. "Larry was the Olympic doctor and he molested me at the 2012 London Olympic games."

"I will not rest until every last trace of your influence on this sport has been destroyed like the cancer it is," Raisman said.

Raisman blasted U.S.A. Gymnastics for allowing the sexual abuse to continue for years. She took aim at USAG CEO Kerry Perry, saying the organization is "rotting from the inside."

"You've taken on an organization that is rotting on the inside... you will be judged with how you deal with it...continuing to issue statements with empty promises will no longer work."

"We're dealing with real lives in the future of this sport, for this sport to go on, we need to demand change," Raisman said.

Watch her full statement in the video player above.

Fellow Olympian Jordyn Wieber also spoke on Friday. Watch her statement here.

VIDEO: Judge hits back at 'worthless' complaint from Larry Nassar during sentencing hearing

More than 100 victims are expected to give statements during the sentencing period, which is expected to take a total of four days.

Related: Special Report on the Larry Nassar case

During Day 1 of sentencing, several victims spoke on the record about the abuse they endured from the former gymnastics doctor.

You can watch statements from victims in Day 1 on Tuesday right here. You can watch Day 2 statements here. You can watch Day 3 statements here. You can watch Day 4 statements here.

Detroit mother, boyfriend bound over for trial in death of 3-year-old boy playing with gun

7 hours 48 min ago

A Detroit mother and her boyfriend were bound over for trial Friday in connection with the death of a 3-year-old boy who shot himself while playing with a gun on the city's east side.

Kinesha Boyd and Demetrius Lorenzo Peals waived their exams and were bound over to stand trial. They are expected to return to court Feb. 2.

Boyd is charged with involuntary manslaughter and lying to a peace officer.

Police said the boy, Kyrei Boyd, was fatally shot Dec. 6 at a home in the 11700 block of Rossiter Street. He was shot about 7 p.m. and rushed to St. John Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

ORIGINAL REPORT: 3-year-old boy fatally shot on Detroit's east side

Police questioned Peals, who turned himself in Dec. 6, after police announced he was considered a person of interest.

Police said Kyrei was playing with Peals' gun when it went off, fatally wounding him.

Peals is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree child abuse, tampering with evidence and felony firearms violations.

Police: Boyfriend ran out with child in arms

Assistant Detroit police Chief Arnold Williams said the child was shot in the face. Williams said emergency medical officials were at the scene of a body that was found in the 11000 block of Morang Avenue when Peals ran out of an apartment building across the street with a child in his arms.

Police said Peals gave Kyrei to the officials, who realized the child had a gunshot wound on his face. Officials took the boy to St. John Hospital in critical condition, but the child died from his injuries.

Peals was not seen after he passed Kyrei off to medical officials, but he turned himself into police the next morning.

"It's senseless," Williams said. "There's no reason for any child to lose their lives. This should never happen. It should never happen. It's inexcusable."

Police originally were called to the scene to investigate a body that had been found across the street from the shooting. It's unclear if that person's death was suspicious or natural, but Williams said the child was able to get to the hospital quickly only because medical officials were already right across the street.

Police: Mother said shots fired during neighbors' conflict

Williams said Boyd told police there was a conflict between neighbors and the gunshot was fired from outside the apartment building, but officers didn't find evidence of shots fired from outside.

Williams said police believe the shot was fired inside the home. Boyd was in the home with Peals, the 3-year-old and a 1-year-old child. Police believe Boyd and the 1-year-old child were in another room when Peals ran outside with the victim.

No weapon was found inside the home.

Prosecutors allege Peal left a loaded firearm accessible to Kyrei and that Peals tampered with evidence.

Stay with ClickOnDetroit for more updates.

3 charged in fatal shooting of Detroit auto parts store manager in court for preliminary exam

8 hours 35 min ago

Three people charged in connection with the fatal shooting of an auto parts store manager in Detroit returned to court Friday for a preliminary exam.

Eboni Monae McEwen-Ross, 28; Shawnta Sharee Anderson, 23; and Leviticus Butler, 38, are accused of being involved in a robbery at the O'Reilly Auto Parts store on Schaefer Highway on Detroit's west side.

The trio was initially supposed to have a preliminary exam Dec. 18, but it was moved back by more than a month.

3 taken into custody

McEwen-Ross was arraigned Nov. 19 after her attorney alleged she waited two weeks to surrender to law enforcement because she was retaining counsel.

