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News Minute: Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press

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DETROIT (AP) - Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 160,000 vehicles in North America for two safety issues. The largest recall involves 159,395 Focus ST and Escape vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - 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. The state Department of Technology, Management and Budget says today that the state's seasonally unadjusted joblessness rate reached 8.6 percent in July, up from 7.9 percent in June. It was 9.9 percent in July 2013.

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) - The driver of a tractor-trailer involved in a central Ohio crash that killed two people and injured three has pleaded not guilty to charges including vehicular homicide. Authorities say 58-year-old Randall Lee of Christiana, Tennessee, was driving a tractor-trailer Wednesday morning on U.S. Route 23 in Delaware County when he rear-ended an SUV, triggering a four-vehicle crash. WCMH-TV reports the crash killed Curtis and Patricia Dixon of Howell, Michigan. Two other drivers suffered less serious injuries, and one passenger was flown to a hospital.

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has dismissed rape charges against former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed, saying a woman's testimony wasn't credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took place. The 28-year-old Reed appeared in 27 games for Detroit before being sent to his current assignment with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.

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