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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One of two Michigan lawmakers embroiled in an extramarital affair cover-up has resigned. Republican Rep. Todd Courser announced his resignation early this morning, saying it's effective immediately. He was then escorted out of the chamber. The announcement comes as lawmakers spent hours trying to decide whether to expel Courser and Rep. Cindy Gamrat in the cheating cover-up. The chamber was deadlocked for hours.

DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — A standoff between a gunman and a SWAT team has ended in Los Angeles County with the death of the gunman. Witnesses say a man ran toward Chris' and Pitt's barbecue restaurant in Downey, California Thursday night, firing shots into the air. Once inside, he told women and children they could leave. An hour later, a SWAT team stormed the restaurant and shot the man, killing him. Authorities say it all began earlier Thursday, with the gunman stealing two cars, sending county the sheriff's department and highway patrol on a high-speed chase.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five family members have been found dead in their lakeside home in an upscale western Minneapolis suburb. Police are calling it a murder-suicide. Police in South Lake Minnetonka went to the family's home Thursday afternoon to check on them after they hadn't been seen or heard from in days. Three children are among the dead. The father's business identifies the dead as Brian Short and his family.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson has lost his latest appeal of his 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery conviction in Las Vegas. Simpson is serving 9 to 33 years in prison for a botched hotel room heist in 2007. He's not eligible for parole until 2017. Simpson's lawyers argue that his trial attorney mishandled his case and had conflicts of interest. But a three-member Nevada Supreme Court panel ruled Thursday that there's no reason to grant Simpson a new trial. He was acquitted in 1995 in the deaths of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Central California say the state's largest wildfire threatens to sweep through an ancient grove of Giant Sequoia trees considered to be a national treasure. Firefighters are clearing lines with bulldozers around the Grant Grove and putting up sprinklers. Lightning strikes on July 31 sparked the wildfire in the Kings Canyon National Park east of Fresno. It's charred 172 square miles and is less than one-third contained.

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