State approves aid for Detroit in bankruptcy
Michigan's Senate on Tuesday approved spending $195 million to help prevent steeper cuts in Detroit retiree pensions as part of a deal designed to shield valuable city-owned art from being sold and resolve the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history. The Republican-led chamber voted 21-17 to contribute the state funds to join $466 million in commitments from 12 foundations and the Detroit Institute of Arts. The pool of money would shore up Detroit's two retirement systems while the city's art museum and its assets would be transferred to a private nonprofit. A delighted Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said he will sign the legislation in a day or two after proofing the bills, which passed the GOP-controlled House about two weeks ago.
Ex-mayor pleads guilty to fraud
Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal corruption charge, a blow to the city's reputation as a beacon of clean governance. Cannon, 47, a Democrat who resigned his office hours after his arrest in March, pleaded guilty to a single count of honest services wire fraud as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors. The charge carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years. A sentencing date was not announced.
Church under fire over mass grave
The Catholic Church in Ireland is facing fresh accusations of child neglect after a researcher found records for 796 young children believed to be buried in a mass grave beside a former orphanage for the children of unwed mothers. The researcher, Catherine Corless, says her discovery of child death records at the Catholic nun-run home in Tuam, County Galway, suggests that a former septic tank filled with bones is the final resting place for most, if not all, of the children. Church leaders said they had no idea so many children who died at the orphanage had been buried there. It operated from 1926 to 1961.
After years, a U.S. envoy for Somalia
For the first time in more than 20 years, the United States will appoint an ambassador to Somalia in what a senior official on Tuesday described as show of faith for future stability in the war-ravaged African nation. Even so, the United States has no plans to re-open its embassy in the Somali capital Mogadishu, which has been beset by violence and deadly bombings. In a Tuesday speech, U.S. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman said the decision to name an ambassador to Somalia reflects what she called a sign of the deepening relations between Washington and Mogadishu and "the faith that better times are ahead."
Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said Tuesday that he is "deeply troubled" by the Obama administration's decision to work with the new Palestinian government.
Egypt: Former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was officially declared the next president Tuesday, after a landslide victory in an election last week to replace the Islamist leader he removed from the post last year.
Turkey: Turkish authorities say they have restored access to YouTube five days after the country's highest court ruled that the two-month ban on the video-sharing website violates freedom of expression.