McEwen-Ross turned herself in Nov. 13. She was charged with felony murder and two counts of armed robbery.

James Haller, 69, was shot to death while working Nov. 1 at the O'Reilly Auto Parts store in the 168000 block of Schaefer Highway.

The prosecutor acknowledged how long it took McEwen-Ross to surrender to authorities.

"I think she was fully aware that she was being sought out by law enforcement and I think she actively and willingly hid from law enforcement," the prosecutor said.

McEwen-Ross' attorney alleged that she didn't turn herself in sooner because she was trying to retain counsel.

Police were searching for at least two suspects: Anderson and McEwen-Ross. Officials said Anderson was responsible for fatally shooting Haller during the robbery, which was caught on surveillance video.

Anderson was taken into custody Nov. 6 and faces charges including felony murder, two counts of armed robbery and three counts of felony firearm.

Butler, of Detroit, also was taken into custody with Anderson. He is accused of helping Anderson escape police and is charged with accessory after the fact.

Both Butler and Anderson were arraigned last week. Anderson is being held at the Wayne County Jail without bond. Butler is being held on $500,000 bond and will be required to wear a GPS tether if bond is posted.

"By all accounts Mr. Haller was a valued ex-Marine, employee, police reservist, husband, and father," said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy in a statement. "His death is heartbreaking. We will vigorously prosecute this case and do our very best to bring justice to Mr. Haller and his family."

What happened

James W. Haller Jr. was shot and killed during a robbery at the O'Reilly Auto Parts store on Schaefer Highway. He was gunned down at about 5:30 p.m.

ORIGINAL REPORT: Police search for 2 women after employee killed during robbery at O'Reilly Auto Parts in Detroit

Haller served as a Marine in the Vietnam War and was a retired assembly line worker at General Motors. He served with the Detroit Police Department as a reserve officer in the late 1970s. He was 69.

Surveillance video shows two women walking into the store and milling around before pulling out a gun and announcing a robbery.

The women were clearing out the cash register when Haller went to aide employees.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Anderson pointed a handgun at two cashiers and ordered them to the floor before fatally shooting Haller.

"Anderson walked around the counter to the cash register, pointed the gun at the female cashier and ordered her to open the register," a statement from the Prosecutor's Office reads. "As Anderson walked from behind the counter, Mr. Haller came from the back of the store and said, 'Hey!' and she fired a single shot, striking him in the head. Anderson fled from the scene in a SUV."

Haller was rushed to a hospital where he died two hours later.

Surveillance video shows robbery, shooting

Surveillance video from inside O'Reilly Auto Parts shows the robbery in progress and the moment Haller was fatally shot.

Other customers are shown taking cover on the floor and in the corner.

Sources: Suspects tangled in love triangle

Butler told investigators he is in a love triangle with the two female suspects, sources told Local 4.

Butler told investigators he considers Anderson and McEwen-Ross his girlfriends.

Why would the two women allegedly rob an auto parts store for about $100, then shoot and kill the manager? Butler told detectives that it happened on his birthday, and he was planning to go out, sources said.

Butler told officials he believes the women were after money to buy him a birthday present or to use as they celebrated that night, sources told Local 4.

WATCH: Day 4 of victims addressing former doctor Larry Nassar at sentencing in sexual abuse cases

9 hours 29 min ago

Over 100 victims are expected to appear and speak during the sentencing hearing for former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar who has plead guilty to several counts of sexual abuse and assault.

Nassar has plead guilty to abusing young girls for decades. His main sentencing hearing started on Tuesday and is expected to last at least four days with nearly 100 victims speaking.

LIVE STREAM: Sentencing, victim statements expected in Larry Nassar case

WATCH: Day 1 of victims addressing former doctor Larry Nassar at sentencing in sexual abuse cases

WATCH: Day 2 of victims addressing former doctor Larry Nassar at sentencing in sexual abuse cases

WATCH: Day 3 of victims addressing former doctor Larry Nassar at sentencing in sexual abuse cases

Below you'll find victim statements as they are being made. This list will be updated throughout the day. ( Warning: Strong, disturbing language in videos )

Jordyn Wieber, of DeWitte, won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She told the court that Nassar brainwashed her.

"Nobody was protecting us from being taken advantage of," Wieber said. "Even though I am a victim, I do not and will not live as one."

