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U.S. judge to rule on Detroit bankruptcy filing

Detroit

Judge to rule on bankruptcy filing

The legal squabbling over Detroit's bankruptcy filing continued Monday, and the federal judge overseeing the case said he would hold a hearing Wednesday to determine whether a lawsuit by retired public employees can block it.

The judge, Steven Rhodes of U.S. Bankruptcy Court, agreed to the hearing requested by Detroit's emergency manager in response to a Michigan judge's ruling that the city's Chapter 9 filing violated the state's Constitution because it could cut city workers' pensions. The emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, had filed a motion asking that the city be protected from litigation as it proceeds with its historic bankruptcy filing, made last week.

The state judge adjourned a hearing in the lawsuit, brought by retired police officers, firefighters and other public employees, until July 29. Rhodes is expected to decide by then whether the bankruptcy proceedings can continue.

Lebanon

Hezbollah's military labeled terrorist group

The European Union on Monday declared the military wing of Hezbollah a terrorist organization, dealing a blow to the powerful Lebanese group that is a foe of Israel and the United States.

The 28-member European bloc made the decision despite pleas from Lebanese authorities who argued that it could have serious repercussions for their country, where Hezbollah has a leading military and political presence.

Supporters of the blacklisting said Hezbollah's record, and its alleged role in a suicide bombing last year targeting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, justified the declaration and would send a message that attacks on European soil will not be tolerated.

New York

10 injured in landing at La Guardia Airport

The front landing gear of a Boeing 737 operated by Southwest Airlines collapsed upon landing at La Guardia Airport on Monday evening, thrusting the plane's nose into the tarmac and sending out a stream of sparks as the plane skidded to a stop, officials and witnesses said.

Ten people were injured, said the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport. Six of the injured were taken to the hospital. The extent of their injuries was not known, but it appeared that none were serious. The plane, Flight 345 from Nashville, had 150 people on board, Southwest said.

Elsewhere

Washington: President Barack Obama on Monday urged his most fervent supporters to channel their energies into bolstering a new White House focus on the economy and helping the middle class. Obama spoke to an invitation-only crowd of several hundred Organizing for Action volunteers, staff members and donors gathered at a hotel for a day-long strategy session.

San Diego: The former communications director for Mayor Bob Filner of San Diego filed a lawsuit against him and the city Monday, accusing Filner of sexual harassment. McCormack Jackson, 57, is the first woman to publicly accuse Filner, 70, of harassing her. Allegations that he mistreated female staff members and constituents first surfaced two weeks ago at a news conference held by ex-supporters.

Albuquerque, N.M.: A New Mexico company's attempt to convert its cattle plant to a horse slaughterhouse was dealt a blow Monday, with the state denying its wastewater permit and actor Robert Redford, former Gov. Bill Richardson and the state attorney general announcing their opposition to the plan.

India: Vice President Joe Biden arrived in India on Monday afternoon, the first U.S. vice president to visit in decades. The four-day visit is designed to strengthen ties and lay the groundwork for a planned summit between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama this fall in Washington.

Times wires

U.S. judge to rule on Detroit bankruptcy filing 07/23/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:32am]

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