- Associated Press - Thursday, August 21, 2014

Michigan at 5 p.m. EDT.

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GAY MARRIAGE-MICHIGAN

DETROIT - A lawyer urged a judge Thursday to order Michigan to recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages performed during a brief window in March, saying the unions were valid even if a higher court eventually reinstates the state’s ban on gay marriage. “The state cannot mandatorily divorce you,” University of Michigan law professor Julian Mortenson said during a 90-minute hearing on a request for a preliminary injunction. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down the state’s gay marriage ban on March 21, and more than 300 same-sex couples in four counties got hitched the next day, Saturday, before an appeals court suspended the decision and blocked additional marriages. By Ed White. SENT: 420 words.

OBIT-SZOKA

DETROIT - Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John Paul II, has died at age 86. Szoka’s leadership of the Detroit archdiocese was highlighted by Pope John Paul II’s 1987 visit to Michigan. By Mike Householder. SENT: 490 words, photos ROM102, CER101.

STATE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

UNEMPLOYMENT-MICHIGAN - Michigan authorities say the state’s unemployment rate rose 0.7 percentage points in the latest month, calling it a reflection of normal seasonal changes in the job market. SENT: 130 words. With UNEMPLOYMENT-MICHIGAN-GLANCE.

BUSINESS:

HONDA-TOUGHER COMPACT CAR

DETROIT - When the subcompact Fit failed a crash test, Honda went back to the drawing board. The tiny Fit, redesigned for the 2015 model year, initially flunked the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s small overlap test, earning just a “Marginal” rating. Honda engineers strengthened the welds on the front bumper beams, so energy from a crash would be spread over the entire front of the car. This gave the driver and passengers more protection and lessened the likelihood of injury. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 490 words, photo NYBZ126.

Also:

- LINCOLN-MCCONAUGHEY - Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is the new spokesman for Ford’s luxury Lincoln brand. SENT: 80 words, photo NYBZ136.

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