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Detroit bankruptcy trial on hold after major deal

| September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

DETROIT (AP) – A judge has suspended Detroit’s bankruptcy trial until Monday to give the city more time to work out details of a settlement with a major creditor. The time-out Wednesday also gives the city an opportunity to reach other settlements. The city reached a deal Tuesday with Syncora, a bond insurer that stood […]

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Pa. county council rejects ‘In God We Trust’ motto

Pa. county council rejects ‘In God We Trust’ motto

| September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A Pennsylvania county council has voted 8-6 against posting the national motto, “In God We Trust,” in its chambers. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald had threatened to veto the measure, which he called “a movement by the right-wing evangelical Christians across the country basically to impose Christianity” in public buildings. Fitzgerald is […]

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Older Americans struggle with student debt

Older Americans struggle with student debt

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Student loan debt can follow some people into retirement. A Government Accountability Office report says in 2010, 4 percent of Americans ages 65 to 74 still owed money on federal student loans. Eighty percent of that number owed money on their own loans, and 20 percent were loans they took out for […]

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Ferguson protesters plan highway shutdown

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) – Protesters in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black 18-year-old was fatally shot by a white police officer plan to block part of Interstate 70 this afternoon in an act of civil disobedience. Organizers say they want to bring rush hour traffic on I-70 in Ferguson to a standstill and […]

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Detroit, key bankruptcy plan opponent reach deal

Detroit, key bankruptcy plan opponent reach deal

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DETROIT (AP) – Detroit has reached a tentative deal to pay a key creditor 26 cents on the dollar, a move that that could clear the biggest hurdle in the city’s plan to reduce its debts and emerge from federal bankruptcy protection. A court filing Tuesday evening says Detroit and the bond insurer Syncora Guarantee […]

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Highway blockage could follow heated Ferguson City Council meeting

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) – Some protesters in Ferguson, Missouri say they plan today to block Interstate 70 in an act of civil disobedience. They spoke last night at Ferguson’s first City Council meeting since an unarmed black 18-year-old was shot and killed by a white police officer. Council members had hoped to use the meeting […]

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Yosemite fire sends smoke into famed valley

Yosemite fire sends smoke into famed valley

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) – Fire officials have called in additional crews to help battle a blaze in Yosemite National Park that forced hikers to be evacuated and is now sending smoke into the park’s famed valley. Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb says about 325 firefighters were battling the blaze Tuesday, up from 120 a […]

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Renewed calls for arrest in Ferguson shooting

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) – The parents and supporters of the 18-year-old killed in a fatal police shooting in suburban St. Louis are renewing their calls for the officer’s immediate arrest. Michael Brown’s parents joined about 20 supporters Tuesday morning at a news conference outside the Ferguson police station. A St. Louis County grand jury is […]

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Obama tries to bring lawmakers on board

Obama tries to bring lawmakers on board

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate’s top Republican says it’s time for President Barack Obama to “exercise some leadership in launching a response” to the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Mitch McConnell spoke in advance of a White House meeting this afternoon between the president and congressional leaders from both parties. He says Obama […]

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Watchdog: VA managers lied about delays

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – According to the inspector general at the Department of Veterans Affairs, managers at more than a dozen of the agency’s medical facilities lied to investigators about scheduling practices and other issues. Richard Griffin told lawmakers today that his office is looking into allegations of wrongdoing at 93 sites across the country. The […]

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