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Clashing scenes

at state Capitol

Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds.

The Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple set up its "Snaketivity Scene" featuring a snake offering a book called Revolt of the Angels as a gift. The snake is wrapped around the Satanic cross on the 3-by-3-foot display. Capitol rules require that displays have to be taken down each night.

In a videotaped interview with the Lansing State Journal, Satanic Temple spokeswoman Jex Blackmore said her group doesn't worship Satan but does promote individuality, compassion and views that differ from Christian and conservative beliefs.

Word of the Satanic Temple's plans led State Sen. Rick Jones, a Grand Ledge Republican, to erect a Nativity scene. He said he was happy to "represent the light and not the darkness." - AP


Oz-themed casino

The Oneida Indian Nation plans to open a $20 million casino with a Wizard of Oz theme in the village where author L. Frank Baum was born, the Oneidas confirmed Sunday. Ray Halbritter, chief executive officer of the Oneida Nation, said in a news release that the 67,000-square-foot casino will open in the spring in Chittenango. Lee Park, a spokesman for the state Gaming Commission, confirmed Sunday that the state plays no role in regulating Class II gaming facilities such as the one planned by the Oneidas. - AP

Justice nominee

President Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justice Department. Two people familiar with the move say Sally Quillian Yates is Obama's pick for deputy attorney general. If confirmed by the Senate, she would oversee day-to-day operations. - AP