Watch her statement below:

Chelsea Zerfas, 15, told the court she believes MSU needs to be held accountable.

"I was taught to trust doctors because they are there to help you so I trusted Larry," Zerfas said. "Not only did MSU fail to keep me safe, but so did USAG."

Watch her statement below:

Samantha Ursch told the court that for years she believed the procedures she underwent were necessary and medically recognized.

"I should have trusted my gut," Ursch said. "Even when there were so many people making accusations, many still defended his actions."

Watch her statement below:

Your Amazon Prime membership will cost more starting Friday

9 hours 39 min ago

Amazon is boosting the price of its monthly Prime membership fees for new and existing members by nearly 20 percent.

The online retailer says its annual membership fee of $99 will not change.

Starting Friday, new members will pay $12.99 a month, up from $10.99.

Qualifying college students will pay $6.49 a month, up from $5.49.

Amazon.com Inc. says existing monthly members will start paying the higher fees next month.

LIVE STREAM: White House briefing on potential government shutdown

9 hours 50 min ago

Marc Short, Director of Legislative Affairs and Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget hold a White House press briefing on a potential government shutdown.

You can watch it LIVE at 10:30 a.m. ET Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown

A bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.

Democrats in the Senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that cleared the House Thursday evening, seeking to shape a subsequent measure but exposing themselves to charges they are responsible for a looming shutdown.

Republicans controlling the narrowly split chamber took up the fight, arguing that Democrats were holding the entire government hostage over demands to protect "dreamer" immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

As a shutdown loomed, the White House said Friday that President Donald Trump would not leave for a planned weekend in Florida unless a funding bill passes. Trump had been set to leave Friday afternoon to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his inauguration at his Palm Beach estate.

Trump entered the fray early Friday morning, mentioning the House-approved bill on Twitter, adding: "Democrats are needed if it is to pass in the Senate - but they want illegal immigration and weak borders. Shutdown coming? We need more Republican victories in 2018!"

Administration officials said Trump had been actively engaged, calling lawmakers late into the night Thursday. They said the White House remained hopeful that a deal would be reached, arguing that Democrats would be blamed for a shutdown.

Republican made the same argument.

"Democratic senators' fixation on illegal immigration has already blocked us from making progress on long-term spending talks," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. "That same fixation has them threatening to filibuster funding for the government."

In the House, Republicans muscled the measure through on a mostly party-line 230-197 vote after making modest concessions to chamber conservatives and defense hawks. House Speaker Paul Ryan immediately summoned reporters to try to pin the blame on top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York.

A test vote on a filibuster by Senate Democrats appeared likely before the shutdown deadline of Friday at midnight. Schumer was rebuffed in an attempt to vote Thursday night.

"We can't keep kicking the can down the road," said Schumer, insisting on more urgency in talks on immigration. "In another month, we'll be right back here, at this moment, with the same web of problems at our feet, in no better position to solve them."

The measure would be the fourth stopgap spending bill since the current budget year started in October. A pile of unfinished Capitol Hill business has been on hold, first as Republicans ironed out last fall's tax bill and now as Democrats insist on progress on immigration. Talks on a budget deal to ease tight spending limits on both the Pentagon and domestic agencies are on hold, as is progress on a huge $80 billion-plus disaster aid bill.

House GOP leaders sweetened the pending stopgap measure with legislation to extend for six years a popular health care program for children from low-income families and two-year delays in unpopular "Obamacare" taxes on medical devices and generous employer-provided health plans.

A shutdown would be the first since 2013, when tea party Republicans -- in a strategy not unlike the one Schumer is employing now -- sought to use a must-pass funding bill to try to force then-President Barack into delaying implementation of his marquee health care law.

Democrats want a deal to protect around 700,000 immigrants from deportation who arrived in the U.S. as children and have stayed here illegally. Trump has ended an Obama-era program providing those protections and given Congress until March to restore them, and he and Republicans want any immigration deal to include money for the president's promised wall along the Mexican border and other security measures.

Congress must act by midnight Friday or the government will begin immediately locking its doors. Though the impact would initially be spotty -- since most agencies would be closed until Monday -- the story would be certain to dominate weekend news coverage, and each party would be gambling the public would blame the other.

