Daily Archive: October 29, 2013

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National

Detroit manager defends actions before bankruptcy

In this March 14, 2013 file photo, emergency manager Kevyn Orr listens to a question during a news conference in Detroit. Gov. Rick Snyder announced that he had chosen Orr as Detroit’s emergency manager. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) by Ed WhiteAssociated Press Writer DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s emergency manager faced tough cross-examination Tuesday from lawyers for unions and retirees as he defended his decision to take the city into bankruptcy without first striking a deal to prevent pension cuts. It was Kevyn Orr’s third day on the witness stand during a trial to determine if Detroit’s bankruptcy case can go forward. The city must show it was broke and tried to negotiate with creditors in good faith before filing for Chapter 9 protection in July.

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National

After ‘snafu,’ Jackson reports to federal prison

In this Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, file photo, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., leaves federal court in Washington. Prison-bound Jackson plans to sell his home in Washington to help pay $750,000 in penalties stemming from his sentence for illegally spending campaign funds on personal items. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) by Michael TarmAssociated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) – Former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. entered a North Carolina prison Tuesday to begin serving a 2 1/2-year term for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign money on everything from cigars to a gold watch – a day after he tried but failed to get into the federal complex. In an odd twist to Jackson’s long-running legal saga, the 48-year-old had sought to enter the Butner Correctional Center Monday but was turned away because of “a snafu,” C.K. Hoffler, an Atlanta-based attorney who had accompanied the Chicago Democrat, told reporters Tuesday evening.

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National

Too far? Blackface Trayvon costume stuns the Internet

Man (right) pointing his fingers like a gun, posted a picture of himself dressed as George Zimmerman, with his friend dressed in blackface wearing a hoodie with a bloody bullet hole in the center of the chest. (Facebook Photo) By AJ Willingham (CNN) HLNtv.com — A pair of Florida men and their female friend are experiencing a backlash over their controversial Halloween costumes after a picture of them went viral online over the weekend. The two men in the picture, whom we will not name here, appear to be at a Halloween gathering dressed as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman — two central figures in one of the year’s most high-profile court cases. Martin, 17, was shot and killed by Zimmerman in Florida in February 2012. Zimmerman, a leader of his neighborhood watch, claimed self-defense and was acquitted of the teen’s murder in July.

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People

The Jonas Brothers announce breakup

This Aug. 13, 2010 file photo shows The Jonas Brothers, from left, Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas, performing during ABC’s “Good Morning America” television program in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File) NEW YORK (AP) — The Jonas Brothers are disbanding.

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Sports

Steelers Recap: Silver and Black hold off Black and Gold

Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Will Allen sits on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. The Raiders won 21-18. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Just when you felt that there was some momentum with the Steelers, a thought that they may get back in the 2013 mix, they go out west and lay a dud, with a thud. The Steelers looked horrific in their game at Oakland from the get go.

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Sports

Rookie Megna lifts Penguins past Canes, 3-1

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jayson Megna (59) and Brandon Sutter (16) look for a shot against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters (35) as Hurricanes’ Justin Faulk (27) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Hurricanes’ Andrej Sekera (4), of Slovakia looks for possession at left. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) by Joedy McCrearyAP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When he eventually tells the story of his first career goal, Pittsburgh rookie Jayson Megna won’t embellish any of the details. Sidney Crosby did set it up, and it did ice a victory that ended a losing streak. That it clicked in off his shin pad? No big deal.

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International

White coup plotters in SAfrica get 5 to 35 years

Accused member of Afrikaner extremist group Boeremag Tom Voster, front, and co-accused Andre du Toit, left, go down to the holding cells after their sentencing at High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) by Carley PeteschAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South Africa court sentenced members of a White extremist group to jail terms ranging from five to 35 years, for high treason, plotting to kill Nelson Mandela and other charges in one of the country’s biggest post-apartheid treason trials.

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Sports

NASCAR driver Wallace had “no idea” of magnitude of his victory

Darrell Wallace Jr., right, winner of Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck race, smiles as he listens to Wendell Scott Jr., left, during a news conference at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) by Hank Kurz Jr. AP Sports Writer MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. said he would win at Martinsville Speedway, and then he went out and did it. He simply had no idea how big his victory was in Saturday’s NASCAR truck series race. “And then the remark and everything starts flowing in after about the history and the record set and Wendell Scott and all of it just came rushing after, and I had no idea,” Wallace said Sunday of the stir his victory caused.