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Power returns as anger burns in Mich.

DETROIT — The lights are back on for all but about 3,900 of the 666,000 Michigan customers who lost power during an ice storm that hit the state more than a week ago, but anger at the municipal power company in the state’s capital continues to surge.

Michigan authorities blame at least five deaths on the storm, three in crashes and two from carbon monoxide fumes from emergency generators.

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DTE Energy Co. says about 800 of its 210,000 affected homes and businesses remained blacked out Sunday.

Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says ‘‘essentially all’’ its 416,000 affected customers were back online Sunday, while the Lansing Board of Water & Light says about 3,100 of its 40,000 affected customers were still out Sunday.

The Lansing State Journal reports some residents showed up at a utility news conference Saturday, shouting questions and demanding to know how much longer they must live in cold, dark homes or stay with friends or in hotels.

“When it first happened, I had all the confidence in the world because they said all hands on deck,” Matthew Oney, an East Lansing resident, told The Detroit Free Press. Oney and his family, including 2-week-old Olivia, have been living in a hotel.

Now, he said: “It seems they don’t care about us at all.”

The Board of Water & Light promised that it would do an ‘‘in-depth analysis’’ of its storm response.

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