In the event of a shutdown, food inspections, federal law enforcement, airport security checks, and other vital services would continue, as would Social Security, other federal benefit programs and military operations. But federal workers wouldn't be paid.

Michigan State University board asks AG to review events around Larry Nassar case

10 hours 4 min ago

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees is asking the state Attorney General to investigate the events surrounding the wide-ranging sexual abuse case of former doctor Larry Nassar.

"The testimony of Nassar's victims this week made many of us, including me, listen to the survivors and the community in a different way. It is clear to the Board and me that a review by the Attorney General's Office can provide the answers people need. As I told the Attorney General in December, MSU will fully cooperate with any inquiry by law enforcement authorities. I hope this review will help the survivors and the entire MSU community heal and move forward," University president Lou Anna K. Simon said in a statement.

The student paper at the university called for Simon's resignation on Thursday.

Take a look: Front page of the Michigan State student newspaper regarding the handling of #Nassar. @Local4News @thesnews pic.twitter.com/x2PFl8MAwe

-- Nick Monacelli (@nickmonacelli) January 18, 2018

VIDEO: Michigan native, Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber speaks at Larry Nassar sentencing

10 hours 15 min ago

Michigan native and gold medal winning Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber joined the more than 100 victims of former doctor Larry Nassar in making a statement at his sentencing on Friday.

Wieber, from DeWitt, Michigan, won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Wieber, now 22-years-old, told the court that Nassar brainwashed her. "What was he thinking about when he massaged my sore muscles everyday?" Wieber said. "Now I question everything."

"Nobody was protecting us from being taken advantage of," Wieber told the court.

"Even though I am a victim, I do not and will not live as one," Wieber said.

Watch her full statement in the video player above.

VIDEO: Judge hits back at 'worthless' complaint from Larry Nassar during sentencing hearing

More than 100 victims are expected to give statements during the sentencing period, which is expected to take a total of four days.

Related: Special Report on the Larry Nassar case

During Day 1 of sentencing, several victims spoke on the record about the abuse they endured from the former gymnastics doctor.

You can watch statements from victims in Day 1 on Tuesday right here. You can watch Day 2 statements here. You can watch Day 3 statements here. You can watch Day 4 statements here.

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LIVE STREAM: 2018 March for Life rally in Washington D.C.

11 hours 32 min ago

Over 100,000 people are expected to rally in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life. Speakers include Rep. Paul Ryan, Pam Tebow, Matt Birk and others.

President Trump and Vice President Pence are set to speak around 12:15 p.m.

The rally stream will begin around 11:20 a.m. - you can watch it live above.

Trump steps to forefront of anti-abortion movement

He once called himself "pro-choice." But a year into his presidency, Donald Trump is stepping to the forefront of his administration's efforts to roll back abortion rights.

And though his record is mixed and a midterm election looms, abortion opponents say they have not felt so optimistic in at least a decade.

"I don't think anybody thinks that the White House is a perfectly regimented and orderly family ... but that doesn't change their commitment to the issue," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which is expanding its door-knocking operation across states with Senate incumbents who have voted for abortion rights.

With a Republican-controlled Congress at his back on this issue, Trump is cementing his turnaround on abortion with a video address Friday to the annual March to Life. That's a symbolic change from last year, when Vice President Mike Pence -- in practical terms, the leader of the anti-abortion movement in the United States -- addressed the group in Trump's absence.

"In one short year, President Donald Trump has made a difference for life," Pence told march leaders Thursday night.

Trump has given anti-abortion activists a few key victories.

Chief among them: the confirmation of conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Trump also has revived and expanded a ban on sending U.S. aid to groups overseas that provide abortion counseling. And he signed legislation allowing states to withhold federal family planning dollars from clinics that provide abortion services. The administration has made its priorities clear in other ways, too -- including appointments to key government posts and a new mission statement for the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency announced it is dedicated to supporting Americans at "every stage of life, beginning at conception."

On Thursday, the administration announced the creation of a new office to protect the religious rights of medical providers, including those who oppose abortion. Supporters of abortion rights say it adds up to a president doing administratively what he's often failed to accomplish through Congress.

"Time and again, we have seen this administration radically redefine religious freedom to impose one set of ultraconservative beliefs on all Americans," said Sarah Hutchinson Ratcliffe, vice president of Catholics for Choice.

