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Doubts over whether Detroit bankruptcy plan gets job done

A vacant and blighted home, covered with red spray paint, sits alone in an east side neighborhood once full of homes in DetroitBy David Greising, Karen Pierog and Tim Reid DETROIT Reuters) - Detroit?s plan to recover from bankruptcy includes several blueprints for a new future. Detroit is far short of the $1.7 billion it needs over the next 10 years to remove abandoned buildings, replace outdated technology and increase public safety to stem the exodus from the city. ?What Detroit needed to start with was a reinvestment program,? said James Spiotto, managing director of Chapman Strategic Advisors, a municipal finance consultancy. ?If you don?t solve the systemic problem and fix it for real, all you?re going to do is repeat it going forward.? Detroit?s 1,034-page plan for fixing the city?s finances will be the subject of a weeks-long bankruptcy court proceeding, beginning on Tuesday.



Fast-food workers to launch intensified protests across U.S.

Demonstrators chant in the driveway during a protest at the McDonald's headquarters in Oak BrookThe protests, announced on Twitter by organizer Fight For 15, come as cities across the nation propose minimum wage increases while Democrats seek to raise the federal minimum wage ahead of this year's mid-term congressional elections. Fast food workers have launched a series of protests over the last nearly two years to bring awareness to their demands, which include the right to unionize without retaliation. In one of the last major actions, restaurant workers launched rallies in 150 cities, including Boston, Chicago, New York and Miami in May. This time, organizers are staging walkouts in more than 100 cities and plan to use nonviolent civil disobedience tactics such as sit-ins, The New York Times reported.



California high school drops mascot criticized by Arab-American group

(Reuters) - A California high school has retired its Middle Eastern-themed mascot and accompanying belly dancers and redrawn its logo after criticism from Arab-Americans that they played on harmful stereotypes, a group advocating for the change said on Monday. Coachella Valley High School agreed to use a new image of a stoic-looking Arab man to represent its sports teams, dubbed "the Arabs," said Abed Ayoub, a spokesman for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, which worked with the school to choose the new logo.


US military attacks al-Shabab in Somalia

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2008 file photo, armed al-shabab fighters on pickup trucks prepare to travel into the city, just outside Mogadishu, in Somalia. U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Somalia, the Pentagon said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) ? U.S. military forces attacked the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia on Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that a Somali official said targeted the group's leader.



Waldo suspends 2 police chiefs after quota claims

In this Aug. 29, 2014 photo, drivers enter the town of Waldo, Fla., where motorists can encounter many different speed limits in a roughly two-mile drive. The AAA auto club named the tiny town between Jacksonville and Gainesville one of only two ?traffic traps? nationwide. The other town is nearby Lawtey. Now Waldo is facing a scandal over its traffic tickets. (AP Photo/Jason Dearen)WALDO, Fla. (AP) ? The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it's no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph becomes 55 mph; 55 becomes 45; then goes back to 55; then back down to 45; to 55 again and eventually, 35 mph.



Court halts ridesharing service Uber in Germany

BERLIN (AP) ? A court has issued an injunction barring ridesharing service Uber from operating in Germany, the latest shot in a fight with the country's taxi drivers.


Marijuana's hazy contribution to highway deaths

FILE - This Oct. 8, 2012 file photo shows the wrecked Subaru Impreza in which four people died as it is loaded onto a flatbed truck on the Southern State Parkway in West Hempstead, N.Y., after and early-morning accident. At the wheel was a New York teenager, Joseph Beer, who had smoked about $20 worth of marijuana, before getting into the car with four friends, and driving over 100 mph before crashing into trees with such force that it split the car in half. As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a spike in traffic deaths. Researchers who have studied the issue, though, are divided over whether toking before taking the wheel in fact leads to more accidents. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? New York teenager Joseph Beer smoked marijuana, climbed into a Subaru Impreza with four friends and drove more than 100 mph before losing control. The car crashed into trees with such force that the vehicle split in half, killing his friends.



Cops: Groom, 2 others charged after wedding brawl

PITTSBURGH (AP) ? A western Pennsylvania groom spent his wedding night in the back of a police car after allegedly harassing a waitress at the reception then resisting arrest after an altercation with the pregnant woman's boyfriend.


More storms roll through Midwest with hail, winds

Members of the grounds crew pull the tarp on the field during a rain delay in the 10th inning of a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)ST. LOUIS (AP) ? More strong storms rumbled through the Midwest, with a tornado reported in Kansas and other places seeing heavy rains, large hail and strong winds.



Jury to begin deliberations in ex-governor trial

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ? A federal jury will hear instructions from a judge before beginning deliberations in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.