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What Detroit crisis? Pension fund trustees hang out in Hawaii
By Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) - The city of Detroit may be facing a deepening financial crisis but that hasn't stopped four trustees of its public pension funds from spending $22,000 of retirement system funds to attend a conference in Hawaii this week. The trip 4,500 miles west to a four-star resort on the world-famous Waikiki Beach in Honolulu doesn't sit well with the top officials now running Detroit's finances under an emergency order from the state of Michigan. ...
Sat, 25 May 2013 08:08:06 -0400
Two freight trains collide in Missouri, seven injured
(Reuters) - Two freight trains collided at a rail intersection in southeastern Missouri on Saturday, injuring seven people, igniting a fire and triggering the collapse of an overpass under which they were traveling, a county sheriff's dispatcher said. Dispatcher Clay Slipis of the Scott County Sheriff's Office said that five people who had been traveling in cars on the overpass were injured as were two train conductors. ... Sat, 25 May 2013 10:03:05 -0400
Judge rules against 'America's toughest sheriff' in racial profiling lawsuit
By Tim Gaynor and David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio violated the constitutional rights of Latino drivers in his crackdown on illegal immigration, a federal judge found on Friday, and ordered him to stop using race as a factor in law enforcement decisions. The ruling against the Maricopa County sheriff came in response to a class-action lawsuit brought by Hispanic drivers that tested whether police can target illegal immigrants without racially profiling U.S. citizens and legal residents of Hispanic origin. U.S. ...
Fri, 24 May 2013 23:06:05 -0400
On Memorial Day, remembering friends, family with a heavy but grateful heart
From William Ray Fullmer: "My nephew, Sgt. Derek Tillman Roberts, spilled his blood on the sands of Iraq to extend the right to live free to the people of the Middle East. On June 14, 2007, Derek was killed by a roadside bomb in Kirkuk, placed by those too cowardly to face him on the [...] Fri, 24 May 2013 14:55:25 -0400
Storm chaser footage captures the ferocity of Oklahoma tornado (VIDEO)
Storm chasers from an outfit called Fast Unit 70 uploaded raw footage of the first 10 minutes of the Moore, Okla., tornado that gives viewers a harrowing sense of what the EF5 twister looked like. Watch that footage here. As cars and trucks zoom past, Chance Coldiron and Justin Cox's camera focuses on the dark [...] Fri, 24 May 2013 13:30:06 -0400