Trump has failed to deliver on promises to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding or permanently ban taxpayer dollars from being used for abortions. The effort to defund Planned Parenthood, for example, failed with the Republican effort to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law.

Behind the mixed record is Trump's complicated personal history on abortion. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says his transformation from supporting to opposing abortion rights dates back to at least 2011. And while she says he has shown his commitment to the anti-abortion movement "early and often," he has at times seemed uncomfortable with the issue.

Dannenfelser recalls her struggle in 2016 after the SBA List told GOP primary voters in Iowa and elsewhere that Trump could not be trusted on the issue. But Trump's pro-choice Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, made the choice easy, Dannenfelser recalled. One wobble came in October, when the "Access Hollywood" recording was released with Trump's voice boasting of assaulting women. He denied having done so; and a conversation with an aide to Pence helped Dannenfelser stay aboard.

A year into Trump's term, abortion opponents see the stall of anti-abortion legislation as a product of the slim Republican majority in the Senate. So, they're focusing on the midterm elections. Conway says abortion is a key part of discussions with prospective GOP candidates. And groups like the SBA List are boosting their ground games in an effort to turn out people who want to roll back abortions, including Hispanics, but don't tend to vote in non-presidential election years.

The group's band of door-knockers, who make about $10 an hour, are among about 220 canvassers on the ground targeting Democratic Senate incumbents in Ohio, Indiana, Florida, Missouri and North Dakota. A spokeswoman said the group is aiming to quadruple the number of paid canvassers in 2018 and expand its operations into Senate races in West Virginia, Wisconsin and likely Minnesota.

In Madeira, Ohio, on a recent chilly Sunday, Alison Pavlicek led a band of six women down Miami Hills Drive, to homes suggested by an app that tracks voter information. They knocked and asked people who answered if they were aware of Sen. Sherrod Brown's voting history. Pavlicek said she sometimes looks for statues of the Virgin Mary in front of homes -- signals in stone of residents "friendly" to the anti-abortion cause.

"People are really receptive now," she said.

Polling shows Americans have complicated feelings on the divisive issue of abortion nearly 45 years after the Supreme Court legalized it in the Roe v. Wade decision. A recent poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that just over a third of Americans think abortion should be illegal in most or all cases. That includes a majority of Republicans and about 20 percent of Democrats and 4 in 10 Hispanics.

More than 6 in 10 say abortion should usually be legal, though that includes just a quarter of Americans who think it should be legal under all circumstances.

Overall, 62 percent of Americans say they disapprove of how Trump is handling the abortion issue.

But the anti-abortion movement is facing challenges. Groups that favor abortion rights, such as Emily's List, dwarf their anti-abortion counterparts when it comes to raising campaign cash or spending on lobbying, according to OpenSecrets.org.

And traditionally, the president's party loses seats in the midterm elections, especially when his approval rating is below 50 percent, according to Gallup. Trump's overall rating has never risen that high.

Madeira, Ohio, resident Ginger Ittenbach isn't so sure the Trump administration is to be trusted, and that makes her a key "persuadable" voter in the eyes of anti-abortion activists. She says she is "very much pro-life" -- but voted for Clinton.

"There were enough other red flags with Donald Trump just in how he treated women," Ittenbach, 52, said after talking with the canvassers.

Husband and wife due in court on charges in shooting at in-home Dearborn daycare

11 hours 40 min ago

A husband and wife are due in court Thursday morning on child abuse charges in connection with the shooting of two 3-year-old children at an unlicensed daycare in Dearborn.

Timothy Eubanks, 32, and his wife, Samantha Eubanks, also 32, both of Dearborn, face several charges. Timothy was charged with six counts of second-degree child abuse. Samantha Eubanks was charged with 12 counts of second-degree child abuse and two counts of felony firearms violations.

Both stood mute to the charges during their arraignments.

"I will continue to state emphatically and often that it is extremely dangerous to have firearms in a home accessible to children," Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said. "It is alleged that, in this case, the defendants' home was a day care center with firearms that were accessible and two very young children were seriously injured. It is an understatement to say that this cannot and should not ever be tolerated."

Detectives told the judge both were cooperative with the investigation and recommended a low bond.

Both Timothy and Samantha Banks' bonds were set at $20,000.

What happened

The daycare is run by Tim and Samantha Eubanks at their home in the 3600 block of Harding Street on Dearborn's west side.

