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April 17, 2014 - 8:23am
6 min 1 sec ago

DETROIT (AP) — The judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy is holding a hearing during a week of significant breakthroughs in the case.

The city has the support of pension funds and a retirees' group to reduce payouts to thousands of former Detroit employees. The retirees still must vote, but the tentative deals are a major step toward eventually emerging from bankruptcy.

More details could emerge Thursday in Judge Steven Rhodes' courtroom. He's...

April 17, 2014 - 8:03am
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NEW YORK (AP) — Investment bank Goldman Sachs says its first-quarter earnings fell as fixed income trading slumped.

The bank earned $1.9 billion in the quarter, down 11 percent from the same period a year earlier when it made $2.2 billion.

The earnings were equivalent to $4.02 a share. Analysts polled by FactSet had predicted earnings of $3.49 a share.

Revenue totaled $9.3 billion, down 8 percent from a year earlier, when the...

April 17, 2014 - 7:07am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard is going on trial on assault charges in Washington, a case that will be a preview for the musician's own trial.

Christopher Hollosy's trial begins Thursday in Superior Court.

Both men were arrested in October after a man accused them of punching him outside a Washington hotel. Hollosy told police he punched the man after he tried to get on Brown's tour bus. The man told police Brown and later Hollosy...

April 17, 2014 - 6:53am
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SOLVANG, Calif. (AP) — Evacuees from hundreds of homes and businesses in the Central California town of Solvang were returning early Thursday after experts removed a military ordnance found in the town's business district and rendered it safe.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office said the evacuation call was issued Wednesday afternoon for between 500 and 700 residences and work sites after the potentially explosive ordnance was found near some homes. Spokeswoman...

April 17, 2014 - 6:46am
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A jury has convicted a former Catholic priest of three counts of sodomy in a case stemming from the 1970s.

The Louisville jury also convicted 66-year-old James Schook on Wednesday of one count of indecent or immoral practice with another.

The jury will return Thursday for sentencing.

Schook didn't testify in the trial that began Monday.

Richard Whitfield, now in his 50s, testified that...

April 17, 2014 - 6:25am
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DOVER, Del. (AP) — DuPont says that lost sales and increased operating costs from adverse weather conditions dragged on first-quarter earnings.

The Wilmington, Del., chemical maker reported net income Thursday of $1.4 billion, or $1.54 per share, for the quarter ended March 31. That's down from $3.35 billion, or $3.58 per share, for the same quarter a year ago, which included a one-time gain from completion of the sale of DuPont's performance coatings unit....

April 17, 2014 - 5:52am
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Oil flat-lined Thursday as the upheaval in Ukraine continued to cancel out a big increase in U.S. oil supplies.

Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery was up 1 cent at $103.77 a barrel at 0910 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 1 cent Wednesday to $103.76. There is no oil trading on Good Friday, one of only three days a year in which oil is not traded either electronically or through open outcry.

Oil...

April 17, 2014 - 5:50am
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. CLASHES AT UKRAINIAN BASE KILL THREE PRO-MOSCOW MILITANTS

As international talks get underway in Geneva, tensions in eastern Ukraine flare.

2. FEARS RISE OVER DEATH TOLL IN KOREAN SHIP SINKING

An anxious search, facing bad weather and sea conditions, has so far failed to locate nearly 300 passengers...

April 17, 2014 - 5:39am
6 min 1 sec ago

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An 8-year-old Michigan State basketball fan whose battle with cancer inspired the team's players, coaches and many more beyond the hardwood is to be honored by thousands of her closest friends at a memorial service in East Lansing.

Lacey Holsworth's family wants those attending the event Thursday at the Breslin Center basketball arena to wear bright colors and smiles in celebration of her life.

Lacey died at her home in...

April 17, 2014 - 4:47am
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where ammunition is made killed one person and injured three others.

Rescue workers were called Wednesday afternoon to a blast at the Rio Ammunition plant in McEwen, about 55 miles west of Nashville, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman Michael Knight said.

Knight said agents were still trying to determine exactly what happened. He said more information would...

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