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September 2, 2014 - 2:19pm
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DETROIT (AP) — More than a year after Detroit filed for the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history, a federal judge is hearing evidence on whether he should approve the city's plan to emerge from billions of dollars in debt. Here's a look at the past, present and future of the city's finances:

AT STAKE

For decades, Detroit paid its bills by borrowing money while struggling to provide the most basic of services for residents. The city, once fueled...

September 2, 2014 - 2:16pm
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NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The first pinot noir grapes of the season came in to Trefethen Family Vineyards as usual, glistening purple mounds stacked in white bins.

Well, almost as usual. This year, harvest workers donned safety vests and hard hats in deference to their proximity to a circa 1886 building left sagging at the knees by the magnitude-6.0 earthquake that hit Aug. 24. But with the building propped up, the harvest went on, here and elsewhere in the Napa Valley....

September 2, 2014 - 2:05pm
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A coroner says a high school freshman whose badly burned body was found in an Indianapolis backyard Sunday died of asphyxiation.

Marion County Chief Deputy Coroner Alfarena Ballew on Tuesday ruled the death of 15-year-old Dominique Allen a homicide. Authorities have said they believe the Ben Davis High School student was killed elsewhere, and police on Tuesday discovered the teen's purse and shoes about a block from where her body was found....

September 2, 2014 - 1:58pm
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A major election year in Texas largely has overshadowed the trial to determine the fate of the state's tough new voter identification law, but U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi is presiding over a case to determine whether the measure safeguards ballot integrity or discriminates against minorities by imposing a mandate that suppresses turnout.

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VOTER ID LAW

Before the law took...

September 2, 2014 - 1:56pm
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Today is Sunday, August 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 31, 1954, Hurricane Carol hit the northeastern Atlantic states; Connecticut, Rhode Island and part of Massachusetts bore the brunt of the storm, which resulted in some 70 deaths.

On this date:

In 1886, an earthquake with an estimated...

September 2, 2014 - 1:51pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a decision allowing the U.S. government to keep secret photographs and videotapes of a Guantanamo detainee.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling Tuesday in the case involving Mohammed al-Qahtani (kah-TAH'-nee).

Authorities have said al-Qahtani missed being the 20th hijacker in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks when he was denied entry into the U.S. at a Florida airport....

September 2, 2014 - 1:33pm
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland's federal conspiracy trial may hinge on a cryptic email in which he acknowledges an offer to become a paid consultant for a nursing home owned by the husband of a political candidate.

In the email, Rowland tells Brian Foley, "I get it."

The government alleges the email is evidence of a conspiracy to hide Rowland's actual job as a consultant in Lisa Wilson-Foley's congressional campaign....

September 2, 2014 - 1:33pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers' family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office.

Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement Tuesday that her mother is on life support "at this time." Melissa said the family is extremely grateful for the public support.

Joan Rivers was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan last Thursday. The 81-year-old comic and red...

September 2, 2014 - 1:32pm
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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A suspended physician at the center of a state licensing scandal agreed Tuesday to permanently surrender his Maryland medical license to resolve charges he sexually assaulted a female patient at a walk-in clinic last spring.

The deal announced by prosecutors in Allegany County Circuit Court leaves Dr. William T. Dando, 60, of Rawlings, still facing a civil lawsuit alleging he molested a second woman at the same clinic last year. He hasn't responded...

September 2, 2014 - 1:15pm
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A Justice Department lawyer has told a federal judge that a tough new Texas voter ID law was motivated by racial discrimination and should be struck down.

Opening statements began Tuesday in a trial over the measure Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed into law in 2011. Opponents call it the most stringent voter ID measure of any adopted by conservative states in recent years.

Experts estimate that nearly 800,000 registered...

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