The shooting happened at about 10:20 a.m. Sept. 27.

The Dearborn Police Department confirmed it was a toddler who found the weapon inside the house and fired it off. Prosecutors say the shooter was the Eubanks' 3-year-old son.

"It's a tragedy for our entire community, and this isn't something that anybody plans to occur," Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad said.

Prosecutors allege the Eubanks' knowingly left two handguns unsecured in an upstairs bedroom while running an unlicensed daycare. At the time of the shooting, Samantha Eubanks was watching six children: three 3-year-olds, two 1-year-olds and a 4-month-old.

The Eubanks' three older children were at school at the time of the shooting. All of their six children were removed from the home and placed with relatives.

Chief says toddlers will need long-term care

Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said the two toddlers injured in the shooting are at home recovering, but will require long-term care.

"Both toddlers are recovering. They'll have long-term care required," Haddad said during a news conference Nov. 2. "I've been told that they're both at home at this time. This remains a complete tragedy for our entire community."

Haddad confirmed one of the children was shot in the hip.

Children were in serious condition

Both of the children shot at the day care were taken to the hospital in critical condition. They have since recovered, but will require long-term care.

One of the boys was shot in the shoulder.

Another child was shot in the face at the unlicensed daycare. Sources said the child lost an eye and has undergone several surgeries.

When the first ambulance arrived at Children's Hospital, it had an escort of three police cars. Police frantically worked to transport the children, who were taken away in separate ambulances.

Dearborn police blocked off roads to help the ambulances get to the hospital quicker.

You can see video of one of the police escorts below:

Toddler pulled trigger of handgun

The combination of guns and children has proven to be a dangerous and deadly mix many times.

Family members of Tim Eubanks told Local 4 he is a hunter. When Dearborn police left the home Wednesday afternoon, they loaded what appeared to be hunting rifle cases and seized other evidence from the scene.

Haddad said the infant who found the handgun was somehow able to pull the trigger.

The mad scramble to get the injured children to the hospital included police-escorted ambulances. At the scene, the remaining children whose parents knew nothing of the shooting were brought to the Dearborn police station.

Victim's grandmother reacts to shooting

One of the child's grandmother spoke to Local 4 after the shooting. She said she is furious that there were guns unlocked in the home.

"With all the education about gun safety, why didn't they know to lock their guns up. Why? Who doesn't know to use a gun lock with children around?" said the grandmother of one of the young children shot.

Dearborn police found several weapons inside the home where the Eubanks operated the daycare.

"My hope is he grows up and can forget what happened and what he witnessed," his grandmother said. "I'm worried about the image they saw."

Neighbors react to shooting

Neighbor Carolyn Rittenberry was shaken by the incident.

"It's terrible, that's all," Rittenberry said.

She and other neighbors said they complained about the unlicensed day care to no avail.

"I've seem them out in the backyard playing in their diapers, and five or six kids at a time out there, maybe even more, and a lot of times it's just the other -- her older children -- watching them," Rittenberry said.

Neighbor Marilyn Starr had strong words for the homeowners.

"It's appalling," she said. "It's negligence. It's gross negligence. I mean, both of those children could die."

Babysitter's family shares its side of story

As saddened and angry as neighbors were about the children, the family of Tim and Samantha Eubanks also shared its side of the story.

The question facing the family: How did small children have access to a handgun, and how was it fired?

Tim Eubanks' cousin, Jarrett Schmidt, told Local 4 he has allowed Samantha to babysit his daughter before and knows his cousin is a hunter who would never leave weapons for children to find.

"I'd be shocked, because he keeps everything hidden," Schmidt said. "He keeps everything out because he has kids. He's a responsible parent. He's not going to leave stuff laying around."

Samantha Eubanks' sister, Ashley Excobedo showed up at the scene to offer her sister support.

"She does not like guns," Excobedo said. "She is afraid of guns. She's heard stories about this stuff happening, and she would always say her husband hunts on the weekends, and she would always say, 'Don't you even think you're going to bring a gun into this house. It's not going to happen.'"

Excobedo said her sister is the mother of six children who took family and friends' children into her unlicensed day care.

"I'm devastated because that's got to be one of our family friends' children," Excobedo said. "I don't know who it is, and I know my sister, and she would never let it happen to any kids. She's the best person to have ever watched children."

You can hear the comments from family members in the video below:

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