Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

Leaders say Detroit bailout unlikely

Washington

Leaders say detroit bailout unlikely

Michigan's Republican governor said Sunday he does not expect — or necessarily want — a federal bailout of Detroit after the city became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy.

Interviewed Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation, Gov. Rick Snyder pledged that city operations would continue, but he sought to lower expectations that Washington might step in to save the iconic American city. The bankruptcy filing "is a very tragic situation, and this was a very difficult decision, but it's the right one," Snyder said.

Mayor David Bing also said he did not expect a bailout. "Now that we've done our bankruptcy filing, I think we've got to take a step back and see what's next," Bing said on ABC's This Week.

Vice President Joe Biden said last week it was unclear whether the federal government could play any role in helping Detroit provide services or pay its retirees.

East Cleveland, Ohio

Sex offender held after 3 bodies are found

Authorities responding to a report of a foul odor from a home discovered three bodies and arrested a registered sex offender who sent police and volunteers through a poor Ohio neighborhood in a search for more victims Sunday, officials said.

East Cleveland police Chief Ralph Spotts had cautioned searchers to be prepared to find one or two more victims. But after a daylong search that included 40 abandoned houses and other areas, no more bodies were found.

Miami

71 Gitmo captives to get hearings

Seventy-one inmates at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will get parole-board-style hearings at the U.S. Navy base, the Pentagon said Sunday, declining to say when the panels will meet, whether the media can watch and which of the long-held captives will go first.

The disclosure followed a flurry of emails sent after 10 p.m. Friday by Pentagon bureaucrats notifying attorneys for some of the 71 captives that the government was preparing to hold the hearings ordered by President Barack Obama years ago.

Retired Rear Adm. Norton Joerg advised the lawyers that a review board will "assess whether continued law of war detention is necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States."

Australia

U.S. drops unarmed bombs on barrier reef

Two U.S. fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park when a training exercise went wrong, the U.S. Navy said, angering environmentalists.

The two AV-8B Harrier jets launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard each jettisoned an inert practice bomb and an unarmed laser-guided explosive bomb into the World Heritage-listed marine park off the coast of Queensland state on Tuesday, the U.S. 7th Fleet said in a statement Saturday.

The Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest network of coral structures, is rich in marine life and stretches 1,800 miles along Australia's northeast coast.

Elsewhere

China: A strong earthquake struck a rural part of western China today, killing at least 20 people and injuring 296, the local government said. The quake hit near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province, a region of mountains, desert and pastureland.

New Zealand: The New Zealand capital Wellington was rattled by a strong magnitude 6.9 earthquake on Sunday that broke water mains, smashed windows and downed power lines. There have been no reports of injury.

Afghanistan: Pakistan sent its top diplomat to Afghanistan on Sunday, who pledged that his country would to help open peace talks with the Taliban.

Times wires

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